Bobby’s Tandoori: a double treat with two great venue
If you love Indian food and there are very few of us who don’t, Bobby’s Tandoori gives you the best of both worlds in different parts of Tenerife.
The Costa del Silencio restaurant opened last year and is proving a great success, following in the footsteps of the first Bobby’s at Puerto Santiago which has a long-established pedigree.
We had already discovered the delights of the newest Bobby’s (several times, in fact!) and had been looking forward to taking a trip down the TF-1 to sample the other half of this popular business.
You only have to watch cookery programmes on the TV to see how popular Indian cuisine is. It is no longer seen as a meal to eat after a night out on the town to round off your drinking spree.
Today, you can enjoy Indian food at any time of the day or night and rather than having a traditional Sunday lunch, we decided to pop along to Puerto Santiago for a 1pm treat.
Sailing down the motorway past Costa Adeje and Adeje, we decided to take the scenic route skirting Playa Paraiso and Callao Salvaje, passing through Alcala and the majestic pink palace (the Abama hotel) because we wanted to enjoy the terrific views and different country-side.
It only takes about half an hour from Los Cristianos and it’s worth the drive because Puerto Santiago in itself is a lovely little seaside town with an attractive beach-front and lots of shops, bars and restaurants.
Bobby’s is easy to find on Avenida Maritima which, as the name suggests, is the main street yards from the sea-front. It is about 50 yards from the Los Dragos Hotel and there is parking outside, as well as the bus route if you fancy a journey on Titsa instead.
This Bobby’s is in a different style of building to the one in Costa del Silencio (which is in a detached unusual shaped property). The Puerto Santiago restaurant is part of a terrace. It doesn’t have a patio but you can sit in the front room with a wide door and big picture window to let in the breeze. The second room at the back is darker and more intimate and contains the bar. Both offer tremendous sea views.
One of the first things we spotted was a message on the chalkboard about the favourable reviews on TripAdvisor and inviting customers to look at them. We already had and they were glowing in the praise for the venue, service and food, describing Bobby’s as the best in the area.
Reading these comments had enlightened me to a drink called “mango lassi” (two euros) which I just had to try. It was delicious, like a thick brightly-coloured milkshake, and full of your daily vitamins, I would think!
We had also decided to order something different for a change, to be more adventurous, though we obviously couldn’t resist a papadum each with four gorgeous sauces. Loved the natural yoghurt.
For starters, we played it safe with a Bobby’s special for two people which offered a selection of chicken tikka, sheek kebab, chicken pakora, tandoori chicken and onion bhaji.
It came as no surprise to us when we already felt full up before the arrival of the main course. My partner usually chooses chicken masala but decided to hot it up for this occasion and opted for a chicken tikka vindaloo (eight euros) with a lush sauce and meat which just fell to bits. It was pretty hot so he was very grateful to have his Indian beer (a Kingfisher followed by a Cobra) to cool him down.
I usually have some sort of meat curry but decided to try a fish one for a change; for the very first time in fact. I was very surprised at how lovely it was (I went for a passanda which is a curry cooked in a mild creamy sauce with dry fruits). This dish was 7.50 euros, accompanied by pilau rice (2.30 euros) and we shared a naan bread (two euros). The dishes were all fabulous.
As you would expect, there is every sort of Indian dish you could think of on the extensive menu with more than 270 listed on the menu. There are numerous curries and Bobby’s chef specials, as well as a special menu for children. Young customers are very welcome and there was a family enjoying their Sunday meal when we were there, as well as a big group of ten biking enthusiasts. Proof that Indian food appeals to everyone, whatever your nationality or age.
Moreover, if you can’t see what you want, just ask and the kitchen will oblige. Each section has a helpful explanation and there is a selection of pictures to give you more idea.
Drinks are very reasonably priced, such as 2.60 euros for a pint, three euros for a glass of wine and 9.75 for a bottle of house red or white.
We came away totally agreeing with those glowing reviews on TripAdvisor and spent a while sitting on the benches overlooking the very attractive seafront and letting the breeze cool us down a bit! Take a walk and work off some of the calories.
It’s great to know we have a Bobby’s on the doorstep in Costa Silencio and another one if we fancy a trip out so wherever you live, one or the other (or both!) should be very accessible. Great restaurants with very nice staff and Indian food you will truly enjoy.
Bobby’s PUERTO Santiago
Open: 1pm-4pm, 6pm-11pm every day but Monday evening only
Tel: 922 868 690
Bobby’s Costa del Silencio
Avenida Jose Antonio Tavio
Open every day from 6pm
Tel: 922 072 177 or 610 864 241