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Enjoy the friendly vibe at El Pincho 

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Spain is well-known for its famous tapas dishes and specialities and Tenerife is not far behind in building up a reputation of this food innovation.

This so-called “food revolution” has ventured into all corners of the world but why go anywhere else other than here on the “isla de la eterna primavera”?

Although tapas is not for everyone, those searching for a typical local cuisine expe-rience should look no further than Los Cristianos.

Nestled almost on the sea front is El Pincho. It is set in idyllic surroundings and perfectly located for holiday-makers as is extremely easy to find.

El Pincho is the domain of Spanish couple Jose and Nuria who receive lots of rave reviews and praise for their lovely caring nature and friendly welcome.

With simple and minimalistic décor and a friendly laid-back feel, this sea front location is a great pit-stop. The relaxed atmosphere allows the sim-plistic beauty of the food to really shine. The restaurant buzzed with energy and was comfortably full with satisfied customers, enjoying the view over the ocean on the terrace with a drink or spot of lunch.

For the main course, being in a Spanish restaurant, I opted to choose from the tapas menu. I selected a sharer for two as I was told it is probably the most popular tapas dish. It included chicken croquettes, brus-chetta, chicken wings, Spanish tortilla and pimientos pardons (small green peppers). The tapas came quickly and was very well presented. At 8.50 euro for the dish, it was a bargain.

Tapas is not for everyone, of course, so the a la carte menu at El Pincho offers more English infused choices such as steak and half a chicken. If you’re not into tapas but still want a Spanish dish and you have two hours before you eat, then I would highly recommend the paella. If you are around on the beach then pop in and pre order, it looks well worth the wait.

There were a few desserts to choose from but I went with an original fruit salad. Although on the picture it displayed kiwi, it came with banana, melon and apple topped with ice cream. It was light and refreshing and finished off the meal nicely.

Classic cocktails dominate the wide selection of drinks – particularly the modernised twist on old-style dessert drinks, such as the frozen strawberry Daiquiri. The Strawberry Daiquiri is served with minimal fanfare – just a slice of kiwi to complement it. This drink can be slightly varied from place to place. The one at El Pincho was served in a welled margarita glass and flowed perfectly. Their mix is strong too but it is certainly delicious.

There are many varieties on each tapas recipe so be prepared for some surprises along the way. The tapas was originally invented as a ‘Pin-cho’, a free snack for workers; as it grew in reputation, tapas built up to become what it is today.

The friendly staff at El Pincho are brilliant and are happy to help in any way they can. Our waiter was extremely willing to ensure you had everything you need.

All of this adds up to more than a refuelling stop from the beach stroll. It’s informal with a friendly vibe and this restaurant is just the kind of place to be. For price, presentation and the proximity from the beach, El Pincho is an easy winner!

El Pincho is easy to find as it is located a short walk from the harbour down on the main sweeping Los Cristianos beach (the beach with the water fountain). It is the first restaurant, on one of the first strips of bars you come across and just up a few steps to the entrance.

Every two weeks, you will find live music which gets everybody up singing and dancing.

Restaurante El Pincho

Paseo Las Vistas

Los Cristianos

Tel.: 649 431 110

www.barelpincho.com