Tapas are available throughout Lanzarote, but it’s only in the resorts where you’ll find a helpful translation on the menu. On the Canaries, tapas are often more seafood-oriented than elsewhere, and there are a few local favourites. Here are few dishes to look out for:
Papas Arrugadas – Canarian wrinkled potatoes, usually served with red and green mojo sauce. You’ll find these more often than the famous bravas (potatoes in a spicy sauce).
Pimientos padrón – Small, fresh deep fried green peppers.
Tortilla – Spanish omelette.
Chorizo – Chorizo sausage, often cooked in wine or cider.
Croquetas – Deep-fried, breaded bechamel, often with shredded cod, pork or chicken.
Ensaladilla Rusa – Russian salad is a chilled potato salad with olives, tuna and vegetables.
Albóndigas – Meatballs.
Lapas con mojo verde – A Canarian specialty – grilled limpets with a herby sauce.
Puntillas – Deep fried baby squid.
Calamares fritos – Deep-fried squid rings in batter.
Gambas al ajillo – Prawns in garlic.
Queso Cheese – (could be fresh cheese, often with ripe tomatoes; or a selection of more mature cheeses).
WORDS TO LOOK OUT FOR:
Revuelto – A revuelto is eggs scrambled with another ingredient, e.g. mushrooms or prawns.
Estofado – Estofado means slow-cooked, stewed meat.
Frito – Fried.
Encebollada – Cooked with fried onions.
Salpicón – A chilled vinaigrette salad, usually of octopus (pulpo) or fish (pescado).
HOW TO ORDER:
A tapa is a small dish – a between-meals snack or part of a larger selection. If you want a larger portion, ask for a media (half serving) or a ración (full serving).
You’ll find many more dishes on offer in local tapas joints, so don’t be afraid to ask the waiter to find out more about what’s on offer.
For regular updates, pictures and videos of Lanzarote be sure to like and follow our Facebook page “Gazette Life Lanzarote”.