Our friend Carol flew in from the UK to stay for a week as we had a ‘leaving do’ to attend for good friends Les and Al who after 15 years are leaving the island. In way of payment for her bed and board, Carol wanted to treat us to a special meal and it wasn’t a particularly hard choice to find somewhere special. Recently I had been seeing excellent reviews of Casa Tagoro, so we thought we would give it a whirl one Sunday evening.
Tucked out-of-the-way (thankfully otherwise it would be mobbed) this busy, buzzy, spot serves some “awesome” dishes.
When we arrived, it was almost empty apart from a couple of tables outside. Because I believe the restaurant to be in contention as the venue for “the best food” in Los Cristianos, it can be hard to get a table, so I phoned ahead. As the evening wore on it became apparent just how popular this has become. The dining room filled with local families, old and young visitors of various nationalities and those seeking a traditional setting ideal for savouring the exquisite flavour combinations of the menu.
From the moment we arrived, we felt comfortable. We were pleasantly greeted and the great wine list and menu explained. There is a fine and complex 4 and 6 course degustation menu, aperitif included from 49€, or you can order each course separately.
We started with the warm bread served with butter, Himalayan salt, crab paste with red peppercorns and good olive oil.
Moving on Carol and I shared the carpaccio of beef with parmesan shavings while Jim went for the tomato soup with gin. As a non-drinker, he said it was delicious. We were then served a complimentary deep and earthy sweet Beetroot Gazpacho with celery.
The hard part came with trying to choose a main course, everything looked inviting so winning plaudits for innovation.
Jim went for the Sunday special of roast pork in beer sauce with two different dumplings and sauerkraut. Carol had the grouper with asparagus, sweet potatoes and lime sauce and I after much deliberating went for the duck breast in forest berry sauce with gratin potatoes. The food was superb and presented beautifully, think foam, and lots of smears and attention to detail was high. I loved the various unusual touches of shaped vegetables and flowers.
I rounded off with chocolate tarte with a squidgy liquid surprise inside and to cut the sweetness a delicious raspberry sauce. The others had coffee.
However, there is always the odd quibble. While the service was top notch, friendly and attentive, the waiter did suffer from BO which was so noticeable we all commented when he wafted past our table. It was though, the only drawback.
Now recognised by many as one of the most exciting dining experiences in Los Cristianos, Casa Tagoro combines restaurant and deli – with well-presented food and excellent treats to buy.
It won´t suit those who want to pile it high and have change from a fiver as it is perhaps a shade expensive, but you get what you pay for. We all felt it was a refreshing change from much on offer round here, and an all-round first-class experience.