Barstro has only been open a short time, but they are already on the radar of top restaurants to visit in Lanzarote.
The restaurant is located just off the main road into Nazaret, near the resort of Costa Teguise and well worth any effort to track it down.
The first time I visited I knew this was going to be something special. We were welcomed by joint owner Victor and Chef Paul who have impeccable attitude towards food, drinks service and their customers.
I have visited 6 times in total and cant wait to visit again as they have a new menu every 2 weeks.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the deep fried puntillas (baby squid), a big favorite of mine. These were served beautifully, salted just right and deep fried to a perfect crunch. Next grilled rib-eye steak cooked to perfection and served with al dente vegetables and mash.
Normally I skip puddings on this island because they are not usually done very well and are often either defrosted or oversweet. But looking at the beautifully presented chocolate and pear creation at the next table I decided to taste. OMG! Gastronomy on a spoon! Paul is nothing short of a magician in the kitchen.
They have a Facebook page, so easy to find.
I love eating al fresco! This is one of my favourite tapas bars that look over the ocean. Its open 10am-10pm, closed on Monday.
The tables and chairs outside El Caleta fill up pretty quickly after they open, as its a popular spot with locals and cyclists who hire bikes to cycle along this beautiful promenade. Shady umbrellas provided or you can eat at the bar or small restaurant inside.
Staff are great, friendly and smiling, chilled out.
Favorite Dish: M'm'm'm'm' I love the puntillitas! which are baby squid deep fried in batter, finger lickin good and a tapas portion is usually enough for 2.
My other favourites are the Morrocon chicken kebabs and the local beef stew (estafado). Everyone I have taken (even vegetarians) have found some favorite item on the menu. Most tapas come with either bread, french fries or potatoes and cost from 3 euros.
2013 It has now changed hands and is called Matilda's, but everything is just the same with an Italian twist.
Visited again in 2012, and tried the cheese cake, I wasn't disappointed.
Visited in 2009, I had apple strudel and coffee.
Matilda's Italian patisserie, is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Pueblo Marinero, serving good cakes, coffee and ice creams
You can enjoy a nice coffee and cake in a quiet setting.
Open 10-4pm most days
Favorite Dish: Try the Hot Chocolate, cheese cake or fruit flan.
Coffee and Apple Strudel
La Bohemia is a very popular restaurant and soon fills up with diners. It is a small place with a good atmosphere. The service is good and the staff are busy but helpful. Eating is inside so it can get a little warm.
Booking is recommended.
Favorite Dish: I had pork steaks with veg and chips, then I had cream caramel to follow.
The pork was delicious as was the rest of the meal. My only concern was, they only had chips and rice, no other potatoes on offer, which was a shame as my other half doesn't like chips !
This is a small ice cream parlour on the seafront to the North of Cacharras beach.
They have a vast array of ice creams and an ice cream menu with plenty of options.
They also sell milk shakes.
They are little expensive, but worth it.
Favorite Dish: I am a traditionalist and just ever have Vanilla ice, I opted for the large Cone and it was just the best, creamy and full of flavour. My other half had a selection of ice creams and I got no complaints.
Visited again 2009, still of a very high standard.
We stayed a little out of the center of Costa Teguise this year, and, I'm pleased we did, or else, I would never have found Oscar's. It is just that little bit special, tucked away in a small court yard, between the hotel Coronas Playa and the Las Coronas apartment's, from the outside it looks a little run down, but enter into a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Run to a high standard, the service was excellent, a little more expensive than the other restaurant's in the area, not big, but filling. I had Aberdeen Angus steak to die for on two occasion, and pasta on another .They have a good well stocked bar and an extensive wine list (nice sangria too ).
The complementary Cointreau with a nice cup of coffee finished the meal off very nicely ,thank you.
Favorite Dish: Pasta
Aberdeen Angus Steak.
