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“Fun place to go straight off the plane”
Review of Casa Goyo

Casa Goyo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 17 March 2018

Literally next to the airport - looks like a shanty town but serves good food and is always packed with locals - a good sign.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

Our last night in La Palma. Casa Goyo looks like a rough canteen in a parking lot by the airport. Reach up and you can touch the wheels of the Easyjet flights coming in. Locals slugging back beers in the open bar.A set of wooden beach huts with a table in each or choose the canteen with white walls and just one picture of a fish spitting out a fag - 'non fumare'. But the food is great. The waiter rattles off the white wines; no wine menu so we choose the 'casa' (next time I'd ask for the Vega Norte as La Palma's best). Waitress's English is limited, our Spanish also. We think we order Fish Salad, Bacalao, Gofio (que?) and Fish of the Day. The salad arrives, excellent tapa size for 2, meaty, oily fish with onion and green pepper; we mop up the olive oil with bread. Bacalao also tasty, warm with red pepper sauce, tapa for two again and we mop up the mojo with bread. Wrinkled potatoes arrive (did we order or is it complimentary?). More mojo, tackle the potatoes. Then the Gofio. If you've not had it, gofio is roasted, pounded maize then mixed with onion, pimiento, fish and anything else to hand. It's a sticky brown paste. We've ordered for 2 but it comes in a medium sized serving bowl with enough for 8 or 10. As you can order for 1,2,3,4,5,or 6 it's impossible to imagine how much you get for 6 people - enough for Wackford Squeers to feed a classroom of orphaned boys at Dotheboys Hall, one imagines. This is real peasant food, for a farm worker after 10 hours in the volcanic fields or a fisherman who started at 4am. We take a couple of big dollops and the gofio adheres to the stomach lining like wallpaper paste; and then we wash it down with wine and water; the high starch content mixes with the liquid and we are suddenly full, regretting the earlier bread and potatoes. Full of roughage it will exercise the colon as effectively as a walk up Cumbre Viaje exercises the heart and lungs.Then the fish - two of them with one top of the other;we think it's bream and sole, grilled par excellence, the flesh warm and moist and tender, the skin crunchy and edible. Finish with the Prince Albert (who knows why it's called that? is it Victoria's husband or the Prince of Monaco?) but it's a local delicacy, a pudding of chocolate mousse with crunched hazelnuts and soft sponge - mmmm. Woke at 5am grappling with gofio indigestion. But brilliant experience - go. We'll be back for the fish next time we're in La Palma. PS If anyone can produce an international fish dictionary I would be the first to buy it!

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Excellent food and very good value. This restaurant specializes in fish dishes. In February its opening hours are such that it closes at 1600 and reopens at 1900 (closed all day Monday). The waitresses are really friendly and helpful but don’t speak English, so you need to have your dictionary/food phrase book handy and, despite there being a rough translation on the menu, even then some of the menu choices are still a bit of an experiment!
You eat in a booth - which is probably lovely in the summer but it is advisable to dress ‘warmly’ when patronising in February – even with the booth door shut.
Portions are generous and we found that 3 tapas sized elements plus potatoes and a salad was plenty for 2 people. The ‘fish of the day’ comes in whatever size they think appropriate (on one occasion we got one large fish and on another 3 smaller fish) and you pay by the Kg. Finding out what sort of fish it is near impossible unless you are a very fluent Spanish speaker. You can get it grilled or some other way (probably steamed) and the price usually comes out around 14 euros.
The strange ambiance includes having the occasional aircraft take off or land right over your head but that’s quite fun after the initial shock of the first one.
The bar area is definitely a favourite with locals and gets quite noisy when there is a football match on TV and the whole place is usually very busy in the afternoons especially at the weekend. However, at 1900 you have the place almost to yourself.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed 3 February 2018

Certainly recommend a trip to this restaurant. No frills/ basic next to the airport runway but added to the charm for us. Food was delicious and reasonably priced. Very busy with locals which is always a good sign. Fish was delicious!

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed 26 January 2018

Best fish on the island we were told so had to be tried. A bit out of the way in an unfashionable part of town near the airport, I began to wonder what we were letting ourselves in for when the taxi dropped us at a basic roadside café with a bar for locals and right under the flight path.
However, I needn’t have worried because the welcome was very warm. Options for tables are outside – too cold when we visited, in little individual side rooms – great for parties or romantic dinners or in a larger café with plastic chairs and table cloths. We opted for the latter.
We chose the fresh fish of the day, salad – warning it’s enormous and the local speciality of tiny baked Canarian potatoes usually translated as wrinkled potatoes!.
The fish was great – my husband presented with one kind huge and on the bone and me with a smaller ‘more delicate’ fish. Great flavour, no fuss and very reasonably priced. Dessert – crème caramel Canarian style was good too. Only negative was the wine – choice of house white or red only. I went for white and it was really acidic and harsh. My advice stick to soft drinks or beer.
Nice touch at the end. We had asked the taxi driver for his number to take us home. Whilst we were waiting for him to arrive, one of the staff came to ask if we were ok and needed a taxi. Worth a visit.

Date of visit: November 2017
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