On a day trip to Glasgow this weekend, I found a tempting tapas restaurant in the attractive Princes Square. I am a huge fan of Spanish tapas, and have my favourites in Spain. I am frequently tempted to try it at home in the UK and elsewhere on my travels, but sadly I am often disappointed.
It was a cold and wet day in Glasgow (so what’s new?) so I had moved inside Princes Square, a pleasant shopping centre with lots of warm wood tones and bright shop fronts. There are several eateries up on the second floor and I was attracted to Barça because I needed a reminder of sunny Spain, plus it had tables on the balcony. I wasn’t very hungry but tapas makes a perfect a snack.
I grabbed a table right on the edge of the balcony so I could people watch and ordered a pleasant glass of cava.
The service was efficient and friendly, but my waitress had to reel off a long list of dishes that were no longer available, including my favourite, padron peppers. Very disappointing as it was only about 2 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, and I noticed that the list got longer for each new arrival. Undeterred, however, I ordered patatas bravas and eggs with chorizo, plus a glass of white rioja. Unfortunately there was very little choice of wine by the glass; they had one of my favourite Spanish whites on the menu (Martin Codax Albarino) but sadly only by the bottle.
After not too long a wait the food arrived. The patatas bravas looked pretty good, if slightly overcooked. The sauteed eggs with chorizo were worryingly grey in colour. But I have learned not to set my expectations to high for tapas outside Spain so I tucked in regardless. The potatoes were too soft but the sauces were good. The eggs and chorizo tasted good despite their odd colour. All in all, a pretty good lunch at a reasonable price.
Posted as part of the WordPress photo challenge: lunchtime.