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We love Lagarto Brasserie!
By Carlos Verdecia
Venture Restaurants have become a staple of culinary excellence in the south of Tenerife and a favourite food destination for tourists and locals alike, so it comes as no surprise that Lagarto Brasserie
has made such an immediate splash in the area.
Situated in La Caleta with a stunning view of the ocean, you’re welcomed into a large open space with a relaxed atmosphere, live mellow rock music and simple elegance in the decor.
Balint, a pleasant and very knowledgeable manager, led the way for us, explaining the menu and layout of the restaurant, which includes a full bar, open kitchen and a well stocked wine cellar with selections
from Tenerife, the Spanish Peninsula, France, Germany, Italy and Argentina. A large selection of Champagnes, Cavas and premium beers is also available.
“A simple concept with a modern twist,” is how Balint described the restaurant, but bear in mind that this is no ordinary brasserie. In developing Lagarto, close attention was paid to the latest culinary tendencies around the world while remaining faithful to the brasserie tradition. Here, Mediterranean dishes are in perfect harmony with signature meats, Asian delicacies and Vegan recipes. Yes, you read correctly. There is a whole section in the menu entitled ‘Vegan World’.
As far as starters go, among them you can delight yourself with King Prawn and Guacamole on Toast or a Steak Tartare ‘American Style’. We decided to go with the King Crab Cakes, which were crispy on the outside yet tender and perfectly textured on the inside. That was followed by a Tuna Tataki that became the star of the evening. The tuna, served raw, was seared at the table with very hot charcoal and then topped with frozen ginger sorbet – a perfect marriage of flavours. In fact, my companion described it as an erotic experience! We paired the starters with a fine glass of cava and then ordered a young red wine from the Ribera del Duero region for the main entrees.
A creamy pumpkin risotto served al dente with crispy tofu shows how to add a spark to a vegan dish. This was followed by a slow-cooked lamb shank in a rosemary and honey cabernet reduction. Beautifully plated and simply delicious. The side dishes, which must be ordered separately, are generous in size and reasonably priced. We tried the au gratin spinach, the rustic creamy potatoes and a surprising South American dish called Humitas, which are deep-fried corn buns with ricotta cheese. Chef Francisco Alamo explained that they try to add a touch of world cuisine to traditional recipes. Alamo, who comes from Chile, also indicated that sourcing quality products is a priority at Lagarto.
To finish, we ordered a dessert cornucopia that is described in the menu as ‘The Sharing Trio’. Basically, it’s a half portion of their most popular offerings: Blueberry Cheesecake, Coconut Pineapple Mousse and Tiramisu. A sweet and perfect way to end the evening. Chef Alamo and his team are re-imagining the brasserie concept by adding creative new ideas that bring prime comfort food to a whole new level.
So if you are in the mood for a casual culinary experience that will shake your senses, visit Lagarto Brasserie. You will not be disappointed.

Lagarto Brasserie
Av. de las Gaviotas,
La Caleta
Tel: 922 16 80 32
Open: Monday to Friday 6pm - 11pm
Saturday and Sunday 1.30pm - 11pm

Balint and chef Francisco Alamo look after their guests with professionalism and charm
Balint and chef Francisco Alamo look after their guests with professionalism and charm

25.06.2019 -

Gallery: We love Lagarto Brasserie!
Balint and chef Francisco Alamo look after their guests with professionalism and charm The lamb knuckle, spicy and tender – simply a pleasure Spinach au gratin, a new taste experience Tuna Tataki – anyone who likes raw fish will be thrilled
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