Four of us took a transatlantic cruise from the U.S. to Europe. After a one-day stopover in the Bahamas, we set sail for seven days until we reached Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The island was a welcome sight for a few reasons. Land! Also, as good as the food was on the ship, we pined for a change in cuisine and wanted something authentic. And, it was a beautiful, sunny day, making our land experience even better.
After touring the island, with a visit to Loro Parque, we asked our cab driver to take us to the best seafood restaurant he knew of. He did. It was Meson El Monasterio, in the municipality of Los Realejos. This is an old monastery converted to five restaurants. When we arrived my first impression was that it looked a bit touristy. But once we climbed the steps all impressions changed. We were invited to sit outside, or in one of the dining rooms, which were very attractive. We could not resist sitting outside under a large covered porch, because of the beautiful day and stunning vistas.
Once seated, the service began, and it was outstanding. We perused the menu, and advised our waiter that we wanted seafood. He smiled and told us that he had just the thing for us if we wanted to share. We did, so he took us inside. There, he presented us with our seafood options in the kitchen in front of a large glass seafood case. He suggested a medley of fish and shellfish, and picked up a large live lobster and recommended it. He also suggested prawns, mussels, and for the main course, abade, which I believe was abadejo, a kind of cod.
We ordered a white wine from their winery. It was fresh and crisp, and whetted our palates as we waited for our meal. When the first course of lobster, prawns, and mussels came out we were floored! The presentation was fantastic, and the food incredible. We felt like we were a little bit in heaven, eating this delicious food on this beautiful day, drinking good wine, and taking in the views. Once we devoured this course, our waiter brought the abade on a large platter. It was another amazing presentation, and once we started eating it, we realized it was some of the best fish we had ever had.
We completely stuffed ourselves, knowing that we probably wouldn't have another meal like this until we reached Lisbon, or our final destination of Barcelona. As it turned out, in Lisbon we found another wonderful seafood restaurant, Cervejaria Ramiro, which was excellent, but it did not quite duplicate our experience at Meson El Monasterio. After three days of excellent meals in Barcelona, nothing there quite equaled Meson El Monasterio either.
So if you ever get to Tenerife, Meson El Monasterio is a must stop. It is a culinary experience framed in beauty and outstanding service.
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