I had a lovely lunch in Playa Blanca yesterday. I was visiting the South of the island and looking for somewhere to eat a fresh fish dinner with a cold glass of white wine before a chill out with a swim and relax on the beach. Having read recommendations for Casa Pedro I thought this could be an opportunity to try that restaurant but standing outside reading the menu with my friend it did nothing for us. We decided that we should walk along the front as a couple of others had caught our eye earlier in the day.
Restaurante Playa Blanca had a menú del día for €9, a varied tapas menu and some chef’s specials. The front of the restaurant was busy with a friendly ambience, we spotted a table and decided this was our lunch spot for today. Our waiter Sandy welcomed us and asked if we’d like a drink first or the menu which we appreciated, sometimes you can be sat for a while considering what to eat with no drink. Two very large glasses of cold vino blanco seco arrived whilst we contemplated what to eat.
I was tempted with the menú del día, there was a fish option which would have satisfied my craving but the chef’s specials had caught my eye. My friend opted for the seabass al grill whilst I selected the seabass en sal. Sandy explained that the fish in salt would take some time, were we ok with this and did we want any starters / tapas to nibble on whilst we waited. We declined and sat back to enjoy our drinks, the view and catch up on the latest news.
I wasn’t aware of the time we waited for our lunch, some fellow diners had finished and left, we were very comfortable and not in a rush. Sandy popped over to say the food wouldn’t be long and he was going to refill our wine glasses on the house for our wait. Glasses duly filled to the brim, the food was presented. Wow! I have ordered fish cooked in a crust of sea salt before but it wasn’t served to me with such flair. Sandy poured a spirit over the salt and flambéed the dish before cutting open the crust. The fish could have been served with either a jacket potato, chips or papas arrugadas I had opted for the latter as these small wrinkly salty potatoes go perfect with green coriander mojo and fish.
The seabass was delicious, I thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful, there was no picking the flesh off the fish, the fillet was served to me without a single bone. After the meal we ordered coffees and was offered another drink on the house.
I now have a restaurant I can happily recommend in Playa Blanca, the seabass in salt was superb and only €12 which is a fantastic price for this dish. Sandy gave me a business card to give to a friend and said that they could have a drink on the house if I recommended them, little did he realise how many friends I have in Lanzarote – I’m sure if you mention you read it here he’ll honour the promise!