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Table Talk :: El Chupadero

Saturday October 13, 2007

Table Talk :: El Chupadero

Many of the best restaurants in Lanzarote lie a little off the beaten track. And El Chupadero in the heart of Lanzarote´s La Geria region is no exception. But this gem is well worth seeking out. Providing the perfect spot to refresh and refuel for anyone touring the Timanfaya Volcano Park or Lanzarote's unique wine growing region.

El Chupadero is in fact one of Lanzarote´s worst kept secrets. As the restaurant here is well known to both locals and regular visitors alike. Not least for its laid back and relaxing ambience, incredible views across to the Volcano Park, a simple but delicious tapas selection and comprehensive range of local wines, which are bottled on the premises. From malvasia grapes which are all grown in the black fields of picon surrounding this former bodega.

El Chupadero is the creation of a German emigré from Dortmund, Barbara Hendriks. Who was one of the first Northern Europeans to settle on Lanzarote back in the 1970´s. And who has pioneered her own sophisticated vision of Canarian food and hospitality with a pronounced twist of European cool at El Chupadero since 1996.

Her restaurant boasts a great outdoor terrace where guests can drink in some genuinely breathtaking views across to the Volcano Park and the natural hues of the exhausted peaks and cones that were formed there back in the 1730's by the worlds longest ever volcanic eruption (lasting six years).

And in many ways the food served at El Chupadero very much reflects this environment. With a menu of tasty tapas dishes that are also full of colour and all natural ingredients. As Barbara prides herself in using only the very best quality foodstuffs available. Creating a simple but delicious range of choice for diners.

A Talent For Tapas

El Chupadero offers a fixed menu daily (with the exception of their day off every Monday) which includes: freshly made tomato soup, Jamon Serrano, local Canarian cheeses, papas arrugadas con mojo, smoked tuna, crepes, prawns with garlic and albondigas or Spanish meatballs.

Daily specials are on offer too and are chalked up on the blackboard behind the stylish main bar area.

The interior of the restaurant doesn't fail to please either. Offering a cool sanctuary on a hot day with comfortable seating, and relaxing lounge areas laid out against the backdrop of a traditional Canarian bodega. Boasting some of the thickest white washed walls you're ever likely to see.

The whole operation is quietly orchestrated to a stylish soundtrack of jazz, ambient house and soul. Betraying Barbara's other major passion beside food - music. As a result El Chupadero hosts regular DJ sessions every Thursday and often over the weekends too. And live music also on an ad hoc basis. Visit the El Chupadero website to stay abreast of what's on when.

Given the incredible views, there are few better spots on the island from which to watch the sun set and then enjoy a spot of drinking and dancing through until as late as you like. As Barabara believes in a form of hospitality almost extinct in more commercial spots on the island, which dictates that guests should carry on enjoying themselves until they are ready to stop.

In the know visitors can also book a room in El Chupadero's guesthouse La Geria. Where they can enjoy all the comfort and style of a very large split-level apartment, which boasts a private terrace and yet more fantastic views. Or alternatively opt for the slightly smaller Yaiza apartment which again boasts loads of cool creature comforts as well as a small private garden.

The road leading into La Geria was closed a while back for some seventeen months. And whilst this allowed time for much needed improvements to this formerly bumpy and potholed stretch of tarmac it also denied El Chupadero of it's lifeblood of customers. So now that the road has been reopened there's never been a better time to make tracks for this stylish spot. 

How To Get There

El Chupadero is located in the heart of the La Geria wine region and is easy to find. Take the GC 720 road from Arrecife (south) to Playa Blanca. Just before Uga turn right to Teguise through La Geria. Approx. 4 km past Uga, after the little chapel on your left hand side, you’ll find a sign to bodega El Chupadero.

Alternatively, if you are approaching from the opposite direction, El Chupadero is on the LZ30 which runs through the wine region from Masdache to Uga.

Contact Information

La Geria 3
35570 Yaiza, Lanzarote

Tel / Fax: 0034-928 173115

0034 676687140


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