Palm Mar is not the sort of place you immediately associate with traditional Canarian tapas bars or authentic local food. In fact, you are more likely to think of Pie and Mash nights for the Brits or French and Belgian clientèle spill out of the local bar and onto the side-walk but all is not as it may first appear in this quiet little village.
This week girlfriend and I decided to stay within walking distance of her house. We headed down a tiny alleyway and came across two nice looking bar/restaurants, (well I came upon, she knew all about them as this was her surprise). The first was closed at lunchtime but the one we were heading for was El Pescaito.
There were a few tables taken on the sunny terrace however, we sauntered around the side where there was more shade and found a nice spot that felt a million miles from where we actually were. Having lunch in this type of restaurant is much more than simply sitting down to eat it is a genuine way of life in Tenerife but ordinarily you have to be in the inland villages to be warmly invited to take part.
Service was prompt, even though the terrace was pretty full. We ordered a media racion of ham croquettes a media racion of sardines and a racion of spinach croquettes, with the bread and butter it was plenty of food for two. I am not a great lover of fish but El Pescaito does some of the best sardines in south Tenerife, they are lightly floured, quick-fried and tasty.
It’s a great spot on a sunny day to chat about everything and nothing, it doesn´t take much to send girlfriend and I into a fit of giggles and our imagination ran riot when we spotted the grilled lion on the menu. We smirked at each other when two old German guys started to flirt with us, but they soon gave up when we made out we thought Alemania meant they were from the Isle of Man.
Go to El Pescaito expecting fine dining and you’ll be disappointed, it is about as local as it comes the food is no-frills, full taste stuff and it is subsequently busy. The whole meal with drinks cost us under €20 but the afternoon was priceless.