What makes it special: Formerly a supper club hosted in a London flat by owners Don Carlos and Doṅa Mel, The Bistro opened in Costa Teguise in 1989 and quickly earned a reputation as one of Costa Teguise’s hottest restaurants.
On the menu: Chef Mel has devised a five-course and a seven-course tasting menu featuring signature dishes of flamed Cornish mackerel and buttermilk fried chicken and plenty of delights from her homeland, such as haggis doughnuts. Another classic is the warm blood orange dessert with ewe’s milk yoghurt mousse and wild fennel granite.
What’s the vibe? The restaurant interior fits in with its coastal surrounds, with a laidback, casual décor and open kitchen. Carlos and Mel wanted a relaxed atmosphere where customers don’t feel hassled by staff, so they leave diners to top up their own wine and water and to enjoy each other’s company.
New ventures: The duo are planning on opening a second restaurant in Puerto del Carmen, this time focusing on ‘Britalian’ cuisine – Italian with a British twist.
Bonus point: The Bistro was one of the first restaurants to adopt a ticketing system, with reservations paid for in advance and extras added on the night.