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Three to become four as Bobby’s Indian Tandoori continues its success 

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Is there no end to the success story being enjoyed by Bobby’s Indian Tandoori and its international customers?

It seems not. On a recent visit to one of the trio of restaurants – on this occasion, Playa de las Americas – we were delighted to meet up with owner Bobby after enjoying another delicious meal.

Bobby started his empire in Puerto Santiago and followed up with Costa del Silencio and then Americas.

Now, he revealed, the three are to become four as there are firm plans in the pipeline to open another Bobby’s. Where this will be remains a closely guarded secret which Bobby will be revealing in due course.

We do know, however, that it will be in the south so that is more good news for holidaymakers and local residents alike. It won’t take much to get to the nearest Bobby’s and in any event, each of the restaurants is now offering collections and deliveries!

All of this clearly demonstrates just how popular the Bobby’s Indian Tandoori trio is but that has not come about by chance.

Bobby has taken great care to maintain his reputation on Tenerife by providing only the very best of food and employing the most helpful staff, most of whom speak English.

Each of the restaurants offers a different environment although the menu is the same at all of them.

Puerto Santiago is on the main road in a local not far from the sea with most of the seating inside. Costa del Silencio sits on the corner of the main long road through the town on the corner with the road to Las Galletas (about five minutes from the petrol station). Again, most of the seating is inside the interestingly-shaped building, with a few tables outside.

The Playa de las Americas restaurant has the largest terrace, covered so you do get shade without losing the fresh air and with a partial view of the ocean.

It was lovely to sit here on what turned out to be a very hot day because you can feel the breeze coming through.

We adore our curries and it doesn’t matter how hot the weather is. A korma, madras or vindaloo always goes down a real treat.

This Bobby’s is situated on the second floor of CC Pueblo Canario (Local 204) which overlooks Troya beach.

You can get to it from various directions. If you are in San Eugenio, for instance, walk down the road past the Hotel Bouganville and you will find Pueblo Canario on your right down a pathway and steps (which leads to the beach). Bobby’s is on your left.

Alternatively, you can walk along the “paseo maritimo” from either direction and go up the steps instead. It’s the next block from where the casino is.

We came by car and parked in the underground car-park which cut out a lot of hassle looking for a space on the roadside. It only cost us 2.50 euros and the car-park has an access onto the beach front..

As you would expect, there are dozens of choices on the extensive menu and if you don’t see exactly what you want, all you have to do is ask. You will also be able to tell the waiter what strength of curry you prefer.

Bobby’s prides itself on using only the very best and fresh ingredients with traditional spices. Everything is made “from scratch” but there is a very acceptable waiting time for your dishes to arrive and you really do need a break inbetween.

The prices are very reasonable. A chicken korma, for instance, is 7.50 euros or 9.50 euros for prawn jalfrezi.

We did notice one new innovation on the menu – a Bobby’s special mix on virtually every section which is hugely helpful if you really can’t decide between chicken, lamb, fish, prawns or vegetables. Have a bit of it all!

We love our papadums with dips, followed by shared vegetable samosas and tandoori chicken bites (on this section of the menu, you can order portions as starters or as main courses).

We followed up with a lovely chicken pasanda with fried rice (to give you an idea of prices, 7.50 euros for the pasanda, 2.80 euros for the rice) and a chicken tikka masala (8.50 euros) with chips (two euros) and the most delicious Naan bread (2.20 euros).

Everything was super delicious, kept hot in bowls under little burners and maintained the excellent culinary reputation Bobby’s has built up.

The menu is, of course, very extensive with more than 250 dishes listed. There are curries of all strengths and descriptions (masala, balti, bhuna, madras, dhanask, dopiaa, saag, etc…), vegetarian options, salads, soups, sizzling shashlic, biryanis, various rices and kebab wraps.

For something extra special, try a Bobby’s chef speciality like garlic lamb (ten euros) or mango chicken (eight euros) and there is a menu especially for children (such as fish fingers and chips) to keep the youngsters happy.

Drink prices are very reasonable. A bottle of house wine is 10.75 euros, a bottle of Cobra three euros, a pint 2.80 euros and soft drinks 1.80 euros.

So, as you can gather, Bobby’s comes highly recommended and we look forward to bringing you details in due course of restaurant number four!

Bobby’s 3

CC Pueblo Canario, second floor, local 204

Tel: 922 796 816

Open: Every day 2pm to 11pm, except Monday 6pm to 11pm only.

Bobby’s 1 and 2 also at Puerto Santiago (beach front) and Costa del Silencio (corner of main road through Costa del Silencio with road to Las Galletas).