Many readers have recommend the Harbour View to us, so when we visited the market at Marina Rubicón in Playa Blanca, we decided to check it out as a lunch stop.

The restaurant is in a stunning position, looking directly out on the marina, and next to the swimming pool there. Although quite small inside, it has a huge terrace and another, lower terrace with grass on it.

We popped in before going to the market to book a table and I’d recommend doing the same, as by the time we returned, most tables were occupied. It was a glorious December day – no wind, blue skies and about 25 degrees.

We liked that the tapas dishes on offer weren’t the “usual suspects,” but included some interesting variations. The service was good, and we liked the cool outfits the waiting staff were all wearing.

After much discussion, as there were several dishes we wanted to try, we went for three tapas to share. Our drinks – a bottle of El Capitan brewed in Arrecife for me, a glass of white wine for Julie and fizzy water to share – arrived with some bread, which is charged for at this restaurant if you choose to eat it.

Canarian cheese with Rosemary oil

This came in a small bowl, with tiny cubes of different cheeses, sun dried tomatoes and black olives. The rosemary olive oil wasn’t strongly enough flavoured for me, but the cheese was excellent. I’m not a big fan of the sometimes insipid goat’s cheeses here, but there were some crackers in the mix. I could taste a strongly smoked cheese and there was even a blue among them.

Chorizo broken eggs with potato wedges

Revuelto is the Spanish word for “broken eggs,” basically fried, scrambled eggs. These were delicious, served with cubes of chorizo and crispy small potatoes fried with onions.

Shrimp Tempura with guacamole

This dish was exceptional. The shrimp were very large an coated, unusually, with a black seeded tempura. The key is the shrimp were cooked absolutely perfectly – it’s so rare to find that anywhere – they are often overcooked and soggy, but in this case the crunchy coating revealed prawns that were still “al dente.” The guacamole could have done with a little more seasoning but it was very smooth.

Ambience

The tables for two are a little small, especially if you plan to share a few dishes, but the crockery and cutlery were good quality, and best of all, there was live music from Camy, a local singer songwriter who is really talented, and who played with a perfect warm-day  at lunchtime, chilled vibe.

Prices

We paid €36 for our three dishes and drinks. Most of the tapas dishes are around €7 or €8.

Good value, good food and an excellent ambience. We’ll be trying The Harbour View for an evening meal sometime soon.

If you don’t hire a car and stay elsewhere on the island, but would like to visit Playa Blanca market, there is an excursion: Playa Blanca Market.

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