Interview to Israel Franco Zubiaga chef of «El Patio de Lajares»

    ISRAEL FRANCO ZUBIAGA Chef de El Patio de Lajares | Macaronesia Fuerteventura

    The popular restaurant, El Patio de Lajares, opens once more with a new management and an exceptional team.

    In the kitchen we find Israel Franco Zubiaga, a Basque chef who is for a technique and product-based cuisine.

    Israel studied at the Basque Country University, first Cooking and then Catering business, and when he finished his studies he started with the training and then he started out with great chefs like Josean Martínez and Martín Berasategui. One of his last professional experiences before getting to Fuerteventura was as a Head Cook in the Hotel Omm in Barcelona, advised by the well-known Roca brothers. With this experience among great chefs of national prestige, and having become the chef of such a charming place as El Patio de Lajares, who doesn’t want to pop up and taste his dishes, enjoying this magic restaurant?

    How would you define your cuisine?
    Flavour, product, technique, fondness.

    What is the most important aspect of a dish?
    Everything counts but the most important is, no doubt, the flavour.

    Which products can we find in your cuisine?
    My cooking is based on high quality products, mainly fresh and local ones as far as possible.

    How would you define the meals of El Patio de Lajares?
    It’s the fruit of my professional experience over the years. A cooking where ingredients blend perfectly. We have created a menu with about 24 ingredients where there are local meat, fish and veggie dishes. Every two or three months we change some of them in the menu to fit in our season products and to offer variety to our customers.

    Which is the dish that best defines the cuisine in El Patio?
    The Boned kid with goat cheese and roasted pepper parmentier. I would recommend to try the Tuna tartar with tomato gel and sautéed beans as well, but as I am a good Basque chef, you can’t miss the cod either. Every day, to fit in the fresh products that we get, we also recommend some special dishes. And we can’t forget the great wines we have, with a European selection that you must taste.

    With which dessert would you end a dinner in El Patio de Lajares?
    It depends a bit on the starters you have. Surely I would mix Pineapple with rosemary, milk and coconut ice cream or Smoked cheese cake.

    El Patio de Lajares is a place with a special charm because of its decoration, gardens, swimming pool and the fondness that Israel and his team add to their dishes and service. That is why this is also the ideal restaurant to celebrate events.

    Free taxi service: for a minimum of four people to Corralejo and surrounding area.

    Cuesta Valerio, 7. Lajares. ¡+34 928 171 039 | +34 666 912 317
    Tuesday to Thursday: 5.30-10.30 p.m. Friday: 5:30-11 p.m. Saturday: 12.30-23.00 p.m. Sunday: 12.30-16.00p.m.

    ISRAEL FRANCO ZUBIAGA Chef de El Patio de Lajares | Macaronesia Fuerteventura
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    Restaurante El Patio de Lajares | Macaronesia Fuerteventura
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    Restaurante El Patio de Lajares | Macaronesia Fuerteventura
    © Mikel Larrea
    Restaurante El Patio de Lajares | Macaronesia Fuerteventura
    © Mikel Larrea