We worked an appetite up by walking 10KM from Playa Dorada to the lighthouse and back, and so we carried on to Marina Rubicon to try out Liken.
The restaurant is in the middle of the marina, and despite not having booked, we were given a table right on the water’s edge, but nicely shaded.
Liken’s decor is cool and modern, with an open kitchen, so you can see the smartly dressed chefs at work. They have a fabulous wine cooler at the entrance, and there are tables inside and outside on a narrow balcony. I would describe the menu as typically Canarian, but using the very best ingredients, prepared with real care. There were a lot of fish options, several interesting sounding rices, salads and the usual tapas as starters. Click on any image to open the gallery.
We ordered a bottle of El Grifo’s Collecion Malvasia Seco while we perused the menu. We chose Puntillas as a shared starter and agreed they were the best we’d ever had. These were genuinely small, baby squid, and served in the most delicious, crisp batter. We were off to a fantastic start!
Julie chose a light main, which was a Carpacio of Sama. Wafer thin shavings of raw fish, with an olive oil dressing, and served either side of a “tunnel” of finely chopped tomatoes and onions. It was delicious, but a small portion. To be fair, the waiter had questioned us “Do you want this as a main course?”
I went for a Black Angus burger. I was pleased to see it wasn’t served in a bun. It came on a bed of double cooked fries, and was layered with caramelised onions and a slice of swiss cheese. The burger was beautifully seasoned, and cooked rare – absolutely delicious.
Unusually, we chose to have desserts. I chose a chocolate brownie with Toffee sauce and hazelnut ice cream. The brownie was more like a sponge, and lacked density, but the ice cream and the toffee sauce were amazing. Julie had a semifrio (a home made ice cream) made with mango, served with red fruits and on a passionfruit sauce. Palate cleansing and gorgeous.
We finished up with coffees and complimentary liqueurs.
The service at Liken was super friendly – confident, jokey and helpful. The food took a long time to arrive, so don’t visit if you’re in a hurry, and we kind of felt “forgotten about” after we’d finished our mains, despite the fact that the restaurant was probably only half full. Nothing serious, but make time to enjoy a meal there.
Our bill came to €75, so it’s on the pricey side, but the quality of the ingredients justify the premium. We’d highly recommend it, for a long lazy meal, with the most amazing view of the marina.
Liken Restaurante is in Marina Rubicon in Playa Blanca and is open from lunchtime until night on Tuesday to Sunday. Their phone number is 928 27 05 87.
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