Saturday, March 7, 2009

26 ~ Fish Dinner in Las Aguas

coastal view (click images to enlarge)

Last January my friend Anne and I planned a morning of shopping followed by a lunch at one of the typical no frills village restaurants which abound here on this island. To find such a place one has to take a drive, either up into the hills or down the seacoast. As she and I both love to try new places, especially the ones which have freshly caught seafood, we made our way south down the coast, and in less than half an hour we arrived at the seaside village of Las Aguas, which has several interesting little restaurants.


Sounds of the Sea & Anne

The day was sunny with a strong wind whipping up the waves over the black volcanic rocks. We chose a place across the street from the crashing waves called The Sotano (The Basement) but we sat in the main room and from there, looking out the door, we felt we were on a boat as the view was of the sea coming in towards us.

seawall & girls
el sotano
In these typical places, before sitting down at a table, it is customary to go up to the front counter where the fresh fish and shellfish are on display and there choose what will be your dinner.

fish trays The fish we contemplated were parrotfish (vieja) and dorado (mahi-mahi.)

vieja The dorado had been caught that morning just a few kilometers away. Both Anne and I chose one of those and ordered the usual accompaniments of salad and wrinkled potatoes with mojo and red wine.

dorado 1 No frills....a paper tablecloth and the bread served in a basket together with the cutlery.

waiter Anne and our waiter.

bread & wine The bread, wine and a simple salad to share.

saladWhat was amusing was the lack of a cruet set on the table, but rather, a whole liter of olive oil was placed beside a container of vinegar.

oil & vinegar I was getting ready for a really good lunch as more people came in and ordered their fish. The kitchen was busy and steaming plates passed us by on their way down to the lower dining room, the sotano.

After the bread, wine and salad had been served, came the potatoes.....papas arrugadas with their two mojos, red and green and then came the fish.....with head and tail on.

papas & mojo
dorado 2 The cooked dorado.

I was always a little disconcerted when presented with the whole thing! I was never very good at dissecting a fish, even though I took some of that in Biology 101 and tend to buy my fish already cleaned and filleted at the market. However with some determination I gave the fish a good slice somewhere around the neck area (do fish have necks?), removed the head and put it on a side plate, and then made another slice somewhere around the lower off with the tail. The fish was delicious! And after working my way down that one side I was able to find the bone and lift it carefully away to reach the white meat on the other side.

fish dinner Fish dinner with the papas & mojo. Getting ready to remove the head and tail.

It is often the custom here.....and especially true when out with take the after-dinner coffee in another place, usually a bar or cafe, rather than in the restaurant where one has just dined. So we took a short walk along the seawall to an outdoor cafe which was alongside the municipal swimming pool.

swimming pool We sat in the sun and had two cafes cortado. On the little tables were menus for their assorted tapas. My favourite ensaladilla (Russian Salad) figured there at the top of the list, as did small tuna and fish tapas and other potato snacks.

cafes cortadoWell that was a lovely way to end our day out. The fresh sea air, sunshine and sound of the waves was a real treat.


Tenerife Fan said...

Great Tenerife photos!. Taking photos of food is one of those things that is a lot harder than people appreciate.

Canarybird said...

Thank you for your comment! Yes and although it seems odd, food photography has been a hobby of mine for some time. Sharon.


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