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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Review - Bodega Restaurant, Puerto del Carmen


When me and my then girlfriend, now wife, first went to Lanzarote, Nicola took me to a restaurant that she and a friend had enjoyed on a previous holiday. That restaurant was La Cascada in Puerto del Carmen. I was hugely impressed with the quality of food and the level of service offered by all of the staff involved in the front of house process. What impressed me more was the fact that every night when we passed the restaurant, there was a queue of hungry diners out in the street, eagerly awaiting their turn to be seated. This was the first that I had seen a restaurant literally queued out of the door! Sadly, the island doesn't seem to be as busy as it was six years ago, so the street queues have disappeared, gladly the service and quality is still there every night of the week.
Since then, we have been returning on a regular basis anytime we are in Lanzarote. Whilst La Cascada is set up like a typical restaurant, serving fresh fish and flame cooked fillet steaks and other meats, next door in an attached building that hosts Bodega Restaurant, a much more traditional eating experience.
What you notice when you walk into Bodega is that the look and feel is very different to next door. The main seating area is in a high roofed room with a long wooden bar running the full length of one wall, whilst your eyes are drawn to the circular table in the middle of the room which is built round a little water well. There are also two little rooms off to the side which again have a very rustic feel about them.

Bodega offers up the same a la carte menu as next door, and a varied tapas menu. One of the main reasons that we keep coming back to Bodega is the quality of the tapas they serve. To whet your appetite; Iberian ham (the restaurant speciality, plenty of which can be seen hanging over the bar), Spanish tortilla, salmon and advocado, a twist on sushi, parmesan fondue with langoustines, black pudding rolled in almonds with a tomato relish, grilled local cheese with mojo sauce, Iberian pork in a papaya sauce, sweet and sour whitebait and chicken croquetas on and on and on…Everything tastes delicious, and every dish comes to the table looking like a little work of art.
With tapas priced individually from €4-€9, a couple can easily enjoy a tasty meal with a bottle of wine and coffee for under €50.
To round up, Bodega provide a huge and varied menu of well priced and beautifully presented tapas, in a comfortable and traditional setting. This is all topped off by the excellent service provided by Cristobal Sanchez Ferrer and all his staff makes you feel welcome and appreciated. Yet despite the fact that we can have a gap of upto a year between holiday visits, when we walk through the door next time, we are always greeted like old friends by the staff that have served us over the years.

We will be back in Lanzarote in September and look forward to returning to Bodega, also I hope that my review encourages you to give Bodega a try in the future.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this restaurant links in with all inclusive - tell me if I'm wrong - that is where the queque comes from ......

Helen Paget said...

Visited both last year and the food and service was fab ...... quality food and great value. We will be back in August for sure :D

Chief Cook and Bottlewasher said...

Not sure about the all inclusive thing? However if that's the case, then hats off to the staff for keeping the quality high whilst under so much pressure.
Helen, glad you enjoyed it. We can't wait to be back in September.