Mil Sabores, Tenerife’s Best Restaurants

For food lovers, the northern Tenerife resort of Puerto de la Cruz is a culinary paradise. Whilst many of the towns restaurants have traditionally served up Canarian cuisine consisting of fresh, but simply grilled meat and fish dishes, in the last few years a new spate of more contemporary restaurants have opened. These stylish new establishments use fresh local ingredients, but fuse traditional and Mediterranean cuisine with a more innovative style of cooking.

Many of these chic new restaurants are to be found in the narrow pedestrianised streets of La Ranilla, Puerto’s fishing district, a short walk from the heart of the old town at Plaza del Charco. With a mix of modern and traditional Canarian eateries, travel guidebook favourites like El Regulo and even a vegetarian restaurant, standards in the Ranilla district are so high and restaurant interiors so seductively inviting looking that deciding on which one to dine at is a difficult task. However, one restaurant which is guaranteed to come up with the culinary goods is Mil Sabores.

The Menu at Mil Sabores

Mil Sabores’ menu identifies it as offering Mediterranean cooking, but in truth dishes are so diverse and imaginative that they defy being pigeon-holed. It is simply creative cooking at its best.

Located inside an old town house, the restaurant’s décor sets the scene for a memorable meal; subdued lighting, polished wooden mezzanine area, apple coloured walls broken up by quirky framed champagne flutes, saucers and knives and forks creates a warm atmospheric blend of old and new. Tables are arranged around the lower courtyard and on the stepped mezzanine. There are a few tables in the narrow paseo outside which are ideal for people watching and having a nosy at what diners in the other chic restaurants opposite are eating. Needless to say the exterior tables fill up first.

Mil Sabores’ menu is a revelation. The dishes on it sound so taste bud teasing that it’s a nightmare trying to pick what to eat. Starters include sliced sole and prawns with tomatoes and mozarella in a pesto sauce and smoked salmon with fresh vegetables drizzled with honey. It’s almost impossible to choose between main courses such as Atlantic fish in a lobster and pernod sauce with fresh tagliatelle, king prawns in a champagne sauce, or medallions of beef in a Madeira sauce flavoured with black truffles. The menu also features a good range of vegetarian dishes, so non-meat eaters are well catered for; something that isn’t always the case in restaurants in Spain.

The way that dishes are described on the menu raises expectations through the ceiling, thankfully the food in Mil Sabores looks and tastes as divine as it sounds. Meat dishes are melt in the mouth tender and fish, moist and full of flavour.

Desserts are also exceptional and people with poor decision making skills can always opt for a selection of all the restaurant’s desserts. However, serious dessert lovers should ignore everything else and go straight for the chocolate profiteroles. These are simply heaven on a plate.

Everything about Mil Sabores rates highly. Service is friendly and quietly efficient without being overly fussy and diners are left to enjoy their meals at whatever pace they like. Even the bathrooms are impressively stylish. At around €120 for four people including wine, prices are slightly higher than is average in Puerto de la Cruz, but considering the standard, in real terms eating at Mil Sabores represents exceptional value for money.

Mil Sabores opens daily from 6.30-11.30pm, closed Sunday