Sea-front delight at Pink Parrot
Las Galletas has been one of our favourite locations ever since we arrived in Tenerife and if we could recommend one place to eat, it would be the Pink Parrot.
We could already vouch for the traditional English breakfast and Sunday roasts but went along recently to sample the Friday fish and chips which are proving so popular.
It was also great to meet up with owners Mike and Brenda who took over a year ago and have worked very hard with the help of their son James to build up a great following. They have a great sense of humour and many customers have become friends as they return time and time again to their lovely restaurant right on the sea-front.
“Don’t you ever stop?” I ask Brenda as she brought me out a huge jam and cream slice which she described as “to die for” (and it was!) to which Mike quickly replied: “She won’t let me!”
It’s their friendly nature which has helped to make the Pink Parrot a must for many people who want to enjoy traditional British cooking, whether it be a full meal or just a snack or drink.
When the weather is good, there is nothing nicer than sitting on the long promenade of Las Galletas with its wonderful vista over the vast ocean, watching water-sports and the world go by. There are tables and umbrellas outside but if it is too windy, you can sit inside but still enjoy the view because of the large sliding windows on the front and side.
It was a mixture of sunshine and breeze on our review afternoon, so we had our main course under cover and our puddings outside. Our first ten minutes gave us the chance to have a really good look at the menu and a peruse through the second-hand books – you can either bring along one to exchange or pop a euro in the collection box for the British Legion, a cause the Pink Parrot has raised a lot of money for.
Being fish and chip day, my husband had no hesitation in ordering just that, with mushy peas, of course. This is served from noon to 7pm each Friday and is great value at 7.50 euros.
I wanted to try something different and the combo platter, usually for two at 8.50 euros each for four selections caught my eye. You can choose four different items, such as calamari or scampi, and add an extra for 1.60 euros if you wish. All come served with salads and dips. I loved the home-made coleslaw and think this is a great choice if you want to sit and chat with a friend over a drink.
Making my final choice was very difficult, however, as everything sounded won-derful. There are sandwiches and toasties, salads and jacket potatoes, starters like breaded mushrooms, salad and garlic mayo for three euros or mains like cheese and bacon baguette melt with salad (five euros) or home-made pie of the day with peas and gravy (5.35 euros).
Brenda is in the kitchen and makes about 80% of the food. Despite her hectic schedule, she still likes to do her own shopping so she can see what sort of produce is available. There is a special each day, such as cottage pie on a Tuesday, braised steak on Wednesday, Hawaiian on a Thursday, fish and chips on Friday, hot beef baguette on a Saturday and roast on a Sunday. These change every week. Whilst we were there, Brenda showed us the Yorkshire puddings she had made and they looked fantastic. Literally “just like mum used to make”.
Most of the dishes served here are traditional although Brenda does sometimes do a curry or a lasagne but generally sticks to the firm favourites.
One aspect we were very impressed with is the “sin gluten” or “without gluten” menu which includes traditional breakfast, lentil soup, sandwiches, salad, meatballs, grilled chicken, omelettes and jacket potatoes. There is even a bottled lager for 2.50 euros and you don’t even have to miss out on Sunday lunch or the Friday cod and chips because these can be prepared separately as well. None of the ingredients are mixed, they are completely gluten free which is good news for those who suffer from an intolerance or Celiac disease. You don’t even have to pre-order, just turn up.
Whilst my dining partner sipped at his Dorada, I tried hard not to down my delicious home-made sangria (two euros a glass, five euros for half a litre and 9.50 euros for a litre) in one as it was so delicious.
We already had one eye on the dessert board so after finishing our meals, we moved outside for my cream slice which was massive and a hot chocolate and orange fudge cake with ice-cream. Naughty but so nice! There’s a snack and drink special ie crepes with fresh fruit and ice-cream with tea, coffee, wine or a small beer for 3.20 euros and drinks won’t cost you a fortune (five euros for a bottle of wine, 2.60 euros for a local spirit and mixer or an ice-cream milkshake for 3.20).
Taking five minutes out for a change as we sat outside, Brenda told us she had always been in catering and they had lived in Tenerife now for 20 years. Some people may remember they used to run a restaurant in San Blas called “The Rooster” and we laughed again when Brenda said children used to call her Mrs Rooster. Son James even has the name tattooed on his wrist.
It must have been fate then when they took over another “bird-named” restaurant in the Pink Parrot which did, apparently, once have a pet parrot in it. Today, the only parrots are on the signs and on the wall by the kitchen on a stone plaque bought home from Gran Canaria.
The restaurant is closed on a Monday but otherwise open 9.15am to 5pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9.15am to 8pm on a Friday (last fish and chips at 7pm), Saturday 9.15am to 4pm and Sundays 9am to 5pm. Brenda and Mike are happy to stay open later if you are having a party or special celebration and are curreny taking orders for Christmas (noon sittings still available).
The Pink Parrot is easy to find. Park or get off the bus or taxi at the sea-front and walk along the flat promenade three-quarters of the way down and it is on the left at Paseo Maritimo 12 (telephone 922 732 365, email firstname.lastname@example.org)