Ah Andalucia! The golden sunshine; the romance of the white-washed villages in the hills and, who can forget, the unmistakeable smell of the all-day full English breakfast bars of Torriemolinos.
If you fancy a bit of Andalucian atmosphere but without the lager, lager, lager mentality of the more gaudy Spanish tourist traps then family-friendly Cafe Andaluz is for you.
With well-established branches in Glasgow’s West End and city centre as well as the latest restaurant on Edinburgh’s George Street, the Cafe Andaluz restaurants offer a cracking line in authentic Spanish tapas in a decor which has much more in common with the bodegas of Sevilla than the bars of Central Scotland.
While the Moorish lampshades and Spanish wood carvings are eye-catching, it’s the tapas that hold the attention. From roast Padron peppers to strips of beef pan-fried with mushrooms, garlic and rosemary via the prawns in chilli and garlic, the three branches of Cafe Andaluz have plenty of choice on offer. Factor in desserts such as the crème brulee, raspberry pavlova or the selection of Spanish cheeses and you’re looking at a wallet-friendly, lip-smacking foodie fiesta.
If you fancy a little taste of Andalucia for less that it would cost for the price of the taxi to the airport the today’s Big Deal hits the bull’s eye.
Just to jog your memory, the Big Deal is £20 for any five tapas and two desserts per couple at any branch of Cafe Andaluz; a saving of 50% on the standard price of £40.