Note: There is space reserved for nonsmokers.
The successful history of Lanzarotes chef Luis Leon continues and after nearly two years in Lagomar he is now in the charming enclave of Villas Alondra. The venue is lined with luxurious rooms. It is located in a secluded area where Arena opens out to a striking terrace with a pool which is shaded and very comfortable. The indoor lounge doesn’t seem so comfortable yet it is known for its charming atmosphere.
Sheltered by sturdy natural stone walls, the decor is complemented by a display of modern lights, several wooden monuments and a striking display of wines. There is a small round cosy fireplace. We have been for both lunch and evening meal and although on both occasions it was exquisite we decided we would not stay for the night as we felt there was too much going on.
It is known that Leon is said to be one of the best canarian chefs on the island. On his hot and cold starter menu we would highly recommend that you don’t miss the opportunity to try the excellent scallops on a courgette, drizzled in orange sauce with slices of crispy bacon. Delicious! Interestingly lamb ravioli is another well served dish. The warm cod salad gives an unforgettable experience. On a recent visit having seen the adjustments that had been, it now makes those future decisions a lot easier. There are some exquisite starters. We are drawn to the grilled watermelon with Huelva prawns, rocket salad, Iberian cured ham and raspberry vinaigrette. There are moments when this combination seems to work yet finally we leave unconvinced. Arena highlights a good selection of products; therefore as an appetizer we opted for a salmon tartar, a Carpaccio of fish and foie gras or smoked salmon. The trays are also very well presented helping with the tasting process.
It is known that he main dishes are of a high quality. The chef unfolds with ease a soft ducks breast and a crispy caramelised suckling pig. We would also like to highlight the loin and lamb chops however on this occasion we have decided to try a new dish on the menu and to go for foie gras with veal hocks. These are the latest varied yet simple dishes that create a new choice to the menu. An “Angus” is a tender and tasty tenderloin from Scotland. Due to the proximity of Puerto Del Carmen´s bay you are guaranteed the best supply of fresh fish, Cherne, Abae and Bocinegro (typical fishes from Lanzarote). On the sea bass menu you have the choice of a loin of cod, salmon in red wine and hake in a green sauce.
Although in the beginning the selection of wine was not as extent as that of the exquisite cuisine it is noteworthy that recently it has been extended for the benefit of those who dine here. We would like to note that in addition to the wines on the menu the premises do allow those to take the opportunity to visit the wine cellar where a wider selection can be found. This seems perhaps unfortunate since when visiting it is not always obvious that this is available to those dining. The ever improving wine selection however, has no comparison to the outstanding pastry range on offer yet do not reach the prominence of the starters and main dishes. We would like to highlight the fresh strawberry and cream puff pastries, one not to be missed.
Frankly speaking of excellence, Arena`s service falls into this category. Mainly due to its close and natural familiarity, friendliness, desire of service and professionalism that make the guests feel at home, something that comes naturally and that is not strained. Those that dine here notice this and appreciate this friendly environment. Remarkably Luis Leon is a gentleman that has his feet firmly on the ground; this is not any old restaurant that costs your average 60 euros! Here you can dine and enjoy an above average meal in lavish surroundings for approximately 30-35 euros per person and due to its splendid conditions, especially for a Friday or Saturday night, it is highly recommended that you make a reservation.