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Located in the Atlantic Ocean, closer to Africa than to the Iberian Peninsula, the Canary Islands inevitably seduce those who visit them with its wonderful benign climate all year round, its surprising and magical volcanoes (there are seven islands of volcanic origin), its Impressive beaches of fine sand and black lava, the exuberance of its forests, its infinite landscapes and its hotel and culinary offer, of unsuspected height and luxury.
All this makes the Canary Islands, as they are popularly known, the true object of desire of all those who seek to discover the best-kept and most surprising secrets on the planet, capable of satisfying the most demanding palates.
The great culinary proposal of these Spanish islands is due to the talent of an important group of chefs, eager to teach the delicacies of their land. We show you which are the best restaurants in each of the seven Canary Islands, based on their awards and the personal experience of the author of the report, correspondent of azureazure.com
El Risco (Lanzarote)
In the fishing village of Caleta de Famara, on the Island of Lanzarote, is the restaurant El Risco, which displays a pleasant typical marine decoration with unsurpassed views of the beach. It is a family restaurant where the sea is an essential part of a gastronomic offer.
Among the great gastronomic offer of El Risco, dishes such as grilled octopus, delicious crepes filled with spinach and seafood, fish paella or broth rice with lobster stand out. There you will find an excellent menu of the increasingly appreciated Canarian wines. If you like to eat really well, in a cozy environment and surrounded by the sea, don’t miss it!
La Cúpula (Fuerteventura)
In the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahía Real on the island of Fuerteventura, a five-star hotel located on the beachfront, you will find the La Cúpula restaurant, advised by the prestigious chef Carles Gaig, creditor of a Michelin star.
Its menu is made up of delicious, unique and very original dishes: lentils from Fuerteventura with marine plankton, scallops and prawns or kid’s ingot with seasonal vegetables, among other delicacies. La Cúpula shows a distinguished decoration, has an efficient service and offers an excellent international wine list.
Mirador de la Perla (El Hierro)
On the wild island of El Hierro, the Canarian artist Cesar Manrique designed the restaurant El Mirador de La Peña 30 years ago, located on the Tibataje cliff, in the Guarazoca area. The place has what are probably the most impressive views of any of the Canary Islands. The dining room, with huge windows, is very spacious and elegant, and the restaurant’s proposal is traditional (the main photo of this article is from this restaurant).
Go through El Hierro’s own products such as fresh fish, potatoes with green and red mojo sauces, or the magnificent smoked herreño cheese. An unforgettable experience that, if you are lucky enough to visit El Hierro, you cannot miss out on.
Awarded with a Michelin star, NUB, located in the graceful town of San Cristóbal de la Laguna in La Laguna, is in my personal opinion the best restaurant on the island of Tenerife.
The reins of the business are in the hands of the Italian chef Andrea Bernardi and his Chilean wife Fernanda Fuentes. The kitchen, which is part of the modern and small dining room with just five tables, provides a brilliant gastronomic fusion of Chilean, Italian and Canarian cultures and roots. There are two menus and there is the possibility of pairing the dishes with wines or juices, smoothies and fermented. A culinary experience that has nothing to envy to many of the best restaurants in the world.
El equilibrista 33 (Gran Canaria)
Chef Carmelo Florido wisely runs his restaurant El Equilibrista 33, located on the island of Gran Canaria. It proposes a creative Canarian cuisine that preserves the essence of the ancestral flavors of the land.
Their dishes are a visual and gustatory wonder: mango gazpacho with prawns and coriander, tomato strudel with fresh cheese and basil pesto, or dishes of unquestionable quality such as free-range chicken with chips and hot sauce or sirloin medallions in puff pastry with Canarian red wine reduction. The authentic and most demanding foodies are going to give themselves a very special taste!
El Ingeniero (La Palma)
To the east of the island of La Palma, in a natural setting located inside a house from the beginning of the 18th century, formerly dedicated to the production of tobacco, is the restaurant El Ingeniero. Its cuisine shows the best culinary tradition on the island in a space of great natural beauty.
Unique dishes parade before the astonished eyes of the diner, such as: duck confit with mango coulis, sweet potato and mushroom puree, squid filled with squid ink aioli, or desserts such as natural banana with passion fruit soup and coconut ice cream. A total gastronomic feast!
Restaurante Parador (La Gomera)
With a spacious dining room with Colombian decoration, the restaurant of the Parador Nacional de Turismo de La Gomera is one of the best on the island. Here chef Juan José Alonso reigns, offering regional meals with a point of creativity, made with products from the island.
On the menu you will find dishes as subtle as papaya salad, prawns and smoked cheese, or the shredded kid’s leg on smoked cheese toast, among other delicacies. There is also a great wine list with special attention to the Canaries. A must stop if you travel to La Gomera! ■