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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La Laterna 1 Year Birthday Party : Event Review

447 Great Western Road
Glasgow G12 8HH

T:  0141 334 0686  W: lalanternawestend.co.uk

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


The guys at La Laterna were lovely to invite me to their 1-year birthday party, and I couldn’t miss this as I love Italian food and it sounded fun.

I have been here several times but only ever done one review (you can view it here).

For me, up until last time, it was just so-so, and my last visit was nice. Don’t get me wrong, I am not sure why I felt this way but it was just how I felt so I was looking forward to going back and trying the food again.

Tonight we were told there would be food to sample, tapas style which was in keeping with the new menu and some cocktails plus music….this sounded like a fun night.

Arrived…

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Inside is very cosy, it’s not the biggest restaurant but has a really nice atmosphere.

The Food

The food was served up in a buffet style which was perfect for tonight’s party, that way everyone could help themselves to what they wanted and how much

I was told tonight that here was changing their menu to be Italian Tapas, which I think is a good idea as its becoming a very popular trend.

They brought out round 1 of the food, so I headed up and took a little of everything.

Round 2

Round 3 & 4

Round 4

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As you can see everyone tonight was spoiled, and very very well fed.

The food tonight some will be found on the new menu, and some were just for tonight. Due to this, I will tell you the ones I liked from the above.

I narrowed it down to my top 5 from tonight.

The first looked like a small calzone, and it basically was and the flavour was so so good!!! so good I had to have 3 🙂 Next was Arancini and WOW so so good again!! the flavours were perfect and again I was a little greedy and had 3 🙂

The pasta came out near the end and it was worth the wait, there were three types I only sampled two. One was a meatball pasta and one was a crab/prawn pasta, both the flavours were perfect and very very moreish.

Overall :

I am very impressed with everything tonight, and more so the food! The last few times I have been here I enjoyed the food but thought it was just ok…..tonight really changed my mind and can’t wait to come back to try more of the new menu.

I am very happy I got this invite and could be part of the celebration with everyone tonight, congratulations to everyone and thanks again 🙂

See you soon!!

Grazie mille

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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