This little Tapas bar can be found at the entrance to the Maretas centre, it's run by the former proprietor of Luis tapas bar a Spaniard who knows his tapas.
It is small with just a few tables inside and four or five tables outside. It's clientele are mainly local Canarians who come in daily for their tapas/menu del dia and drinks.
Breakfast is served from 7am.
Menu del Dia from 12:30 - 10pm
They are open Monday - Saturday 7 am - 4pm. Closed on Sunday.
Favorite Dish: I've tried the menu del dia ,they have a choice of starters, main course dessert or coffee, I chose the fish soup followed by grilled fish and salad with ice cream to follow.
Another time I had tapas, beef stew which just melted in the mouth, garlic prawns and tortilla.
Visited in 2013 still my favourite tapas bar, menu del dia is still good value as is all the food on offer.
If you love good food, go to La Cabaña.
Very friendly British couple (Jeremy is the chef and Kim the waitress) run it and will make you feel very welcome. Great food, good wine list.
Favorite Dish: Seafood pillow - seafood in a white wine creamy sauce, in a flaky pastry pillow
Roast duck in blackberry sauce
All the deserts are delicious
also .. Steaks, chicken,
great vegetarian food (Spinach and Ricotta Wellington was wonderful)
Beautifully cooked al dente vegetables -
dreamy desserts. Christmas day special menu.
Starters from 5 euros
Main courses from 10 euros
Deserts from 5 euros
Wine list & bar
On the edge of Uga vineyards (pronounced ooga) near Yaiza, this little Spanish bodega is better than anything you will find on the main resorts.
You won't be given a menu, the Canarian food is fresh every day and sourced locally.
The choice of locally grown wines from the Lanzarote vineyards is awesome.
It is a tiny restaurant that doesnt seat more than about 20 people and is located inside an old winery (bodega). It is more expensive compared to local prices, but worth every centimo!
If you are vegetarian book in advance and the chef will create something special for you.
Favorite Dish: The menu changes daily.
This is what we ate at one sitting!
Ropa Viejo - a Canarian Soup with giant garbonzos (chick peas) in a rich sauce with chirozzo
Locally smoked salmon mousse
Tuna cooked with sweet onions
Grilled seafood in garlic
Grilled Steak with herbs and french fries
Gofio Ice Cream (locally grown maize)
Wine & coffee
This tiny shack on the beach serves delicious inexpensive tapas and drinks from 11am- 7pm.
Half the tables and chairs are located out in the sun and half are in the shade, so get there early if you want any shade.
Weekends and August are extremely busy and noisy with locals who love the place, so you may have to wait for a table.
They serve fresh Paella at the weekend about 4.50 euros for a platefull!
Arrieta is where my profile picture was taken.
Favorite Dish: My favourite is Pollo con pimientos, (chicken with peppers, mushrooms and olives). Its a hot dish (not fiery) and very popular, it costs 3 euros for a tapas portion or 5 euros for a plateful. Also sardines, burgers, fried fish, German sausages, paella, chips, salads, fresh fish.
The tapas is usually all I can eat as its served with a basket of bread. Eat with a glass of chilled white wine! Gorgeous lunch. I try to get there at least once a week, more if I can.
Open 11 am to 7pm.
A typical Canarian restaurant where the locals eat.
Favorite Dish: There is a huge choice from chicken, steak,seafoods, but I love the Gambas al alijo (Prawns cooked with slices of garlic in olive oil) also Corvina a la plancha. I nearly always order it. It is a firm white fish, brushed with garlic and olive oil and grilled. Served with canary potatoes with the 3 famous mojo sauces and a salad, yum! I wash this down with a glass of vino blanco seco (dry white wine).
Their soups are all fantastic - the seafood soup is great tasting and full of seafood. served with hot bread rolls and a dish of garlic mojo.
The staff are brilliant, polite, friendly and professional - and they love children.
