We stumbled upon this little gem of a restaurant during one of our regular evening walks around San Eugenio during our recent holiday.
Having been persuaded to venture upstairs by the lovely guy on the door who pointed out a number of suitably different vegetarian mains and starters we were delighted by the quality of the food we ordered.
Our server explained that El Mago is Tenerifian for Peasant. And the food lives up to that expectation of honest, delicious, fresh food, prepared and served with real care. Not that it's simple or basic fare . . . the lady on the table next to us had an amazing whole sea bass.
There are very few places outside of the mountain villages where you can get authentic Tenerifian specialties - this is the only one we've managed to find.
Our vegetarian selection of a tomato and onion salad, goats cheese salad with orange and honey vinaigrette, fresh oven baked garlic mushrooms (no tinned stuff here!), and garlic bread with mozzarella - all accompanied by seriously, the most sensational home made mojo sauces we've ever tasted. To the uninitiated mojo sauce is a canarian sauce either red (red peppers, garlic and chilli) or green (green peppers, coriander and garlic). When mojos are good, like they are at El Mago, they make your mouth sing!
Before we left we asked if we could take some sauce home - it's obviously a request they get a lot so we put our order in and collected it on our last night in 2 x 500ml bottles (packing friendly).
Talking of friendly - the staff were so great that when we told them about the difficulty of finding a variety of veggie food to eat on holiday, they immediately recommended 2 other restaurants to us - when you're confident enough in your own restaurant to recommend others to new customers, it says a lot!
Now we've discovered this little jewel it'll be our regular when we're in Tenerife - do yourself a a favour and give it a try.
You'll find it above a pizza restaurant opposite Jardin Tropical Hotel (if you get to Porto Colon harbour you've gone too far).
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