Elena’s Spanish Bar & Restaurant (Glasgow, West End) : Review

90 Old Dumbarton Road
Glasgow G3 8PZ

V: 31st August 2018      T:  0141 237 4730  W: www.elenastapas.com

Child-friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


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I don’t tend to go for Spanish a lot when I eat out, to be honest, I really don’t know why it just tends to be Italian, Chinese or Indian…

I was walking around the West End today and saw a sign advertising this restaurant, so I thought let’s walk up to see what it looks like.

On entering, it looked very nice, and everyone looked very relaxed….so I opted to stay and have dinner.

The Food…

They recommend that you order a few dishes, as they are tapas and small…plus you can always order more if you’re still hungry.

Tapas

Chorizo a la sidra (GF) £6.00
Chorizo in cider

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These I have to start by saying come looking like this, normally they are finely sliced but now was the time to taste.

These were the best Chorizo I have had, and I really enjoyed them plus the sauce….mmm perfect!

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Albondigas de ternera caseras £6.00
Homemade beef meatballs

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This for me looked a good portion size and smelled really good so I couldn’t wait to try them.

From start to finish these were cooked perfect, and full of flavour and very easy and light to eat.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Patatas: bravas o ali-oli (V GF) £4.50
Fried potatoes with spicy sauce or alioli

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Again another very good sized portion.

Hmm for me these were a little bland, the sauce did help add that little flavour.

For me just a little too bland so I am not sure I would order this dish again.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 2.5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 3

Croquetas de morcilla £5.00
Black pudding croquettes

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This was very nicely presented, and very nicely prepared.

Basically, the haggis was turned in to a puree, so the texture was not what you expect but wow this is so good.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Crema Catalana £5.00
The original creme brulee

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This looked very nice when it was placed on the table, and one of my fav desserts.

This was very nice, and I could have easily had seconds.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Elena’s Blackberry and Thyme Sparkle £5.00
House gin, fresh blackberry puree and cava

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This cocktail was recommended by the staff tonight, so I thought let’s give it a go.

This was a very easy cocktail to drink, and one that was very very nice.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Overall

My first visit here was really good, the food was very nice, the service was good and the atmosphere was very relaxing.

I am now going to have here on my top spots and is now my number 1 for Spanish food.

I will be back soon guys 🙂

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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Zizzi (Glasgow) : Review

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31 Royal Exchange Square
Glasgow G1 3AJ

V: 28th August 2018      T:  0141 261 1065  W: www.zizzi.co.uk

Child Friendly: Yes (well behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have not been to a Zizzi’s for a very long, but tonight I was going to an event that was being held in here by the Glasgow Wine School.

This Zizz’s is kinda new…kinda….as its now in the location the old Waterstones used to be (if your old enough like me to remember it).

Its very nice inside, and had a very nice relaxing atmosphere.

Main Course

Rustica Primavera £11.95
Goat’s cheese, artichokes, spinach, fire-roasted peppers, olives, mozzarella, balsamic tomatoes, super green pesto & rocket on our wholemeal, white & spelt base.

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Tonight I decided to go for a slightly healthier pizza than I normally would.

For something very healthy for me, it actually was very tasty and very nice.

Its not the best pizza I have had, but I would defo come back and get this again as the flavours were nice and I loved the pesto flavour.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 5

Overall

After being a little hesitant going back to Zizzi, I was pleasantly surprised. The reason I didn’t go back was I found the food started to taste very bland and boring.

Tonight that made me change my mind, and I would go back to try other foods.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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BrewDog (Glasgow, West End) : Review

1397 Argyle Street
Glasgow G3 8AN

V: 26th August 2018      T:  0141 334 7175  W: www.brewdog.com/bars/uk/glasgow

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have always walked past here and looked in and wondered what it was like, so today finally went in and also had a beer.

Inside had a nice cool and funky atmosphere, people were chatting, eating and also playing tabletop games which is very cool.

The Food…

Burger

Chipotle Chorizo £9.50
sesame and poppy seeded brioche bun, 7oz beef brisket patty, chorizo, padron peppers & chipotle mayo

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This sounded really nice, and looked ok when it arrived so it was time to taste.

Hmmm not as nice as it sounded.

This needed a lot!!!! more chipotle mayo and chorizo as the flavour was just there and no more….

Little dissapointed as it sounded really good.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 2.5
Presentation : 4
Value for Money : 3.5

Beer…

Very Big Moose £9.99

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OH! MY! GOD!!! this is my favourite beer ever!!!! it’s 12% and tastes like chocolate and very smooth…..

Yeah, its a little costly but so so so good.

Overall

Overall it was a mixed visit, the burger was just ok….will try a different one next time but the beer WOW this made my day and visit.

The beer was the best!!! cant wait to have this again!!

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 3.5
  • Value for Money: 3.5
  • Overall : 4

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