We met our Finnish veggie friend earlier this week to go for a meal and she suggested we ate at what she called the ‘Potato Place’ in Cabo Blanco. We had not heard of it so were happy to try it, but as we got closer we realised it was San Martin or what we Brits call ‘The Pig Farm’ and being Thursday it was closed. Being a bit undecided we plumped for going a slightly further down the road to the Iranian restaurant that is just as you enter the village of La Camella. I have wanted to have a meal in the Café Biblioteca since it opened approximately 18 months ago. It always looks inviting but I am generally passing through the day and on the odd occasion when I have passed on an evening, it has looked very quiet or even empty.
We parked opposite and as we reached the door, a waitress was coming out. We asked if they were open and serving meals, as we could not see anyone – of course she said and showed us in. As we stepped over the pebble filled illuminated glass entrance, I was surprised to see how large it was and there were people at several tables. These are on different levels so not immediately obvious from the outside.
It is very cosy once you are inside, the seating is super comfy. The wall colour is warm apricot, which sets off the dark wood and the ultra modern swirling bar and if you want to be close to the bar there are the old-fashioned booths you used to get in American diners. We chose to sit on the lower level and were in good company, Jóse Alberto González Reverón, the mayor of Arona, was at the next table! There were in fact around 20 people eating and a couple drinking and there is plenty of space between tables so nobody is overlooked or overheard.
The decor gives the impression it is an expensive restaurant but we ordered our drinks, and were given the menu and pleasantly surprised. The starters were priced from €1.50 for Iranian bread to €4.50 for bread with salad and two sauces. As there were three of us we opted for two breads and a hummus, the best I have ever tasted and I love hummus and ‘fire’ sauce which was more spicy than hot as I said I didn´t like too much chilli.
There was plenty of choice even for our veggie friend as the waitress (who was lovely) said they would leave any ingredient out that people didn´t like. We chose the loin of pork in the ‘exotic’ sauce, which was citrus, almonds and pineapple, this was served with rice. OH had a similar meal that was based around turkey and friend had a Nan Pitch a sort of roll stuffed with egg, tomato and cheese served with a fresh salad.
We were hungry so chose from the quick or ‘take away’ menu, if you are more organised you can order the day before or sit in the restaurant for approx 3 hours while they cook you lamb or duck to your specific requirements. These cost €39 but are for two people. Our main courses ranged from €7 – €9.50. I liked the fact that you can see directly into the kitchen and watch your meal being prepared by the chef who looks little more than a teenager but she is excellent at her job.
We were no longer hungry just greedy so we ordered two puddings, a baklava which was two slices of cake enough for friend and me and OH had the Apfelstrudel with vanilla sauce. We followed this with coffees and chupitos – the bill was €57 which also included 2 soft drinks, a glass of red wine and 3 bottles of water, and it was worth every penny. I will certainly be going back.
Apart from the food being delicious it was the little touches I liked, they were happy to change the hot sauce for spicy, to not include ham in the Nan Pitch, to explain what each dish consisted of and the clean lines of the crockery. I also liked the soft music and the fresh flowers on the tables and the bar, but then I’m a push over when it comes to the detail – get it right and I love it, get it wrong and it leaves me cold.