Sunday, August 29, 2010

Las Rejas Restaurant

       The Canary Islands is a hot  travel destination mainly for British and Germans tourists,  and now even for Russians travelers who have discovered the spectacular, one of a kind scenery that the islands have to offer.  The wonderful beaches and the tropical weather are usually the main attraction, but I wonder if during their stay tourists have the time to discover their amazing culinary secrets.  If you look hard enough you will find unique local eateries and restaurants among the volcanic scenery. And one of this places is Mesón Las Rejas, a family owned restaurant located in a little town called La Camella which translated means the female camel, at about 10 minutes drive from Playa de las Américas, Tenerife.

     Established since 1990, the owner, José Peña Avero, who likes to be called mesonero, meaning the one who attends el mesón (restaurant), and his son, José Antonio Peña, who follows his father's footsteps in bringing an excellent culinary tradition to this town, personally welcome each and every patron who comes to eat quality spanish food, and to drink splendid wines at their restaurant.  This is a place who takes pride in having many local loyal customers and an ever increasing number of foreign guests.

    Day by day, Peña makes sure that his mesón opens its door with the best, freshest products from all over Spain.  No wonder the famous French culinary guide Michelin recommends Mesón Las Rejas as one of their favorites places in the South of Tenerife.

     It is here where you can find a whole piece of fillet Mignon baked to perfection in a clay roof tile and covered with local coarse sea salt;  served with a variety of savory sauces and accompanied by crispy, golden brown, and extra crunchy local potatoes.  This dish will be forever in your heart and mind.  For sure, you will not forget your vacation in Tenerife.
    Other favorite of Mesón Las Rejas, is the Villagodio.  It is a carefully aged, large cut of meat,  presented raw at your table where you cook it to your delight in a portable gas stove that they conveniently set up on top of your table.  No need for herbs or marinating sauces that mask the true flavor of the meat, just local salt and pepper are surely enough for you to enjoy the most tender, juicy, and savory steak that you ever tasted.  It is an authentic carnivorous feast, and of course one of my favorites.


     Such a succulent meal, asks for a bottle (maybe two) of a great Spanish wine.  If by any chance you need guidance in choosing your bottle, confide in Peña for the best recommendation.  Hi is a true sommelier.  Their respect for wine is so that they even built a wine sanctuary.

      Here, customers enjoy the aromas and savour of the best of the best Spanish wines at the right temperature thanks to the air conditioned built in cave.  It is a must see if you come to Las Rejas.
      Las Rejas is open everyday for lunch and dinner, and they also have private rooms for large parties.  The interior has been carefully decorated to resemble one of those fresh patios from Andalusia, Spain.  And as soon as you enter you feel right at home.  This is what I call good ambiance, good service and better food.

     For more information or a to take a peek at their complete menu and wine list, you can check their website at  The link is also available through my recommended sites, on the upper right of my blog.
     Make a note to yourself to reserve a table at  Las Rejas the next time you visit Tenerife, you will not be disappointed.  I give you my word.  Que aproveche!


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