We’ve passed the Restaurante Mirador de Los Valles on many occasions over the last few months, it always looks busy if the car park is anything to go by, plus we’ve heard a few good reports. Some time ago, curiosity got the better of us and we ventured in with friends to find out for ourselves.
The donkey at the entrance was pleased to see us for a nose rub as we walked from the car park to the restaurant. It was around 13:30 on a Sunday and only a few tables were taken, we were offered a prime table right in the picture window overlooking the village of Los Valles. The weather wasn’t fit to sit outside due to the occasional and sudden showers of rain, although it was still a bright and sunny day.
Immediately I felt at home, the whole building inside and out has a wonderful rustic feel with lots of exposed stone and campesino relics on the walls. We were given a wonderful welcome, where the specials of the day were explained and our drinks order taken. As it was Sunday, we ordered a bottle of the Yaiza Malvasia dry white wine in the distinctive blue bottle and tucked in to the pieces of sweet gofio, fresh warm bread and mojo sauces that had been delivered to the table. Los Valles is one of Lanzarote’s most beautiful villages, so being able to look down on it was a real treat.
I ordered two of the specials, my starter was the Ensalada Queso de Cabra which was two big slices of goats cheese roule warmed by the plancha, on a bed of salad with dried fruits and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. It was spectacular, the cheese was wonderfully creamy / crumbly and superbly dressed.
My main course Estofado de Cabra was again off the specials menu, I’ve never tasted goat meat like it. The meat just fell off the bones, it was full of flavour, rich and quite sweet as the recipe includes prunes and raisins in this traditional stew, which was served with Papas Arrugadas, the salty wrinkly Canarian potatoes. Pleased that I’d selected two fabulous dishes, we’ll definitely be back to sample some other specials as well as the menu.
The restaurant was starting to fill up as were eating, will people waiting in the bar area for tables. There are three separate dining rooms at the Restaurante Los Valles, as well as a selection of outdoor tables. The restaurant is situated on the main road from Teguise to Haría, just on the bend by the windmills. We thought the prices were very reasonable, we had two bottles of Lanzarote wine, a couple of beers (well it was Sunday and there was four of us), a starter and main course each and it worked out at €26 per head.
Telephone: 928 528 114 / 606 575 504 / 678 674 227
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