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A visit to Meson Castellano, El Camison, Playa de las Americas – Delectable Dishes By Sophie
Meson Castellano Restaurant
The family holiday consisted of a return to our favourite resort in Tenerife, Playa de las Americas.
It accommodates our family superbly as the resort boasts live music, bars, discos, man made beaches, tutt / souvenir shops, high end shopping and class quality restaurants specialising in local cuisine and themed restaurants. My children are 19, 21 and 23 so you can see how Tenerife hits the brief for our requirements. And yes they do still holiday with us!
On arrival to our apartments I picked up the Tenerife Mi Gusto Spring 2017 quality guide to local Gastronomy, Shopping and Lifestyle. Scouring the pages eagerly I headed to the pages that highlighted traditional Castilian cuisine within our area. With a squeal of delight and a hop, skip and a jump in my stride I came across Meson Castellano in El Camison. The write up ticked all the boxes for me!
The restaurant is run by Manuel Jose Martin and his family. Meson Castellano has been serving quality food for more than twenty years and is locally frequented by the residents. The dishes on the menu include Iberian ham, roast suckling pig, fresh fish, seafood from the tank, as well as hearty soups and stews. There is an array of delicious homemade desserts with an extensive wine list and a visible wine cellar.
The origin of the food comes from Shepherds and the menu is based on traditional Spanish (Castilian) and incorporates Canarian food dishes.
We didn’t make a reservation turning up on spec at 7.45pm on a Saturday night. The tables situated on the front porch, open patio, looking out onto the street were mainly reserved so we were ushered into a table to the rear of the restaurant. Some tables were unoccupied, however a constant stream of customers soon took their places to dine. Diners already eating were displaying signs of enjoyment, frivolity, good camaraderie and satisfying groans giving me a high expectancy of the dining experience we were about to have.
We had a duo of waiters who looked after us. The drinks waiter took our order with a smile but we had to request to reorder drinks during the meal therefore not a flowing service. My overall impression was the waiters were not as attentive to us as the regulars, but who can blame them? Regularity pays the bills, tourism could be one offs. I consoled myself knowing this was a busy Saturday night service so on another night at another time would I have the same feeling? And the answer is no. We had to revisit this wonderful restaurant a second time to further indulge in these delicious dishes so my initial thoughts on the service changed.
Chunks of local crusty bread were placed in a basket at a cost. Not asked for but welcomed as a good quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar were already on the table for our use. Disappointingly locals were supplied bread baskets with a wider selection of bread including breadsticks and brown bread. On the 2nd visit we were supplied with the wider range of breads so my food envy of other diners was overcome.
The waiter was knowledgeable about the food but to us did not enthuse about the local specialities on offer. I enquired about the veal chops, the pigs’ cheeks stew and the leg of lamb for 1 person. I was advised what accompanied the dishes, not what ingredients had gone into the dish. For the explaination of the pigs’ cheeks stew he pointed to his cheek, that was as good as it got. My boyfriend’s girlfriend ordered a steak dish but did not want chips. I assumed the waiter would offer a solution to this as she requested vegetables instead but she was advised this was not possible. For me the waiters did what they were paid for, not over attentive, – did the job. This may seem a little harsh as maybe their English descriptive abilities were restrictive. I mean really I’m the heathen as I couldn’t explain an English menu in Spanish, however this is my view.
Philosophy of the restaurant and chef are in sync. Seasonality seemed to have an importance plus sourcing and cooking with local ingredients. The menu was unpretentious and available in several languages. The dishes weren’t over complicated in their description, factual and to the point. The prices seem reasonable for the surroundings and the offer of Castilian cuisine. As a family run restaurant the dishes are honed expertly. We weren’t offered any specials deviating from the menu and personally didn’t think this would be a necessity.
I’m afraid I didn’t anyalise the wine list as I was the sole wine drinker. I can say it looked very comprehensive with an open wine cellar and several wine fridges located in our vicinity. I opted for a couple of glasses of the house rose. Crisp, cold and refreshing, a perfect accompaniment to my meal.
At this restaurant there was an adequate of choice of dishes. This was a family meal for four of us so I needed to influence my fellow diners what to choose from the menu to ensure we tasted as many dishes as possible.
We chose a plate of the local Iberian ham to share as a starter. For the main my husband and son shared the seafood paella, Steak with local potatoes and pardon peppers for a 2nd option and I had the slow cooked leg of lamb with braised potatoes. This encompassed a cold starter, slow cooking of lamb, pan frying steak and the technique of paella making. All perfectly executed.
On our 2nd visit was a table of two. On this occasion we were seated outside on the veranda / porch. A light wind blew which made a refreshing breeze. As a people watcher I really enjoyed being seated here as I was able to see the passers by and the customers arriving waiting to dine in this traditional restaurant.
We opted for the cold meat starter for two but this time the beef so similar to the Iberian ham platter eaten on our previous visit but I wanted to see if the beef version was just as good. No qualms there! Beautifully sliced, shining with a splash of luscious local olive oil. Obviously from a prime cut but with a marbling of fat to further enhance the flavour. Forgive me I forget the name of the dish but highly recommended.
For mains we chose a fishy route, panfried seabass perfectly cooked in olive oil and lemon juice and a steaming bowl of mussels with the locally grown tomato and garlic sauce. A side of chips and pardon peppers was an addition on the side as they were devoured and enjoyed on our 1st visit.
I am a meat eater and an all time favourite food is beef, however with such local fresh ingredients such as fish and seafood my menu choice reflected this offering. My husband’s fish was the most amazing fish dish I have ever tried. Plain, simple but the quality of the fish shone through.
To be honest I was adequately satisfied but how can I offer a review when I hadn’t chosen a dessert from the tempting homemade list? That’s my excuse anyhow and I sticking to it, so I ordered the Tiramisu topped off with a glass of Zambuca. The Tiramisu was marvellous. Rich, creamy with the correct coffee flavour filtering through the soaked sponge base.
Meson Castellano has an Olde-worlde ambiance. Locals engaging in conversation, gulping red wine, demonstrative about the food they were eating. Couples and families alike enjoying what the restaurant had to offer. Knife and forks scraping, glasses clinking made an inviting atmosphere. Typical Castilian decor greets you with wine casks, Iberian hams, visible wine cellars and fridges and plants adorning the restaurant. Not so much food envy will take hold of you if you are anything like me, but the inquisitiveness to check out others eating in the vincinty i.e. a couple to the right of us and the family behind us made me peer over.
Crisp rings of calamari, plump velvety bowls of fresh mussels, shiny Iberian ham with sprinkles of sea salt and a comforting aromatic bowl of pork cheeks were some of the dishes whisked past me by the frenzy of ant like waiters.
After the 1st visit I knew I had to return to further explore the menu and consume more Castilian cuisine. My personal opinion is clearly that Meson Castellano is a quality local restaurant that should be on everyone’s list to visit whilst in the area. It is evident from this blog I judged the food on my tastes but as a trained chef I can recognise impressive ingredients and high calibre cooking skills which is a must when dining out. On the 1st occasion the service didn’t tick like a well tuned clock but on the return visit this wasn’t an issue.
So guys put it on your hit list as a place to dine when in El Camison, Playa de las Americas , Tenerife. Any feedback gratefully received.
Until next time happy cooking and mouth-watering eating experiences.
Love Sophie x 👩🏼🍳
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