Quintins has been on our list to visit for years, and when friends Mike and Elaine suggested we join them there for a meal, we jumped at the chance.
The restaurant is in Avenida Juan Carlos 1, a few hundred metres up the hill from the Biosfera Shopping Centre and has a welcoming frontage, which opens onto a medium sized main room, with the kitchen at the back. But as I discovered later, there’s a whole, similar room downstairs. It’s unusual for a restaurant here, as it doesn’t have any outdoor space.
We managed to seat ourselves at a great table right by the window and enjoyed a pre dinner drink while we had a look at the menu.
They have a set menu, which looks good value at €17.95 for three courses, but we elected to go a la carte. There were three special fish dishes being offered – Dorada, sea bass and salmon, all pan fried. The menu is quite small, but to me, that’s often a sign of great food .
Having ordered our food, some home made bread was brought to the table, along with aioli, olive oil and some olives. The bread was exquisite, and I had to stop myself scoffing it all!
We all skipped starters and went straight into mains, consoling ourselves with the promise of a dessert. Both Mikes went for the rib of beef, served with mushrooms and fries. The beef was meltingly tender, and the sauce, although a little thin, was rich, and perfectly seasoned. The more I eat rib, the more I realise that it’s my favourite cut of beef.
Elaine elected to try the pan fried salmon from the specials board, and declared it very tasty. Julie decided to have a starter as her main course – Thai fish cakes, served with vegetables, sweet chilli sauce and crispy noodles. The fish cakes were excellent – crunchy outside, creamy inside and with a strong coriander flavour. Her only complaint was that it was hard to eat the noodles without using her fingers!
We washed the meal down with a very drinkable bottle of the house red, and then spent some time deciding on desserts.
Once again, the two Mikes went for the same, and decided to share a cheese platter. I’ve often been disappointed in cheese platters here in Lanzarote – so often they seem to consist of a few bland off cuts and some hard biscuits. But this was splendid, as you can see from the image. The platter came with several slices of another home made bread, and five different cheeses, including a fabulous goat’s cheese roulade and a melting Brie.
The ladies went for an apple and rhubarb crumble (bursting with cinnamon!) and an Eton Mess of berries (a fabulous combination of tart and sweet.)
The service throughout was efficient and friendly.
In summary, we really enjoyed Quintins. I always like a restaurant where you can see the kitchen, the food is beautifully cooked and the menu is refreshingly different. The presentation of the dishes is excellent, but the portions aren’t huge, so don’t be afraid to go for three courses.
We spent around €25 a head including two courses, drinks and coffees.
Quintins is at 25G Avenida Juan Carlos Primero in Puerto del Carmen. You can call them to reserve a table on 928 515 755.
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