Following a concert with OpenArt Ensemble at Abaco, I was on my way to eat at Los Gemelos. They were full, as an extremely rude waiter informed me. Their loss, and my gain, I ate at El Maná.
El Maná has very limited menu, the specials chalked up above the open kitchen.
I chose pumpkin soup for starter. It was excellent, and even included soup art.
For main, tagellete. I am no great pasta fan, but it was all I fancied.
No olives please, I hate olives.
The chef came out and explained, it was not olives, it was an olive sauce, but I would still have the bitter olive taste, would I like pesto, as otherwise I may find a little boring?
The tagellete was excellent. The only time I have had pasta of this quality was in Bassano del Grappa cooked by a chef who was president of a northern Italian food association.
To drink, water, though I noticed they had an interesting range of local craft beers.
A young blonde pursuaded me to have a coffee. I did not expect anything other than undrinkable coffee, always the way in restaurants. I was pleasantly surprised. She knew how to make coffee, freshly ground Colombian coffee. Maybe a tad too hot, but it was excellent coffee.
I learnt, talking to the chef, who is also the owner, of a skilled barista in La Laguna.
El Maná, vegetarian, organic, located in Calle Mequinez.