I was at a bit of a loose end Thursday afternoon and talking to my friend Adam who knows I have a penchant for curry, he suggested we should try the Bluezspice Club at the Clubhouse Los Gigantes that night. I went on the Clubhouse website and booked a table saying we would be there by around 8.30. I was not particularly looking forward to it as the meal was provided by the Star of Asia Restaurant that I had tried in Las Americas but Adam assured me this was totally different and although also owned by Gary the food came from the San Eugenio branch which provides authentic Indian meals.
Unbeknown to Adam OH is a bit of a curry connoisseur. His parents were good friends of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who had guaranteed his father a job if he would move to India. So needless to say, curry was often on the menu at home when he was growing up. He had also passed his love of it on to me over the past 40 years and while I don´t like ‘hot’ curries I do like them flavoursome.
We arrived shortly after 8.00pm and just managed to squeeze into the large car park that was full and when we got inside it was just as well we had booked because all the tables were packed and the Clubhouse was heaving.
Our starter arrived which was made up of a piece of Tandoori Chicken, an Onion Bhaji and a Samosa served with fresh salad. It was all very tasty so I was looking forward to the main course. For just €9.95, you get the starter plus a choice of main from three different curries, pilau rice and naan bread. You can also choose for a few pennies more poppadoms and raita as extras. Plus of course a generous serving of LIVE music. Our meal was delicious and we will certainly be going back for the next event, which I think, is run monthly, not sure of the dates but both the Clubhouse and Traveller Facebook send out notices in time for people to book.
Once the lights went down, we were in for an additional treat. Whiskey had collected his new Lap Steel Guitar that afternoon that had arrived in Santa Cruz from Asher Guitars & Lap Steels, which he had commissioned, based on the Ben Harper Signature model, he had added his own tweaks and of course it carried his Voodoo logo which all of his original instruments have.
As soon as he played the first few note it was unbelievable, reminiscent of the soulful music of the Deep South. We had a full evening of Blues and nothing but Blues from Robert Johnson through Muddy Waters and finally Jimi Hendrix fantastic.
For lovers of good food and good music I would have no hesitation in recommending this monthly event to anyone, but based on the number of people who attend make sure you book in advance or you could be disappointed.