I hadn´t managed to meet up with my friend since her holiday in Italy and we decided that as she loves Italian food we would have pizza at Nancy Spain’s restaurant in Los Cristianos. At 4.00pm on the day we were due to go I learnt that said restaurant was having an Official Opening ‘bash’ and food would not be served after 8.00pm only nibbles and drinks. As we were not meeting until 8.00, a quick change of plan was needed. Ulla is vegetarian, she eats fish but sometimes when choosing a place to eat the menu can be quite limited and predictable.
I did a check on the internet and there appeared to be plenty of choice not only for our veggie friend but all of us on the menu at La Terrazza del Mare in Las Americas this included pastas, pizzas and fish as well as meat so I phoned to book a table.
When we arrived at just after 8.30, we were shown to a table set for six although there were only three of us. It was in a small gazebo or tented cabin set back from the sea and although it was next to the road all we could smell were the beautiful flowers close by. While one of us did not take long browsing the menu, others in our party could not decide what to have so that gave time to look around. I can see how many will find the setting of the Terrazza romantic especially with the sun setting over La Gomera. The restaurant itself is also a cut above some establishments in the area with its sophisticated and chic good looks.
Our server for the evening was Pepe; the manager who we learnt had just won a major competition in making cocktails. He is no stranger to this having won before and we had a joke about testing new recipes. We settled for just a basket of hot breads and spreads for starters along with sampling two of his ‘Virgin’ cocktails a Shirley Temple and Safe Sex and one with lots of alcohol that would not look out of place on the film set of Shrek while we decided what to have for mains.
After a lot of hemming and hawing we opted for the chicken with fresh vegetables for OH, Ulla chose the fettuccini with mushrooms and prawns and I finally settled for the tortellini with spinach and gorgonzola. Friend had a glass of house red, which she declared delicious, and OH and I, not being great drinkers had a couple of bottles of water.
As you can see from the photos, the food was flawlessly presented and having sampled from everyone’s plate I can say without hesitation each dish was delicious. OH finished off with a slice of what I think was called Pine Nut Cake – we did discuss what this contained and concluded it was marzipan. Rather yummy, but Ulla and I decided to forego pudding and sample Pepe’s winning cocktail. Well I decided to try it and once Ulla had tasted she was quick to order her own. A tasty combination of Tia Maria, Vanilla Vodka with a hint of chocolate cookies and other subtle flavours blended into a semi-frozen delight, which rounded the evening off nicely.
All of the staff were extremely attentive, even those who were not serving us checked to see if things were OK as they passed by our table. The restaurant was full as well as the bar area were people were meeting up for cocktails before moving on to the all night clubs. I would certainly recommend a visit to anyone looking for something different, upmarket and stylish. Even if you don´t want to eat, it is worth a visit for the views, the cocktails and the setting. If you do wish to eat, I think it is best to reserve a table, so as not to be disappointed.