Do you like a good read? Then you’ll find The Olive Garden menu a bumper page turner. It’s packed with home made food delights and now available in a second Tenerife home, they have opened a bigger more open plan bakery, patisserie, and restaurant on the first floor of the Pasarela Commercial Centre below La Pepa food market in Los Cristianos.
As a regular visitor to the original on the old beach promenade, Paseo Maritimo, I was pleased to see my favourite friends the daily Balti Curry Club (just €7.95) and the daily chicken, beef, or turkey roast (from €7.95). The Balti Club has its own booklet to chronicle all the variations that include basmati rice, mini naan bread, and an onion bhaji.
The bright new premises with an outside balcony terrace has added some new attractions, an ice cream section boosts the desserts and takeaways and their always popular home baked farmhouse loaf is now joined with white, gluten free, and granary options in loaves and rolls. Pork pies and large, bulging pasties were going like hot cakes and just a few weeks before Christmas mince pies were also being snapped up as soon as they were baked.
I decided to Christen the new place by diving into the €12.95 three course evening menu that starts at 5pm. Italian cream of tomato soup won my vote, it was creamy, tasty, and gave me a chance to try some of the crumbly and light fresh bread, the beer battered, or garlic mushrooms would have to wait for another visit. The lemon and parmesan chicken schnitzel beat off the temptations of steak meat loaf, and Jamaica Jerk BBQ chicken skewers, and fillet of tuna steak among others. The schnitzel was delicious, the taste of the herbs, and the garlic and lemon dip complimented the mashed potatoes and vegetables.
The sweet choice was another dilemma, double chocolate fudge cake, and pancake with sauce and cream tried to divert me from my first choice of home made treacle tart with squirty cream, my preference to pouring cream. This brought back a few memories of a childhood favourite, crisp, tangy, and with a crunchy base.
Reciting The Olive Garden extensive menu would need a better memory than mine so here are a few highlights. Breakfasts have some nice twists, the British version (€5.95) has the usual fried favourites plus a black and a white pudding, there are two Scottish versions, both including a lorne sausage. Friday is fish day, Atlantic battered cod, chunky chips, garden peas, and some chunks of that home made bread to make a sneaky chip buttie. The increased room at the new restaurant also allows them to produce their own sauces, piccalilli, and salad dressing, already proving winners with the take away customers.
The Olive Garden, Pasarela Commercial Centre, Los Cristianos; open noon to close every day, except Tuesdays – closes at 4pm.
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