24 January 2014

Santa Cruz de Tenerife - Where to Eat

Santa Cruz de Tenerife

La Casita Cafe

This was the first place we decided to eat. It looked really busy and all the cakes on display must have resonated with my soul, so when we were told it was around a 30 minute wait, we blanked out our grumbling stomachs and went for a beer while we waited.

Much to our delight, when we returned we were pointed in the direction of upstairs, all the way to a little roof terrace that seated around 10. The wooden tables, chintsy material, bare lightbulbs and bright sunlight made for a lovely setting.

Struggling with our translating, we opted for things we recognised - a burger, something with rice and teryaki and ultimately ended with a chocolate brownie. The portions were almost American by nature and the prices were more than reasonable. One course each with drink will cost you little more than 10 euros. Be prepared to wait a little for a table, but the friendly people and a lovely setting make this worth a stop.

Website is still under construction, but check back soon. Note it was closed on a Monday like many shops in Tenerife. See map at the bottom of the post for the location.

La Conception

Encourged by a smiling young lady at the doorframe we opted for La Conception for some traditional tapas. The tables outside have a 180 degree view over Inglesia-Parroquia Matrix de Nuestra Senora de La Conception (a church to you and me English folk), the entrace to the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre and up the lively street of Calle Antonio Dominguez Alfonso, which has lots of other restaurants that you could try.

There's the Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre in the background

We felt brave (read hungry and not fussed about trying to translate) so went for a selection of Tapas each. Including a drink each this cost 30 euros. Slightly more expensive than other meals, but by no means bad value given the prime location, great photo and friendly service.

Gucamole, crouquets, crispy chicken, pork, potato salad and chicken with potato. PLUS a bread basket.
My favourite. A kind of pulled pork with tomato sauce and salted crisps.

The Market

For more details of the market see this post. I may not have persuaded Rach to go back to the market on the last day for some seafood, but I will make sure to go there FIRST next time I'm in Santa Cruz. The market is full of fresh, local produce and the fish bars on the lower level are a nice little touch. Talking of touch you are so close to the fresh fish, you could indeed reach out and touch it.

...And for befores/afters/laters you should pick from the kilos of sweets, nuts and confectionary that is sold by weight; perfect for poolside nibbles, hiking fuel for Mt. Teide or to take on the plane home to ease the pain. Open until 2pm every day, though getting there early always gives you the best choice.

Auditorio de Tenerife

Although you will pay more, as you might expect, the Auditorio de Tenerife makes a mighty fine pit stop. I opted for freshly squeezed orange juice and we shared the last two chocolate items from the counter. The cakes were both average, but we still finished them. What you really come for is the grand lobby space, the blue skyline and the surprising peace.

La Laguna

100 Montaditos

We found an extremely cheap place to eat in La Laguna, which I talked a bit about here. A selection of hot 'Montaditos' (sandwiches), two sides and two drinks (including my beer) came to only €6. The traditional Spanish Montaditos are filled with things such as chicken (pollo), chorizo, tuna (atun) and bacon and there are also chocolate rolls filled with smarties and other gems. Depending on which number Montaditos you fancy (or can translate), they have platters of 6, 7 or 8. Sides are limited to chips and nachos but they come with little dips on the side.

Although we're not talking high-brow-foodie-gourmet-feasts, the place is filled to the brim with students; this isn't surprising as La Laguna is a student town and the atmosphere is pretty decent. There is outside seating for the brave (on a January evening at least) or the desperate.

You just find a table, try and translate the menu, go up to the counter to order and then wait for your name to be called to tell you to go back up to collect your food. If you think it may be easier you can try filling in the form at the table and take that up to the counter instead. It's just like Nandos... but you're also summoned to collect your food by the mighty voice overhead. I may or may not have got excited thinking it was karaoke night.

100 Montaditos have franchises in the US so you can check out the site in english, although obviously there are changes in the menu and promotions. Euromania on a Thursday (where pretty much everything is 1 euro) would be a good a bet if you're around, although I can't see this as stretching even a backpacker budget, regardless of what the day is.

100 Montaditos (US website)

... Lastly, how could I forget the fun of ordering room service? Brownies at midnight. You guessed it.

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