Many readers have recommended Little Elm to us recently, so we were pleased when they reached the top of our “restaurants we need to try” list, and we booked a table to meet some friends there.
The location isn’t the best – Little Elm is sort hidden away, upstairs in Centro Comercial La Peñita, just off The Strip, and right next door to The Music Hall Tavern. It’s quite spacious and airy, with good air conditioning, and the decor is classy.
Although it was our first visit, we were greeted like long lost friends and encouraged to enjoy a drink while we waited for our friends. Once they’d arrived and also ordered a pre dinner drink, the various specials were explained to us.
The service was genuinely excellent – wine was poured properly, we didn’t ever need to look around for some help, and everyone was super friendly. It’s the sort of place where you feel instantly “at home,” and that alone would make me want to return.
We wanted a light starter, so we chose to share a Rosemary infused baked Camembert. It was a whole cheese, with roasted garlic and two jams, one tart and one sweet, all served with crunchy toast. It was a fabulous dish – the garlic roasted to perfect sweetness, and the cheese meltingly ripe.
We both went for specials of the day – Julie chose Pepperoni Pizza chicken, which was a breast of chicken, stuffed with cheese and pepperoni and breaded in a Parmesan cheese crumb. She described it as a “combination that worked,” and the chicken was succulent and tasty. The dish came with home made chips, salad and coleslaw.
I went for a Surf and Turf Beef Wellington which came with Boulangere potatoes, fresh vegetables and a white wine sauce. The pastry came stuffed with an excellent steak and garlic prawns and Parma Ham, although the latter was a little lost. The potatoes were sublime, the pastry lovely and crusty and the sauce was exceptional. My only slight criticism was the whole tasted under seasoned, but I’m beginning to think it’s me, as I keep typing those words in reviews!
I was happy with just coffee, but Julie wanted to try a dessert, so she opted for Bread and Butter Pudding with custard. She was surprised it was made using wholemeal bread, and she described it as a little heavy and said that the portion was too large for one person.
We spent €37 a head including tip, but enjoyed pre dinner drinks, wine and water, and we chose some of the more expensive dishes.
Little Elm is at CC La Peñita in Puerto del Carmen and is open from 1800 to 2130 on Monday through Saturday, but closed Tuesdays. On Sundays they open from 1700 until 2100. We recommend booking.
You can book online at their website: Little Elm.
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