Where can you find nice-price, high-quality Chinese food in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria? Not at one of the infamous buffets on the island. But at one of our more recent discoveries: Restaurante Puerta de Oro.
We’ll start this post by telling you how to get to Restaurante Puerta de Oro before offering a reduced history of the establishment. Then we’ll review what you can drink there. Concluding with an overview of what you can order on the food front.
1. Restaurante Puerta de Oro: where it’s at
A little bit of Mr Gran Canaria Local’s heart broke when Calle Sagasta’s Restaurante Chino Fénix closed. Located (more or less) underneath his mother-in-law’s Las Canteras, it was the scene of many a family celebration. And Mr GCL was quick to volunteer his services for when los García-Machín fancied a takeway, waiting for the dishes from a vegetarian-friendly menu to be prepared with a newspaper bought from the nearby kiosk and a trusty bottle of the restaurant’s premier import: Tsingtao.
Unbeknown to Mr Gran Canaria Local, Restaurante Puerta de Oro was doing a roaring trade just around the corner: in La Puntilla. Its exact postal address is Calle Tenerife 22. You can reserve a table/order a takeaway by calling the super-professional Victoria and team on +34 928 470 037.
Look out for the Restaurante Chino Puerta de Oro Golden Gate sign. There’s a small terrace and more substantial seating inside. The interior is as spick as it is span which we always find reassuring as if an eatery can’t keep their public areas clean, what grime (the non-musical variety) can you expect to find in the kitchen?
Mellow yellow tableclothes continue the Golden-Gate theme. There are traditional Chinese prints decorating the walls. Think solemn pictures of pandas and elegant Mandarin characters which these days you’re as likely to see scrawled across the torsos of Premiership footballers as you are at your local Chinese restaurant.
Restaurante Puerta de Oro have been open for 40+ years. In such a city as the fluid Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where new eateries come and go, that’s some achievement. Making it less a middle-aged establishment than an elder statesperson of an eatery.
2. Restaurante Puerta de Oro: what to drink
The aforementioned Tsingtao makes an appearance on the restaurant drinks menu and Mr GCl enjoyed a floral-scented walk along a lane marked memory with a lager whose smooth taste owes a lot to the fact it counts rice amongst its ingredients. There’s also the altogether more Canarian Arehucas, a rum best paired with a lemon slice, ice, and Coca-Cola. Wines come from the peninsula, however, including fiery reds and lily-coloured/fragranced whites from Catalonia’s Torres.
Mr and Mrs Gran Canaria Local last visited Restaurante Puerta de Oro for a meal held to say farewell to friends leaving the island. Between the pair, they had a half bottle of both white and red, a solitary Tsingtao, and a cubata (rum and coke). Which cost 26€.
3. Restaurante Puerta de Oro: what to eat
Our party started with your classic opener: the spring roll. At Restaurante Puerta de Oro, both the meat and vegetarian versions of rollo de primavera cost 1,80€. Arriving to the table slightly charred pleasantly suggested a non-involvement of a microwave in the proceedings.
You’ll recognize a panda’s share of the menu from previous Chinese meals. So there’s egg-fried rice (arroz frito con huevo) priced at 3,30€, ternera con salsa de ostras (beef with oyster sauce) for 5,95€, and prawn chop suey (chop suey de gambas) costing 7,70€. But there’s more unfamiliar fare too in merluza rebozada en salsa agridulce (sweet-and-sour hake) for 6,15€ and the 5,30€-priced cucumber with ham and chicken (pepino con jamón y pollo).
The standout, and indeed knockout, dish for Mr GCL, however, was the mapo tofu (picante). For 7,50€, Mr Gran Canaria Local embarked on a veritable feast of deliciously piquant tofu. It would have fed more but Mr GCL decided he wanted to give eating for four a try.
Disclaimer: Both Mr and Mrs Gran Canaria Local paid in full for their meals. Restaurante Puerta de Oro open Wednesday to Monday from 12:00pm until 3:00pm and from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. At the time of writing, though, they’re closed for their summer holidays and will reopen on Friday 14th July.
Restaurante Puerta de Oro exteriorLas Palmas de Gran Canaria’s Golden Gate
Restaurante Puerta de Oro beerCheer with beer at Restaurante Puerta de Oro
Puerta de Oro ceilingLooking up at Restaurante Puerta de Oro
Puerta de Oro tofuSome like it hot at Restaurante Puerta de Oro