Spain is a lovely country with brilliant food.
Regrettably, getting there usually involves a budget airline and that seems a stiff price to pay for even the best patatas bravas.
Instead of checking in, we suggest you check out this Big Deal on a tremendous tapas meal at the Café Andaluz restaurants in Glasgow’s city centre and west end, and the George IV Bridge branch in Edinburgh.
Decked out with stained glass lamps, colourful ceramics and Moorish tiles, the Café Andaluz restaurants each have a lively, buzzy ambience which would give a Seville fiesta a good run for its money.
If you are looking for some Andalucian warmth without braving the boarding queue, this Big Deal is the passport.
The offer is for two people to share five tapas plus a dessert each from the Big Deal menu at one of the branches of Café Andaluz in Glasgow city centre or west end, or Edinburgh’s newest on George IV Bridge.
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 pork and beef meatballs in a rich tomato sauce; traditional thick cut grilled 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.
‘Tapas de Vegetales’ stretch from the cracking Spanish omelette and patatas bravas via grilled asparagus served with shaved Manchego cheese, lemon Hollandaise and crushed black pepper to roasted Padron peppers served with coarse sea salt.
Popular desserts include the praline cheesecake served with a salted caramel and honeycomb tuile, and crème brûlée.
Some dishes incur a supplement, and the menu is subject to change.
The Café Andaluz restaurants are among the most popular 5pm restaurants in Glasgow. Between them, they have been given slightly fewer than 5000 ratings from 5pm customers. Those ratings tot up to give them both a whopping combined score of 4.4/5.
This is what a couple of recent visitors to the city centre branch of Café Andaluz Glasgow thought of their experiences:
‘Excellent food and atmosphere and brilliant service. Highly recommend it.’ Rating 4.6/5
‘Smiling. Been before, never disappointed.’ Rating 5/5
Available until 15th November, this Big Deal is a chance to sample the huge tapas menu at Café Andaluz, then top off the night with a tasty dessert.
It would make a fab gift for any couple who’d enjoy cosying up over shared small plate dishes, or for a special person who’ll take you along with them.