The Oyster Catcher, where good food speaks for itself
Once the restaurant trade is in your blood, it is there for ever,” so the saying goes and how true it is.
Born in the Canary Islands, Angel has had restaurants all his life, both here and in the UK. He used to live and work in Yorkshire and was in England for 28 years before returning to Tenerife.
Last year, it seemed as though he might just decide to take it a little bit easier but no, Angel is back with his new venture after taking over the well-known Oyster Catcher in Los Cristianos.
It’s still early days with various plans and ideas in the pipeline but the restaurant continues to be a big hit with local residents and holiday-makers alike.
Angel and his new team of staff speak English so it’s a popular haunt for Brits but all nationalities too of course.
Once again, he is drawing on all his experience in the restaurant world and has very specific ideas on how customers should be treated and served. He is very much “hands-on” and can turn his skills to the kitchen and bar when necessary but really enjoys being front of house, meeting and greeting people, renewing friendships, advising on dishes and generally just being a friendly and recognisable face.
He always takes you to your table, whether in the main restaurant or on the covered terrace, and finds time to chat, invariably striking up a rapport because of some connection or other.
Such was the case when I first met Angel as he used to live and work in Harrogate, my own home town so it was a great pleasure to see him again when we went along to sample the delights of the Oyster Catcher.
The motto here has always been “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients!”
This is exactly what we enjoyed. Good wholesome dishes, in plentiful servings, fresh bowls of vegetables, local wine, flavoursome food and swift friendly service.
Angel wants the menu to be affordable and the drinks too. We loved our bottle of red Vina Norte, the award-winning fruity Canary wine which is 15.50 euros but there are many other choices, including the house wine for 11.95 euros.
The menu is very much the same as before, with recognisable dishes with a bit of a slant such as the starter of “Clonakility-style black pudding” which is a griddled black pudding with a mixed fruit coulis layered on a bed of tomatoes and leaves for 6.50 euros or the main of Salmon Oyster Catcher (fillet of poached salmon, masked with a creamy leek and saffron sauce) for 10.50 euros or perhaps “Lamb Chops pan fried with onions” finished with the restaurant’s special gravy and mashed potatoes for 15.50 euros.
For starters, we opted for Shrimp Cocktail Salad (8.50 euros) and Mushrooms Ali Oli (five euros), both of which were delicious.
For mains, there are always specials, as well salads, pasta , fish and meat with dishes to suit all budgets. A Tagliatelle Carbonara for instance, is 8.50 euros and Roast Leg of Lamb with Yorkshire pudding and stock gravy is 8.95 euros.
The steaks are more expensive but we found the Fillet Steak Roquefort (19.50 euros) and the Rump Steak Flambe (15.50 euros) very tender and tasty.They came with a choice of potatoes or chips and a bowl of fresh carrots, cabbage and peas.
It has always been a feature of this restaurant to have dishes flambeed in front of customers and this continues. In fact, Angel is having new flambe apparatus especially construc-ted in the north of the island because of the importance he places on this element of the Oyster Catcher.
There’s always something fascinating about watching your food or your dessert “go up in flames” so the speak.
We could have had a flambe dessert, such as the strawberries, but opted for a most delicious home-made apple pie with some lovely custard and ice-cream and a very naughty but nice chocolate fudge cake. These dishes are all home-made and fresh.
There’s a certaim buzz about this restaurant with a nice atmosphere and subdued lighting at night. It’s very accessible, being 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.
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 is open 9am to 11pm every day.