restaurante victor cruzChef Víctor Cruz adds a new way of understanding cookery to the gastronomic offer of the capital. A new place where the flavours and morsels in mouth are peculiar and bold, but always satisfactory. The point is not, then, to give a full knowledge of a menu that is already adding novelties -confirms Cruz himself-, but it is indeed to put forth a gleam of what we serve here, in the wooden hall with immaculate linen that presides the premises, home of the previous restaurant La Cuchara. With a striking and crystal façade facing the plaza Curtidos Hermanos Dorta, (behind the School La Salle), the establishment aims to leave a different stamp. Only with the appetizers, let's say a bite of shrimp à l'orange, the guest can get an idea of where the tastes are headed: firm, honest, yet well tempered.

In this line, the chef maintains his skill to the stroke of soulful salads: well ensembled and peculiar is the fresh cheese salad with endives and roasted corn, and worthy of exploring is the one with lobster, warm potato and strawberry vinaigrette. The references to the Canarian cusine are always there: cheeses and sauces or fried blood sausage. Yet there is a little bit of everything in abundance, enough to satisfy discordant cravings:  vegetable tempura, carpaccios, egg plates (scrambled, fried) and this sweet treat, a tarrine of duck foie gras with orange chocolate and dry fruits.

Fish have their own prominent role here ranging from a tuna and vegetable wok to the salmon teriyaki with golden leek or to the pickled cod with orange. The smoked tenderloin steak is one of the options of Cruz's meat specialities, who does not forget the rice dishes (such as soupey rice with lobster), a cous-cous with vegetables, sesame and red sauce, or the pasta dishes, represented by the ravioli with pumpkin, txangurro and scallop or by the fresh noodles sauteed with shrimp. With a bodega that is on the road to becoming multi-coloured, it is only a question of time, then, for this personal adventure of an eager-to-please Victor Cruz to consolidate.

Víctor Cruz is entirely focused on this stage of individual challenge in which we are sure will leave us with a good taste in the palate.

Plaza Curtidos Hermanos Dorta, nº1, trasera del colegio La Salle, Santa Cruz.

Telephone: 922 20 94 34.

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Reservations: 922 74 94 01.

Opening hours: Open for lunch and dinner. Closed on Sundays.

Reference price: 30€