Places to eat- Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote

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This year I was lucky enough to go on my family holiday to Puerto Del Carmen in Lanzarote. Yes, I know, Hannah and I are 21 and 19. But we like family holidays. You don’t have to pay for as much. Duh.

Jokes aside, we do really like family holidays. It’s a privilege to still be able to spend time together as a family now that Hannah and I are grown up, though I do wonder if my parents are just bringing me for translation purposes 😉

For me, this holiday was all about the food. And wine. We were lucky enough to be able to try a few of the restaurants that the resort has to offer, with varying degrees of success.

Here I’ve compiled some of my hits and misses for restaurants in the area, which hopefully will be of some help to those of you wishing to visit the town!

Emma’s Cantina Mexicana- If you like Mexican food, you NEED to visit here. No ifs or buts about it, this place is a holy grail for all you nacho lovers out there. Owned and managed by a Mexican, with all dishes cooked by a Mexican chef, Emma’s Cantina Mexicana gives you authentic Mexican flavours and atmosphere. This restaurant was the family favourite of the holiday, converting my non-guacamole-lover of a mother into a fan. The service is quick and the staff are friendly, giving advice and making the menus easy to understand for those who aren’t sure how much spice they want to go with. And of course, it wouldn’t be a true Mexican restaurant without an extensive margarita menu. This was definitely my favourite meal of the holiday.

Ristorante Pizzeria Italia- This place is like no restaurant you’ll have ever been to. An Italian run family restaurant, Ristorante Pizzeria Italia has one of the most welcoming atmospheres I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating in. The family who runs this restaurant is simply delightful. They don’t speak much English, but this is more than made up for in character. ‘Papa’ will be glad to show you his magic tricks as you eat, and later serenade you on his keyboard wearing a top hat. Like I said, this is no ordinary restaurant. As for the food, this place is known for its pizza and pasta. If you’re not going to be eating those, there isn’t much point going. The service is slow, but all the food is cooked completely fresh, so if you’re not in a rush it is definitely worth the wait. You have a beautiful view over the sea to enjoy in the meantime as well.

La Casa del Parmigiano- This is a cracking restaurant. We visited here three times during our week’s stay and the food was up to scratch every time. La Casa del Parmigiano is a beautiful restaurant, possibly the most aesthetically pleasing of those listed here, and the food is no exception. There’s a great selection of food available including a wide range of choice for vegetarians. If you’re looking for a people pleaser, this restaurant would probably be your best bet. However I must say that similar to Ristorante Pizzeria Italia, La Casa del Parmigiano can be rather slow with the service. On one occasion we did have to wait almost twenty minutes after asking for the bill before we received it.

Cantina Don Rafael- Another Mexican restaurant, Cantina Don Rafael hosts a large menu with a huge selection of dishes; unlike Emma’s Cantina Mexicana, this restaurant does have several options that are not Mexican food. We had read some great reviews on Trip Advisor for this restaurant, so we were expecting our experience to rival, if not exceed, that which we had had at Emma’s Cantina. We were slightly disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad restaurant, but if you’re looking for excellent Mexican food with a friendly and authentic atmosphere, this isn’t the place. The staff are rushed and unwelcoming, and we had a very long wait before ordering our food despite the fact the restaurant was only half full. The food was tasty but nothing special.

Casa Tina- If this were a competition all about style points, Casa Tina would be running away with it. This restaurant is very attractive, with wooden logs on the walls and hanging lights above the tables, but don’t be fooled by this contemporary decor. The food is good but nothing exceptional, and we had several issues with the service. I think this is a relatively new restaurant so I can’t be too harsh towards staff. Maybe if you try here in a few months, once all the staff have had the chance to get into the swing of things, you might receive a better experience than we did.