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Canary food with a sensitive touch at Terraza del Mar in Playa Jardin 

What could be better than a romantic candle-lit dinner for two? How about a fabulous dinner complete with a sunset, gentle waves, palm trees, grassy verge, flowers and exceptional service? That´s what the Terraza del Mar delivers.

We were lucky enough to “have” to review this restaurant, and we were met by the great gusto of Giovanni, owner of the Terraza del Mar. He´s Italian, of course, but married to (and I´ve always wanted to say this) a Canadian Canarian.

Giovanni lived and worked in London for 30 years and speaks perfect Itanglish.

His stories of his time at the San Lorenzo in Beauchamp Place, and at the Spaghetti House (of the famous siege) in Knightsbridge are like chapters from a Mafia novel. He regaled us with stories of his times in Texas too.

He´s a well-travelled, cultured restaurateur who believes above all else that “good service is good business”.

“We have traditional Canary food with a more sensitive touch” .

His words seduce your taste-buds.

Giovanni and his wife began coming to Puerto de la Cruz from London as tourists 25 years ago, so he knows what visitors want. Ten years ago they came here to live. He worked with infamous operators of the Bar Dimanico in the Plaza (and incidentally this very restaurant) until they lost their contract from the Puerto ayuntamiento. He took over the lease in February this year.

The restaurant consists of an indoor terrace and two outside terraces that overlook the “Garden Beach”. The setting is heavenly, with landscaped walkways down to the black sand beach. Parking is usually quite easy, especially in the evenings, but Playa Jardin is only a five to ten minute walk from Puerto´s main bus station.

 The location, the food and the service speak for themselves.

Giovanni says he´ll feed you on ANY budget – just tell him how little you “wanna” spend.