February 20, 2007
The Noha restaurant offered a two course evening meal for less than 8 euro and this seemed to be a value that couldn’t be ignored. It’s a modern looking establishment which seemed to be unsure of its true identity, catering for the pizza fanatics—it had a modern electric pizza oven set into raffied wooden surround—and more traditional meals. The real Lanzarote was presented in the form of a chunky black stone surround to the bar area set against a modern barbecue looking area marked in chalk, ‘Grill Steak’. Overall the lighting was extremely harsh, if it were notched down a peg or two the restaurant’s ambiance would have been significantly enhanced.
We opted for the house red, a bottle of Castillo de Gredos (Spanish Tinto wine), which was initially a bit raw to the palette but was fairly acceptable after allowing it to breathe for a while. The tables were spacious and gave us plenty of room to sprawl out on smart, crisp, peppermint green tablecloths with a central striped runner. The waiter delivered the menus with panache and less subtly withdrew the set special menu. We certainly were not to be put off and asked to see the special, opting for onion soup, mixed salad, and a couple of steaks (strange that only 18 months ago I was totally off beef!). The onion soup with its floating cheesy bread was perfectly edible, but a bit thin, whilst my wife’s mixed salad was attractively substantial. (I resisted a ‘wish’ to have chosen differently and cooed enthusiastically over my starter.)Amusingly, the couple next to us were served with our meal, but after a raised eyebrow or two they rejected it and it was passed unceremoniously across to us. The steaks were cooked as requested—medium rare—and the chips were piping hot. The main course was nothing too special but the waiter had a great sense of humour and he really made the whole dining experience enjoyable if somewhat quirky.
Puddings were served as additional and "herself" and me were struggling to articulate our preference; the waiter pointed to a chocolate bomb for me (that’s spooky cause that’s what I was considering) and to a banana split for my other half (she confirmed that was her preference). I indicated I only wanted mine if it was ‘huge’ and when it arrived, it was. The waiter had squirted cream around the chocolate ice and at the table he poured copious amounts of extra chocolate sauce on the cream. I know this was excessively high in cholesterol, but as I’m on holiday three or four times a year, this was a treat I was prepared to "suffer". As I was savouring this pudding the waiter crept up behind and poured an ample portion of house rum onto my pudding. My word, that added flavour to this pre-packed sweet!Not top cuisine, but a decent enough meal for a very reasonable price.
From journal Lanzarote—Cheap and Cheerful Eating