Bodeguita Algarrobo, a glass of wine comes with a “tapa” included
Situated in the tourist area of La Paz, in Puerto de la Cruz, Bodeguita Algarrobo has been open for two years, although it comes from Restaurante Algarrobo in Las Candias on the road of La Luz. The restaurant Algarrobo opened its doors in 1983 -as a “guachinche” and now with Bodeguita Algarrobo in La Paz.
The manager, Cristian is mainly targeting the tourism industry, due to the location and expats who have settled in the island are also welcome. As Cristian insisted in pointing out, thanks to Tenerife News, many new and repeat customers have come to the “Bodeguita” for which Cristian and his team are very thankful.
The dishes are a follow through of the Restaurant Algarrobo, typical Canary cuisine but with a twist in the presentation and a touch of innovation. A good example of this is the fact that when you order a glass of Canary wine, you receive a complementary fresh ‘Tapa’ of the day. This is a lovely way of inviting you to enjoy a glass of wine before your meal.
The combination of a drink and small tapa is very common on the mainland and is possible due to the fact that fresh food needs to be finished in a couple of days. Therefore, applying this drink + tapa helps the kitchen as well; it keeps the food fresh and at the same time gives the customer a treat.
Cristian invited us on a culinary tour of their menu by offering us half portions of their most distinct dishes. After the traditional “pan y mantequilla” (bread and butter) which was warm and fresh and accompanied with some ‘ali oli’, we were served a salad with jamón serrano, goat’s cheese, sunflower seeds and fried onion. Following this, we tasted the tapa of the day (which cae with a glass of Canary wine), potato dressed with a slice of salmon and a vinaigrette.
The speciality of the bodeguita – deep fried squid with ‘mojo rojo’, ‘mojo verde’ and a touch of balsamic vinegar – was delicious, especially the touch of mustard added to the ‘mojo rojo’. We also tasted baby squid, fried octopus and fried prawns with garlic. All good except though we forgot to ask for some more ‘mojo rojo’…maybe next time!
Main courses were pork sirloin with a palm tree honey reduction sauce and a lamb stew, both served with sauteed potatoes. Other dishes on offer at Bodeguita Algarrobo are: Entrecote with onion and apple, Sole meuniere, Sal-morejo rabbit and a wide range of Íbericos and cheeses and croquettes.
The desserts are home-made. We tried biscuit of figs with chocolate sauce and parfait of ‘turrón’ with palm tree honey and crumble of toasted corn.. Other desserts on the menu include: Whisky cake with a caramel sauce, Custard with palm honey or the classical crema catalán.
The day menu has a reasonable cost of 10,50€, offering a starter (tapa of the day), main course (meat or fish) and dessert; drink included.
Opening hours: Monday to Monday from 11:00 – 23:00.
Located on the Botanico Rd, just in front of the crossing that takes you to Hotel Bótanico and 20m from the nearest bus stop.
As you can appreciate from the above, the bodeguita’s location offers the customer a relaxed atmosphere, focused mainly on tourism and provides a good taste of the Canary cuisine but surprises through the presentation and culinary innovations which the Bodeguita Algarrobo’s team brings to your visit.