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Tasca Casa Paco, a place to sing about 

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Great things often come in small packages and this is certainly true of Tasca Casa Paco in the heart of Los Cristianos.

It’s certainly one of our favourites because this is a restaurant different from the norm and one you must visit for an authentic taste of Spain.

Tasca Casa Paco is also very accessible, once you realise where it is! You might well have walked past it several times without realising, especially as it is currently only open in the evenings.

Finding it is easy. If you are walking towards the main shopping streets of the town centre, you will find two petrol stations about a minute away from the cultural centre. One is on your right, the other on your left in somewhat of a central island. Tasca Casa Paco is on the left of this, with a small frontage for a few street tables and chairs and then a cosy little interior, nothing grand, pretentious or elaborate, simply serving great food and providing a rather special atmosphere.

What you must realise when you go to Tasca Casa Paco is that it is meant to be an experience. You shouldn’t just pop in for a quick drink and a bite to eat. Make sure you leave a couple of hours because you need to sit for a while, enjoy what is going on around you, perhaps talk to owner Paco who will happily explain the dishes and make recommendations and would be delighted to cook you something very special if you ask.

Better still, you might even be lucky to see Paco take a break from cooking to pick up his guitar and sing Spanish and English songs. If it is later in the evening, you might even want to join in. He is very good and does a mean Beatles but can do flamenco just as well. There is live music every night regardless.

Tasca Casa Paco does have a menu but you can also look at and choose from the cabinet where tapas dishes are displayed or the raw ingredients. Go in with a smile on your face and you will leave with one as well. Remember, this is the traditional way of life so nothing is hurried.

The staff particularly love it when regulars come in and there are many nationalities. Some have been known to eat here every night during their holiday.

Without fail, diners are enchanted with the food because Paco loves to cook and create. One favourite is the ham and cheese but the meatballs are delicious. Other mouth-watering options include the Canary black pudding, chicken in garlic, spinach with scrambled eggs, the squid and flambé bananas. We really love their paella washed down with sangria.

When you order your tapas, ask to have it delivered in stages because that way, you can really enjoy each dish to full advantage and can keep on ordering until you are full. The average price is around five euros but the main plates cost more, of course. There are plenty of options for vegetarians.

One delighted visitor on TripAdvisor wrote: “If you want genuine well-cooked Spanish food and a great atmosphere with good service, then this is the place for you. Paco is wonderfully entertaining and works hard to make your evening enjoyable. It’s not a large place and it’s not in the best location but it’s worth seeking out.”

Others say they doubt if you can get better food anywhere else in Los Cristianos, which is a glowing accolade in itself. It’s certainly true that you might never have tasted tapas quite like this.

Tasca Casa Paco is open 6pm to midnight Monday to Saturday (closed on a Sunday) and it is always best to book a table to avoid disappointment or a wait. Telephone 658 78 80 23/686 52 04 40 or email pokon@telefonica.net. Party bookings are also very welcome and if you would like to order special dishes in advance, Paco or a member of his team or family would be pleased to hear from you.