Restaurante Victoria La Orotava - a charming restaurant serving superb food

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restaurante victoria la orotava

The old quarter of La Orotava, with its narrow, cobbled streets and traditional buildings featuring characteristic wooden balconies, is a very charming area and, therefore, many fine hotels have established themselves there.

One such is Hotel Victoria and, within this hostelry, you'll find its excellent restaurant.

Open to anyone, whether staying at the hotel or not, this fine eatery is situated in a central courtyard area, surrounded by walls containing even more balconies adorned with flowers.

The building itself dates from the 16th century and has been lovingly restored to retain many of its original features. The result is an opulent interior, with rich darkwood panelling and staircases.

The restaurant has room for only 60 diners, so you definitely need to book in advance, as it is frequently full. The reason for this is the quality of the food.

Heading the team in the kitchen is award-winning chef Richard Etherington (yes, sounds British, doesn't he? - he's actually Scottish!). A long-term resident of Tenerife, he originally owned and ran his own restaurant, Los Olivos, in Tacoronte. After almost ten years of this, he worked for a time as chef at the restaurant in the Casino at Puerto de La Cruz.

In 2009, he took up residency as head chef at the Restaurante Victoria. His trademark is the creation of unique, sophisticated dishes from traditional Canarian recipes.

Dishes include roast goat's cheese, with green mojo and pineapple chutney, king prawns and scallops in chive butter, entrecote steak with three different peppers, bearnaise sauce and rosti potatoes.

Richard's signature dish, though, has to be the duck. Always cooked to perfection, it is served with a caramelized saffron sauce.

A fine selection of desserts is also on offer, including (with Richard paying homage to his Scottish/British roots) apple crumble and custard!

Every day, the restaurant features a different set three-course menu, with a glass of wine or a beer included, all for 10.50 euros.

On perusing the many reviews of this restaurant on various forums, I have yet to find one negative comment.

For reservations, telephone (+34) 922 331683

I'll give you directions to the restaurant from the TF-5 motorway. Exit at junction 33 and take the TF-211 road, signposted La Orotava. Stick to this road, which takes you into the town centre. Watch out for a bar called Los Chicos Del Valle, on your right and turn right immediately after this.

Stick to this road for a while. Eventually, you'll have to give way at a main road, but go straight across this, which will bring you onto a narrow, one-way, cobbled street. Follow this for a good while, until you come to a sort of junction with large pots of flowers arranged along the road. Bear left here, then take the next left. This is Calle Hermano Apolinar and you should be thinking of trying to find a parking spot, because Hotel Victoria is further on down this street, on the left.

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