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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Spanish Wine & Tapas with the Glasgow School of Wine Event (Glasgow) : Review

36 Cambridge Street
Glasgow G2 3HN, UK

V: 4th September 2018     T:  01786 396 044  W: www.glasgowwineschool.com


Tonight I was invited back to try one of the Glasgow School of Wine’s other events, tonight was Spanish wines with tapas.

Tonight was held in a different location from my other, this time the Hilton. The Glasgow School of Wine will use both locations, to host their events so do check the details if you’re going.

On arrival again I noticed some paper and a pen on the tables, so I knew what was coming…..wonder how well I would do this time round.

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Just like the last event, I attended the Glasgow School of Wine (Posh vs Plonk) there were several glasses on the table in front of me with white and red wine.

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…but this time round there were tapas to the side, and they looked very good but I was good and kept them for the wines.

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And it starts…

From the start to the end of the night we went through each wine, and the tutor was telling a little history and the tastes and what tapas matched the types of wines.

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This was very fun as I got to hear more about where the wine came from, and what colour of wine to pair with my food.

There were some winners tonight with the wine selection for me, and at some point, I will be trying them at home.

Overall

This is a very fun and educational event, again I went in not knowing anything about Spanish wines or the tastes. I came out knowing some information on the wines, and have a few favourites from tonights tasting that I would buy.

Check these guys out www.glasgowwineschool.com as I will definitely be doing another course or two.

Thanks again to everyone at the School for my invite.

Cheers

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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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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