I have no problem admitting that one of the reasons I wanted to return to Puerto Mogan in Gran Canaria was because of one little restaurant with a rather impressive outdoor barbeque. Zona Verde is one of those hidden away little restaurants that you find by chance and rave about for years to come. Phill and I first dined at Zona Verde four years ago – having discovered it during the second week of our holiday. We were quick to make a return visit on the last evening of our holiday. In the next few years we’d often reminisce about our Canarian holiday and the amazing meat we tasted at Zona Verde.
During our recent week-long holiday in Puerto Mogan we made sure to dine at Zona Verde twice. Thankfully both times were an absolute delight. Zona Verde is nothing special to look at from the front, and isn’t one of the many lovely restaurants by Mogan Marina. Instead it is located halfway between Mogan’s largest apartment complex and the marina. You have to walk to the back of the restuarant building were you are met a member of staff and brought to an outdoor table close to the open barbeque where the chef is busy cooking a variety of meat cuts. Tables are adorned with colourful striped tablecloths and the whole dining area feels snug and secluded thanks to mature curvaceous trees adorned with hanging lights.
Zona Verde has been around for years and word of mouth is the one thing that’s ensured its popularity. Look for a website or Facebook page and you’ll be disappointed. And if you don’t book a table you could be even more disappointed and end up being turned away.
Before the meat feast begins, you must first line your stomach will some fresh warm crusty bread rolls. Zona Verde serve their bread with a delicious tomato and olive oil mix, garlic mayonnaise and some light spices.
Zona Verde have a relatively small main course menu. Choose from beef and chicken kebab, entrecot of beef, chateaubriand, amongst a few other meaty offerings. We choose the chateaubriand for two people and had it medium rare. All mains are served with a green salad, chickpea salad, and cucumber, yoghurt and fresh mint. Carbohydrates come in the form of Canarian potatoes served with the iconic red and green mojo sauce, which is a lightly spiced sauce made up of mainly peppers, garlic and olive oil. The meat is served in the most deliciously seasoned oil and is so plump and juicy to eat, with an irresistable barbeque taste. I love the combination of hearty red meat with fresh salads and a few Canarian potatoes. I am left so satisfied that I’m not even tempted to order dessert!
Zona Verde offers up a truly memorable holiday foodie experience thanks to their gorgeous cuts of meat, simply cooked and modestly served to you in a tranquil outdoor dining setting. I’m already dreaming of going back…
Be sure to check out my Gran Canaria travel/babymoon vlog where I filmed a bit of our Zona Verde experience.