Lanzarote Restaurant Review – Sausalito, Costa Teguise

Restaurante Pizzeria Sausalito, to give it its full name, is a family run Italian restaurant and pizzeria at Playa Bastian in Costa Teguise. The hosts are Nico and Anna, and they gave us a fabulous welcome.

We’d had several recommendations to visit, so we were pleased when the stars aligned and some friends contacted us to suggest we try a meal there.

The restaurant is located just inside the main entrance of the Playa Bastian community, and it is quite large and glass fronted. The inside is cozy and comfortable, with well spaced tables. We arrived at 8PM, and the place was busy.

There’s a good selection of dishes, including all of those you’d expect in an Italian restaurant – 11 starters, 3 different salads, 10 different pasta dishes, fish, steaks, chicken, and pork dishes. There was also a tempting range of pizzas to choose from. They have specials of the day, and there’s also a children’s menu.

For my starter, I chose garlic prawns and Julie went for garlic and rosemary pizza bread, so we shared both dishes. The pizza bread was fabulous, and perfect for mopping up the prawny oil! The prawns were perfectly cooked – something that isn’t easy to do, as they have to finish off their cooking at the table.

For our main courses, I chose the Penne Arrabiata, which was described as spicy. Nico asked me how hot I’d like it on a scale of 1 to 6. I chose a 6 – most Spanish restaurants don’t make food spicy enough for me, so I went for the hottest, without computing the fact that I was in an Italian place. Julie chose penne pasta as well, hers with a gorgonzola and walnut sauce. The penne was just perfect on both dishes, slightly al dente, as it should be. My sauce was tomato based and super spicy – I loved every mouthful, but I think I’d go for a 4 on the heat next time. Julie’s sauce was rich and very creamy. Sometimes gorgonzola sauces can be overpowering, but this one wasn’t, and the crunchiness of the walnuts worked beautifully with it. Paul had the same as me, and Jill went for the Iberian Pork Tenderloin, which looked absolutely amazing, and was served with a sauce made with roasted peppers, black olives and honey. I did have a little food envy when it arrived, and I’ll be trying it next time I’m there.

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The service at Sausalito was excellent, and we were served by Nico, Anna and two other members of staff. It all worked seamlessly and we were beautifully looked after throughout.

None of us went for desserts, but I had an Espresso, and we were given liquers on the house. Paul and I drank beers with the meal – mine were zero alcohol as I was driving, and the ladies enjoyed a bottle of the house white.

Our bill came to a very reasonable €30 a head. Sausalito are open Tuesday to Saturday from 18:00 until 22:00. It’s a very popular place, so I’d advise booking by calling them on +34 928 59 08 67.

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