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What´s On the Menu In Lanzarote?

If you have booked one of our apartments or villas in Lanzarote and are visiting the island for the first time then you´re probably keen to find out more about what the island offers in terms of food and drink. As meals out form an important part of the holiday experience for many tourists.

 

Gambas al ajillo, typical Canarian cuisine

Gambas al ajillo...a typical starter

 

Typical Canarian Cuisine

There are literally thousands of restaurants in Lanzarote, the bulk of which are obviously based in the main resorts of Playa Blanca, Puerto del Carmen and Costa Teguise. And unsurpisingly the majority of these serve Comida Tipica – traditional Canarian cuisine. But what exactly does that comprise?

Most of these restaurants will have pretty similar menus, with starters usually encompassing dishes such as gambas al ajillo – prawns in hot olive oil, garlic and chilli, which is also a staple on the mainland where it is more usually referred to as gambas pil pil. The idea here is to use wads of bread to soak up the oil and pinch a prawn, just watch out for those chillies though!

Other typical starters include croquettes, which can be made with both fish and meat. Shellfish such as mussels and limpets are also common, as is local goats cheese which can be served as is or often comes deep fried with a jam or fig compote as an accompaniment.

The Main Event

The emphasis in local cooking is on simple, fresh ingredients that are cooked simply with little fanfare or flourishes. So forget all about the sort of sauces, reductions and decorations that accompany more modern international dishes. Instead you can expect to choose from a selection of locally caught fresh white fish, such as sama, dorada and cherne. These are usually served with the obligatory papas arrugadas or wrinkled potatoes (cooked in salt in their skins) and a selection of sauces and mojos. Meat dishes, especially the beef option which usually comes in from South America, also get similar simple treatment.

And to Drink?

Lanzarote has a proud pedigree and long standing tradition of producing wine. The quality can vary widely though between year and bodega, so it pays to ask the advice of your waiter when selecting your bottle. Alternatively most restaurants also offer a range of wines from the Spanish mainland, including more familiar choices such as Riojas and Ribero del Duero´s.

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