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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

RESTAURANTE RIAS BAJAS
PLAYA DEL INGLES
GRAN CANARIA, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN

The first time we attempted to dine here we had failed to switch our watches back an hour.  We didn't realize that the Canaries were one hour behind Madrid time so when we went to eat here at what we were thinking was 7pm, it was actually 6pm and we left wondering why the place hadn't opened on time at 7!  Talk about dummies!  But we got it right this time.

We couldn't help but be impressed with the display of fresh fish and shellfish on ice as you enter this restaurant right in the heart of Playa del Ingles and very near the famous Yumbo Center.

I started with an incredibly rich, creamy fish soup.  Worth the price of admission alone!  My wife selected razor clams for her appetizer. I was excited to see these on the menu.  We lived in Boston in the 80s and whenever these somewhat hard to find clams were available in our local market, I snarfed 'em up.  Unfortunately, these particular razor clams were quite small and had only a slightly fishy taste and not a clamy taste.  Not worth the effort.

For our main course, we chose a mixed grilled seafood platter for two consisting of monkfish, turbot, hake, stuffed calamari and sea bass.  It was good but not sensational.  In fact, we didn't have what I would consider to be an outstanding seafood dinner anywhere in the Canaries or in Madrid.  While everything was certainly fresh, it just wasn't as flavorful as we've found in other parts of the world. This restaurant is located near the giant Yumbo Shopping Center at the corner of Avenida de Tirajana and Avenida EE UU (looks weird but that's the street).  You can phone them at 928 76 40 33.

OTHER RESTAURANT REVIEWS FROM SPAIN:

Restaurant Bajamar - Madrid
Cafe Balear - Madrid
Casa Paco - Madrid
Dayana Restaurante - Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
Meson Castellano - Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
Meson Mojo Pincon Restaurante - Playas de las Americas - Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain