Location, location, location
I don’t understand why but so many of Lanzarote’s best restaurants have no outdoor space or sea view. On a tiny, pretty, sunny island where you are never far from the sea and that enjoys a balmy climate, it just doesn’t make any sense to me.
But there it is. So some of my restaurants have been picked for their beach location. The food will be good, of course, although perhaps not the best island-wide.
Some of my favourite places to eat are in insalubrious locations, such as the lovely Thai restaurant, Casa Siam , tucked away at the top of a rather grotty commercial centre.
I don’t really like a formal setting, with lots of linen napkins and fussy service – particularly on holiday. Some of Lanzarote’s top restaurants are, quite frankly, stuck in a bit of a 1970s time warp in this regard, but I have included them for their consistently fine food. Nothing is perfect, after all.
And talking of time warps, what is it with nouvelle cuisine not just in Lanzarote but in Spain generally? I was never really a fan, in fact I was too young to really experience it first time round, but does anyone still want their sauce studded with a piece of fruit or those frilly bits of chocolate on their desserts? Anyway, I am ranting. Suffice to say, that some of the more traditional restaurants on the island seem to think they are being very contemporary by continuing to present their food in this fanciful way.
The food’s the thing
Of course, it’s all about the food – oh, and the wine – which little Lanzarote produces by the barrel load. My favourite food is fish and seafood and some of the local restaurants I have picked serve up the best I have ever tasted.
Carnivores are well served, with some wonderful rustic dishes made of local produce being offered all over the island. Rabbit and goat stew and whole suckling pig are all well worth seeking out.
As well as traditional Spanish and island cuisine – including tapas of course – I have included a number of places serving some excellent international cuisine: a Japanese, Asian and Mexican restaurant are all in my top 30.
All of those restaurants listed have been hand picked by me and I have eaten in all of them at least once – many of them feel like my second home, where the waiters greet me as if I am a member of their family. Please let me know what you think – I value your comments and the list will be constantly updated and reviewed.