[Playa de las Americas, Tenerife, Spain] Las Lanzas


(John Hartley) #1

Until the last couple of years, it was a bit of a rarity if you heard a voice that wasn’t Spanish in Las Lanzas. It was very much a local place for local people but, increasingly, other tourists have discovered it. The shortish menu remains unchanged – basically fish and steak fried in various ways without too much cheffing about with the food.

They serve some of the best croquettes we know in Spain. A thickish béchamel sauce binding ham or, in this case, prawns before forming it into balls, breadcrumbing them and frying till crisp. They’re accompanied by perhaps the most garlicky aioli you’re likely to come across. Absolutely delicious.

The other starter was revueltos – scrambled eggs with mushrooms and prawns. The eggs always seem to be cooked much more than I’d make at home for breakfast but that’s presumably the Spanish way. These were well seasoned and went well with the little squares of crisp toast that decorated the plate.

Then there was hake “a la Romana”. Medallions of the fish dusted in flour and lightly fried. Bite-sized pieces of entrecote steak had also been lightly cooked to the Spanish version of medium, along with a lot of garlic. Both plates had fried mixed veg – red and green peppers, onion and courgette. And both plates were absolute belters – simple, straightforward successes. For carbs, there had been some excellent thick slices of bread (like a British bloomer) and a plate of Canarian potatoes and another of chips. It meant we were not going away hungry. But it did mean we were too full for dessert. Good coffee was in the form of a cortado and café solo.