NUB Restaurante

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NUB's inventive creations include fish fried in sourdough batter

The Michelin-starred restaurant at La Laguna Gran Hotel is both a culinary and literal marriage between Chile and Italy. Husband-and-wife chefs, Italian Andrea Bernardi and Chilean Fernanda Fuentes Cárdenas, cook up a storm of creative vegetarian dishes like a delightfully meaty celeriac carbonara, plus classic omnivore offerings like the delectable, garlicky lamb served with rosemary potatoes. 

Calle Nava y Grimón 18, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
nubrestaurante.com

Mirador de Garachico

In Andalucia, cold gazpacho is supped to cope with the cauldron-like summer temperatures. But Tenerife’s sub-tropical climate means you can enjoy it all year round, and the uber-stylish Mirador de Garachico’s version is the best, served with fresh apple and melon. Saharian squid is caught off Tenerife’s shores, and it turns up in an epic main with creamy rice, shimeji mushrooms and saffron aioli.

Calle Francisco Martínez de Fuentes 17, Garachico
miradordegarachico.com

 

Kabuki

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The sushi is tip-top at Kabuki / Image: Ritz-Carlton Abama

Another Tenerife hotel, another in-house Michelin-starred restaurant. This one is located in the elegant Ritz-Carlton Abama, a five-star establishment beloved by golf-playing celebrities such as Gary Lineker. Work your way through a range of tasting menus – there’s even one for children with moreish gyoza (Japanese dumplings) to start. The epic Atlantic views pair nicely with delicate Japanese dishes like senbei negitoro (fatty tuna with spring onion served on a rice cracker).

Carretera General 47
ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/spain/abama 

 

La Cofradia De Pescadores

Here, the catches of the day are provided by the fishing boats returning to the adjacent port, which means diners get to taste the freshest delights the ocean has to offer. But even beyond the sea world, everything here is a knockout: melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese comes jazzed up with green mojo (a coriander-heavy salsa) and palm honey, croquettes are crunchy and delightful, and octopus is served stewed and fried in the Galician style.

Calle Las Lonjas 5, Puerto de la Cruz
lacofradiadepescadores.es

El Rincón de Juan Carlos

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Taste far-out flavours like pigeon and liver parfait / Image: Food Design Company

The celebrated Padrón brothers earned their Michelin star by pioneering what they’ve dubbed 'new Canarian cuisine', which combines traditional local ingredients with cutting-edge cooking innovations. The chef looks to land and sea for inspiration, with flavour-bomb dishes like green curry oysters or pigeon on a bed of cocoa. The whitewashed, minimalist dining space keeps the focus where it should be: on the fantastic food.

Pasaje Jacaranda 2, Acantilados de Los Gigantes
elrincondejuancarlos.com

Restaurante La Cúpula

The Basque Country is considered one of Spain’s most happening gastronomic hubs, and Rubén Cabrera, the Canarian chef who heads up the kitchen here, was schooled in the kitchens of two of the best restaurants in the region: Arzak and Mugaritz. Cabrera teamed up with Belgian chef Gilles Joye to craft a menu at La Cúpula which whittles the choice down to just four mains, including an incredible Friesian beef loin prepared in a robatayaki (Japanese barbequestyle with yucca and cheese made from flowers from Gran Canaria’s Guía region. The singular dessert offering caps the meal with a delightful banana, honey rum, pineapple and miso mind-blower. 

Calle Paris, Costa Adeje
restaurantelacupula.com

 

La Vendimia

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Cocktails at La Vendimia are made to order by expert mixologists

The pine-forest setting of Hotel Spa Villalba in Spain’s second highest village, Vilaflor, makes eating here feel like a festive celebration 365 days a year, especially if you take an aperitif or after-dinner liqueur in front of the library's roaring log fire. The well-stocked wine cellar is heaving with highly-rated vintages, including vegan varieties. Presentation is key, with dishes shaped into elaborate towers and flashy cocktails made to order by expert mixologists. 

Camino San Roque, Vilaflor
hotelvillalba.com/en/restaurant

Kazan

The name of this one-Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant in the Tenerife capital translates to 'volcano' – which, though technically an homage to nearby Mount Teide, could also be a nod to the fiery sake on the drinks menu, which also drenches the scrumptious mango torrija (Spanish French toast) dessert. Fish doesn’t get fresher than the sashimi served here, alongside a selection of maki rolls and tempura.

Paseo Milicias de Garachico 1, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
restaurantekazan.com

Tasca El Obispado

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Sample earthy Castilian cooking here

Eating at this ornate San Cristobál de La Laguna restaurant is akin to a religious experience. The dining room is decked out in Catholic paraphernalia, while the menu is a pilgrimage through Castilian cooking traditions. Feast on the likes of black truffle omelette and bellota ham produced from happy, acorn-eating pigs who stroll in the southwest of Spain. There are also a few nods to the Nordics on the menu, including a salmon dish heaped with dill and vegetable sauce, and a zingy seaweed, crab and avocado salad.

Calle Herradores 88, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
tascaobispado.es

Casa Lercaro

The beautifully-preserved town of La Orotava is known for the wooden balconies that adorn her jewel-box buildings. The 16th-century Casa Lercaro – housed in a palatial mansion that was built by wealthy Genoese merchants – is studded with these characteristic perches, which look out onto a palm-shaded courtyard. Come here for an al fresco, Mediterranean-influenced meal made up of bright, light dishes created by the dream chef team of Carmen Pérez and Moisés Trujillo.

Calle del Colegio 5, La Orotava
casalercaro.com

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