Squid Croquettes at que leche restaurant
Casual fine dining, Restaurant Reviews

Que Leche | Las Palmas | Canary Islands – Spain | Review

Que leche is a delightful experience of great food and excellent service.

Que Leche – Restaurant Details

Address: Calle Torres, 22, 35002 Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Website: https://restaurantequeleche.com/
Average Price per person (no alcohol): $30-40
Telephone: +34 607 91 78 03
Date Visited: 7th March 2019


Las Palmas, in the island of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, is well known for being a touristic place. And in a touristic area, you expect restaurants for tourists, right?
Well, this is what Gran Canaria mostly is. Still, in the last few years, a new current of young chefs and restaurant owners have started deviating from the conventional ways of restaurants in the Canaries and moved to the ‘fine dining’ side.
This transition is the case of Que Leche, a small restaurant that experiments with traditional dishes and gives them a twist of creativity.

Place

Que leche is a small venue located in the neighbourhood of Vegueta, the Colonial old area of the capital Las Palmas. I do not think they fit more than 30 people in the dining room, which decoration is after the traditional colonial style. It is a cosy little cave.


With such place size, it is evident that you need to book in advance. They close on Sundays and Mondays, and there are two services, lunch and dinner.

Service

I have to say that I might be a bit biased being also Canario :-). But they are super kind, always attentive, checking on the tables, recommending, pairing and with a big smile on their face. They are also fast to serve and still present the dishes with an explanation. I believe that some of them can even speak English.

Food

Their menu is not too big. It is composed of traditional Canarian dishes that have been modified or enhanced to a more modern cuisine style. They also change the menu every season and have seasonal plates out of the list, like some fish preparations. For the latest version of the food, refer to this link.

Image of a menu at que leche
This menu is not the current one, but some dishes remain

I have been in that place several times and tried a few plates so that I will give a walk through some of their best sellers.
Usually, they serve first an appetizer; this is a sign of a quality restaurant in most of the cases.

Tuna poke

The bowl contains generous chunks of red tuna, marinated on citrus juice. This dish is between ceviche and a poke. There is also local avocado and corn on it. They top it up with bubbly lime foam.

Image of a tuna poke bowl at que leche in las palmas
The lime foam gives the acidic touch to the Tuna poke

Lobster Dumpling with Kombu algae sauce

The dumplings look like gyozas, have a stir of lobster inside, and the algae sauce gives a bitter taste that combines perfectly with the dumpling texture.

Squid croquettes

One of my favourites, there is such a rich sea taste on these croquettes that is indescribable. They are super crunchy, breaded with a very thin panko and inside they are creamy and black from the squid ink. It comes with a terrific creamy Ali-Oli on the side. These ‘croquetas’ is one of the musts try of Que Leche.

image of a bowl of squid croquettes at que leche
Squid Croquettes are a must

Oxtail (Rabo de Toro)

The oxtail was fatty and salty as expected. The sauce was well balanced, and the meat was tender. I Liked it.

Image of a plate with oxtail
Oxtail met the expectations

Black Suckling Pig on Sweet potato pure

Probably the best seller in the restaurant. I have seen that in the last version of the menu, they added pineapple. The one I tried is a bed of sweet potato puree, and on top, they serve a reasonable significant portion of suckling pig that they cook to perfection. The crust, or chicharron, is thin but yet very crispy. It explodes in your mouth. The meat is tender and very juicy; there is no sign of dry meat here at all. It is just delicious.

image of roasted suckling pig
You can not leave Que leche without trying their suckling pig

Passion Fruit Foam

The Passion Fruit foam, which could also be some mousse or light cream is fantastic. The flavour of the exotic passion fruit reaches all your taste buds. There are layers of toffee, streusel and mantecado ice cream. It is super Yummy.

image of a passion fruit mousse at que leche in las palmas
Passion fruit is refreshing

Cheesecake

The waiters recommended the cheesecake as their flagship dessert, and they were not wrong. Is a simple, homemade, traditional cheesecake served in a tiny cast-iron pot. It has a perfect balance between consistency, creaminess and sweetness. Maybe because I love mixing and combining tastes I missed aside, either in the form of ice-cream or a coulis or something to enhance the cake.

image of cheesecake
Sorry for the poor quality of the image. The cake is much better than it looks like here

What we liked from Que Leche

  • The twists of the traditional Canarian dishes
  • Heavenly Suckling pig
  • Kind service
  • Consistent quality across the menu

Where to improve

  • Bookings – Being small and closing two days a week is quite hard to get a reservation at Que leche.
  • A supercharged version of the homemade cheesecake

Rating 9/10

How do we rate?

Que leche is one of these places that, before leaving, you are already thinking about when to come back. The food, the service, and the ambience are characteristic of a Michelin starred restaurant, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they will receive one soon.

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