Get in the mood at Bolle’s Bistro
It’s hard to believe that come next May, Bolle’s Bistro at Costa del Silencio will be celebrating its fourth anniversary.
Time has flown for owner Patrick who has seen this lovely restaurant grow in popularity year on year despite the tough economic times.
This has come by design, not by accident, as Patrick has never rested on his laurels or taken Bolle’s achieved success for granted. He has worked hard to get where he is and with his seven-strong team is always striving to introduce new ideas and to improve on the menu.
It was with great pleasure that we met up with Patrick again for a night out at the bistro which started as we had always remembered. A smile, a welcome kiss, good humour and instant rapport with other customers.
Offering us a glass of cool cava “to get us into the mood”, we laughed as did a German couple who were just leaving and wished us a great evening out as they overheard the comment. That’s exactly what we did have, going home happy, full and with the view reinforced that Bolle’s is indeed one of our favourite restaurants.
Patrick is very much a hands-on owner and greets people with the same warmth whether it is for the first time or customers whom over the years have become firm friends. This is helped by the fact that he speaks English, Dutch, Spanish, German, French and Russian but he is obviously out-going and enjoys his role. I ask him at what stage in the last four years had it become second nature to be so friendly and interested in his customers but Patrick laughs and says “never” because he feels he was born this way. It isn’t put on. That is simply the way he is.
It is undoubtedly a huge part of Bolle’s success but so is the ambience and of course the cuisine.
There is no “set” menu but blackboards detailing the starters and main courses and the “recommended” board which changes each week. I chose the “filet de gallo”, fish on a bed of pureed mashed potatoes and herbs in a mussel and mushroom sauce for just 13 euros. It was absolutely delicious and I was going to recommend it to readers when I realised it was coming to an end the next day.
But that is the essence of the specials board. They are just that. Patrick has customers who come so often they have literally worked their way through the regular dishes so can then turn their attention to the specials! He always tries to keep the dishes around the same price mark of 13 to 15 euros.
I remarked to Patrick that I couldn’t remember the sauces being so delicious and again he chuckles. He is proud of his team, saying they all add their own personal contributions to Bolle’s and the sauce ideas often come from Willie whom he describes as his second-hand man. Head chef is Viva from Romania who has been at Bolle’s for three years and second chef is Violeta from Madrid. The spreads they turn out for theme nights have to be seen to be believed.
Patrick is complimentary about all the staff and it’s obvious they work as a team, being helpful and attentive but not over-powering. The same is true of Patrick. He is astute. Although he likes to chat to customers, Bolle’s is still a place you can go to as a couple and choose a quiet table inside or on the huge covered terrace.
Likewise, there is always a great atmosphere at the monthly theme nights, the next of which is the Flamenco Show on November 24th. You are encouraged to get up and dance the night away if you wish.
You would expect that all of this comes at a price but it doesn’t. All the dishes are very reasonably priced, including the steak my dining partner enjoyed for 15 euros.
For my starter, I opted for what Patrick had recommended, scampi in Bolle’s own sauce which was simply divine. Other temptations on the board included salmon salad for ten euros, warm goat’s cheese on toast for seven euros (a huge portion), tagliatelli salmon for ten euros, duck with oranges and peaches for 14 euros and steak tartar for 12 euros. Patrick also recommends the lamb rack from New Zealand (as are the steaks).
Your choice of drinks are plentiful with both bottled and draught Belgian beers and a good selection of wines.
Another bonus is the location. The terrace gets the sun all afternoon and evening until the moment it disappears behind the mountains and the sky often turns a vivid red so take your camera . It really is a hot spot but the huge retractable awning and large sun shades allow you to enjoy the weather without boiling over and give protection in the cooler weather too.
If you want to make sure of a table, especially at the weekend, it is better to book and reservations are now being taken for New Year’s Eve, always a very special night. Many people who went last year booked on the spot! Parties can also be catered for with special menues so please do talk to Patrick. And if you are a romantic, watch out for the Bolle’s Valentine special next February when you can make or renew your vows in a symbolic ceremony.
The restaurant is only a few minutes away from the main road through Costa del Silencio and there is always parking available right outside. Take the first right at the funny little pool with statues in it (if driving towards Coral Mar), go round the one way system and take the first left. Bolle’s is on your right. Do ring on 699 351 694 if you would like precise directions or would like to book. Please also see their advertisement in Wine and Dine for opening times etc.