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The Char: A quality, modern ambience was created with minimum expenditure
12.06.2019 - By Joe Schacher
La Caleta is a very chic yet traditional fishing village and still today the name stands for quality fresh fish.
Rob Ng and his team have managed the impossible, starting from zero they have succeeded in giving the Restaurant Char an upscale modern model.
You’ll find this gem just a few metres from the roundabout, between two rows of houses, where most of the restaurants are located in La Caleta, Adeje. It’s been surprising its visitors since May 2016 and many are now regular customers.
On the lookout for something new and different, Rob found the Josper. What is the Josper and what can it do? For basic barbecuers like the author of this review, it’s simply a charcoal barbecue. (More about Josper grill ovens can be found on the After your food selection has been chargrilled, the Josper’s door is closed like an oven and the fillet, the ribs, the tomahawk steak or whatever your choice, finishes cooking in the closed heat to the point of perfection.
Samuel Hernández is the head chef of Char. As a little boy, he spent years at the knees of his grandmother, grandpa and uncle learning the business and when he finished school, there was only one direction he wanted to go - the hotel management school in Santa Cruz. He achieved one of the coveted places at that prestigious establishment and finished his time there with flying colours.
Over the years he has constantly worked his way up the ladder, improving his skills in the restaurants of El Corte Inglés, El Patio in Jardín Tropical (the first one star Michelin restaurant on the Island) and in the Hotel Bahía del Duque. Samuel is also part of the cooking team that represents Tenerife at Madrid Fusion and in gastro events in Hamburg and elsewhere. For the last three years he and his team have been heading the Char. Samuel and the team work together perfectly, nothing falters, the work flows flawlessly.
The menu is clear and concise and yet we let Rob choose for us. Why? It’s simple: everyone has their favourite dishes and usually orders them as well. With a free hand for the chef, we challenged him and, of course, ourselves. Once again, it was worth it.
The little bite-sized hors d’oeuvre known in French as a ‘amuse gueule’ (mouth pleasure) was on this occasion a tuna mousse served in a cocktail glass. The tuna had been lightly cold-smoked over chips from retired Jack Daniels barrels. Some people may know of this flavour-enhancer in liquid form. In short, it was delicious!
We used the break to get to know Elijah, the Maìtre, who briefly explained the philosophy of the Char: a few but outstanding quality raw materials, passion and time - that’s all it takes, was his short answer.
Off to South America for the next dish, whether Chile or Peru is immaterial, both countries know ceviche - raw fish cut into small cubes. The cooking process is triggered by the acidity of ripened lime juice and the addition of a little chilli and coriander makes everyone happy. What more could you want?
Wagyiu or Kobe - must the best beef always come from Japan? Spain's offer is the Rubia Gallega from Galicia. For Rob Ng, it is important that the food that his restaurants use is not transported halfway around the globe. That’s how he came to choose beef from the Spanish Peninsular. He has the contacts and his customers have the great luck to enjoy this marvellous, marbled, nutty tasting meat. For example as a Tartare – you are encouraged to prepare the chopped meat on your plate yourself.
A little lemon juice, salt, pepper, English mustard and an egg yolk were enough for us. Enhanced with a few drops of the finest Spanish olive oil, a first harvest of the Piqual variety, and our tartare became a heavenly dish.
The crowning Pièce de Résistance was a well-matured entrecôte grilled on the bone in the Josper at almost 300 degrees and left to rest before being served with just a touch of Fleur de Sel flakes and some unpeeled, grated potatoes fried in hot oil. I apologised to the ‘Rubia Gallega’ who had chewed her way through Galicia for six years. After the epicurean challenge, I can confirm the view of many gourmets who consider the meat of this breed to be one of the best in the world.
The dessert, a coconut cream, enriched with Malibu and reduced over a small flame and accompanied by a daring, balanced gala of forest fruits and local tropical fruits was the perfect finish to a superb meal. As you would expect, the Char offers a well-balanced wine list. A young Ribeira del Duero elegantly matched the Ceviche and an Obalo from Rioja was the perfect partner for the grilled Rubia Gallega.

Char Restaurant
Calle el Muelle
Edificio Famar, Local Bajo 2,
La Caleta
Tel. +34 922 168 222
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday, 6pm to 11.30pm, Friday – Sunday and local holidays, 1.30pm – 4pm and 6pm to 11pm.
Visa, Mastercard
Reservation: Absolutely necessary.
Restaurant Reviews12.06.2019 - As many readers will already be aware, the Venture Restaurants chain in the south of Tenerife offers an unforgettable dining experience every visit.
