Starting with the cheapest option, there are numerous restaurants where you can get meat, potatoes and veg (expect them to be defrosted if it’s a cheap restaurant!) for under 5 euros a person. There is a McDonalds in Puerto Rico and one in Playa del Inglés. There is a Burger King in Playa del Inglés and a KFC in the Yumbo Centre if you fancy something quick. Else there are plenty of cafes that do chicken and chips or a baguette for a few euros. Many places also do kids’ meals.
If you have a hob or basic kitchen in your apartment, there are plenty of mini-markets where you can pick up food to make yourself. If not, there is still a lot of choice for you.
Best Places to eat in Playa del Inglés
Sample El Gaucho in the Kasbah for a great steak, Harley Rock for a deluxe burger and some live entertainment from an impersonator (Elvis, Tina Turner etc) or Broodje Amsterdam in the Gran Chapparal for traditional Dutch pancakes. If you want to try Japanese food, try Sakura III in the Avenida de Tirajana in Playa del Inglés or there is a fantastic tapas bar opposite the hotel Catarina Playa (sorry, I can’t remember the name!) Iguazu is a very good Argentinian restaurant, again in Playa del Inglés.
Best Places to Eat in Puerto Rico
La Taberna (here) is a brilliant place to eat if you want to go upmarket. It is one of the best restaurants in the area. Also, for a special dinner, you could try Oscar’s (in Puerto Escala harbour) or Caballito del Mar (opposite the beach). If you go to Caballito del Mar (“The Seahorse”), try the melon soup – it’s gorgeous!
If you fancy some good old English fare, Bistro Frere in the Europa Center is brilliant. The quality is great and the prices are very reasonable. They also do a delicious Sunday dinner. Try the steak and kidney puddings!
Any traditional Canarian restaurant can offer you a mixed tapas plate. Local cheeses, jamón serrano (local cured ham) and pimientos de padrón (fried small capsicum peppers) are especially mouth-watering!
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