On our trip in Tenerife, we tried to visit most restaurants mentioned in the Michelin Guide that were close by. Some of the restaurants were really good (namely M.B, which was quite excellent), some were quite mediocre and then there was El Patio, which was in its own class -- in a negative way.
From the very first second we entered the restaurant, everything was a disappointment.
We had to wait in the lobby area for several minutes trying to get any of the staff guide us to our table. The problem wasn't they didn't notice us, many of them glanced at us when walking by, by no one thought it was their responsibility to make us feel welcome from the start.
After we had been finally escorted to our table, it became obvious that the restaurant was having problems with its staff. Some in particular were too busy to listen what we ordered. Instead, they just assumed they knew what we were saying and rushed forward. This seemed to be the case in other tables as well. The restaurant was quite full so some rush is understandable, but it really isn't an excuse for such a behavior.
As a result of this, especially our wine orders often got mixed and either only one of us or none of us got the drinks we ordered (be it a new bottle of water or more of their cava).
We ordered the menu dégustation as we hoped it would give a good display of what the restaurant thinks it is.
The food was confusing. The first amuse bouches tasted like dish water, but in a way that we were really unsure whether we liked them or not -- we were just confused. But when the first starters had been served, we looked at each other dumbfounded and after a small silence started laughing.
Going forward, we returned the main courses back as they were just plain bad. Too much of ingredients fighting with each other, tasting terrible.
When it was time for the dessert -- if I recall correctly, some sort of a creme caramel with cinnamon ice cream -- it sounded like they just couldn't fail it. How wrong we were. The structure, taste and presentation of the dessert was just terrible. I don't think I've ever had to stop eating a dessert due to bad taste in places as expensive as El Patio, but this was just so terrible that I'd rather drink up the rest of my bottled water and leave.
I don't know why we had so bad experience -- perhaps the chef was sick and someone with no vision nor competence had taken his place for the evening?
Nevertheless, there were better restaurants both in Costa Adeje region and on the island. They have a nice setting and they clearly are trying to do something nice, but the execution was lacking so badly that I could not recommend El Patio to anyone.
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