Once upon a time, on a far away island lay the most perfect restaurant. From the view, to the smiling waiters, the charismatic chefs and of course the impeccable food.
That restaurant was and is, Puerto Bahia. Welcome aboard.
Far away from the bustling Puerto Del Carmen centre and its illuminated neon strip lies one of this islands hidden gems! You will not find lit up pictures of your dinner whilst walking by, nor will you face being accosted by promotional staff trying to drag you and your children in to eat! However, what you will find is I am sure, just like me, a place that you will keep coming back to visit year after year.
And the best part?… with each year you will grow even fonder of all its hidden charms.
Nestled at the top of the Puerto Del Carmen old town, the vibrant hub of the harbor and all its lovely hustle and bustle, guarded from the winds and overlooking an incredible post card worthy view of the the dunes of Corralejo (Fuerteventura) is possibly one of the best restaurant locations on the island.
One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.
– Virginia Wolf
Good friends, good food, good times…
Well let’s face it, you know me by now! I love good food! And I also love to know that wherever I choose to eat has some sort of a story, history and well… a food tale! This place has it all and more, in abundance. I have been lucky enough to dine here on more than a handful of occasions and each and every time I have left smiling… (okay, sometimes also wobbling… there house champagne is literally to die for!!)
The restaurant opened its doors back in 2000 and has seen many famous people walk through its doors. It also seems to be a top hit with presidential bodies over the years… from David Cameron to even our own Micheal. D. Higgins stopping here to taste the regional delicacies and soak up the sun drenched terrace.
It was then and is now…
…a family owned and run restaurant. Sadly the previous owner passed away some time ago and since the beginning of this year it has been under new management by the two sons of the family. What is great about this is that the pair can be seen daily – chatting to customers and managing the day to day activities. They have kept the name, soul and spirit of the establishment and have a great team alongside them. The staff are happy and friendly and always knowledgeable, from the chefs to waiters and bar staff. Believe me when I say this is a hard thing to achieve on an island, and difficult to find such attentive, smart and good humored staff. Puerto Bahia have nailed this one!
The restaurant is divided into two main areas. Its terrace, which you will find me regularly (usually with a plate of gambas lets be honest here!!) with summer furniture, and even outdoor heaters and rugs for those chilly nights! And also an interior room which resembles the inside of a beautiful old ship, a cosy cabin covered in elegant wood and the world details that honor the traditional sailor stories this island is so fond of. Which is the perfect surroundings of course for a place which is synonymous with some of the best and freshest fish you will on this island!
That moment of joy when you see your food coming in a restaurant…
Okay, okay I am babbling!… let’s get to the important points at hand. The food and the wine! And Wow is there some serious food coming out of this kitchen!! The menu is as you would expect extensive – but not to the point of being overwhelming. All the food is beautifully fresh and the seafood is as you would expect from its location caught fresh daily – and is beautifully and simply prepared. They also do a small range of tapas if you wanted something light rather than going for the full on sit down three course meal… needless to say I have done both, and both are as enjoyable as the other!
One of their specialities is the Seabass & Gilthead encased in salt and baked. It is a sight to be seen, and involves even a little show when it is brought to your table – not usually something I enjoy, however this is worth it purely for the dramatics and well it improves the taste!… and it certainly ticks that box – I challenge you to leave a single piece.
There is of course so many beautiful dishes, from gambas (as we know my addiction) to perfectly cooked steaks and all in between. I could go on all day describing them in detail (getting hungry even thinking of them!) but I won’t bore you with all the details – purely to say that whatever you choose I am confident you won’t be disappointed.
Aside from all of the reasons I have already spoken about there is just one thing I have forgotten! For me, this is imperative!
It is my favorite part of the day. That one segment of time where all seems still. When you live in Lanzarote, or are holidaying here you get sucked into the hustle and bustle of island life. Everything is moving quickly and there is so much to see or do. Sunset, however, it is like time stands still for those brief minutes where the day has to come to an end and the evening has begun. Where one phase ends and another begins. In Lanzarote that phase can be anything you want it to be – it can be an invitation for a night long of wine, chats and dancing, or a stroll on the beach and a glass of wine before an early restful night…
The sunset in Puerto Bahia is something only my pictures can help you understand! Better yet, come visit yourself and you can be the judge. Either way, I can assure you it will be an experience you won’t forget.
Add: Puerto Bahia, Avda. de Varadero, 5 (Puerto Del Carmen)
Tel: +34 928 513 793