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leo_london

Restaurant recommendations.
« on: August 28, 2007 »
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  • Right, now before everyone shouts at me..I have searched back through the threads.
    From what I gather, this site does not all allow reviews of eating and drinking establishments..good or bad.
    Thats a pity, I have always found that  a few recommendations from locals or regular visitors makes for a more pleasant stay.
    So, is there a site that has reviews of eating places in Los Gigantes and its near neighbours ?
    ( I have looked in a few guide books but get the feeling that they may now be out of date )

    Also, while I'm here. Are there any walks in the LG area ?
    I mean attractive walks, my wife likes that sort of thing..up and down your notorious hill will probably be enough for me.  :)

    tanemera

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  • There are lots of restauarant recommendations on this forum, but for "european" food try Gran Reserve or Mirandas in LG, or Lupolos in Alcala. 

    For walks, a good starting place to get to know the area is the bus stop at the tennis courts in LG.  Pick up one of Hans's brochures from there (or the adjacent travel shop) and meet him at the bus stop at the times specified.

    Annie

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  • I agree Juan. Look back on the forum again Leo-London. For instance there are details of restaurants recommended as recently as July 4th and June 14th to name just two. The latter was started by Billi 161 who was a great one for asking questions when the answers could be found on the forum in previous posts.


    Leigh

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  • I can't recommend 'El Meson' enough.  Hubby and I have been to many restaurants around Los Gigs and PS and we think this is one of the best.
    Down the hill past Vigilia Park (on the same side).
    They are so friendly there and you can either have a complimentary bottle of wine to take away with you or a taxi back to your base.  Personally we like to walk a meal off.

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    Re: Restaurant recommendations.
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  • Leo

    Trust me juan Carlos is the place to go, everyone will agree you will not be disappointed in fact I'll pay your bill if you are, if you can catch me  ;D :) :P

    El meson is good as well Leigh but second by a long way [a bloody big hill of a long way] :-*
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    leo_london

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  • Juan.. Many thanks for the info, I have noted the restaurants and your suggestion for waks.

    Annie..I have looked back at all the threads from the beginning of the year and taken notes. I was careful NOT to ask for further recommendations for that reason ( though they are more than welcome ) It is time consuming and I am very lazy. I was just wondering if there was a site, maybe a local magazine, that gave such information more concisely.

    Leigh..Thanks, that sounds excellent..I will be sure to give  'El Meson'  a try..and report back.

    Maps..Thanks, I have Juan Carlos from your previous post. I'm suspicious though..are you a shareholder ?
    Only joking..of course.  ;)  


    ps..Another reason for asking ( I'm sorry if some people find it annoying ) is that there seems to be many reports of restaurants and bars closing..a lot of the February recommendations are now probably obselete ?

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    Re: Restaurant recommendations.
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  • i came back end july
    i can say bar rios good cheap canarian, el meson, juan carlos for special meal ,bar jessis for fidsh of the day the plaza for taps, juan llams and salsburg 10 euro set meals or good al carte.lasnagria good coffee and orange juice. this is just to name a few have fun  :)

    leo_london

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  • Thanks, Linda. a few more to add to my list. :)

    I have done some research..just to prove that I do read these threads. If anyone is interested, here are the leading contenders among the restaurants..following all your recommendations this year.

    Juan Carlos  11
    El Meson        9
    Nova Bleue    7
    Mistingette    6
    Fisherman's Inn  6
    Barco de Nino   5
    Sissi's   4
    La Caldera 3
    El Timon 3
    Chicken Shack 3
    Friendly Dolphin 3

    There are many more with two mentions or less.
    Its not very scientific, some have been recommended by the same people several times...and one in particular seems to divide opinion, a smoking issue I believe ?
    Still, I have enough to keep me going, even if I dont yet have a clue where they are in relation to where I will be staying.  ;)


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    Re: Restaurant recommendations.
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  • No unfortunately leo, i am not a shareholder I should be so lucky lucky, lucky lucky,  ::) just kidding

    where are you staying?

    Sissie's is no longer, cross it off the new bar which everyone been talking about is there now.
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    brunel400

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  • Leo

    Thanks for compiling the list, it is very useful and interesting.

    Just for info my top 5 in order are:

    Juan Carlos
    Jessi's
    El Meson
    La Caldera
    and Little Italy, which I have always found excellent, but gets very few mentions.

    There are a few on your list which we haven't tried yet - roll on Christmas when we are back!  I'm really looking forward to Barco de Nino and Juan Llamas (and before anyone says anything, I KNOW this is "Los Gigantes.com"!! :D)

    Incidentally, where is El Timon?

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  • brunel400

    we've been to barco de nino nice meal but very expensive take plenty of cash with you

    and may i be the first to wish you and your family a very merry christmas.
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    Re: Restaurant recommendations.
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  • Please note Gran Reserva is now closed it is up for sale.
    El Timons is next to the Barcelo Hotel in Puerto Santiago, very good, you can sit outside overlooking the sea, great views

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  • leo

    You asked about walks in the area, there is the masca walk but may not be open because of the resent fire or pop into the hotel LG they always used to take the guests on walks, tag along with them
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    tlg

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  • Can't believe no-one has mentioned Pescador in Los Gigs (not the one in Santiago !!) we've never had a bad meal there - I'm not saying it is the best but it's very very consistent which many of the previously mentioned places have not been when we have visited - namely (and apologies to all fans out there) Juan Carlos !!

    brunel400

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  • tlg, many thanks - you are absolutely correct - I forgot all about El Pescador.  Can I change my top 5 to a top 6???  Had some excellent meals there and lovely service!  Recommended.

    borris

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  • Well gang keep watching this space as they say the owners of Los Gigantes.com have taken me and Dorris up on the offer of un-biased restaurant reviews.  Los Gigantes.com have asked me to point out they have never operated a policy of no comments on restaurants but on several occasions in the past restaurant owners have asked for derogatory comments to be removed.  Los Gigantes.com would never do this, without removing the positive comments as well. The new review section will treat all restaurants fairly and equally but those who have asked to be removed from the site will not be included. It will take me and Dorris quite some time to give comprehensive reviews but we have already covered some.

