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Some excellent places to indulge fresh seafood and other local specialties can be found on the Canary Islands – these are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the best of the bunch:
1. Las Aguas. Located in Tenerife’s Gran Hotel Bahía del Duque Resort, Las Aguas offers seasonal menus laden with innovative (and delicious) dishes created by Tenerife-born chef Braulio Simancas. Beyond the impressive cuisine, Las Aguas also gets high marks for the staff’s exemplary service and attention to detail.
2. Amaranto. Mexican chef Armando Saldanha is the man working the culinary magic at this small, charming fusion restaurant in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. One of the highlights here are the ways in which Saldanha creatively uses the many varieties of potatoes native to the Canary Islands in his cuisine; we were also wowed by the beautiful food presentation.
3. El Duende. Don’t be discouraged by the fact that El Duende, located in Puerto de la Cruz on the northern part of Tenerife, is a little difficult to find – it’s well worth the effort to get there. The kitchen here is overseen by chef Jesus Gonzalez, who has owned the restaurant for more than a decade. Initially trained in Germany, Gonzalez heavily relies on ingredients sourced from the islands when preparing his contemporary cuisine, which is best sampled in the seven-dish tasting menu. El Duende is quite popular with local chefs and foodies; advance reservations are strongly recommended.
4. La Cúpula. Fuerteventura’s Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real is home to acclaimed La Cúpula, where award-winning chef Carles Gaig serves gourmet “Catalan creative cuisine.” A perfect choice for celebrating special occasions, La Cúpula is also known for its exceptional service and, somewhat surprisingly, for a kid-friendly approach that includes complimentary coloring books for little ones.
5. El Aljibe del Obispo. Last but certainly not least, El Aljibe del Obispo offers one of the most unique dining experiences anywhere on the Canary Islands. It’s located underground at Bodegas Stratvs, a winery located in La Geria on the island of Lanzarote that’s open during the day for tours and tastings. Open to the public since 2010 and specializing in Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, El Aljibe del Obispo serves dinners in an elegant, softly lit dining area decorated with artwork, the perfect setting for a memorable meal and glasses of the winery’s first-rate vintages.