Food In Gran Canaria
Good food in Gran Canaria, as in any well-traversed touristy place, can be hard to find. During the 5 days I spent on this almost perfectly round-shaped island I only had 3 great meals. Many average ones. And the island gods didn’t spare me from a terrible dinner one time.
A thing that upsets me most in a place like the Canary Islands is to encounter bad food. How could it be HERE? In the tropics, with the sea within an hour drive from anywhere on the island? With such favorable conditions, that a tree can take root on a bare roof?!
The Best Bites In Gran Canaria
Anyone would tell you that gofío is one of the must-try dishes in Gran Canaria.
I was intrigued to try gofío, because “a dish made of beans or wheat or corn flour” doesn’t necessarily sound enticing. And it wasn’t bad at all. It’s a very filling dish, apparently it was made of fern root originally by the aboriginal tribes of Guanche.
I used the raw red onion to scoop gofío and it went perfectly together. Although the onion was probably the spiciest one I had ever had!
Goat meat and cheese in Gran Canaria is omnipresent. So finding a place, where they serve great goat stew should not be a problem.
I did my research and decided to stop at this bar popular with people practising mountain biking – Bar Casa Melo. So before our hike to Roque Nublo we recharged with this amazing stew. The goat meat was melt-in-your-mouth-soft and the sauce delicious!
We were lucky to experience the food at El Herreño bar. Authentic local tapas upon a recommendation by the really nice owner of the perfume shop in Vegueta.
These are, simply, whole boiled potatoes with a red pepper sauce called “mojo”. It can be spicy ¨mojo picón¨, of various grades of spiciness, and sweet. In continental Spain you can get a jar of mojo picón at a supermarket, but of course it’s so much better freshly made. I loved it!
Next to papas you can see boiled ham – lacón with (more) potatoes and fried goat cheese with blueberry marmelade.
When in Gran Canaria, El Herreño is not to be missed.
Although we were told by the restaurant owner we randomly chose for seafood, upon arrival in Gran Canaria, that the seafood was freshly caught and prepared to perfection, I didn’t enjoy it. We were just so hungry after the flight that we didn’t feel like researching the places. Big mistake!
A Place To Stay Away From In Gran Canaria
I always try to take the high road and not bash anyone. But this particular restaurant is among the best places to eat at according to Lonely Planet’s website. And it might have been a good place in the past, but without a doubt it was the most terrible food experience I ever had in my life. So I feel compelled to share – for anyone going to Gran Canaria and reading these lines. Stay away!
The place is called “Restaurante Grill La Casa Vieja” and it’s located towards the south of the island. Without going into much detail, the food was simply inedible and the service preposterous!
Peruvian Food In Gran Canaria
To end on a good note, we had an excellent Peruvian lunch at “Aji Limón y Canela”. So if you are feeling like a good ceviche or other Peruvian staples, give it a try! It was very reasonably priced. And the workers in the kitchen are mostly Peruvian. They definitely know what they are doing!
Did you have a good food experience in Gran Canaria?