Barca (Glasgow) : Review


2nd Floor
Princes Square
48 Buchanan Street
G1 3JN


0141 248 6555


Visit Date : 22nd March 2017

I had not been to Barca in over a year, not due to any bad reason just I have been trying other places since then so it was time to go back.

I had an itison deal this visit. “Authentic Spanish paella for two plus a carafe of wine to share at Barca Tapas & Cava Bar”

As always I can’t just stick to the voucher, I have to also order a little something else so while we waited for the paella to be ready (about 30-40mins) we ordered a starter.

Starter :

Tostadas topped with sauteed wild mushrooms, chilli and honey

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I am not a fan of mushrooms..then why did I order this you’re thinking. I am trying to start to eat better and healthier….not all the time but slowly be better with my eating habits.

I decided to order this and see what it was like.

This was actually really nice, it was a perfect starter size and had a really nice flavour. The honey and the chilli added a little extra to the flavour, and I would have this again.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 4

The paella….

King prawns, calamari, mussels, chicken and chorizo

I won’t comment on how much this normally is as I was using a voucher.

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This was to share, and takes roughly about 30 to 40mins to prepare.

This was a good sized portion, but I could have easily had this all to myself.

The calamari was cooked perfectly as it wasn’t that rubbery way, and the chorizo just added extra flavour.

Flavour was really good you could take everything, normally with fish dishes one ingredient is overpowering everything the rice, sauce etc but this was just right.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5

The Wine…



This was a very nice and light rose wine, and was perfect with the paella.

Overall :

Overall tonight was a nice relaxing evening.

With the voucher it was value for money, but even without it I feel if you were to share the paella and split the bill its good value for money.

The eventing was a very nice one, service and atmosphere was good and we both enjoyed our meal.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service :4
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4.5
  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 4.5

Sorrento (West End) : Review



360 Byres Road
G12 8AY


0141 334 3333


Visit Date : Thursday 30th March 2017

I have been visiting the West End of Glasgow a lot more recently, as I have been spending time there with my girlfriend.

I had seen this restaurant a few times, and thought I should visit it sometime. When i got an email through from Itison for 2 mains for £10 for Sorrento I couldn’t not get it.

First Impressions :

On entering you go a staircase that is nicely decorated, and gives you that Italian feel.

On entering the restaurant you can see how nice it is in here, its got a very Italian / Mediterranean look and feel I was very impressed and instantly felt relaxed.

I love Italian food so I was looking forward to my meal tonight.

Main :


Risotto Pescatora

I won’t mention the cost as I was using a voucher.

I love Risotto so I am very fussy when I order it from any restaurant.

I opted for the fish risotto, to see how here does it and also how they work with flavours.

The Risotto was nice, it was cooked perfectly and the taste was very nice. The flavour of the fish wasn’t fully there, as the sauce took over more but it was a very nice dish.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Side Note : my girlfriend ordered the Spaghetti Carbonara and I tried some, this was again just OK but seemed to be drowning in peppercorns which killed the taste for me and her and also mad her cough a lot. This should not be this way, the pepper should be added once it arrives at the table to the amount the customer wants not added when making the dish.

Dessert :

Have to have dessert when you go out, as everyone including me can always find room for something sweet.


Tiramisu £?

The Tiramisu arrived and I liked the presentation, so I was hoping it tasted as good as it looked. I can’t remember what the cost of this was, but it was around the £5.00 area

It was just OK, for me it didn’t have enough coffee flavour as it should have had. It was very creamy, and also had a lot of sugar on the top of the dessert.

Portion Size : 4
Flavour : 3.5
Presentation : 4


Overall :

Overall my visit was a nice visit, it did have its ups and downs mostly due to the flavour of my dishes tonight.

For me I don’t know if I will return, I normally give a place 2 visits then decided so maybe I would try a pizza when and if I return.

I am glad I tried here with a voucher, as I feel tonight it helped with the bill and it was value for money with the voucher.

  • Child Friendly : Yes
  • Wheelchair Access : No
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 3.5
  • Portion Sizes : 4.5
  • Taste : 3.5
  • Atmosphere : 4.5
  • Value for money : 5 (As had voucher)
  • Overall : 3

Balloch House Hotel Restaurant : Review



Balloch Road
G83 8LQ

Visit Date : 2nd April 2017
Today I attended the Lomond Shores SpringFest17 event, and after working up an appetite we all went for dinner.
This was my first time eating in here, my parents and my friends parents have been a few times but for me it was the first so I was looking forward to seeing what it was like.

Starter :

Blacksticks Blue cheese fondue £4.95
with vegetables and toasted rustic bread (V)


I decided after being a little bit of a pig today at the event, I would try and have a slightly healthier dinner….yes I did say slightly.

This was a perfect size for a starter, it wasn’t too filling that you would start thinking “oh I might not finish my main”.

The blue cheese dip was very nice, could have been a little stronger for me but thats just a personal thing.

The amount of vegetables you got with the dip, it could have had a few more as there was still lots of dip left over.

Overall it was a good starter and I would have it again.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 3.5
Presentation : 3

Main :

Broad bean and asparagus risotto £9.45
with roasted vine tomatoes and Gran Moravia cheese


For me this would have been a perfect risotto if it doesn’t have such large chunks of asparagus in it, if they were cute down to very small chunks it would be been really nice.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 4

Overall :

Overall todays meal was ok, if the risotto had smaller chunks of asparagus rather than the full thing and many of them I would have really had a nice meal.

I would go back here for dinner, and maybe try a few other items off the menu.

  • Child Friendly : Yes (only if they are well behaved)
  • Cash/Credit Card : Both
  • Service : 4
  • The portion sizes & taste : 4
  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Value for money : 5
  • Overall : 4