Eating in Playa de San Juan


Eating in Playa de San Juan

We should spend one year eating in Playa de San Juan to test half of the restaurants. This is what we could do in a single visit.

I recommend Take away from Palapa

Right in front of our exit to the beach, this restaurant advertised as “oriental” offered take away.
We had lunch, with an assortment of Thai and Vietnamese dishes, which everyone enjoyed. even children (with occasional rejection).
Entering the restaurant surprised us, as the space is very well designed and arranged, conveying a feeling of refinement and comfort.
There was a lot of food left over, and in the evening, another small order supplemented the leftovers, and it was no surprise that we saw the long line at the door when we went to pick it up.
So far it’s clearly the best we’ve found in Playa de San Juan, and we’ll be using it more often.

I recommend Umami woks

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Eating in Playa de San Juan – Umami

Using the traditional wok technique, this restaurant serves a variety of pre-set combinations, and allows customers to choose their own combination of base, sauce and components. It was pleasant and so plentiful that four boxes were needed to carry the leftovers.

Still good for dinner!

I recommend Fontana kebab

Eating in Playa de San Juan – Fontana Kebab

More touristic places offer a diversified offer of all types of food. Different and cheap, kebab is not lacking, and we also tried it in Playa de San Juan. No repairs, well served and tasty.

Top restaurant Buffet libre

Eating in Playa de San Juan – Buffet libre

Located on the first floor of Mercadona, this immense restaurant offers a buffet of extreme quality and variety. With hundreds of places, many dozens of dishes made from oriental cuisine, and the possibility for the customer to compose their dish and make it cook to taste, it was our last meal on this beach, and clearly the best. The price, €15 plus extras, given the quality (and quantity we saw in some dishes), is perfectly acceptable.

Positive impression Risottos by Fornello

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Eating in Playa de San Juan – Fornello

Continuing with our program of researching various take away alternatives, Fornello emerged as the first of those surveyed offering risotto.
It was just what I wanted, and we tried 3 different risottos.
Richly served, tasty, the price a little higher than the competition seemed perfectly justified.
Very good impression, and perhaps we will repeat, despite the dozens of alternatives that we can still test.

Facebook: Fornello

Bad day Yes, I went to Mac Donalds

It was inevitable!
Traveling with children, the Mac Donald’s ghost had to appear in the way of even a staunch anti-fast food activist like myself.
Lunch was as bad as I expected (it’s guaranteed to be the same there), but the children’s happiness made up for the sacrifice.
We started by disputing access to some panels, to tell the computer that controls the business which of the poisons we would opt for, and then, while some sat down, others went to the queue that awaited the exit of a tray with disposable stuff (everything except the tray).
At the first bite of that plasticine-like dough they call bread, a yellow sauce squirted immediately down the back, running down to the elbow.
Half licked, half cleaned by 3 of those little paper sheets they call napkins, I controlled the damage, and turned the set to bite on the side of the sauce. Using my 10 fingers I managed to prevent that soft dough they call a hamburger from jumping on the side that I had attacked initially, and, getting the hang of it, I nibbled around, achieving the success of just having to lick my fingers at the end.

Eating in Playa de San Juan – Mac Donald

That was very unpleasant because the sauce on the fingers seasoned the fries, which, obviously, in the name of progress, I had to eat with the fingers.
Nobody gets me wrong, but, more and more, I like to pay homage at table to our “great-grandparents” who invented that antiquity they called “cutlery”.
And to grandma’s food!

Positive impression Fontana take away

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Eating in Playa de San Juan – Fontana

A long list with interesting take-away dishes caught our attention, and at the first opportunity we decided to give it a try. We chose two different paellas, but both let us down. They didn’t taste bad, but they were harrowingly poor. Too much rice, and mere traces of everything else that was supposed to be in the paella. We will hardly go back there!

Positive impression Pizzeries Popeye

Eating in Playa de San Juan – Popey

Two restaurants less than 100 meters away share a name, logo and decoration, denouncing that they are two spaces of the same company. We ate in one of them, convinced that the service will be identical.

We arrived at Spanish time (too late for us) and paid the bill – a slow service, in a reigning confusion and the prehistoric modernity of eating everything by hand disregarding that achievement of thousands of years called “cutlery”.
The food was good, the price was reasonable, we might go back there, but I’m not convinced.