There is a reason why Santa replaces his scarlet hat with a jaunty sombrero in January – he’s on his way to his annual holiday in Spain.
And while not all of us can jet off to España in the new year, you can certainly treat a loved one to the flavours of the country as a Christmas gift.
How so? With today’s Big Deal for a tapas meal for two with desserts at Cafe Andaluz, which offers a choice of venues in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Choice of three locations
With this Big Deal, two people can dine at Cafe Andaluz in Glasgow’s city centre and West End or at the George IV Bridge branch in Edinburgh’s Old Town.
Decked out with stained glass lamps, colourful ceramics and Moorish tiles, all Cafe Andaluz restaurants have a lively, buzzy ambience which would give a Seville fiesta a good run for its money.
The offer is for two people to share five tapas plus a dessert each from the Big Deal menu at Cafe Andaluz in Glasgow or Edinburgh.
With just under thirty different tapas to choose from, the only tough part of this offer will be making your mind up.
Tapas feast for two
There is plenty to tempt diners at Cafe Andaluz.
The popular seafood section includes dishes like the crisp-fried baby squid served with garlic mayonnaise & lemon; the fresh mussels cooked in white wine, shallots, garlic & finished with fresh cream, and the freshly marinated anchovies.
The carnes section has options such as the spiced pork and beef meatballs in a rich tomato sauce; the traditional thick-cut grilled black pudding with onion & 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 & chorizo dressing.
‘Tapas de Vegetales’ stretch from the cracking Spanish omelette and patatas bravas to the grilled asparagus served with shaved Manchego cheese, lemon Hollandaise & 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 the crème brûlée.
Menus can change and some dishes will have a supplement.
The Café Andaluz restaurants are popular 5pm dining spots. This is what a few recent visitors to the Glasgow city centre branch had to say:
‘I love the relaxed environment of Cafe Andaluz, and not feeling like I am rushed through my meal. I have never had a bad meal here.’ 5/5
‘We always enjoy Cafe Andaluz and this visit was no exception! It is a busy, noisy restaurant but the staff are very friendly and the food is excellent so we go back again and again.’ 5/5
‘We arrived a bit early for our booking but there was no problem seating the four of us. The staff members who served us were friendly and courteous. Our food was served within a reasonable time and was really delicious. The portions were substantial for tapas and we were pleased with the variety of dishes we chose. We lingered quite long but there was no suggestion that we should leave. We will definitely go back.’ 5/5
Christmas gift for dining lovers
Available until 22nd March 2019, 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.