With a name that’s derived from the Spanish word for ‘gossip’, you just know that stopping by a bochinche is going to be a delicious local affair. These traditional Canary Island restaurants are a quintessential island experience, serving timeless food in rustic buildings that often double as working farmhouses. Here are Gran Canaria’s most appetising dinner spots.
Bochinche El Chato
The chefs in this trad, keep-it-in-the-family restaurant proudly serve up the rustic pork, vegetable and seafood dishes their mother made them – and her mother made for her – in a small but always-friendly space.
Don't let the basic outward appearance put you off. This edge-of-town converted garage follows the winning bochinche formula to a tee, with hefty portions of local goodness. It's a mere 10-minute drive from the Botanical Gardens.
El Rincon de Marcos
You’ll certainly eat your greens on a visit to this Firgas favourite. The municipality is the main producer of watercress on the island, which turns up in the bread, butter and stew at this charming wood-panelling lunch spot.
Bochinche Los Jamones
Local farm workers and travelling gourmands alike flock here, where a sample of the unashamedly ham-heavy menu hangs over the chatty bar area and handsome plates of glistening tapas and proper Canarian cheeses come thick and fast. Find it at 62 Calle Luján Pérez.
Octopus is the house speciality at this no-nonsense grill joint that sets out to evoke the classic essence of Canarian cuisine – big portions, meaty aromas and a generous glug of local wine to keep the atmosphere buzzy.
Bochinche Bodega La Montana
Just up the road from the Vega de San Mateo farmers’ market, this top-drawer bochinche is conveniently attached to a winery and does a famous line in sweet ribs and the quintessential Canarian warm welcome. Find it at 89 Calle la Solana.
It's standing-room-only at this bochinche. The owner doles out free monkey nuts and the patrons toss the shells on the floor.