    Judging by your current top ten we have some eating to do.

    You will be able to email your comments on any reviews or recommendations to us  borrisydorris@losgigantes.com

    Borrisydorris :)
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    leo_london

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  • Thanks all, a few more interesting tips.
    Its becoming obvious, 14 days will not be long enough to sample all the culinary delights of LG.

    Borris, that sounds good. If you and Dorris need a hand, I dont mind helping out for a modest fee..the price of a meal.
    I'm pretty sure I could do a better job than Michael Winner.  ;)

    Maps..Thanks for that extra info on walks.
    We are still waiting exact details from the apartment owner, booking and payment have been confirmed.
    From the map on the owners site it looks like the apartment is on Tab aiba ?..its a little too small to read the name properly.

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    Re: Restaurant recommendations.
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  • Yes Leo i know where it is just below royal sun, and you have your walks built in up and down each evening 

    taxi anyone? :) ;)
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    leo_london

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  • Umm...Thanks, that really makes my day. I should be a lot fitter by the end of my stay..if I survive.
    I shall write to the tourist board and suggest a cable-car, Funchal has one that makes a packet.  :)

    tanemera

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  • Sissis's (Leo-London) is now closed but I understand this is where the nice new tapas bas is with the telescope for star gazing.  Sorry to hear Gran Reserva is closed - since it changed it's name from Sinatras it had been excellent.

    Annie

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  • Congratulations Leo-London. Think youve done a grand job on your research, so apologies for any criticism I made. :-[ :-[

    I see that all the info you have only relates to Los Gigantes and Puerto Santiago
    and thought you may be interested in one of my favourites which is further afield but easily accessible by car, taxi or bus. It is in Alcala and is called Casa Juana.
    It is a spanish restaurant which serves a wide variety of fish. Very attractive decor . Frequented by locals which I think is always a good sign.Prices reasonable and they do the best mixed salad with dressing that I have had anywhere. Open lunchtime and evenings . Closed Wednesdays.
    Also if you get the chance try a 'Barraquitta' {dont think I have spelt it properly} .This is a coffee type drink made with coffee, a type of brandy, and topped with condensed milk and a slice of lemon. Have never found it anywhere but Tenerife.
    Hope you have a great holiday.

    wags

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  • Here's my culinary review

    now i know you can get a Indian in most high st in britain but krishna's is well worth a visit.
    juan Carlos and barco de nino  o k for special occasions
    mistingets and El mason    both good but jokes in latter wear a bit thin after a dozen times or so
    El pescador      sorry tig went a couple of times not great to dark
    cheap option     la bogetta spelled incorrect i think and the wine bar in the sports centre are good value
    fisherman's inn       went once  food was rank but change hands since may give it another  go
    Miranda's     a bit hit and miss moody staff
    both Chinese   avoid  buy a box of vesa its better
    trying to get up the courage to go to the place under yates bar to many bad reviews maybe that can be borris and dorris first assignment ?
    harbour lites    great food   but that hill back.
    can't think of any more off to watch the football
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  • One Restaurant you might try is the Varadero about three doors down from the Transito in Varadero.
    Not particularly inspirational from the outside however well worth a try from the inside. Food very good and the staff and owner very pleasant. The LG golf society went there last Sunday and it was excellent.

    Carole

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  • Harbour Lites does it for me and I need the hike up the hill  to walk off the food ;D
    We always fit two or three visits into every trip and are never disappointed.  That would be followed by Mistenguette and El Meson.  We occasionally eat at the Wine Bar and the lunches there are very good too.  El Pescador is one we eat at in the Winter months, but find it too hot in the Summer.  It's not special, just consistent.

    wags

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  • Right football finished i am back

    little Italy    better squid then barco and half the price
    ck's             good     big breakfasts
    oasis           very good  lunch time menu

    that's it not been everywhere still more to try

    leo_london

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  • Annie, Edward, Carole and Wags ( again )..
    Thanks, thats great. Its becoming quite a comprehensive list and I am looking foward to adding my recommendations.  :)
    It should prove useful to other visitors until the permanent review section can be set up.
    Another idea might be to add a map ( or link ) with a key to the locations of all ( or most )  restaurants and bars in the local area..or at least in LG. I can't imagine any owners would object and it might prove useful even for locals.

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    Re: Restaurant recommendations.
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  • When you go down to the village leo, look for a little booklet called out and about, its free a map inside will tell you where all the good bars and restaurants are  you will find the book almost anywhere outside shops, in bars or always on the bus stop,  it will help.
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    leo_london

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  • Thanks Maps. I owe you ( and a few other people here ) a drink.  :)

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  • you never know, back out mid sept our paths may cross
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    NikkiGQ

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  •  ;D  "Nuevo Mexico" opened last week in Puerto de Santiago between Fettucines and the Chicken shack, it seems to have taken off !!!

    Ive not been yet, but heard very reports back already !!!

    Ciao for now.