Restaurante Victoria of La Orotava in Tenerife must have had many chefs over the years. Mind that it's even older than the renown Casa de los Balcones that's a stone throw from it.
The restaurant Restaurante Victoria is in a mansion that dates back to 1585. It's in the 3-star Hotel Rural Victoria.
It's in Calle Hermano Apolinar number 8 (Tel: +34 922331683).
The main dining room is in the back of its quaint patio and lobby.
Ferns and ivies trail from surrounding wooden indoor balconies. They are above gay and colorful Portuguese wall tiles. Cane furniture invites to take seats.
Magic sunbeams enter by large skylights. Indeed, a charming setting for eating out best with a companion.
Unlike with fast food slow menus take time to be prepared. Then it's nice to have somebody to talk to.
Indeed, you still only pay Euro 10,50 in 2016. This includes a starter, a main dish, dessert and freshly baked bread. You also get a glass of local red or white Tajinaste wine, beer or water. There are three options for the principal serving.
Chef Alfonso Borges from Tenerife took over in 2015.
Mind that both chefs cannot really be compared fair and square. The gourmet quality seems to be like before in 2013. However, it's very likely that the hotel food budget has changed due to inflation and an ailing economy. There are bound to be some differences.
See for yourself...
Depicted above are daily low cost menus we ordered in July 2013 when Richard Etherington was chef.
It may be noticed that meals are indeed simpler today than three years ago. For example, the superbly oven baked chicken has only French fries with it. Perhaps the Omelette in 2013 was some compromise, as I had dental problems at the time.
It must be said that the taste of the food is still mouth watering. This was not the case when Richard Etherington was on holiday in August 2013. Then, we had a rather disappointing group lunch by family and friends of mine at the Sala de Vino of Restaurante Victoria.
Then a chicken dish was poorly cooked.
Only the dessert, as is depicted, was outstanding.
My companion of October 2016 was rather demanding. He was perfectly happy with the food quality but disliked the table cloth.
However, Linen on the table would certainly warrant a higher price for all menus at the very competitive Tenerife restaurant Victoria.
Sorry to say, but this was an unexpected disappointment in two ways.
We learned that "Daily Menus" are only served on week days, now. Therefore, only "A la Carte" is available on week-ends. Also, the chef Don Borges seemed to be off duty on that Sunday of December 04. Only two ladies were busy preparing food in the kitchen.
Not all the dishes were as perfectly done as seems to be custom with chef Alfonso Borges.
The vegetables of the porch dish were overcooked. "Beef Solomio" may have been a better choice.
The hot pear with ice cream we had in a previous year was of better value for money and taste than the dessert of a mini apple peace served with the Berry ice cream. Generally, prices didn't tally, as used to by the
excellent "weekday menus".
More about Hotel Rural Victoria's new chef Alfonso Borges at his Facebook Page