This was the first time that my girlfriend and I had managed to get together for our ‘Ladies wot Lunch’ session since I returned from my holiday in China. We normally do something cheap and cheerful at lunch times and invariably because of that end up in the resorts where meals are good value but a bit repetitive.
This time we decided to stick close to where she lives in Palm Mar and drove the short distance to Las Galletas. Las Galletas has retained much of its original fishing village feel and maybe because of this it attracts visitors of many different nationalities so also has a bit of a cosmopolitan air about it.
It is a typical seaside Canarian village. Stretching back from the sea, fishermen’s cottages sit next to restaurants, bars and shops. Walk through the pedestrianised centre, with its narrow streets and charming café strewn plazas and you could be in any sleepy Spanish village, particularly during the afternoon when most of the shops close for siesta.
We parked by the beach that consists of black volcanic sand and pebbles and although it is next to the main road is very popular with locals who want to soak up the sun.
The Marina runs parallel to the beach and its blue and white colour scheme, anchor designs in the metalwork and old Neptune keeping guard make it a rather classy affair.
The picturesque harbour area gives way to an attractive beach-front promenade lined with restaurants and bars and is a popular meeting place for both local people and visitors – this is where we headed.
Our first port of call was the Pink Parrot; I suggested this because I had heard good reports. It looked very nice, was spotlessly clean and there were quite a few customers, but after looking at the limited menu it was no different to what was on offer in the tourist resorts, so we had a drink and moved on.
We walked back along the prom to the Habla Habla, which overlooks the rocky coastline. The outsides tables were all taken but we didn’t mind as it was extremely hot and we had already decided to sit inside.
The menu in several languages offered a great choice of food that would please most nationalities and all at reasonable prices. I don´t normally go for fishy dishes but being in Las Galletas which has a good reputation for fish restaurants and seeing some of the meals coming to other tables I was tempted. I opted for the ‘Home-style’ mussels – these were cooked in white wine, with onions, leaks and celery and just a hint of curry powder. I expected to have to fight with sells but this wasn´t the case and it meant the portion was generous too.
Friend chose Panga. I have never had it but had heard that because it tastes a bit like cod many restaurants serve it as part of their traditional ‘Fish and Chips’. This came as two nice looking fillets that had been lightly crumbed so not covered in an inch of greasy batter; it also had no bones so maybe I will give it a try in future.
Both meals had a nice assortment of salad and a bowl of chips was placed on the table. Pretty good I thought for just €6 each. Friend had a white wine with her meal as she had a second glass I guess it was quite drinkable and that was €2.50 I stuck with water at €1 a bottle.
If you want to eat somewhere that is still indicative of the true Tenerife I would recommend you visit Las Galletas. It does get its share of tourists in a small way, but is a far cry from the main resorts. It is quaint, tranquil and a gem for those who wish to experience authentic Canarian life.