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New Era for La Era

Thursday November 17, 2011

New Era for La Era

The restaurant La Era, which was designed by César Manrique, has re-opened its doors to the public and is serving traditional Canarian dishes once more. Situated in the pretty village of Yaiza, La Era was actually one of the first restaurants to open in response to the rise in tourist visitors, rapidly becoming one of the best known restaurants in Lanzarote.

Along with the restaurant at the Hotel Los Fariones in Puerto del Carmen, La Era began serving typical dishes of the region to visitors in 1969. Amongst the traditional recipes still being offered today are Puchero - a dish made of beef, sweet potato, maize and vegetables and Ropavieja - a stew of meat, chickpeas and potatoes. The menu is extensive and also includes favourites such as papas arrugadas, or wrinkled potatoes, served with the green and red mojo sauces. Naturally, fresh fish also features prominently on the menu.

The restaurant is located in a reproduction Canarian farmhouse, whose architecture was designed by Manrique to include many traditional features, such as walled patio interiors, thick whitewashed walls to keep the sun's heat out of the building and pitched roofs. The patios are beautifully planted with palms and exotic trees such as the Flamboyan and make a delightful backdrop to the dining rooms that La Era possesses.

There is also a small bar where diners can enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif. Its walls are adorned by several Manrique prints, including two architectural drawings the artist made during his study of Canarian house design.

The restaurant is now open from 12.00 until 24.00 and serves food all day. Finding the restaurant can be tricky as it is tucked away behind several buildings, although the facade can be seen from the main road that goes through Yaiza. To get there, turn left just after the church and continue straight on until you reach a small roundabout with a signpost for La Era and Casona de Yaiza. Turn left here and then left again and at the end of this road turn right into the entrance of the restaurant.

To make a reservation call 0034 928 830016 or visit www.laera.com.

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