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A touch of class at Troya 

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Owner Angel has spent a lot of time, money and care on creating a beautiful restaurant which looks cool, elegant and classy.

It’s a place you might well walk past and comment “That looks nice” but not think of going in because you feel it will be too expensive.

Not so. As diners of all nationalities are discovering, the prices are a great surprise. They are very reasonable and aren’t inflated to suit the surroundings.

This is a priority for Angel who was born in the Canary Islands but speaks excellent English as he used to live and work in Yorkshire. In fact, he lived in England for 28 years and has drawn on all his experience of a life-time in the restaurant trade.

He has had restaurants before, including in Harrogate, and found some inspiration for the decor of Troya from his favourite restaurant/pub near Ripon should you also happen to come from this area.

Angel firmly believes  people have the right to enjoy lovely surroundings without getting a huge inflated bill at the end of their meal. He is also a very hands-on owner, spending a lot of time at the restaurant and meeting and greeting customers. He always takes you to your table, whether inside or out, and finds time to chat, invariably striking up a rapport because of some connection or other.

When I popped in for a chat with Angel, a party of four were enjoying a drink on the terrace and it emerged that Sue, Jim, Liz and Reg were also from Yorkshire. They had been in Tenerife for four weeks and had visited Troya three times to eat.

Their verdict on Troya was: “It’s a proper restaurant, more upmarket but with good prices. We think it is the best in the area.”

It’s nice to have personal recommendations for dishes from other people for a change so I asked them for their favourites.

These were the cod (Codfish with Piquillo peppers and garlic for 13 euros), the salmon (Salmon with Spanish sparkling cava for 11 euros) or the rabbit (Rabbit Troyastyle 12.50 euros).

There are more than 100 dishes on the extensive menu which is presented in five languages and Angel intends to introduce new options as he goes along.

There are breads, soups, salads, cold and warm starters, fish and shell-fish, meats, pastas, sauces and a special menu for children. There is also a very reasonable breakfast menu, with an English breakfast at 4.50 euro.

It goes without saying that only the freshest of ingredients are used and as Sue, Jim, Liz and Reg pointed out, they loved the fact they could see straight into the kitchen which is absolutely spotless.

Here, Chicken breast with Pepper Sauce will cost you nine euro, a Spaghetti Bolognese or a Macaroni gratin six euro, a Sirloin steak with pepper sauce 12 euros and Stuffed Scallop gratin 15.50 euros. There are other choices you might like to order for two, such as Leg of Lamb with Port wine sauce for 31 euros or roasted leg of lamb for 30 euros.

It’s nice to find some unusual Canary dishes on the menu as well, including Chef’s Fidena (Spanish noodles), Lamb stew, fresh fish casserole from the island and jumbo shrimps “Troya” with three sauces.

Other options which might catch your eye include Pork tenderloin with blueberry sauce (13 euro), Gnocchi with pesto (six euro), Hake fillet Florentine (13 euro) and Beef tenderloin with Roquefort sauce (16 euro).

Make sure that if you want a dessert afterwards, you take a look in the glass-fronted cool cabinet for plenty of temptations!

When you visit, you will see for yourself how lovely this restaurant is and why it belies its prices. I know the pub/restaurant near Ripon from which Angel drew his inspiration and can see touches of its decor here. But for me, Troya is more reminiscent of a cool classic restaurant with its rich red colour scheme, gleaming glasses and cutlery, green plants and beautifully-laid tables just waiting for you or your party.

The interior is very spacious and there are two terraces, covered or uncovered to suit your choice.

There is live music from 8pm to 11pm every night, except on a Sunday with all sorts of songs being played to provide a lovely atmosphere.

Angel’s enthusiasm for greeting customers is shared by his staff as good service is also paramount and this was also remarked on by customers. I spoke to a German couple who praised the restaurant and said they would highly recommend it.

If visiting, you should note that Troya is nowhere near the Troya beach or the Troya hotel which are in Playa de las Americas so don’t get confused.

Avenida Amsterdam is about five minutes from the Los Cristianos Sunday market site and ten minutes from the bus station and is below the Reveron apartments. If walking from the market, go up the slight hill and it is on the right of the first mini roundabout. If walking from the bus station, turn left at the bottom, keep on walking straight on until you reach the second mini roundabout and it is in front of that, opposite some other bars and restaurants.

This area of Los Cristianos is very green and pretty so if you sit on the terraces at Troya, you can have a nice pleasant view of trees, bushes and flowers.

The restaurant, incidentally, is named after a small fishing boat once owned by Angel’s father on La Gomera and there is a lovely picture of it and them on the wall.

Troya is open every day from 10.30am to 11.30pm and party bookings are welcome, telephone 922 78 97 65 (email info@troya-restaurant.com).

RS