We play with words all day long. It’s what we call work. Yet, we were pleased to learn of the naming process behind La Puntilla’s newest diner. An eatery slated to be McArena (the Mc from that chain we can’t bring myself to type in full and Arena as in sand from nearby Canteras beach). As it is, they went with La Macarena – Taller de Cocina.
Our waiter was Didi who’s also La Macarena’s in-house mixologist. Although we didn’t try any of his cocktails, we dug the Canarian take on the Irish coffee of the chupitos at the meal’s close. And Mrs Gran Canaria Local loved her chupito de langostino Mikado al estilo Thai at the start. Ñam, and indeed, ñam.
The La Macarena team like to play with food as well as with words. We’d enjoyed the inventive touches of chef Fabio Santana at Gabinete Literario’s La Terraza. Something he repeats at his latest joint, which is pitch perfect from the opening note of bread and dipping bowl of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and Maldon sea salt. The final ingredient delights Essex Boy, aka Mr Gran Canaria Local, no end.
You learn something new every day, unless you’re Karl Pilkington. Then you’re finding something out you didn’t know before on an even more regular basis. We came across all KP as we were unaware a pinsa was a pizza romana as in Roman pizza. And the vegetarian one Mr GCL polished off was love at first bite.
Disclaimer: Mr and Mrs Gran Canaria Local received a complimentary dinner in return for this review. But we were more swayed by the excellent service, fantastic food, and lovely setting than anything else. Of course, we left a tip.