I spent a couple of hours at Nancy Spain’s restaurant in Los Cristianos on Sunday morning, selling books in aid of the K9 animal rescue charity. I had visited the restaurant a couple of days previously and cleared it with Darren one of the owners who was happy to give us a space and said we could also put up a poster advertising what we were doing.
We arrived and had an excellent spot close to the entrance and I decided to try to encourage a few people to buy the books. I have never done PR work, always thinking the people who did this for a living were a pain and it was a bit of a doddle handing out leaflets. After doing it for 2 hours, I now look on them very differently. I was ignored, snapped at, there were people who scrambled across the rough verge and between the trees rather than pass me. I was even told ‘We bought from you last week’ – wow, as this was our first week that was clever!
While we were selling our books there were meals coming out of the kitchen. Every plate that passed by looked and smelt delicious. Despite having something planned for dinner at home I said to OH, “let’s try it”, so we ordered a Reina Pizza to share at €7.70. When it arrived, it was thin and very crispy, with lashings of topping including goat’s cheese and bacon. Now ordinarily I am not a lover of pizza but this was mouth-wateringly delicious. I later found out that the chef had been making pizza for six years and you could certainly tell, as these were the real McCoy.
While we had our lunch we were entertained by an extremely handsome Michael Buble aka Doug. He had a great voice and the music was the perfect accompaniment to the food. I cannot think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The staff were outstanding, pleasant and nothing was too much trouble for the waitresses Elaine and Carmen. Together they make the perfect combination to deal with the diverse clientele of Spanish and English. Darren and John the owners mingle with the customers without being intrusive, just the odd comment in passing and if you wish, they are happy to stay and chat.
I think this relatively new restaurant has the formula just right. I wish them every success in the future and I know that we will certainly be back to try out more of their lovely food.