South Tenerife’s culinary offering has something for everyone

Visitors to south Tenerife can eat well, in fact extremely well, if they are willing to try a unique cuisine based on natural ingredients from the land and sea; a cuisine that perfectly combines traditional and innovative fare and puts the finishing touch to a host of unique experiences the island has to offer.

From the humble traditional bistros that serve their own local wine, to the more sophisticated eateries offering creative cuisine, south Tenerife is brimming with restaurants where you can eat like a king at reasonable prices. You will find a rich and varied offering that you won’t be able to resist.

A few dining recommendations

While the local custom in Tenerife is to eat a legume dish as a starter and then grilled fish or fish with vegetables or meat stew for the main course, all washed down with local wine, there are many other options to choose from.

Those looking for modest and traditional cuisine will find plenty of small bistros in San Miguel de Tajao, for instance, that serve fresh fish and seafood of the highest quality, in addition to the famous papitas arrugadas con mojo (‘wrinkled’ potatoes with spicy ‘mojo’ sauce).

And in Adeje you can enjoy succulent dishes tinged with traditional influences in small family-run restaurants that serve everything from chicken stew to rabbit in salmorejo sauce. In short, time-honoured meat and fish dishes to cater to visitors eager to try the island’s traditional cuisine.

And the more discerning palates will find numerous Michelin recommended restaurants in Tenerife; 26 to be precise, including the Michelin-starred El Rincón de Juan Carlos in Los Gigantes.