Can get very noisy after 10pm when most Spanish people start coming in and it fills up quickly. Before 10 - the mood is much more liesurely.
A fantastic variety of typical local tapas.
Each dish is priced individually from about 3 euros, choose as much or as little as you please.
If you dont speak Spanish, just point. Great way of experimenting with Spanish food. The shop sometimes serves goat (cabrito) or rabbit (conejo) octopus, (pulpo).
Favorite Dish: Jamon Serrano - cured ham
Papas Arrugadas- small wrinkly potatoes with a salt crust & 3 mojo (spicy) sauces
Pulpo - Octopus
Deep fried baby calamari (squid)
Lamb meatballs in chilli sauce
Pollo asado (roast chicken)
Pollo con salsa( chicken with spicy sauce)
Green & black olives - delicious with cold beer
Boccaroni (tiny fish marinated in garlic, oil & white wine vinegar
Chirrozo (very tasty Spanish sausage)
Cabrito (Goat meat roasted with garlic & rosemary)
Tortilla (potatoe omellete)
Papas Fritas (chips)
This little tapas bar can be found just off the main square in the old Lanzarote capitol of Teguise.
It serves great tapas and has plenty of old rustic charm.
The bar is very small,eat outside or up in the tiny attic room as we did.
Favorite Dish: There were four of us and we all selected something different.
Tortilla, parma ham, stuffed tomatoes and Lamb stew,all with plenty of bread and drinks.
Everyone was satisfied with what they had and we'd go back again.
This restaurant can be found at the Castillo De San Jose. Enter via the museum or take the stairs at the side of the Castillo. The restaurant has a panoramic window overlooking the marina and the docking area for the many cruise ships that stop of to see this beautiful Island.
The restaurant was quiet when we visited,but there was still a buzz about the place.
Great attentive service, but not rushed.
Do visit the loo's with a view,spotlessly clean.
Favorite Dish: "s3We had the Menu del dias, a little expensive but worth it for the views and service.
We started with fish soup, then sea bass and a local dessert called Bienmesabe, which is a toffee like substance with pine nuts and ice cream, plus a glass of wine and water. They did have other choices.
Just had a 2 weeks holidays with my wife in Playa Blanca,and we follow the feedback for this Restaurant on tripadvisor.What a pleasant surprise , its a small humbled Portuguese family Restaurant, a bit off road opposite the Church above a rental car,the food was so different of the others Restaurants we have visited so far,the service with a smile and fresh quality food,and when i say fresh i mean the chef brings you the cuts of the steak ,or the fish, at the table ,to see it before going on the BBQ.
We have visited on the first day and then we tried another 4 different Restaurant,we ended back to this restaurant another 4 times,simply the best by a mile ,and quite cheap to my surprize
I just cant fault it ! amazing starter and awesome main.
Well done and well deserved to be the best in Playa Blanca
Favorite Dish: Spicy Garlic prawns :the best i ever had no doubt whatsoever.
Home made Prawns or cod fish Croquettes:my wife love them i didn't try them,was to busy with my prawns.
Black Pork Secret its a must, if you are a pork adept : Crispy ,tender juicy and rich in flavor,first time i tried this Black Pig .
Entrecote of the day:massive steak ,what a taste! just cant described well cooked as we ask medium rare,most of the restaurant ,either over cooked or rare,the chef brought us at the table a hot stone, just in case we want to cook the stake a bit more,no need for that cos was cooked to perfection ,nice touch and much appreciated .
Roast leg of Lamb:this one is available at the request,had to ask for it a day in advance,again rich in flavor,cooked in a white wine,garlic,Bay leafs,rosmary,mint,and mustard,dont realy remember well all the ingredients explained by the chef,hoever it was delicious.
Seabass fillets;Just don't know how was cooked ,but such a moisture and flavor the fish come off the skin like it was sliding .
To many to list just don't remember all.
Strongly Recommended ,my favorite so far.
Thanks Nick & Lora