Howard’s formula is stunning

Food 5HOWARDS Smokehouse, an eye-catching restaurant, has recently opened on Golf del Sur, and it’s not to be missed!

Formerly Big Al’s, at Terraza de la Paz, it is situated on the right-hand side of the one-way circuit, just before the Sand Blas turn-off. And my wife and I decided it looked well worth a visit, having passed it several times in the car.

We were greeted by waitress Sarah at the door and escorted to our table which, in my opinion, offers the finest sight of any restaurant on the Island – a stunning, panoramic 180-degree vista,  looking over to El Medano’s Red Rock and, to the other side, the blue Atlantic … as far as the eye can see.

Howard, the owner, who runs the business with his partner, Louise, came over for a chat before the evening’s service started in earnest.

They have been in Tenerife for more than a decade and Howard has been managing restaurants since his arrival. He took the plunge and opened Howards Smokehouse just over three months ago and, happily, has never looked back.

Louise is head chef and Howard, a gourmet chef and “magician”, who creates some stunning dishes.

We opted for a Gourmet Starter for two, which consisted of prawn fountain, home-made Madeira pate, home-made cod-filled goujons, oak-smoked mature cheddar, stuffed mushrooms and a side-salad, presented with accompaniments.

The taste sensation of all the flavours was astounding, and we picked and shared the starter while marvelling at the view – and the interior, which has a vaulted wooden ceiling.

We chose a superb bottle of Jack Rabbit white Zinfandel to accompany our meal.

While awaiting our main course, we were a bit nosey and had a peep at what some fellow-diners were having: sizzling platters, especially barbecued whole racks or ribs with hickory-smoked sauce and the Smokehouse tower burger, which was a work of art.

For the main course, we again opted for gourmet-sharing, comprising medium-rare fillet steak, spit-roast chicken, cod mornay, spit-jack roast pork with crackling, fresh asparagus, buttered carrots, blue cheese sauce and a superb bernaisse sauce. Mouthwatering just to list them!

Everything was so succulent and perfectly cooked and the entire meal was seriously tasty. The spit-roast chicken was so juicy, and the pork tower came with slices of apple and stuffing in between the pork which was as tender as anything I’ve ever tasted.

When we had finally finished our feast and before dessert, Howard returned and told us about his plans for the restaurant.

They include catering for weddings, birthday parties, etc, and also a pick-up/drop-off service to and from home or hotel for groups of people dining there.

Howards also has entertainment four days a week, including Sundays, when he offers “Fabulous Sunday Dinners” from 1pm.

Booking for Sunday Dinner is advisable says Howard, “because when it’s gone, it’s gone”.

Then it was back to the sweet stuff, and we shared the vodka-caramel apple crumble with cream and ice-cream, with a chapito glass of caramel vodka and cream with a wafer tube. Incredible!

Howards has an extensive menu, catering for all tastes. All the meat is bought fresh daily, and the vegetables are seasonal from the local farmers’ market.

And should you require something not on the menu, Howard says that if possible, they will tailor-make the dish for you.

Howards also do take-away beer-battered cod, chips, peas and an ice-cold beer for 9.95 euros every evening.

The kitchen is open until 10.30pm every evening for late arrivals, which is an excellent idea because many restaurants are normally closing up at that time.

For more information on Howards Smokehouse, call 634 300 958 or 922 738 793




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