With its many beautiful restaurants located at the Safari Centre, Playa de Las Américas, and the chic fishing village of La Caleta, Venture Restaurants offer quality food, a great atmosphere and a professional yet friendly standard of service, putting them at the top of the list for restaurant visits for residents and tourists alike. Fans and new visitors to the Venture Restaurants will be very excited to discover they have launched their very own Venture Restaurants App which is incredibly simple to use, even for the less techsavvy. It can be easily downloaded to phones, allowing you to make stress-free reservations within around 30 seconds. You'll receive confirmation in a handy bookings section, giving you peace of mind to enjoy the rest of your day knowing your reservation in your favourite restaurant is secure. But that’s not all. Not only does the App enable you to make and amend bookings on the go, view menus, gallery images and be kept up to date with the latest Venture news and offers, App users also receive points every time they visit. These can be redeemed for prizes, meaning that every penny you spend at any of the Venture Restaurants can be redeemed for an array of fantastic rewards, ranging from a tasty gin and tonic, free starter, free main meal, bottle of Moët, premium wine or even a VIP table in Magic Lounge Club including a bottle of spirit and mixers! The more times you visit, the more points you earn, so what are you waiting for? To make your reservations for Bianco, Imperial Tai-Pan, Empire Restaurant & Steak House, Thai Botanico, Dedos Global Kitchen, Lagarto Brasserie, Restaurant 88 or Char, download their App today and enjoy the elegant, efficient and memorable experiences that Venture Restaurants deliver again and again.
Restaurant Reviews31.05.2019 - By Carlos Verdecia
Imperial Tai-Pan Restaurant is celebrating its 15th anniversary riding a tremendous wave of success with its emphasis on high quality and excellent service.
An icon of the Asian culinary experience, it specialises in Gourmet Chinese food, Teppanyaki and Sushi. Located in the Safari Shopping Centre in the Golden Mile of Las Américas, Imperial Tai-Pan offers a wide variety of oriental dishes in the comfortable dining room and terrace overlooking the colourful fountains of the arcade. From Dim Sum to carefully elaborated specialities like Scallops in Char Sui Sauce, Sea Bass in Oyster Sauce or Crispy Fragrant Duck you will surely enjoy the high level of quality and flavour that this restaurant has been offering consistently day in and day out for the last fifteen years. If you are in the mood for a great cooking demonstration sit at the Teppanyaki table, and if you prefer Japanese, the Sushi is delectable, freshly-made and cut to perfection in a luscious and artistic presentation.
Krister Koort, the attentive and knowledgeable manager, explained to us the essence of most of the dishes and we decided to go with the most traditional offers that Imperial Tai-Pan is well-known for. Our first dish was the eight-piece Dim Sum basket, a tasty and delicious combination of steamed Chinese dumplings with a variety of sauces ranging from sweet to sour and spicy. We paired it with a fresh and slightly citric Spanish sauvignon blanc. As you look around, you immediately notice that the waiters spare no effort in their attention to every detail. Daniel, our friendly and skilful server, made sure that we were happy and went as far as mixing, just for us, a delightful sauce of soy and spicy chilli that enhanced every dish. Our second serving was a Crispy Duck, cooked to perfection. Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside with a subtle aroma of ginger. Add the pancakes with spring onions, sliced cucumber and a few drops of plum and spicy sauce and your palate is ready for a sublime experience.
The next dish was a Fillet Steak with a Red wine and Black Pepper Reduction - a succulent recipe of thinly sliced meat with green beans, cauliflower and spring onions. For this rich dish, we ordered a young and pleasant red wine from Ribera del Duero. We followed the steak with a zesty plate of King Prawns in an Oyster and Ginger Sauce, and a bowl of steaming fried rice - lush and flavoursome. And for dessert, we enjoyed a mouthwatering mango cheesecake. The menu in this classic Asian restaurant also offers a variety of unusual treats. These include grouper with ginger and spring onions as well as steamed scallops in oyster sauce or the legendary Salt & Pepper ribs. Here too, you will find what is probably the longest and most comprehensive list of oriental sauces anywhere on the island. There is also a select wine list and a large choice of beers, champagnes and coffees.
At Imperial Tai-Pan everything runs like clockwork. You will not see surprises coming out of the kitchen. Koort tells us that most of the cooking staff has been in the restaurant since its opening daysa clear sign of an efficient and stable establishment. So, join the party to celebrate Imperial Tai-Pan’s 15th anniversary. The restaurant was one of the first culinary undertakings of the Venture Group and is an emblem of their success. The formula hasn’t changed in all this time - prime ingredients, great service and enticing recipes.

Restaurant Imperial Tai-Pan
C.C. Safari, Floor 1
Avenida Las Américas
Playa de Las Américas
Tel: 922 79 53 95
Email: reservations@
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 1.30pm - 11.30pm Sundays 1.30pm - 11pm
The mixed hors d'oeuvres special
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For a taste of the good life, any night that includes a visit to Magic Lounge Club or Thai Botanico in Playa de Las Américas, part of the Venture Restaurants group, is a guarantee of quality. However, a visit to both makes for the perfect evening.
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