We have to admit it.
Gran Canaria isn’t the most famous place for good eating.
The island still seems to be the culinary Gobi desert and Gourmets find it hard to get their spoiled tongues satisfied.
The fact that you may like the food in Gran Canaria´s food strips like Anexo II in Playa del Ingles or the Maspalomas beach is mostly not thanks to the cook’s extraordinary skills. It´s because of the environment around you.
Sun, beach, relax. And maybe one Sangria too much.
It tricks your brain into praising less-than-appetizing food that you’d never touch at home.
You think you´re safe eating inside your hotel?
As a food-lover, the mediocre hotel buffets let the dream of a bonne bouche die straight away.
Let´s face it.
Before you´re booking Gran Canaria for holidays, you see lots of high-quality, glossy pictures from luxury hotel buffets that make the food look stellar. They’re a strong selling point, but the reality is not even close.
Variety is not an evidence of quality.
Hotel buffets are less healthy. And they’ll likely make you fat and tired (because you can´t control yourself and you go back for „just one more piece“). In most hotels you´re getting nothing more than canteen food. It just looks and tastes better because you´re on holiday.
Besides the few exceptions, it doesn´t matter which restaurant you enter in Playa del Ingles, Maspalomas, or Puerto Rico for having dinner. You´re getting on all the tourist hot spots and having the same boring food.
It looks the same. It tastes the same. It costs the same.
Even the restaurant touts along the well-known food strips using the same patter to lure you to take a seat.
While walking around Playa del Ingles, you’ll read hundreds of menu cards hanging outside the restaurants – and they’re all the same. They even copied the same translation errors from each other!
In general, you´d just need one standard menu card for the whole south of Gran Canaria. Choose food you´d like to eat, then search for the next closest restaurant, sit down and order. Always works.
There´s no need to offer extraordinary foods and service in Gran Canaria´s touristic zones. These parts of the island are flooded with tourists. They come in, eat, pay, and go. Probably never to be seen again.
It doesn´t matter either because the steady stream of new people never stops. So why should they use a minimum amount of effort to get people to come back?
Want some proof?
Look at this photo. Taken a minute after the waiter served it. The romantic scenery in the fisherman´s village Agaete wasn´t brainwashing enough to make us eat this (whatever it was) in the Restaurante La Granja in front of the harbour.
You can f***ing bulls**t a bulls****er but you cannot f***ing bulls**t me! – Gordon RamseyClick to tweet
You deserve much better. And one smart solution to find some very fine restaurants for Gourmets is to leave the food-ghetto.
To keep it simple: I suggest you head straight to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
You have to eat where the locals eat.
You´ve heard that many times.
And instead of finding out where the locals eat in the south, go eating out where the locals live.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria´s burgeoning gourmet scene is rich on fantastic restaurants for food lovers.
Immigrants from all over the world have influenced the Canarian cuisine by mixing local dishes with Moroccan, Spanish, or South American food.
The result – a wide range of restaurants with dishes from a variety of different cultures. And many of them serve mouth-watering delicacies.
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria´s best restaurants
I can´t recommend a restaurant in Gran Canaria with a Michelin Star, because they don´t exist yet.
But below are a few exclusive choices for you to try out – in no particular order.
Why are these our top selections?
We´ve tried all these places and always recommend them to friends and family. That said, you´re safe to try.
The fact that Sven´s very picky when it comes to eating out probably doesn´t convince you much. But the fact that most of the restaurants below are also recommendations in the 2015th Michelin Guide, or own one or more Guía Repsol Stars, should erase all your doubts.
Is there any better proof?
(No need to answer that)
1. Deliciosa Marta
2. Ají, Limón y Canela
3. Zoe Food
4. Casa de Galicia
5. El Churrasco
6. Ribera del Rio Miño
7. La Terraza Santa Catalina Hotel
There are many more first class restaurants in Gran Canaria for Gourmets. And of course you do find some of them even in Maspalomas, or Playa del Ingles serving good food. (We´ll talk about that soon.)
Take this list as your first go-to resource to start your culinary journey through Las Palmas de Gran Canaria´s best gourmet restaurants.
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P.S. Gordon, if you read this, come over to Gran Canaria and let´s visit the places together. You invite, I write.