We’ve walked past El Rincón Simple Gastro Bar dozens of times over the last few months, and noted that each time, it was busy with locals, which is always a good indicator of the quality of an establishment.

We finally visited ourselves last week, and we were impressed. It’s located in one of the walkways of Pueblo Marinero in Costa Teguise and has a few tables inside, as well as a large terrace on one side and a smaller, shaded one on the other.

The design is modern, minimalist, cool and very clean. I’ve always liked places with a small menu and daily specials – it means the chef is always on the look out for the best ingredients. El Rincón has some interesting tapas dishes on the menu – nachos feature, as do calamaris, a couple of interesting salads, and if you want something more substantial, there’s a steak in Whisky sauce.

But we both chose from the specials of the day. I went for Chicken Tacos, and Julie chose a Thai prawn and mango salad. We went halves on each dish.

The tacos were fabulous – nicely spiced shredded chicken topped with one of the best guacamoles I’ve tasted, as well as salad and cheese. The salad was even better – a real variety of leaves, with perfectly cooked large shrimp, plenty of fruit as well as a fruity dressing, and with the crunch of an occasional hazelnut.

Based on the success of our two dishes, we elected to go for a dessert too. I chose a chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream – the brownie was dense, rich and warm and I think the ice cream may have been home made. Julie had what was described as a White Volcano – a sort of moist muffin with white chocolate sauce and Strawberry Ice Cream. We loved them both.

The service at El Rincón was excellent – although we were there pretty early, so nobody was under pressure, but we were well looked after for drinks and the food came out quickly and piping hot where appropriate.

El Rincón Simple Gastro Bar is at CC Tanderena in Costa Teguise, just off the Pueblo Marinero Square. It’s open from 1100 until 2300 every day except Sunday. You can call them on 928 49 31 58 and they have a Facebook Page.

Our bill came to €50 for two mains, two desserts, a couple of beers, a coffee and a liqueur.

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