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Perfectly delicious at the Pink Parrot 

Try their Sunday lunch.

Have you ever stood in the kitchen for a couple of hours cooking a mouth-watering Sunday lunch but then suddenly lose your appetite when you sit down to eat it?

Your guests will probably devour the fruits of your labour but for some reason, it’s always the chef who utters those immortal words: “I’m suddenly not hungry!” At least, this was certainly the case when I was young.

Fortunately, the solution is easy. Take your mum and all your other loved ones out for Sunday lunch instead and head for the Pink Parrot at Los Galletas. Let Brenda and her husband, Mike do the work for you and ensure that everyone enjoys their Sunday treat (and there’s no washing up either!)

The Pink Parrot, on the sea-front along the promenade, is one of our favourites, whether we are on or off-duty. We have tasted Brenda’s fabulous full English breakfast, the Friday fish and chips, her cakes and on Easter Sunday, her roast dinner followed by a couple of naughty but very nice desserts.

Our verdict? Delicious and echoing the comments of others: “It really isn’t worth cooking it yourself when you get quality and quantity for just 7.50 euros and 2.50 euros for your pudding.”

At this stage, it’s also important to stress that the Pink Parrot is highly popular for another, increasingly-important reason. Brenda offers a gluten-free menu which includes Sunday roast and fish and chip Friday plus other options too. You don’t have to pre-order and she is very keen to hear new dish suggestions from those who suffer from gluten-related symptoms.

Hopefully, many of you will already have discovered the delights of Las Galletas which is a charming town with its promenade restaurants offering one of the best views of the ocean on the island. You sit just ten feet away from the sea wall and can watch the surfers and boats, as well as the passers-by. You will always find a parking space in walking distance and in any event, it’s nice to meander through the town to look at the shops before heading to the Pink Parrot for something to eat.

The restaurant isn’t open in the evenings. It closes at 5pm except on a Friday when it is open to 8pm (last orders 7pm) and it is closed totally on a Monday. At least this means you can always enjoy the fabulous vistas and the sunshine.

Las Galletas can often be windy so you have the option of sitting inside or outside but that doesn’t compromise the views as the Pink Parrot has big picture windows. We had our main course inside and our desserts outside to get the best of both worlds.

Mike offered us a choice of beef, lamb or pork (all at 7.50 euros) and the meat came in nice thick slices with fresh veg, a giant Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, mash and crunchy roast potatoes which we loved. The first thing we remarked on was the portion sizes on a big white plate and the second was the gravy. Lovely!

The service is, of course, friendly and you don’t have to wait long for your food, although there is plenty of time to take in the blackboards for treats such as home-made sangria (five euros for half a litre), the daily specials such as steak and potato pie on a Tuesday and sticky ribs on a Wednesday, a toasted tea-cake or bacon sandwich with coffee or tea for 3.50 euros or a classic Panini with your choice of filling, also for 3.50 euros.

There is something for everyone here, including for children who get their own menu section. There are fried breakfasts or healthy options, salads, burgers, sandwiches, toasties, jacket potatoes, tapas, main course meals such as scampi or home-made quiche and a combo option where you can choose four items from a list for 8.50 euros. It’s also great to see that drinks won’t cost you an arm or a leg either. A bottle of house wine is just five euros or 1.60 euros a glass.

Brenda likes to offer good home-made traditional cooking with an emphasis on fresh products and is keen on consistency so it’s one of those places where you get a lovely meal all the time.

The one thing which had changed since our last visit was the appearance of some beautiful orchids inside the restaurant as Mike has developed green fingers and a passion for these delicate flowers.

There were also some new desserts on the blackboard so I tried the fresh fruit in a chocolate coated edible basket with cream whilst my husband had his usual hot chocolate fudge cake. A perfect way to round off another hugely enjoyable meal.

If you want to guarantee having Sunday lunch here, it is best to book to avoid disappoint (please phone 922 732 365).

Though we don’t want to wish the year away when it is only April, the Pink Parrot’s evening sitting for Christmas Day is already booked up so if you want to have a table for the day-time, you had better pick up that phone as well!

So, to reiterate, the res-taurant 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, Mike and son James are happy to stay open later if you are having a party or special celebration.

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.