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Restaurante La Marinera
Catch of the day
You might argue that Las Canteras beach is the most famous beach on Gran Canaria.

19.03.2014 - The owners of La Marinera would certainly argue that their restaurant is the best on that beach.

Situated at La Puntilla, the promontory that juts out at the far right of the beach, you could not eat nearer the water without falling right in.  Long established, and famous far and wide for fish, the freshest available locally, you can run the gamut of an extensive menu of all things piscine.

This is a big place.  It can probably seat 150 people at a time.  Inside or out, smoking or non-smoking, the choice is yours.  It’s a bit old fashioned too…all blue checked tablecloths, upright chairs (no cushions!), but attractive for all that.

We are dining with a friend who lives locally, and are shown to one of their best tables overlooking the strand.  All spoilt for us, of course, because at 8.30 pm it is inky black outside.  Still, we have the moonlit waves, whispering over the sand, as a musical accompaniment to our meal.

After a shared platter of pimientos de padrón (€5.75), we move to the groaning table of fresh fish, displayed by an unseen hand of some artistic merit, and from the many species available, we choose corvina and lenguado.  The sole was cooked meuniere and was moist, succulent and springy fresh, garnished with capers, but frankly expensive at €18.50.  My wife eulogised about the flavour.  I chose the corvina (a more reasonable €10.90)because I had not eaten it before, fresh, as opposed to the salted variety.  And I wanted to send a photograph of it to a lady friend in Brighton, who had been enquiring about it, after a fruitless search in Puerto during a recent holiday.  The things we do…

Our friend is a vegetarian.  He does not eat meat or fish.  Our waiter appears to have difficulty in processing this concept.  The head honcho has to be called.  Between everyone, it is agreed that they will produce a medley of vegetables, a panache.  When it comes, it is nothing that the chef should be particularly proud of.  As I am in the driving seat tonight, I compose my features so as to look suitably mortified on his behalf.  Matthew shrugs as though he is used to it, and tucks into a mound of boiled potatoes as the accompaniment.

The wine is Los Berrazales (€12.90), from the Finca La Laja in La Valle, higher up from Agaete, where we have been staying.  We wanted to make a visit, because the Finca also boasts the most northern coffee plantation in Europe, and that was something that we wanted to see for ourselves.

With coffee come shots of Ron Miel, and later a herbal version which really tickles the tonsils.  This is not a cheap place, but nor is it overly expensive.  You pay, in part, for the unsurpassed position and views across the bay. And so, some €56.70 lighter (for three persons) it was time to amble back along the promenade of the Playa de Las Canteras, bathed in moonlight, heading back to our temporary abode.


Restaurante La Marinera

Calle Alonso Ojeda S/N, Plaza de La Puntilla, 35008 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Tel: 928 468 802

Open: All year for lunch & dinner

Loo Score: 8/10

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