A little touch of Venezuela

by Paul Waller

“I’VE found a little gem here”, I thought to myself, as I left this restaurant with a big grin, a contented stomach, and some good memories to talk about.

So, you are asking, what restaurant is this? Well, the name is  Carlin, a relatively-new establishment, which has only been open for six months. During that time, the right atmosphere and menu have been created, for all nationalities and families to enjoy.

Where can you find this restaurant? Well, I suppose you can say it falls into the category of being one of those special restaurants that we find “up the mountain”, for those of us living or visiting this wonderful island.

But, in reality, it’s only 5-10 minute drive from the TF1, just above San Isidro. It can be found 50 metres down from the Cepsa garage, by the roundabout which leads to either Charco del Pino or Granadilla.

Is it worth the drive? Most definitely, and you will not be disappointed. Parking is available right outside, which, these days, is a pleasure, and there is plenty of it, too.

On walking into the restaurant there is a spacious, outdoor area with lovely surroundings, for those warm evenings, and also an authentic inside area with a modern feel to it. On arrival, we were greeted by a smartly-uniformed staff member with a big smile, and in the corner of the room, by the large, open bar, was one of the evening’s singers, with an already eager audience singing along.

Once seated at our table, we were handed a very professional, bound menu, written in Spanish and English. The variety of dishes intrigued me because of the different flavours available, from typical Canarian to Latin American dishes, from Peru and Venezuela.

As well as a selection of Thai dishes and speciality burgers, they also offer BBQ grill options, different types of paella, and a set, daytime menu for €7.90.

The two chefs in the kitchen are from Venezuela, but I will come back to them, later. A bottle of wine was ordered and poured, and our attention turned to the starters. We ordered Venezuelan Tequenos, cheese wrapped in a special wheat flour and deep fried. This was presented very well, and tasted as good as it looked. The restaurant was now bustling, and the tables started to fill up.

On the next table, a gentleman was eating the sirloin steak special, so we both decided to order the same. It was accompanied by crispy chips and a fresh assortment of sauteed vegetables, which were very tasty.

I know it was only a sirloin steak, but, if a restaurant cannot get a steak right, then it says a lot. Medium-rare was our preference, and medium-rare it was. The meat was lean and tender, and melted in the mouth. It was presented beautifully on a black slate, with fresh asparagus as a subtle garnish, and chips in miniature basket.

We were then offered a selection of home-made desserts, and, because of the chef’s background, the staff recommended the “Tres Leche” cake. This was a light sponge, soaked in three types of milk; heavy cream, evaporated and condensed. It was a  Venezuelan speciality, which, as you can guess, was very rich and sweet, but perfect for sharing.

By this time, the second singer had taken over the corner, and his performance  had a few guests dancing. It wasn’t long before most of the bar were singing and dancing to a mixture of Latin and English songs, which created a warm and enthralling atmosphere. We joined in with the fun without realising it, and felt so welcome. All this entices customers to return, over and over again.

You must also try the tequila with orange and cinnamon. When the night was drawing to an end, we paid the bill. For under €40 for the night’s food and drink, for both of us, it was a lovely surprise, and what value for money it was, too.

So it was time for us to leave, with a wave to the singer and staff, and the other guests around the bar. We left with music in our ears and smiles on our faces, and that’s when I thought: “I’ve found a little gem here!”

Carlin restaurant is open 12pm till late, Tuesday to Sunday, and there’s live music on Fridays and Saturdays, from 7pm till late, and from 1-6pm on Sundays.

Look in the Canarian Weekly, and listen to Terry Ellens’ show on Oasis Fm, every Monday afternoon 3-6pm, for special offers and deals.

For reservations, ring 922 772479 or 6338 32145, email or check out their Facebook page Bar Restaurante Carlin.




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