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Wind down at El Molino Blanco
El Molino Blanco, the White Windmill.
I have driven past a number of times and felt attracted by the lights of the windmill, and recently, at last, I had the pleasure of dining in this excellent restaurant.

12.09.2009 - Its easy to find, just take Exit 29 off the southern motor­way and drive along Avenida Austria, to No 5.  Parking is easy too and soon you enter the me­andering green garden and al­ready you are in another world.  In the midst of the dry south this is an oasis of greenery, lush and exclusive, that allows the clientele to sit and dine either outside or inside the restaurant.  Whether youre a music fan (the live offerings are worth the visit in themselves), on a lovers tryst or entertaining a family party, theres a special table just for you at El Molino Blanco.

We sat and sipped one of the excellent wines on offer, a red from one of Tenerifes own bode­gas, and were joined by the own­er of El Molino Blanco, Felipe, a treat in itself.  This 63 year old tinerfeo is well known as one of the Islands leading gastronomes, and as we talked he was also keeping one eye on every table in the place, making sure that everything was as it should be and that every one of his highly trained staff were where they should be.

He has been in the food busi­ness since he was 18, and has built up a wealth of experience.  It was 13 years ago that the idea for the restaurant and its name was born.  He told us that where we were sitting, in the garden, was once nothing more than a heap of stones on a hillside.  He was sitting in that exact spot en­joying a cooling breeze when he realized it would be the ideal spot for a restaurant.  Old style windmills in Tenerife used to be used for the making of gofio, the toasted ground cereal that every Canarian is brought up on (even today its served in homes and schools as an essential part of the local healthy diet), but there are few windmills left in good condi­tion on the island.  Such was the inspiration behind a restaurant whose name would soon become syn­onymous with good food. Ten years later Felipe decided to let out the premises and take a step back, believing he was too old for the busi­ness.  But he couldnt stay away for ever and now is happily back at the helm of his famous restau­rant, which has seen some of the worlds top singing and sporting stars grace its terraces, as well as world leaders in business, politics and religion.

Today you can enjoy a selec­tion of tapas local cheeses, Iberian cured ham, Pimientos de padrn or white asparagus with sea urchin caviar.  Alternatively choose from a delicious starter selection including cheeses and hams, salad, Norwegian salmon salad or black potato soup with truffle oil.  For a main course you can choose from a variety of se­lect fish dishes gilt head bream in salt with fresh vegetables, or rice broth with lobster for in­stance.  If meat is more your preferred choice you can dine on roast leg of suckling lamb, fil­let of beef stuffed with cheese with Boletus mushrooms and foie gras or Segovian-style roast suckling pig. 

Felipe insists that at El Molino Blanco the customer comes first (and second, and third) and you are guaranteed a wonderful evening in an outstanding venue with a menu to match.  Canarian specialities sit side by side with the best in Mediterranean dishes and all accompanied by an excellent selection of fine wines.  Top en­tertainment is also a priority, with an excel­lent selection of piano music to accompany your meal, as well as a performance by The Singing Chef, a Canarian folk music group, and a virtuoso per­formance by a violinist from the Carmen Mota/Airam ensemble brings the evening to a splendid conclusion musically. 

Apply for their exclusive VIP loyalty card to be the first with the news of events and novelties at this superb establishment, and enjoy important advantages and promotions. 

You can request it by email on, or by telephone on 922-753 531, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

The restaurant can hold up to 200 guests and is perfect for all events, from wedding par­ties to business outings, birth­days and romantic interludes.  Reservations are recommended as El Molino Blanco continues to be one of the most popular restaurants in south Tenerife and an almost mandatory visit for the top flight cruise liners call them on 922-796282
By our Galloping Gourmet

This article appears in the print edition 598 of Island Connections

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