The first time I went to the Tenerife Café was for a family dinner. We were a group of 10 and we just happened to walk into the place (since it had opened recently) after not being able to mutually agree on any particular restaurant. Needless to say, we were not disappointed. In fact, I liked their food so much, that I dropped in along with my cousin, for lunch today. Again, I was not entirely (emphasis on entirely) disappointed.
Starting off with the ambiance, the first thing you notice is the compact arrangement. It seems as if there might not be enough space to accommodate a crowd, but that isn’t so. Secondly, the décor is minimalistic; which also goes well with the whole vibe of the place as well as with their music playlist, since it doesn’t consist of those typical Bollywood songs that most restaurants/cafes resort to. The only drawback, however, is that like many other restaurants in Lahore, the volume was a tad too loud.
When you go to any eatery, be it a dhabba or a five star restaurant, it all comes down to the food (for obvious reasons). So, on my first visit to Tenerife Café, all ten of us ordered an extensive array of items from the menu that consisted of soups and of course the main course. I had ordered their Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Mushroom Sauce (Tsk tsk..I wanted to play it safe) since it’s a very basic, rather staple dish that is offered widely in most restaurants and it gives room to draw comparison.
Judging from the ‘yummy noises’ being made by everybody, I could tell that the food was being thoroughly enjoyed. The presentation was a feast for the eyes and the service was exceptional. My Tarragon Chicken was cooked to perfection so I was one happy camper.
On my second visit today, I ordered the Grilled Chicken with Tamarind Sauce (served with rice and sautéed vegetables) and my cousin ordered the Spicy Fettuccini (which she devoured) but things didn’t exactly go as planned. The waiter brought Tarragon Chicken (with a side of mashed potatoes) instead of the dish I had originally ordered, and when I addressed the issue, he took the dish away and simply replaced the Tarragon Sauce with Tamarind Sauce. I happened to notice this rookie mistake, because originally, my dish was supposed to be served with rice, but they ended up serving it with the same mashed potatoes as the previous one.
I was slightly disappointed, since it wasn’t exactly what I had ordered but nevertheless, I enjoyed my meal. The chicken wasn’t dry and the tamarind sauce had the right amount of tanginess, and the manager gave us complimentary mint margaritas to make up for the setback. So I wouldn’t hold this one against them since their food was phenomenal, yet again.
Verdict: Tenerife Café is a great addition to Lahore’s food scene, and it’s definitely worth checking out. Trust me, you will not be disappointed.
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 Stars