A week in Tenerife

I recently enjoyed a trip to the island of Tenerife for a well needed holiday. In the company of my sister, we spent the week basking in the glorious Mediterranean sunshine and eating and drinking our way around Los Cristianos.
Overall, the standard of food is really good in Tenerife and what made everything taste that much better was the incredible value for money! Here’s a few of my foodie highlights from the holiday:

Bahia Verde
On arrival late on Saturday evening, this little Italian place was conveniently located beside where we had just checked in, so we dived straight in for some much needed grub. It’s an unassuming little place from the outside and to be honest, if we’d had the energy to explore further that evening, we might have walked straight past, but I’m really glad we didn’t.

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My Bolognese Ravioli (above) was tasty and satisfying and my sister ordered a pizza which when she couldn’t finish it, got a takeaway box for the remaining slices that were too delicious to leave behind. A meal and drink each with a total bill of €22 saw our holiday getting off to a very pleasant start.

Empire
On our second evening, we decided to venture a little further down the coast to the nearby resort of Playa de las Américas. Everything here is more resort-y and the price tags are that little bit higher, but eating out is still very budget friendly. We followed a recommendation and ate at a modern British steakhouse called Empire.

empire.jpgMy sister had a Fillet Steak and I got a Steak burger (above). Mine was served with a tomato and gherkin relish (which was strange and I’m still not quite sure if I liked it or not). The food was good and the restaurant is quite nice, but overall nothing to write home about. Also, they lose points for serving the food on wooden boards, which I hate!

One of my favourite things about being in a sunny climate is eating alfresco. Our accommodation was self-catering and during the days, meals were mostly homemade with food from the nearby supermarket. We had a really spacious balcony which was so lovely at breakfast and lunchtimes.

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The Cottage
This was another recommendation from fellow holiday makers we got talking to while out the night before and I think it was one of the best dining experiences we had that week.

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The food was delicious and served by a charming waiter who kept us amused with his perfect pronunciation of Irish phrases. And again, incredible value for money and a complimentary glass of prosecco to send us off on our merry way.

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Charlotte
We discovered this place on an evening walk by the beach. The menu is good with a variety of choice of food and drinks. I went for chicken curry which was okay, but I had major food envy of my sister’s choice of the baby back ribs which tasted amazing.

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Overall, it was an enjoyable evening at Charlotte with the real star of the show being not the food, but the location where you can look out at the sun setting on the sea while sipping cocktails and watch the world go by.

Miramar Bar Cafe

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One of the mornings, when out for a walk on the beach, I stopped for a coffee and some breakfast and honestly it was so good, I have to give it a mention here. I ordered a sausage sandwich (it’s okay, I know how basic I am) was incredibly satisfying and delicious, (I think they brushed the bread with oil before toasting) and what made it even better was the price of just €3.50!

Sun King
This was our last dinner in lovely Los Cristianos. We chose it because of the close proximity to our favourite Tenerife pub The Claddagh, which we would be heading to later.

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The menu has a little bit of everything, and it seemed like a place that would do pizza well so that’s what we both went for. I’m glad we did as it was a lovely meal for our last evening and again, incredible value for money. The bill for two pizzas and drinks came to €18.73!

The cost of eating out in Ireland is a struggle to get used to after a time spent in this budget friendly paradise. It was a gorgeous week of decadent eating and drinking. Now that the tan lines are fading, the extra few pounds gained on the holiday are still hanging on, bit it was totally worth it!

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