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“A very disappointing lunch after a great day visiting Teide”
Review of Casa Pana

Casa Pana
Ranked #1 of 16 Restaurants in Vilaflor
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Level 6 Contributor
359 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 294 helpful votes
“A very disappointing lunch after a great day visiting Teide”
Reviewed November 26, 2013

I rarely write less than favourable reviews but unfortunately feel that in the interests of fairness I should describe our experiences of this restaurant.

It was on the basis of the mostly favourable reviews here, my wife and I headed for this restaurant after driving from the north to view Teide and its surrounding terrain. We were shown upstairs to one of the small rooms - ours had just three tables. As soon as we had sat, we were asked what drinks we would like. These were served promptly. After choosing the roasted cheese for a shared starter, we asked the waitress about the main course options. My wife cannot eat food containing peppers so we wanted to know whether the goat stew would be appropriate for her. We were told that every dish contained peppers except for the fish, which she chose. I had the rabbit, receiving the warning that it was spicy. The starter arrived and was enjoyed - an unusual dish with slices of goat cheese, served with honey and green mojo. Our main course arrived before the starters had been removed - we were feeling less than relaxed at this point. I found the rabbit to be satisfactory at best - the sauce was fine and flavoursome but the rabbit was not particularly lean. The tender and meaty sections of the rabbit seemed to be missing. My wife's fish was a massive disappointment. It was presented as a slab of steaming flesh, with only mint leaves and a couple of tiny chillies for garnish. The fish was tasteless and watery - it was barely edible. Rather than have an unpleasant conversation at the table, I went to the bar and reception area to express my disappointment with the food. The waitress adopted a less than concerned attitude. I was asked whether my wife wanted anything else to eat, but at this point her appetite had gone. The waitress told us that she would come to clear our table. As she did, another diner tried to attract her attention. This was greeted with the terse response of 'wait a minute'. Needless to say, we did not stop for desserts or coffee. The price of the fish was removed from the bill. Even without this, we felt that the bill did not reflect value for the quality of food in particular and the dining experience in general.

Perhaps we were unlucky - I hope other diners have a better experience than we did.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Owen_thesaints
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Trondheim, Norway
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Taste of the Canaries”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

We found Casa Pana almost by chance as we wandered around the village of Vilaflor looking for a restaurant. Although a small village it has a strange layout with significant changes in altitude, so be prepared!

The service was reasonable but really we came for traditional food and weren't disappointed. Between the two of us we enjoyed escaldones (a sort of floury porridge-like mixture called gofio with pork meat), roasted goats cheese, and the two specialities of the restaurant - goat and rabbit. The portions were large and too much for lunch but this wasn't reflected in the price. One oddity - the waitress made a point of warning people some dishes were "quite spicy" when they weren't at all.

The outside terrace is lovely - get a table there if you can, as inside it's very dark.

A word of warning - our hire car lock was attacked while we were eating in the restaurant even though there was nothing inside for them to steal. This isn't the fault of the restaurant of course, we'd parked elsewhere in Vilaflor. Just something to be aware of.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank David N
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“Great food, cosy atmosphere! ”
Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

The food was delicious, exactly what we wanted after our long trip trough Teide. We were so full, so it was not in out intensions to take a dessert but we changed our mind by seeing them. We didn't regret, they were perfect.

Thank Nora R
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Glasgow (Scotland)
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Real Canarian cuisine ”
Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

Just had a fantastic lunch of rabbit and goat, cooked to perfection in lovely surroundings. The staff are exceptionally hospitable and speak good English.

Thank userma3573
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Remich, Luxembourg
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very good local food”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

After our very disappointing experience with the Monkey Bar and the Teppanyaki Oriental Garden in Playa de las Americas, our lunch at the Casa Pana was a real pleasure. We adored the typical local food - grilled cheese with palm honey and oven roasted rabbit, a specialty of the house - we had on the quiet sunny terrace with a view on the lemon trees around. We went there twice during our holiday and would definitely recommend this place to our friends. Good price / quality ration.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank JacquotP
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