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Restaurant Review of the Month - SEPTEMBRE

Recuncho Celta, El Medano

Recuncho Celta is a Galician restaurant and tapas bar in El Médano on the south-east coast of Tenerife, close to the south airport. It lies at a corner of the main town square whence its name, Galician for Celtic Corner.

Galicia is famous for its seafood and if quality seafood is what you’re after, this restaurant is the place to go.  My wife and I arrived about 7.30pm and our pre-booked table was set and ready for us with views of the sea, the piazza and the crowds of holiday-makers.

The restaurant is spacious, clean and well presented. The staff are attentive and speak a number of languages. Tapas and drinks are served on the terrace and you don’t have to order full meals.

A remarkable menu, in four languages, offers an exceptional  choice, with starters, salads, omelettes, soups, rice dishes, seafood, locally caught fish, Galician fish, meat, garnishes and sauces and, of course, desserts, plus a children’s menu – over 150 individual items!

The friendly staff helped us choose half portions of garlic bread and garlic prawns to start, together with a bottle of water and a white wine from the impressive Spanish wine list. Our main courses were hake Roman style and grilled sea bass with garlic.

Bread and various dips arrived before our starters and, with excellent table service, the remaining courses followed almost as soon as we had finished the previous ones.  Both our fish dishes were exceptional, served with lemon and potatoes of choice. You need to ask for vegetables if you want them, but the portions are generous and there was more than enough for both of us. My wife commented that hers was the best fish dish she had ever tasted, which says a lot! We finished with an almond tarte, and a fresh fruit cup both of which were delicious.

Despite the large menu, everything we tried was of superb quality and taste. It isn’t a cheap place to eat but it is a great place to eat really good food and I heartily recommend anyone who enjoys good seafood and fish to take in the Recuncho Celta the next time they are in Tenerife.

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