I have always thought what a shame it is that Santa Cruz has that fabulous Auditorio de Adán Martín, an icon of the city, and it’s only ever open for performances so thousands of visitors to the city only ever get to walk around the outside. With the opening of Bravo! café bistro, all that has changed. Under the culinary auspices of Chef Lucas Maes whose La Orotava restaurant is one of the gastronomic highlights of Tenerife, Bravo! bistro opened its doors in December and last week, Jack and I went along to see if it lives up to its spectacular setting.
Bravo! is housed within the Auditorio’s large refreshment hall with an outside terrace whose wonderful views stretch from the Black Castle to the snow capped peak of Mount Teide and across the water to the Palmetum Botanic Gardens. You can choose to sit in full sun, to seek the shade of the sweeping arc of the auditorium or to remain within the hall itself either at a table or at the New York deli style counter.
There’s a small, show kitchen and the menu is a salivating selection of sandwiches, tapas, fresh pastas and creative salads with a few more substantial dishes like grilled sirloin steak with Café de Paris butter, salad and chips. There are plenty of choices for vegetarians too. There’s also a selection of home made cakes and desserts that, if you’re watching your weight, you really should avoid eye contact with.
I chose green salad with chicken and croutons in a warm, green curry vinaigrette and Jack chose slow cooked spare ribs in barbecue sauce. A glass of chilled Tacoronte white in hand, we sat back and enjoyed the view while the chef prepared our lunch.
Looking around at the other clientele, a mix of Santacruceros and cruise passengers, we were amazed to spot a group of four Spanish occupying a table in the sun who had ordered drinks and were now tucking into their packed lunches. Expecting the waitress to admonish them, we were gobsmacked to see that, instead, she politely cleared their banana skins and used foil away and brought them another round of drinks. Had that happened in the UK they would have been shown the door, err, had there been one.
My salad was tender chunks of warm chicken lining a bowl, topped with crispy green leaves and a tower of savoury, crunchy crouton rectangles, all dressed in a warm Thai curry dressing. It took immense will power not to lick the plate. Jack’s spare ribs had been slow cooked for 17 hours so that the flesh fell from the bone and melted in the mouth in a smoky barbecue sauce. The chips were home made, crispy and dangerously good. A large slice of home made carrot cake rounded lunch off nicely, its moist, gingery sponge and buttery topping sending my cake-starved endorphins into ecstasy.
With coffees to finish, our bill came to €29. Not a cheap lunch, but one that was worth every centimo even had it been served in some faceless restaurant. Here in Santa Cruz, housed in the fabulous Auditorio with the sun dancing on the Atlantic, it was nothing less than a bargain.
Bravo! Auditorio de Tenerife, Avenida Constitución,1; (+34) 922 56 86 00; open Sun-Wed 9am-4pm, Thurs-Sat 9am-7.30pm. Live music with brunch at the weekends.
Category : food and drink
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