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La Casona del Vino - quality Canarian cuisine in Candelaria

La Casona del Vino is a charming, traditional Canarian restaurant found away from the tourist track in the north-east town of Candelaria. Its name translates as "The House of Wine", but it's not quite that simple. "Casa" is the usual Spanish word for "house". "Casona" means more a large house, or mansion.

As you can see, the interior is pleasant, with clean lines and is very Canarian. It is the boast of the restaurant that, being away from the main tourist areas, it can keep its prices very competitive.

This does not detract from the quality of the food on offer however, which consists of both Canarian and international cuisine. The speciality of La Casona del Vino is "arroz caldoso de marisco y pescado", which is a rice dish containing fish and other seafood in a rich stock. There are other goodies on offer, too. I'll attempt to single out the more interesting ones from the menu:

Amongst the soups available is "escaldon". This is made from gofio, meat stock, onions and red mojo. I said the restaurant was traditionally Canarian and you can't get more traditional than gofio!

There's also something amongst the starters which is bacon with dates! Could this be a little bit of North African influence?

Also a starter, we have grilled cheese with no less than three mojo sauces. I thought there were only two, but it seems that the third is one made from palm honey and originates on the neighbouring island of La Palma.

As for the main courses, there's a comprehensive selection of fish, chicken and meat dishes, including "kisses of tenderloin", consisting of pieces of steak sauteed then wrapped in bacon and presented in a fruit sauce.

The restaurant's website has many images of menu items and they all look really appetising.

Also there is a link to a page of reviews on TripAdvisor. It's no wonder, because they are all glowing. Even though they're mostly written in Spanish, you can probably get the gist from their headings: "Recomendable", "un restaurante increible", "sensacional", "excelente" and so on. You can't be doing too badly if the locals are impressed!

for reservations, telephone 922 500095

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To find La Casona del Vino, I think it's better to refer to the instructions on the restaurant's own website, which are pretty comprehensive. You can access that at www.lacasonadelvino.com/en/

All in all, this restaurant looks like a really nice place to eat and might well be worth a drive up from the south to sample it.

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