It is a long time since I had a meal at the Chayofa Country Club. Consequently, this week our quiz group thought we would give it a try. We arrived at around 8.00pm and there were quite a few people around. We had unwittingly chosen the night when the village regulars partake of karaoke Once I realised, I did get a little frisson of entering a private space but they were all very friendly and we were not made to feel excluded even though we did not intend to sing or even lip-sync to the karaoke.
The owner told us that the restaurant’s name has changed to “El Corazón” meaning The Heart in Spanish. The styling isn´t particularly Spanish, in fact I don´t think the decor has changed much since I was last there. There’s nothing about the menu that makes you feel particularly enveloped by “Besame Mucho” or “La Cucaracha” which did make me wonder why they chose the name, but that is only puzzlement on my part and not a criticism.
The food was better than I remember from the early days. We went for the BBQ at €13.95 per person including the first drink, which in my opinion offered impressive value. There was in Christine’s words ‘an overload of meat’ certainly nobody would ever go hungry and the vegetables were good too. The rest of the menu included some no-compromise fare for adults and a sensible range of dishes for children. In fact, in its unpretentious way, this is a something-for-all-the-family place to eat.
The staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us. Talking to a regular, it seemed the new owners went out of their way to accommodate the wishes of their customers by getting opinions as to what they would like from the restaurant. It seems that they were told exactly what we have had in the past but better…. so they re-employed the old chef and continued with a similar menu but at a higher standard.
We certainly enjoyed our food and it was only when the singing got underway did we feel it was time to make a move. Now I thought I had a bad voice but …there were occasional breaks in the singing, but only to be replaced by some not bad but not great keyboard playing so if like me you are not into this type of entertainment then give Thursdays a miss, otherwise I would recommend as somewhere worth adding to your ‘give it try list’.