Welcome to Las Palmas, the city of sunshine and seafood, where palate-pleasing plates are easy to come by! Sure, papas arrugadas (wrinkled potatoes) in a snowfall of salt are a Canarian staple, but you’ll find everything from steak to sashimi in the capital’s range of restaurants. Knife and fork at the ready…
Rincon de Triana
This restaurant is a classic case of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. Although the outside may be unassuming, the flurry of flavours that awaits you more than makes up for it. Sizzling beef tenderloin and Cantabrian hake with truffle sauce are just two of the must-trys. And the homemade torrija (Spanish style French toast) is well worth leaving room for!
Wanting to sample some traditional treats? Then pull up a pew at La Marinera, perched on Playa de Las Canteras promenade. Get down early to bag a table on the terrace, which boasts stunning sea views, especially come sunset. The menu reflects the location, and you won’t get fresher fare than the catch of the day.
Venture into the capital’s historical district, Vegueta, and you’ll find this hidden gem. Set in the quaint outdoor courtyard of a converted 16th-century colonial house, it oozes character. The menu champions local produce and culinary highlights include the platter of Canarian cheeses and the chargrilled octopus.
Restaurante Deliciosa Marta
This place has several aces up its sleeve. One is the postcode, tucked away in tranquil Triana. Another is the Michelin Guide-recommended menu, which takes authentic Canarian dishes and gives them a modern twist. Truffle gnocchi? Steak tartare? Suckling pig? Table for two, please…
A fan of Japanese cuisine? Then you’ve come to the right spot! Going strong since the 1960s, Fuji Restaurant claims to have been Spain’s first foray into Japanese dining. Kick off with the Fuji salad, before diving into salmon sashimi and cucumber norimaki.
If you’re tempted by tapas, look no further than El Deseo. The food here’s firmly rooted in local traditions and all the tasty titbits are set up for sharing. The tortilla de bacalao (Spanish omelette with cod) and the Padrón peppers are both no-brainers, along with the daily seasonal specials.
Lucira Restaurante is the brainchild of two young chefs, Maria Justo and Samuel Martin, who crafted a menu inspired by their travels. Each bite will take you on a journey to a different corner of the globe, from Thailand to France. Munch on soft shell crab tacos, Korean chicken wings and pork gyozas, then cleanse your palate with a dollop of coconut ice cream.
The menu at this gastronomic gem is a just-plain-delicious celebration of Galician cuisine. Tuck into crowd-pleasing classics like empanadas with cod and scallops or go for something a little different courtesy of the garlic prawns flambéed with brandy. Post-lunch siestas are guaranteed!
The fourth restaurant in Gran Canaria to be awarded a Michelin star, Tabaiba Restaurante is primed for an extra-special dinner date. There are two tasting menus to choose from, the eight-course Tabaiba and eleven-course Experience. You can expect Canarian cooking at its finest, with specialities like grouper fish and rabbit with salmorejo (cold tomato and garlic soup) to try.
Los 5 Sentidos
Flavourful and filling are the two trademarks of the food at Los 5 Sentidos. Dishes are dazzlingly diverse; we’re talking melon ravioli with blue cheese and walnuts and courgette carpaccio with parmesan and parsley. It’s the tacos which the restaurant is famous for though, so order a selection of your choice and see what all the fuss is about!
Posted: 1st Sept 2023. Updated: 1st Sept 2023.