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Flambe, flair and great food makes the Oyster Cátcher a firm favourite 

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You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces; just good food from fresh ingredients” is the ethos of the Oyster Catcher in Los Cristianos.

True but you also need to throw in other important elements. Good service, lovely surroundings, an extensive choice, plentiful portions and value for money, as well as a great team at the helm.

Fortunately, this lovely venue on the thriving El Mirador strip has it all and deserves to be one of the most popular restaurants in Los Cristianos.

It has been in the hands of owner Angel for over 20 months now and all involved have worked very hard to make it a success. In fact, it’s an ongoing campaign. They don’t believe in sitting back on their laurels and like to listen to their customers, adding new suggestions to the menu and offering different specials on a regular basis.

The Oyster Catcher has something else to single itself out – the speciality of flambe.

Enjoying our recent review night, it was amazing to see how many people stopped in the doorway to watch either Angel or the chef take to the flambe trolley, with the flames really catching the eye.

The end product not only looks good in the making, it tastes delicious too and it’s quite surprising what you can flambe over and above steaks. Chicken breast, stroganoff, pork fillet, king prawns, even lemon sole meuniere, not to mention the desserts which you won’t want to miss, especially if you love crepe suzette!

We were well looked after by manageress, Charmaine and though it was a very pleasant evening, we opted to sit inside the restaurant which takes on a warm glow with its rich red decor.

You do, however, have the best of both worlds. The Oyster Catcher has a large covered terrace for al fresco dining.

The menu is very exten-sive and where appropriate, all the main courses are served with a choice of fresh vegetables and potatoes. This is certainly a boost for costs because extras like this can bump up the bill elsewhere before you realise it.

We perused the evening menu which offers an enormous choice of salads, pasta, fish dishes, roasts, steaks and the house flambes.

Initially, we weren’t going to have a starter but I couldn’t resist the shrimp cocktail salad which was absolutely gorgeous and a meal in itself. My husband opted for a lovely bowl of leek and potato soup. New additions to the starters include garlic prawns and garlic mushrooms, both by popular demand.

Obviously, we wanted to watch the flambe in process so I decided to have the stroganoff (16.50 euros) which featured tender pieces of beef fillet steak, onion, mushrooms, brandy, mustard and pickles finished with cream and chopped parsley. It was delicious.

My dining partner loved his fillet steak (18.50 euros) in a green pepper sauce with brandy and cream.

Both came with the choice of potatoes and a big dish of fresh vegetables, over and above what was already on the plate, which together made for a very large portion.

The menu is so extensive that it suits all pockets as well as tastes. A lasagne bolo-gnaise, for instance, is 7.20 euros while the roast leg of lamb is 9.20 euros, breast of chicken in curry sauce with rice at 10.50 euros and grilled salmon 11.50 euros. Or try the fish and chips for 12.50 euros or the prime steak and ale pie at 10.50 euros.

Specials of the day were sea bass and chicken skewers and the choices change every couple of days.

This is probably why so many people return many times during their holiday or, of course, if they live here permanently. You could eat something different every night for weeks.

Although the restaurant says “you don’t have to cook fancy”, that doesn’t mean the cuisine is plain. All the dishes are well presented with flair and extra touches and ingredients, with some lovely sauces and good flavouring.

One dish for a future visit is the gorgeous sounding perch and cava, for instance, or perhaps the paella valenciana.

The restaurant offers home-made desserts, over and above the flambes with fruit, so do try the mouth-watering cheesecake (6.50 euros) or the tiramisu at six euros, that’s if you can resist the toffee lumpy bumpy!

The Oyster Catcher is highly recommended for a night out or at any time of the day, for breakfast, a snack lunch.

The team will cater for all needs and the menu contains advice on allergens and gluten. If you would like your dish cooked in any particular way, do ask.

Angel and his staff speak English so it’s a popular haunt with the British but also for all nationalities. He has spent a lifetime in the restaurant trade, including in the UK and is very proud of his reputation.

You will find the Oyster Catcher at CC El Mirador, Local 5, Avenida San Francisco, Los Cristianos, telephone 922 788 038 if you prefer to make a booking or for a party or special celebration. It’s open every day and is in walking distance from most parts of Los Cristianos or via the buses or taxis or with your own car. There is always parking outside or nearby.