It isn´t often that I review a restaurant more than once and if I have it has usually been months rather than weeks between my reviews but I am breaking that rule in the case of Howard’s Smokehouse. The reason for our visit yesterday evening was three-fold. Firstly, our friend Carol is returning to the UK and we wanted to get a last meal in before she left. We originally planned on eating in Los Cristianos but I was looking at Facebook and spotted that Pip Brown, he of Michael Buble, Johnny Cash and Riffs & Quiffs fame is now performing as ‘The Jersey Boys’. This takes me to my second and third reason for the night out.
When last in New York I tried to get tickets for the show, I came out of the theatre head hanging low as they laughed at me and said Yeah come back in 2 years! Two years, at my age I might not be around then, bear in mind I remember the original Jersey Boys. Last month we went to see the family in the UK and I checked out the price of tickets for the West End show – £86.00 to £121.00 each. I thought I only want a couple of hours entertainment not buy shares in the show. It therefore seemed that I was doomed and would not get to see one of my favourite groups from my youth.
So going to Howard’s last night was particularly special. It is a good job that I booked a table because the restaurant was full. As well as the show, they were offering either a two or a three course special meal priced between €10 and €12. We chose the three course and started with Pate and Chorizo and Vegetable soup. Both lovely. We all went for the loin of pork with pepper sauce and a choice of potatoes, vegetables and/or salad and we finished with an apple pie for you know who and Carol and I had the Eton Mess. The portions are generous so much so that with three large slices of meat each there was enough for me to bring home for my girls to save them sulking at being left at home.
But what of the show…. As expected from Pip it was slick and professional, inventive and energetic. I had not seen Luke Carey before but his voice and personality were a perfect blend and balance to Pip. So from two very talented young men a full house was transported back to the 1960s. Everyone sang along to “Sherry”, “Rag Doll” , “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and many more. Unfortunately, all too soon we were singing Bye Bye Baby (Baby Goodbye) and the boys were off to their next gig at the Premier Bar so another group of people would enjoy that “feel good” experience.
This may sound silly but where the Tenerife Jersey Boys have the advantage over the UK and US shows is that Frankie Valli was only a little guy and neither Pip nor Luke are giants so as well as the sound we had the look of the originals.
I am sure there is a long life for the Tenerife Jersey Boys show. It is one of those magical, nostalgic nights that leaves you singing the songs of our youth all the way home to bed.
Well done guys you made our evening special