The holiday season may be fading faster than the tan but you can rekindle that fiesta feeling with today’s Big Deal on a tapas feast for two at Cafe Andaluz, Glasgow city centre and West End or Cafe Andaluz Edinburgh.
The first of Glasgow’s two Cafe Andaluz tapas restaurants, the Cresswell Lane branch has long been a favourite eating out destination in the West End.
Decked out with stained glass lamps, carved wooden furniture and alcoves filled with colourful ceramics, it looks like the interior of a stylish, white-washed hacienda in Andalucia.
The city centre Cafe Andaluz is just as atmospheric. Moorish tiles and lanterns give the St Vincent Place restaurant that authentic Andalucian feel. Add in a lively, buzzy ambience and you could be in downtown Granada.
Having already proved wildly successful in Glasgow, it was only a matter of time before the Cafe Andaluz Spanish tapas group established itself in Edinburgh. Opened in 2008, the George Street Cafe Andaluz restaurant is the largest in the group of three but it is having no difficulties in filling its seats with Edinburgh tapas fans.
The offer is for two people to share five tapas plus a dessert each from the Big Deal menu. The offer is available Sunday to Friday.
With just under thirty different tapas to choose from, the only tough part of this Big Deal will be making your mind up.
The popular seafood section includes dishes such as crisp fried baby squid served with garlic mayonnaise and lemon; fresh mussels cooked in white wine, shallots, garlic and finished with fresh cream as well as freshly marinated anchovies.
The carnes section of the menu has options such as spiced lamb meatballs in a rich tomato sauce; sliced Andalucian black pudding with onion and apple chutney or, and this is a big fave with the Big Deal team, spicy beef on a bed of rocket with a manchego cheese and chorizo dressing.
Veggie choices stretch from the cracking Spanish omelette and patatas bravas via grilled asparagus served with shaved Manchego cheese, olive oil and capers to roasted Padron peppers served with coarse sea salt.
There is a supplementary charge of £1 on each of the two prawn dishes on the menu and a £2 supplement on the solomillo beef dish. £2 supplement also applies on cheese board dessert.
The Cafe Andaluz restaurants are among the most popular 5pm restaurants in Glasgow.
This is what a few recent customers had to say after visiting Cafe Andaluz on St Vincent Place:
‘Just like Spain. Six of us enjoyed a nice friendly welcome, enthusiastic, patient staff, great selection of tasty tapas at reasonable prices. Very nice ambience, what more could you ask for?’ Rating 5/5
‘Excellent as always!!’ Rating 4.6/5
‘Yum as always! The food is always good and the service was excellent’ Rating 4.6/5