Having eaten at El Toro in Puerto del Carmen and heard about Arena in Los Mojones, we were interested to visit Chef Luis Leon’s new venture called Cala in Arrecife.
We had the place to ourselves when we arrived with friends at 7.30pm, although the other restaurants around the Charco de San Ginés were buzzing. We need not have worried, by the time we were leaving there wasn’t a seat left in the place.
It took us some time to work out the menu, the English translations take some deciphering, so we asked for the Spanish version. Our waiter explained that the dishes are made for sharing, although we could order individual dishes if we preferred not to share. We opted to share our starters and have our own main courses.
The tapas starter pictured above was substantial, in fact we shared 2 of them between 6 adults. There was a good variety which included Canarian potatoes, fried cheese, mixed croquets, padron peppers, tacos of fish, stuffed peppers, fried chicken wings and tortilla.
I originally requested the prawns from La Santa, but they weren’t available which was a bit disappointing, my second choice was the carpaccio de cigalas (crayfish), which I have to say was excellent. Mike ordered the hamburguesa de cebón al café de paris, and he enjoyed every mouthful declaring it better than most steaks he’d eaten.
We did succumb to desserts, Mike had the chocolate fondant and I had the chocolate & passion flower mousse, which were nicely presented.
Tapas dishes started from €4, the tapas selection for 2 was €14, main courses from €9 and desserts from €3.50 a portion.
In summary Restaurante Cala by Luis Leon is a welcome addition to the establishments situated in the picturesque setting of the Charco de San Ginés in Arrecife.
Telephone: 928 39 96 87