We’d seen some good reviews, and decided to try Majo Picón for lunch – what a little gem of a place! And little is the operative word – there are only 4 tables there, so you should book.
Although small, the restaurant is spotlessly clean and welcoming. There’s a bar area at the front where you can enjoy a drink, and the tables are at the rear.
I’d describe the menu as tapas with a twist listed for the starters, and then there’s a selection of meat and fish mains. But they also do daily specials, and the waiter explained what was on offer to us. We ordered the fresh mussels from the specials menu to share, and then elected to share some steamed bread stuffed with goat’s meat. We also ordered some bread with mojo and aioli and a bottle of El Grifo’s excellent Colección Malvasía white wine.
Once our bread and wine arrived, the waiter brought us a complimentary tapa, which consisted of two delicious croquettes.
The mussels that arrived were cooked with a finger licking coconut milk sauce, with ginger, lime and julienned vegetables. The mussels were amazing – really large and very succulent, and the sauce was fantastic! My previous favourite mussel dish ever was a meal we had in the Orkney’s, but this one topped it.
Next up, our steamed bread. This was a really clever dish – it looks like a doner kebab, but uses Chinese style steamed bread instead of pita. The bread is puffy, soft and light. The filling was an explosion of flavour – rich, dark goat’s meat which must have been cooked for several hours as it was so tender. It was wonderful to find a dish which ticked so many boxes – wonderful taste, beautiful presentation and everything in perfect balance.
We were looked after throughout by a really attentive waiter, who knew the menu and was always there when we needed anything.
After our meal, we had a brief chat with chef and owner Federico – he’s Italian and has lived on the island for 10 years. His philosophy is to use the fabulous local produce we have here in Lanzarote, and add his own take on it, using his Italian roots, but also adding flavours and ideas from around the world.
As I said at the top, Majo Picón is a real gem of a place – we’ll be back for sure, and I highly recommend it to you.
Majo Picón :
Calle Miguel Lantigua,Tinajo,
0034 828 81 12 05
On Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, they are open from 1230 to 1660 and from 1845 to 2200.
On Thursdays, they are open from 1845 to 2200.
They have a website: Majo Picón