Lets face it, If Elvis really was alive he could hang around the high streets of Tenerife unnoticed. There has to more Rhinestone jumpsuit clad Elvis lookalikes belting out the wonder of you per mile than in Vegas itself but you don’t have to settle for tacky tourist traps. Look a little closer and there are actually some great little restaurants ready and waiting to please most palates. I’m a true believer in that a holiday is what you make of it so with this in mind I bring you a guide to dining out in Playa De Las Americas (or seven evenings and still no sign of Elvis)
Night One: Bianco Italian Restaurant. Located above the Safari Shopping Centre this trendy Italian offers a warm greeting and ultra stylish decor. You can enjoy fabulous food within a restaurant decked out like a Dwell show room. With an extensive menu to choose from you are bound to find something you like in this fabulous restaurant.
Night Two: Bombay Blue. If you enjoy a good curry then the extensive menu at this great Indian Restaurant won’t disappoint. Excellent service and freshly prepared food.
Night Three: Imperial Tai-Pan. For an evening of entertainment and food you have to try this great restaurant. Sat round the Teppanyaki table (Which roughly translates as ‘hot plate’) you watch as your meal is prepared for you by skilled chefs who cook and prepare the food with skills usually only performed in a Cocktail bars but beware you’ll become part of the entertainment as they try to flick food into your mouth. Its all in good fun and an entertaining evening is guaranteed.
Night Four: The BrauHaus – For something totally different try the German experience. You’ll be served by staff dressed in lederhosen
Night Five:Thai Botanico – Currently rated the number one restaurant in Playa De Las Americas on Trip Advisor you can enjoy gorgeous Thai dishes within ethnic surroundings and if you choose you can be seated outdoors to really get the most of every last moment of the wonderful warm weather.
Night Six: The Windsor Restaurant. If you are staying at any of the three hotels within the popular Mare Nostrum resort located right in front of the beach you’d be mad not to try the Windsor Restaurant located within the five Sir Anthony Hotel. You need to book but its worth it as they offer you wide ranging Fusion cuisine menu which they boast combines ‘The best in Mediterranean and island cuisine combining different textures and tastes for the most demanding palates, healthy gourmet touches making you feel good inside and outside’. They also offer special gluten free and vegetarian menus.
Night Seven: OK, Not strictly Playa De Las Americas but on your last night why not catch a cab for a ten minute ride to something quite different – El Molino Blanco which translates as The White Windmill which is pretty much what it is. Looking from outside like a mini version of The Moulin Rouge you won’t find Nicole Kidman here but what you will find is the singing chef! Kitted out in full chef regalia this rather bizarre singer is actually quite good and will belt out some of the great classical songs, even taking on Nessum Dorma, whilst handing out roses to the ladies. You can dine indoors or in the open air restaurant whilst enjoying traditional style mediterranean cuisine.
Two other places also worth mention are Harrys Bar where you can enjoy an outdoor drink whilst watching the famous Playa De Las Americas dancing fountains which are quite dramatic in the evening and also Bar Union Des Americas or for short BUDA recognisable by the tall Budha statues outside this is another place to enjoy a drink or they do a fantastic range of Coffees to round the night off.
So you don’t have to wish you were in Dixie, you can enjoy yourself right there in Tenerife without a jumpsuit in sight, but I can’t promise you no side burns.