restaurante el correillo
Tucked away down a narrow one-way street in the old part of Puerto de La Cruz is this Canarian restaurant with an extremely unimposing outside facade.
From this modest - even drab - exterior, you enter what turns out to be a charming dining area adorned liberally with a selection of impressionist paintings and this sets the scene for a memorable dining experience that doesn't cost the earth.
As is often the case with these seemingly low-profile restaurants, the food on offer turns out to be of exceptional quality.
The owners, Clemente Ortega and Sara Mederos, have run the place for years and have attempted to create a menu consisting of basically Canarian cuisine, but one to which is added a touch of creativity and quirkiness.
International dishes are also offered, but, whatever you choose, you'll be assured of fine service and food, for a very reasonable price.
As well as the inside dining area, there is an outside courtyard at the back for al fresco dining. The restaurant, being situated quite close to the port of Puerto de La Cruz, tends, naturally, to specialise in fish dishes.
Examples include tuna steaks in garlic sauce, grilled sea bass and fillet of lenguado in molinera sauce.
There are, of course, meat dishes such as entrecot steak, grilled with either mushroom or green pepper sauce and chicken fillet in garlic sauce.
All dishes come with papas arrugadas ("wrinkly" potatoes) and mojo sauce. My kind of restaurant!
There is also a special menu of two courses plus a quarter litre of wine or glass of beer, for 10 euros.
For reservations, telephone (+34) 922 370136
The restaurant is situated on Calle de Perez Zamora, a narrow street found by turning left off Calle Mequinez, which leads from the old port.
Once on this street, the restaurant is a few yards along, on the right.
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