You might think of the Canary Islands for their cheap holidays and raucous nightlife, but did you know that it is actually home to some of the most beautiful and culturally diverse food in the whole of Spain?
As a natural point of encounter between the Americas, Africa and Europe, its spices, methods and recipes are a mixture of native Guanche as well as Spanish, The Middle East and Latin American.
It is not unusual to see the marriage of unusual spices with traditional Spanish dishes in the Canary Islands. Take for example the signature Mojo Rojo sauce – a hot and aromatic sauce made from peppers, olive oil, cumin, vinegar and garlic which Canarians love on just about anything.
Rich volcanic soil, unique meteorological conditions and close proximity to the fruitful Atlantic Ocean means that excellent ingredients are produced all year round including some of the most delicious and unique tasting wines in the entire world.
Being Islands, seafood is plentiful, so many dishes centre around that. Expect such delights as Pulpo en Dos Cocciones – twice cooked octopus on a bed of sweet paprika mashed potatoes and finished with that delicious Mojo Rojo.
Lubina Al Gifio will also feature on the menu. This is pan fried seabass which is coated in a traditional Canarian toasted flour called Gofio. The fish is served with a thick paste made from this flour, fish stock and wine which is a real delicacy.
Everything on this menu is inspired by La Bandera family recipes and the dishes from the restaurants they eat back home. Take for example the ‘Pollo Los Adores’ which is a homage to a lowly chicken shop in the hometown of owner Yashin back on the islands.
La Bandera is a family run restaurant who hails from Tenerife in the Canary Islands. This means that this food, in particular, is certainly close to their heart and a fantastic place to start our journey our journey through Spain…
Journey Through Spain: Canarias
7 courses with optional Canarian wine pairing
Venue: La Bandera
Date: Thursday 30th May 2019
Cost: £29 per person
La Bandera, 2 Ridgefield, Manchester, M2 6EQ
0161 833 9019