Fusion food so inspiring!

By Paul Waller

The restaurant Imperio del Pintxo is located on Paseo Marcial Garcia 23, which is the front walkway in El Medano, to the left of the Hotel Medano.

It can be found at the end of the street which overlooks the sea on the edge of a little tranquil bay, with small fishing boats stacked up by the water’s edge.

It  is a special little restaurant, brought to you by the same family who own Mr Chen in Los Cristianos, but this is their original  restaurant, which opened four years ago.

The idea of world-fusion food, in tapas-size portions, is obviously what this family has success with. They offer traditional dishes, from here in the Canaries, to some radical infusion delights, which have won awards in Tenerife.

One of these dishes is the Crazy King Prawns, the winner in Ruta de la Tapa 2014. This dish is also served in Mr Chen. Imperio del Pintxo is one of El Medano’s hidden gems.

On arrival, we were greeted by brother and sister combination, Yi and Mei. We sat at our table, outside on the walkway, so we could take in the atmosphere of this quaint passage. It had a typical Spanish feel about it, with a cosmopolitan touch, and, as a special bonus in this area, you have a lovely view of the Atlantic Ocean, from the table.

In the warm afternoon air, with the sun keeping us vitalised, we were served a chilled bottle of wine. We started to work our way through the menu, asking our host for his recommendations. His great, confident answer was: “I recommend it all!”

So we all decided to go with his advice, and ordered a selection of dishes, so we could experience a lot of the different flavours and ideas. When we say different, there are many new inspirational thoughts from the owners, throughout the menu.

We ordered the Sauteed Cheese with whisky reduction, the award-winning Crazy King Prawns, a Salmon Tartare with raspberries, and a Tuna Maki with strawberries. A few people reading this may think that sounds weird, but, until you try those last two dishes, you won’t understand how good they taste. We were blown away by the way the flavours combined so well.

We then tried the La Palma smoked-cheese parcels with apple chutney, the crispy baby octopus with bravas potatoes, and the Foie Gras terrine with grilled apples, all with delicate infusions and amazing flavours that made our taste buds tingle.

A couple of other dishes caught our eye: the Rice Emperador with Parmesan Cheese Flakes, Traditional Pad Thai, and Stacked Fillet Steak with crispy pastry.

The Pulled Ox tail  was cleverly cooked because it was on the bone. But when you put your fork into it, it fell off like pulled pork. We all agreed that the combinations and flavours of all the dishes we tried were such a refreshing change to the normal run-of-the-mill restaurants on this island, and couldn’t understand why we hadn’t visited this place before.

As we all know, and are finding out, constantly, there are many restaurants that have their unique ways of preparing and cooking food, which makes this island so exciting. This restaurant is definitely one of those places.

After finishing all these dishes we wanted to try more, but that would have to wait for the next visit, because we couldn’t fit another morsel into our stomachs.

The sun was now setting over the sea, and it was time to work off the food, and walk along the beach of this beautiful town, watching the last of the surfers hitting the waves, before darkness descended. What a perfect way to finish a fantastic afternoon.

Imperio del Pintxo is open every day, 11am-11pm. For reservations, please call  922 176304. Check out their Facebook page, for more details.









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