Barca (Glasgow) : Review

Princes Square
48 Buchanan Street
2nd Floor, Glasgow G1 3JN

V: 25th February 2018      T:  0141 248 6555  W: www.barcatapas.co.uk

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


The last time I was here, I tried a few things so today I was meeting a friend and gave him the option of where to eat and he selected Barca.

So today I went back to Barca…

I spotted they had a deals menu where you could get 3 dishes for a specific cost, this is perfect for me as it means I get to try 3 new dishes and the cost won’t be too expensive.

DEAL : Any 3 tapas from £12.95 per person

The Food…

Pequena Hamburguesa £N/A
Two beef sliders, toasted brioche bun, chilli jam.

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Yup I know I have had these before, but I thought will they be as good as the first time? lets try and find out.

OK, so they were very nice but the burger today wasn’t as juicy as it was last time so for me it was nice but not as nice as the last time.

I upgraded to the Manchego cheese for an extra £1, it was nice but as I said the burgers were not as juicy today.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 4
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Choricitos Barca Tapas £NA
Spanish sausage, onions, peppers and red wine

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OK another dish I had last time but this is just too good not to have!!

Just like last time YUM!!!!

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Paella De Pescado £NA
Spanish rice dish with prawn, mussels and calamari

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Yeah this was on the menu! I even asked the guy and he explained it was a smaller size to the normal dish….so I had to try and see what it was like.

Just like the bigger version of this dish, I loved this and just be careful its very filling so if you want to order this make sure your other dishes are not going to be too heavy for you.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : N/A

Overall

Another really enjoyable time at Barca, the atmosphere was good and the food from this offer menu was really good.

Next time I would probably try something else instead of the sliders now, but lets wait and see.

See you 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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Brel (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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39 Ashton Lane
Glasgow G12 8SJ
UK

V: 7th August 2017      T: (0141) 342 4966     W: www.brelbar.com

Child Friendly: Yes      Accepts: Cash & Card


There are still lots of places in the West End of Glasgow that I have not tried, so tonight was my time to try Brel.

This was my first time here, and my first impression was this is a very nice looking place. I saw they had a beer garden, and this looked very nice and probably nicer when the sun is out.

The Food :

Tonights visit I used a recent purchase from Itison, it was a main each but I can’t comment on the cost as my girlfriend purchased this and I didn’t ask.

Food time….

1/2 Rack of BBQ baby back ribs with slaw £7.50

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I have my favourite place in town for ribs, so I thought lets see how Brel does them.

On arrival presentation was ok, the smell was very good and visually it looked very nice….now to see how they tasted.

These were very nice, the meat just slide off the bone which is the way it should be and the BBQ sauce added that extra flavour.

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

Brel’s Seafood ‘Paella’ made with pearl barley, pan fried sea trout, mussels, squid & saffron £N/A (part of the itison offer)

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This dish sounded nice, but I did fail to spot it wasn’t rice and it was using pearl barley.

Visually on arrival it looked nice, but thats when I noticed it wasn’t a normal Paella.

The fish smell wasn’t as strong as I would have liked, but I dug in and gave it a shot. For me this was just so so, I even had to add salt and pepper for me to give it that little bit of flavour (which I don’t normally do).

I personally wouldn’t order this again, as for me it was a very disappointing. I think if I had spotted it was made with pearl barley instead of rice I would have just ordered a burger or another dish.

Portion Size : 5
Value for Money : n/a
Flavour : 2
Presentation : 4

Belgian Waffle with your choice of topping (Banana, chocolate and Vanilla ice cream) £5.50

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There is always room for sweets 🙂

This sounded good on paper and looked good, but did it taste as good as it looks?

I couldn’t wait to dig in as I love chocolate and have a very sweet tooth.

So….first thing I noticed was the waffle was a little difficult to cut, maybe its pre-made and been sitting? not sure but waffles should be soft. Secondly the waffle should have been warm, it wasn’t so these two factors made what could have been a great end to the meal just so so.

These two points could be my own personal opinion, you may like your waffles done like this but for me if these got corrected it would be a really nice dish.

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

Overall :

Overall my first visit was just ok, it had its ups and its downs.

Would I go back? I will give Brel one more shot at some point as I feel it may have just been a bad selection on my part and I will order something else.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu : 5
  • Service : 5
  • The portion sizes & taste : 3.5
  • Value for money: 4
  • Overall : 3

Barca (Glasgow) : Review

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2nd Floor
Princes Square
48 Buchanan Street
Glasgow
G1 3JN

Telephone

0141 248 6555

Website

www.barcatapas.co.uk

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 :

TOSTADA CON SETAS £4.75
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….

PAELLA DE VALENCIA
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…

FUENTE VERDE, GARNACHA ROSADO, CARIÑENA

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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