Last year when we were driving around Lanzarote, we stumbled upon Brown Delicatessen in Costa Teguise. At the time, Brown had only recently been opened by English owner Tracy, who wanted to offer the locals and tourists a healthier option to the fried breakfasts and burgers that are often associated with the resorts.
Brown Delicatessen offers a massive range of freshly cooked quiches and pastries, pasta, rice and bean dishes, as well as freshly prepared salads and sandwiches, all available to sit in or take away. Last year we bought a couple of salad dishes that we had along with our barbecue back at the villa, this year we enjoyed a very hearty lunch whilst hiding in the shade from the 30 degree heat.
When we arrived, we were disappointed to have missed Tracy. After a very busy 15 months, she had eventually managed to sort out a working week that allowed her to be hands on with the deli, whilst juggling the kids and family. As as result, she is now able to get Friday and Saturday off whilst the deli is taken care of by her able staff.
After chatting with the very helpful American girl on duty we ordered our lunch. Myself and Nicola both decided to go for quiche with a salad bowl on the side. I opted for the Potato & Leek quiche, whilst Nicola chose the Bacon, Onion & Cheese quiche. Both quiche were cooked to perfection with a crispy, buttery pastry casing, packed with plenty of well seasoned fillings.
The accompanying salad bowls were a meal in themselves! This was no simple salad, it was a bowl full of flavour. Potato Salad, savoury rice, chargrilled courgettes, butternut squash, peppers and aubergine, garlic and butter bean salad, and coleslaw, were layered in the bowl before being topped with traditional Canarian mojo sauces.
A big slice of quiche with a salad bowl costs just €5 at Brown Delicatessen! For the money, I think you'll be hard pushed to find a better value lunch in Costa Teguise. I'm actually surprised that we managed to finish the hearty and healthy lunch that was served up to us, honestly, the portions were that big!
With lunch done, we had a look at the fresh salads that were available for takeaway and picked up a bowl of the bean and garlic salad as well as some very tasty hummus that we could enjoy later.
Hopefully when we head back to Brown Delicatessen next week, Tracy is on duty and we can catch up. If she isn't about, it won't be a wasted journey though as I'm sure that lunch will be taken care of that day too!
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