What a nice surprise when we walked into CK´S BISTRO on Friday night! From the outside it just looks like a normal tourist café, but this only belies the ambiance inside. We were met by shiny clean polished tables, tastefully set in dark blue, the cutlery and glasses were sparkling clean as was everything else about the place, no stale smell of cooking, even the air was slightly perfumed and clean.
The staff and owners were very polite and friendly, advising us on the menu and wine. Having given our order, we were then served the house red wine, which was surprisingly delightful, unlike some I´ve experienced!
Whilst waiting for our meal, we were served hors d’oeuvres of Serrano Ham on little slices of bread, accompanied with a dip of olives and a slightly spicy sauce. It was most unexpected and with the compliments of the owner chef Craig, not just for us, but offered to every diner, whilst waiting for their order.
We had a good look at the menu, which again was delightful with each and every item mouth-watering to read. We finally ordered the steak pie, which when it came, was pleasing to the eye. It is true that we first eat with our eye´s, but the presentation was excellent. We purposely went for the more basic meal, but when it was put in front of us, we were so impressed. It really had to be seen to be believed! As for the taste, well I personally can cook and can be very critical, but the pie melted in my mouth! It was actually homemade, not bought in like most restaurant´s do these days neither was it micro waved to destruction, it was freshly made that day and the vegetables were just perfect.
Then we were offered the sweet menu, we both went for the lemon panna cotta. It was served with a fruit of the forest syrup which again was just amazing. What a delight!
Chef Craig was like a mother hen, he is certainly very proud of his food and achievements with his Bistro and his wife is 100% with him as are all the staff. It is very evident that they are fastidious and caring about their business, however, Craig would say, “It´s not just a business to him, it is his pride and joy to serve the best,” and we certainly got it.
You can find the CK´S BISTRO down the passage at the side of the Bamboo Bar in Los Gigantes