In the holiday resorts of Tenerife, you can eat reasonably well, but you generally need to look beyond the tourist traps if you want to eat half-decently. We had friends staying and they wanted to thank us by buying a meal on their last night.
I have been to Placeres several times (which is something I don´t usually do as I like to try new restaurants) but I knew that this is a fine restaurant and they would have a meal to remember on their last night on the island.
First impressions are important and they were certainly impressed. Placeres is a friendly and stylish spot that is always buzzy, not attracting a particularly ‘beautiful’ crowd it would have to be said, just those from ALL nationalities that appreciate good food.
Pablo Patron is one of the most successful restaurateurs in the south of Tenerife; he is no slouch either when it comes to wielding pots and pans. Christian the resident chef takes some beating but on Friday last he was on holiday and Pablo was cooking. To say the food was delicious is an understatement. In a three-course meal, nothing is humdrum. Everything be it fish, meat, pate or pudding is attractively presented to a very high standard.
I had the home-made pate for starters, (didn´t have the camera setting correct so the first image is a bit blue due to the lighting) the second image of my starter is better but I had already started to eat!!
OH had the prawns and while our friends thought they would forego starters and concentrate on pudding they couldn´t resist the tapas, which they shared. (another one of those dodgy photos until I set the camera).
For mains, we had the Fillet Steak, the Entrecôte, Iberian Pork and Bream with prawns everything mouth-wateringly delicious.
So much so that those of us who were going to forego pudding fell off the wagon and dived in. Fortunately, these are light so we had half a taster menu, a mix of ice cream and sorbet and the Tiramisú made with local honey. OH opted for the apple tart and custard which he always has!
Throughout our meal, we kept topped up with beers, spirits, soft drinks, waters and rounded off with coffees which are also good. So friend who was picking up the bill (sorry don’t know how much it was) adopted the brace position for its arrival but was pleasantly surprised having expected it to be at least double.
It has become fashionable in some circles to snipe at quality food, by those who prefer it cheap and piled high. However while that is fine on occasions, I much prefer quality over the quantity and good cooking at these sort of prices is exceptional I’m also prepared to overlook my rule of not returning to a restaurant but Placeres is the exception to that rule.
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