It’s not often that we get two separate emails in the space of a week, telling us how good a new restaurant is. But Brenda, and John and Dawn took the the time to do so.
La Aulaga is set slightly back from Playa Bastian, but facing the sea and with a fabulous view. We were greeted by Simone, our waitress, who served us a small, chilled apertif, and then Miguel the owner arrived at our table. To say he is enthusiastic about his restaurant and the food is an understatement.
I’m going to digress for a moment, but when I first came to the island, I would often say at a new tapas restaurant: “Can you do us a selection of 4 or 5 of your best dishes please?” And it always resulted in a blank look and the question: “What do you want?” So I gave up.
But Miguel suggested exactly that to us - “Let me serve you a selection of food, trust me, you’ll enjoy it!” And we did!
Here’s what we had:
Fish croquettes with a delightful smooth filling
Local goats cheese cooked on the grill with a dark fruit sauce
Slightly spiced meatballs in a savoury white sauce, with a swirl of a fruity red sauce
A pasta parcel with a truffle and spice filling
A spicy warm prawn dish with banana and pineapple
A pasta salad with fruit and more prawns
All the dishes were different, full of perfectly balanced flavour and just bursting with the freshness of the ingredients. Our favourite was the spicy prawn dish, which was simply world class.
Miguel talked about his philosophy, which is to use whatever ingredients he can find each day, and combine them to make the very best his team can. Unusually, but to the benefit of flavour, almost every dish provides some surprise and delight by using local fruit.
With so many restaurants in Lanzarote adopting an almost “standard” menu, it was a joy to find somewhere so different. We were introduced to Chano, the chef, whilst we were there, and like everyone else at La Aulaga, he was happy to chat and appreciated our compliments.
The menu board outside was a little confusing, showing a selection of standard menus, but once inside we were presented with something more familiar. La Aulaga isn’t a budget restaurant, but neither is it priced at the “treat only” end of the spectrum. The quality is amongst the best on the island, but still manages to offer good value for your Euros.
As you can see from the photos, presentation is important, and each dish was served on the right plates to show off the detail perfectly.
After the meal we were brought some “tasting” or “degustacion” spoons so we could try some of the desserts, which were also delicious. Miguel told us that they can create up to 20 different dishes for these tastings, so everyone can try their full range of flavours. The team are also happy to create dishes for regular clients, and recently cooked lamb in six different ways for one family.
We highly recommend a visit, and let Miguel know we sent you!
La Aulaga is at Edificio Alborada, Calle La Rosa 2 in Costa Teguise, and you can call 928 346 791 to book.
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