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Where great, hearty food is taken to another level! 

by Tara Scarlata

LAGARTO Brasserie is a modern, family-friendly restaurant in the heart of La Caleta, and serves good, hearty, familiar food that everyone can enjoy.

With a brand-new, exciting menu, and a new head-chef, brought over from its sister restaurant, Char, we wanted to discover more about what the Brasserie experience has to offer. One of the first restaurants of its kind in Tenerife, Lagarto’s menu offers food that will definitely hit the spot, fill you up and wow you, all at the same time.

There is also a lovely bar area which is great for cocktails. There is an extensive drinks-and-snacks menu, and it’s a perfect place to pop in to meet and relax with friends, or enjoy a few, pre-dinner drinks.

When you arrive, you can instantly see the attention to detail. The distinctive, open-plan restaurant offers soft lighting, beautiful-yet-comfortable furniture, views out to the Atlantic Ocean, and a relaxed, friendly vibe.

I have visited Lagarto before, and was intrigued to see the new changes. A couple of friends joined me, who had not been before, so they had no idea what to expect.

After a busy day, we started with a few drinks. The Pink Collins, a refreshing, pink gin with strawberry, lemon and soda, really hit the spot, and Alison (visiting from the UK) was pleasantly surprised by the extensive gin list on offer.

We found the menu really simple to follow. They have created a variety of dishes, using the finest and freshest ingredients, which were split into easy-to-read sections, including hot-and-cold starters, meat, fish and seafood, vegan and sharing platters. You can select your own cloice of sides and sauces, to tailor your meal exactly to suit your taste buds.

To start with, we had a mixture of cold-and-warm starters. The Burrata Pistachio was first, and very tasty. It consisted of a whole, Burrata mozzarella, served with charred leeks, roasted corn and pineapple, topped with pistachio crumb, and accompanied by fresh pesto.

The cheese was fresh and full of flavour, with a soft, buttery texture, and it went very well with the leeks, corn and pesto. To finish it off, we had a serving of the Moroccan flatbread, which went really well with the rich cheese.

Following this, we had one of my favourite dishes at Lagarto – the Tuna Tataki. It’s seared, fresh tuna served with strawberries, topped with a wasabi-and-lime mayonnaise, and finished off with a ginger sorbet.

They have elevated this dish since I last tried it, and I didn’t think it could get better. It is now served with an extra special touch. If you want to add a bit more smokiness to the dish, they use a hot coal to sear it at the table. You get a dish with a little bit of theatre, so check out the looks from the other diners, who are wondering what’s happening!

Every element of this dish was prepared perfectly. Nothing overpowered, and when you put all these elements together, they complement each other, perfectly.

We then had scallops, which, after seeing a few pictures, I was looking forward to trying. They were perfectly cooked, and served with crunchy asparagus, a rich, flavourful, lobster bisque, and glistening, lime caviar, to give a hint of freshness. They definitely tasted as good as they looked.

For the main course, we tried one of the vegan options – the roasted pumpkin risotto with tofu. It was rich and creamy, and packed full of flavour. I couldn’t quite believe I was eating a healthy, vegan dish … all the taste, without the sins!

Then to my favourite dish of the night – the pork cheek. This is slow cooked in a red-wine reduction, served with a shallot-and-onion puree and wild mushrooms. It is so tender that when you try to pick it up it falls off your fork, and it just melts in your mouth. There is such a rich, deep, homely feel about this dish. It’s proper comfort food, and tastes incredible, so, when you visit Lagarto Brasserie, this is a must.

We also had the Txogitxu fillet steak, served rare.  As a party of three, we all liked our steak cooked differently. But, by bringing a small grill to our table, enabling us to finish off our steak exactly how we liked it, was a nice touch. The meat was excellent quality; tender and juicy, and served simply with sea salt and triple-cooked chips.

To finish the meal we had the Lagarto, sharing, trio dessert, which is perfect for me because I can never decide which dessert I want! This includes a rich, decadent, creamy tiramisu, a creamy, pineapple-and-coconut mousse,  and my favourite, the blueberry cheesecake. This had a crunchy base with cream cheese, and was topped with blueberries and forest fruit with a tangy sauce. I think all the sins saved from the risotto were used in the dessert, but it was definitely worth it!

Sitting back and relaxing, with a few more gins and cocktails after our meal, we were able to really enjoy the pleasant atmosphere, and talented, live musician. There was also an extensive wine list, including a selection of local Canarian wines, and champagnes, if you were celebrating something special.

We loved the new changes at Lagarto Brasserie. With the cleverly-created menu, fantastic Venture service, live music and delicious cocktails, Lagarto really does offer the perfect dining experience. We will be back!

 

Avenida Las Gaviotas, La Caleta, Adeje, Tenerife

 

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