|'El Cordero' entrance, TF|
'El Cordero' (The Lamb) restaurant can be found on the main road to the coastal town of Guargacho in the south of Tenerife.
It's a converted hothouse, once used to grow fruit and vegetables, with no frills. The inside is open plan with varying sizes of wooden tables and folding chairs. The walls are decorated with bamboo cane and plants trail along the supports. But none of that really matters because the food is good. The choice is abundant and the quantities large. There is something for everyone and all the meat is freshly prepared on a charcoal grill which can be seen at one end of the room. Fortunately it is cut off from the dining area by perspex panels, otherwise it would be baking inside. The service is fast, discreet and pleasant.
As well as the numerous options from the menu there is also a board just next to the entrance with the specials of the day. We chose a plate of seafood paella to start and a mixed meat grill (offered for one person but more than enough for two) with a small salad as the main course. I couldn't tell you what the desserts were like as we never got that far - too full! We ate very well and the bill, including drinks, came to less than 25€.
It's away from the main tourist areas and has to be reached by car. But it is well worth the effort. It opens at 1pm and by 1.30pm the carpark is full and it's difficult to find an empty table. Reservations are not taken which probably explains why it fills up so quickly.
It's also interesting to see what can be done with a few trees and a lot of imagination!