Every year at the beginning of November our friends, Charles and Valda come to the island for two weeks and we get together for something special. They are what I would call foodies, if that means they are both aficionado of good food and drink. Over the past 6 years, we have always managed to find excellent places to take them and this is one of the things they look forward to. When their phone call comes to say we have arrived, one of the first things they ask is where are we going this time?
Not wanting to disappoint I usually spend several days thinking over the places we have taken them in the past, where OH and I have been since their last visit or of places that I have heard others rave over. This time I wanted to take them to Los Roques at Los Abrigos then realised, they were not open on Monday nights. How about El Lajar, oh no the same story, closed Monday. Then I remembered that we had been many times to the Flor del Drago in Playa de la Arena and it has never disappointed.
Sometimes if we are out for a drive, we will drop in for their lovely cakes and a coffee, but if we have friends who like good food, we will drive the 20 odd miles to Flor del Drago, as it is certainly worthwhile. This isn´t the kind of place you get burger and chips or anything and chips, but it is where you will find lovely mixtures of flavours and the freshest ingredients all reasonably priced.
The owners Julio and his wife Nuria really know their stuff and are happy to explain how each dish is put together or advise which wine will suit. This was put to the test when Charles asked for a Canarian white and Julio explained that he only had two as he buys from local vineyards and the new wines will not be ready until the end of the month. He told us that on the Fiesta of San Andrés, the wine cellars open their doors for the tasting of the new wines and once Julio decides which is best he orders from that particular supplier.
The wine he chose for us was delicious and complimented the meal. Yet again, the food was delicious as always. We had starters of an Assortment of Flor del Drago at €8.50, which consisted of tiny filo pastry parcels, Canarian potato croquets, cheese and courgette and several other tasty morsels. From the extensive main menu, we chose the Duck Confit with Orange and Mango Sauce, the Veal Scaloppini in wine sauce and the Roast Rack of Lamb French style, breaded with dried fruit and herbs. All of the meals are accompanied by a selection of fresh vegetables, that included, baby carrots, roast potatoes and courgette (none of your frozen stuff here) the plates were also decorated with a selection of guava and tiny apples the size of walnuts – it looked exquisite. I am so cross because I took the camera specifically and was so carried away that I totally forgot until we reached pudding. Ah well, here are a couple of picture of the sweets we chose.
The bill was very reasonable at under €120 but they also do a specials menu where for €15.50 you can choose a selection of three courses from the menu. From time to time, they have themed menus or wine tastings. The next is on 19th of this month, when you will be given the opportunity to try 5 new wines and 5 different courses for €28. The last wine tasting was fully booked, so to avoid disappointment – book early!
You can find this restaurant just yards from the Playa de la Arena Hotel, you can´t miss its bright green signage, it is modern, elegant with a nice outside seating area or inside if the weather is cool.
If you are in the west of the island do pay a visit, this IMO is the best restaurant for miles and you won´t be disappointed.