Monday 25 March 2013

Restaurante Aromas Yaiza, Lanzarote.

Whilst Lanzarote is not a necessarily a destination for 'foodies' there are some good restaurants on the island, it is Spanish after all (although it feels different to the mainland, like a South American island.)  We went primarily for the pleasant warm weather, but as we'd previously enjoyed it, we returned once again to the Aromas Yaiza restaurant in our resort, Playa Blanca. It's also in the Michelin Guide.
We had the 8 course taster menu last time, which is a real bargain at €35, so we knew we were having it again. After choosing a fairly decent rioja (Luis Alegre,) we went straight into the appetisers.
Firstly Apple & Salmon, a perfectly refreshing little morsel, and a simple effective combination.
Then came a tiny Canarian Potato topped with local cheese, also agreeable, although it was gone in a mouthful.
The warm home made bread and two types of butter was good also.
The first course proper was Iberico Ham and Prawns, fresh and delicious.
Then came the dish we remember from our previous visit; Fried Cheese. The words 'fried' and 'cheese' is always going to be a winner for me, and we really enjoyed this dish again.
Next, the fish course Cherne (or grouper) which is found in these local waters, worked well with lemongrass, a tasty stew.
It's good honest food this, unpretentious but always flavoursome. The Steak, Mushrooms and Truffle Oil (my star dish) was excellent.
The first of the desserts, was kind of like an Canarian Egg Custard flan, which I preferred to the second, Caramelised Pineapple and ice cream.
I really enjoyed this type of food, it's fresh, honest and effective. It's clear that their goal is primarily making the food as delicious as possible, it is not overly creative, but everything works and is cooked well.
The service was good and the ambience was pleasant, making it the best choice in Playa Blanca along with Cocina de Colacho. (see review here.)
Price: An 8 course taster menu for €35 is a steal.
Service: Charming, and speedy.
Atmosphere: Warm and traditional.
Food: The best in town.
Star dish: Steak, Mushrooms & Truffle oil.

Score: 7/10.

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