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Meat on a sword at Churrasqueria Rodeo 

Unique restaurant at Tacoronte, as well as Costa Adeje.

Living or taking a holiday in Tenerife is very much about exploring new places, discovering different landscapes and eating out in unusual places, often away from the tourist areas.

Those who regularly visit the south of the island will almost certainly know about El Rodeo in Costa Adeje, the restaurant where waiters serve you in a very distinctive style by carving meat for you at your table off long skewers.

What you might not realise is that there is another El Rodeo in the north of the island in Tacoronte, close to La Laguna and Santa Cruz (just four kilometres from the airport if you want to get your bearings). This is a wonderful rural municipality and one you should visit to see its stunning countryside and architecture and what better a way to round things off than with a visit to El Rodeo to sample their unique style of service and cuisine.

Both of the Rodeos are “churrasquerias” which means restaurants which serve meat but they have a very characteristic style.

You will find the north El Rodeo at Ctra. General del Norte, 441 in a unit known as Los Naranjeros which, like the one in the south, is very spacious. However, the Tacoronte restaurant is decorated in a distinctive rustic style with old pictures on the walls, a wooden ceiling, huge chandelier-style hanging lights in metal, solid wood tables and so on.

It all sets the scene for a hugely enjoyable experience whatever your nationality, age or taste in food. More importantly, you can eat and eat to suit your appetite and only give up when you are truly full. A novelty is that you are given two cards – one green which signifies carry on and one red which indicates to stop.

It’s great to see all the camareros, dressed in Brazilian-style costumes, coming out with their different meats on huge skewers and see their expertise at carving you slices with their swords. You are served at your table and there is much anticipation and eagerness for them to arrive at your side. The aromas reach you even before they do!

The meat includes several types of chicken, pork, veal, sausage, chorizo, the finest beef and steaks, ribs, turkey breast with bacon, marinated pork loin and more. The waiters keep on coming round time and time again whilst you get up to help yourself at the truly extensive “salad bar” which always looks so fresh and inviting. Of course, only the best products are used and these “side” dishes, including potatoes and chips, are topped up regularly.

The term “salad bar” doesn’t really do it justice because of what you will find and the word must often used is “amazing”. The only difficulty you will have is choosing which ones to start with first! There at least 20 trays with the likes of roasted peppers, French fries, onion rings, salads of all types, tomatoes….the list goes on just like the serving of the meat. There are also hot side dishes such as corn on the cob and garlic mushrooms.

The best thing to do is to go to the salad bar for a starter and then return once you have your meat on the plate. You pay a set fee for this way of eating and pay the extra for drinks and for the desserts which come round on a trolley and are simply gorgeous, with very generous portions.

All this is, of course, a haven for those who love meat but it doesn’t preclude any vegetarian in your party because there are so many self-service options available and there is a reduced fee for children.

This is a lovely air-conditioned restaurant which also has a terrace and the staff are always praised for their friendliness. There is spacious car-parking outside and access for the disabled.

Churrasqueria Rodeo at Tacoronte is open Tuesday to Saturday 1pm to 4pm and 7.30pm to 11pm (closed on Sunday evenings and Monday).

Telephone: 922 637 020 if you would like to make a reservation.

Address: Carretera General del Norte, 441

Los Naranjeros – Tacoronte