The Canary Islands are very lucky in many different ways, and one of them is the gastronomy that comes from the fresh fruits and vegatebles that are grown on the islands, as well as the wine that is produced locally. Find more about “El Guachinche” and the delicious food os the Canarian Restaurant.
What is a Guachinche?
El Guachinche is a typical Canarian food site, mostly located in Tenerife.The authentic guachinches do not have a menu, so the waiter informs the client of what is on offer that day. Normally all Canarian and homemade food. In the case of drinks, they can only have their own vintage wine or water. Do not image an standard restaurant, although you will love it. It is a must thing to do in Tenerife.
Funny fact, where the word Guachinche comes from?
The word Guachinche has different origins. One says that it comes from the English phrase “I am watching you”. When the Englishmen went to the north of Tenerife, the wine growers would get on the roads to sell their wine. The winegrowers’ wives would also prepare them something to eat to attract the visitor and thus make the purchase more attractive. The Canaries did not understand English at that time so they called the transaction a “guachinche” (a kind of “snake”). So, nowadays the guachinches are kind of restaurants where they sell the wine with local food.
Where to find them?
Nowadays, the guachinches can be found mainly in the north of Tenerife. They are located outside the urban areas, typically in vineyards, that also has beautiful views of the coast.
What to order?
Our opinion is that you have to let you drive by the suggestions of the owner, you will always make the right choice
Red wine is what you will find in almost all the Guachinches. It is rare to finde white wine althoug is increasing the production of it. Ask for it. The winie is commonly served in reused bottles or jugs. You can order different sizes, a quarter, half or a whole litre.
Find some dishes that are served: Ropa Vieja, Carne Fiesta, Queso Asado, Huevos a la estampida, Escaldón, Garbanzas, Carne en Adobo, Papas, Pollos asados, etc.
In further post we will make an specific description of the food you can it in a Guachinche.