The Tenerife Rambla now called Rambla (de) Santa Cruz has become #1 on my list for outings.
No, none of all that takes my breath away right now. Why?
This tavern is the main reason for my latest Rambla fancy.
In August 2016, I searched for the most central Santa Cruz Rambla.
The avenue's three partitions are most convenient when you forgot your
GPS or Internet smart phone at home. A central park promenade separates
the traffic on both its sides in different directions. Also, green rail
track lawns lead all the way to the TF5 freeway and the North airport
via Plaza La Paz from there.
I spotted Taberna Ramon on the Rambla's map.
Yet, my memory only clicked when I walked through its door. I tasted best Cerrano ham and excellent wine there, way back in 2002.
This pub for gourmet eating at reasonable prices is opposite the former bullfight arena at number 56, Rambla de Santa Cruz.
The eatery with bygone tavern flair is now 23 years old. However, the Rambla's humble roots of the XVII century don't play a part.
About 12.30 a.m. is ideal to still get an excellent table at Ramón's.
A perfect time, by the way, to notice how space is saved in taverns. Stools and small tables are good furniture for it. So is a long bar.
As many as five most attentive waiters were buzzing about to serve more than 40 guests, soon after 1.30 during our visit. Then, newcomers started to cue up. It wasn't even the month's end. You wonder what it will be like at Taberna Ramon after most people's pay day.
My friend and I had the best fresh Cod fish ever.
This seafood made my mouth water already by looking at it. What a treat... The roasted sweet potatoes were wrapped in glazed vegetables, if I remember well. They were a gourmet's delight, too.
The salad of the house was a miracle of crispness with real fresh Tuna. No tin food, indeed. The salad seasoning was subtle and exquisite.
Desert? Simply good, others say.
This Rambla eatery with its certificate of excellence is #2 in Trip Advisor for all of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
When best go there?
Go early in the week, such as at 12 noon. Why? I entered with a friend on October 01 in 2019 by 4 p.m. The place was full to the brim. We were asked to wait for a place to sit. However, my friend declined politely, as he found Taberna Ramon too noisy at that time of the day.
In fact, a promenade, such as the Santa Cruz Rambla, is most enjoyable after a delicious meal.
Start at Plaza de España and look out for the former Fort Almeida to turn left by a statue which looks like an angel.
You can't miss the fort's gigantic stone wall. It's also by one of Spain's most controversial monuments on the bottom of the Rambla by Avda. Francisco La Roche. The memorial reminds General Franco and is smudged with blood. It's part of the military museum of the Canary Islands and almost faces the solitary Chinese restaurant by the sea.
This Tenerife Rambla has changed names more than any other road on the biggest Canary Island. By the way, it's totally unlike the famous Castro trail a coastal Rambla of Los Realejos.
More about the main Rambla de Santa Cruz including its history.
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