Below is a check list of the most common tapas dishes in Lanzarote, have you tried them all ?
Gambas al aljillo These are prawns cooked in garlicky olive oil, served sizzling. Sometimes also served with mushroom, or championes.
Papas Arrugadas The famous Canarian wrinkly potatoes, cooked in very salty water in their skins and served with green and red mojo sauce.
Papas Bravas These are potatoes that have been deep fried or roasted and are served with a spicy tomato sauce.
Tortilla Tortilla is a thick omelette, stuffed with potatoes, herbs and sometimes vegetables. Always a staple tapa, and the most common variety is Tortilla Española.
Pollo con pimientos Pollo is chicken, pronounced POYO and in this dish is served cooked in a paprika sauce, with olives and onions.
Jamon Serrano Serrano ham is served in thin slices and goes beautifully with some cheese.
Queso de Cabra This is goat’s cheese and is usually served cut into wedges. Can be a little bland, so if you prefer strong cheese, ask for “Fuerte”.
Queso a la plancha This is a chunk of goat’s cheese, which is grilled until it’s melting, and then smothered in mojo sauce.
Paella Most tapas bars offer a paella dish. The fishy one is Paella marisco and the meat one is paella Valenciana.
Pinchos Pincho is the word for a kebab, and they are grilled on skewers with vegetables. The meat is usually pork or chicken.
Setas Setas are quite big field mushrooms, which have a delicious, meaty flavor and are served cooked in butter and garlic.
Puntillas These are deep fried baby squid, which are served in a light batter.
Estofado A meat stew made with paprika, saffron, carrot and potatoes.
Ropa Vieja A stew of chick peas chorizo sausage and pork served in a tomato sauce.
Pescado a la plancha Fish of the day cooked on the grill. You may be asked if you want it cooked in garlic or not.
Calamari Squid rings – the usual style is “A la Romana” which is battered and then fried.
Pimientos padron These are small green peppers, seared in very hot olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt.
Chorizo Cured sausage served cold and sliced.
There are many many more to try, why not ask your server to decide for you, in which case tell him or her:
“Un seleccion de tapas de la casa por favor” which means
“A selection of tapas of the house”, please.”
then wash it down with a glass (or bottle) of" Bermejo Vino Blanco Seco"!