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Tasca El Matul 

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A jewel in the heart of the valley.

How many times have you wished you could eat in a fancy restaurant for as much as you would pay in a “Guachinche”? Well I have wished this many times and now my wish has come true.

This week we were dispatched to Tasca El Matul for a lunch which didn’t disappoint at all, on the contrary, it surprised me in many ways.

We arrived and parked in the ample car park at the front of the premises. This restaurant is set within a small cluster of buildings which sits just above the motorway at the bottom of La Orotava and affords a pleasant view down towards Puerto.

Their decoration is modern but keeping the warmth of the old wooden doors and ceilings.

We were greeted with a smile by the owner Victor who took the initiative of opening this restaurant at the beginning of May as a sole owner. This is his first experience as restaurant manager although he comes from a family of well known cooks, going as far back as his great grandfather who was very well known as ” Juan El Sombrero”.

We were seated at the front of the restaurant with the aforementioned view over Puerto laid before us.

The menu is varied, catering for most needs with meat and fish dishes as well as an ample starters section. They have also daily specials based on the fresh produce of the day, which we highly recommend.

We shared a few dishes and had the opportunity of trying a variety of their specialities.

First up we were surprised by an ample basket of different home-made breads: one with nuts, one with vegetables and lastly one with typical Canarian Chorizo from Terror (Gran Canaria). This was served together with home-made olive paté and olive oil with balsamic vinegar.

Secondly we were served one of their specialities, their so called ” Matulitos” which are small sacks of filo dough with fillings. Some were filled with king prawns and a spicy mixture of vegetables and the others with black pudding and blue cheese. Both offered a great pleasure of tasty starters.

We were then surprised with a freshly made salad but not a salad you would usually expect. A very well combined mixture of ingredients was put in front of us and I must say, not being a salad lover, this was one of the best salads I had ever tried before. It was a combination of various lettuce, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, together with ventresca tuna fillets and seasoned with a special selection of dried fruits and nuts and balsamic vinegar. Not to be missed!

For our next course, we tried another of their specials “Solomillo Matul”. This plate was perfectly combined in flavours and textures; it is pork tenderloin with a cover of mashed potatoes, a slice of fried goat cheese, caramelized onions and apples. I must say I was greatly surprised with this plate, an excellent choice for meat lovers.

To round off our feast we chose one of their home-made desserts, difficult choice as they all sounded like great delicatessen: a cake of white chocolate, mmm! Yes it was delicious, this is a cake with a biscuit base and a toping of white chocolate mousse, a bit like a cheese cake but with a great white chocolate flavour.

The consistency and sweetness was spot on which tends to be where people go wrong, but not on this occasion as we were all rolling our eyes in delight.

To accompany the meals, Tasca El Matul has a wide selection of wines. You can try any Canarian wine as well as any wine from mainland: they work with all the “Denominacion de Origen” (Designation of origin) of Spain. To finish off, if you wish, you can have a gin, as you can find a great selection of gins at El Matul.

We would urge our readers to visit this welcoming restaurant, not just for the incredible food but for the atmosphere and mostly for the service and all round welcome offered by the hosts.

“A great place with a friendly treat, excellent food and what we all like, a great price.”