Eating in Los Cristianos on a Saturday night is a popular pastime. It took us three attempts to find a restaurant that is not in the ‘pie, chips and cheap pints’ category. Our original plan was to meet friends at the Olive Garden Deli to try their curry, but when Barry and Ann were there, they saw the restaurant closed at 7.00pm. This was far too early, as it would mean eating around 5.00ish, so after checking out the menu online, we decided to try Hiba Hiba also in the Oasis Pasarella complex. On Thursday, I suddenly thought, what if they are full, so sent a message making a reservation, and sure enough, they were packed to the rafters and could only offer us a different day.
That meant Indian was off; Lebanese was off, what else was in that area?
Ah! The Oyster Catcher. It always looked a cut above the rest, but despite its handy location, and easy parking, I had never been.
When we arrived, we were greeted warmly, and on checking our booking, we were given a choice of tables, there were already several taken or reserved and we decided to sit inside. While waiting for our friends a waitress took our drinks order, and gave us a menu to read.
I asked the white haired man in the apron if he was Angel the owner who I had read about and he said he was. This was doubly confirmed when I watched him on the flambé trolley which is a speciality of the restaurant.
The décor is bright and a touch traditional, the kitchen is visible which for us is important as there is nothing to hide and the service is charming, so far, this restaurant was ticking all the boxes.
It took us a while to decide what we wanted as the menu is extensive and there is also a specials board. What we didn´t realise is just how plentiful the portions were going to be.
I fancied the black pudding as a starter but I was told it was not Canarian, so both Barry and I opted for the prawn cocktail. Large fat juicy prawns on a bed of salad with fruit and a delicious sauce. Jim went for the garlic prawns that he was shown before they were flambéed, Ann was sensible and said she would wait for mains.
We all had different main courses, these included liver and onions, gammon steak, hake and I went for the fillet steak. All meals come with a choice of potatoes and fresh vegetables. Once again, because it was going to be flambéed I was shown the raw meat and asked how I would like it. As we ate, Angel checked if everything was to our liking and particularly if my meat was cooked the way I wanted it – nice touch. We all enjoyed our meals they were simply delicious!
As said, the portions are generous, (I couldn´t manage all of my steak but it made a superb sandwich for Sunday lunch). Three of us were so stuffed we had to forego pudding but Jim had the flambé bananas that came with kiwi, strawberries, cream, and ice-cream. I don´t know where that man puts all the food. Finally the complimentary caramel vodka rounded off the evening making it a resounding success.
Nothing makes me happier than simple food prepared to a consistently high standard, so this statement in the Oyster Catcher’s menu made me happy.
We will certainly be back – in fact, I told our friends Rob and Mary that we would visit when they come on holiday however, I think we will be eating there long before then as it’s very hard not to like this establishment.