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Monday, 5 November 2012

Review - Torres Tapas Restaurant, Glasgow

Torres Tapas Restaurant & Wine Bar, Glasgow
This weekend I have been busy helping LittleGems Jewellery with some of the many Christmas craft events that she will be attending over the coming seven weeks. After a long day at an event at Cottiers Theatre organised by the Glasgow Crafters Co-operative in Glasgow's West End, we made our way into the city centre to make use of a voucher that had been given to Nicola for her birthday a few weeks ago.

As many of you may already know, Nicola and me both love tapas. We have eaten at Torres once before and were very surprised at the authenticity and quality of the tapas that they served up, so were both looking forward to returning tonight.

Torres have been offering various deals through Groupon and other deal websites, tonight our voucher was good for any six tapas dishes to share plus a dessert each. The menu has a wide range of traditional Spanish tapa and paella, as well as some Mexican influenced dishes. After ordering the house sangria, which was prepared to order, we picked Croquettas de Pollo, Patatas Bravas, Ensalada de Queso de Cabra, Pinchitos de Pollo y Gambas, Chorizo y Butifarra Negro, and Gambas Pil Pil.

Patatas Bravas, Butifarra & Chorizo, Croquettas de Pollo
Gambas PilPil, Pintxos de Pollo
As we waited for our food to be prepared, we began to wind down with our sangria, a great blend of red wine, lemonade and plenty of chopped apple, lime & lemon. It didn't take long before our tapas began making their way to the table. The patatas bravas were crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and covered in a rich smoky tomato sauce. The salad was good mix of dressed leaves and red onion with plenty of creamy cubes of goats cheese. The chicken croquettes were ok. Crispy with a good chicken flavour but maybe lacking a touch of seasoning, although not a patch on my own croquettes de pollo. The Gambas Pil Pil were great, four huge prawns cooked perfectly having been marinated in a blend of chilli, lime and garlic. Nicola's favourite dish was the pinchitos de pollo y gambas. This was cubes of chicken and prawns marinated in a salt, pepper, lemon juice and mustard before being skewered and cooked on the grill. My own favourite was the superb combo of chorizo y butifarra, thinly sliced smoky chorizo served with a deliciously spicy black pudding.
Crema Catalan, Baked New York cheesecake
With six emply plates sitting in front of us, we were full..... well almost full. After a quick look at the dessert menu Nicola ordered the New York Baked Cheesecake, whilst I opted for the traditional Crema Catalana. Both of the desserts were very nice, the cheesecake was light and creamy with just a slight wobble. The Crema Catalana was one of the better versions that I've tasted outside of Spain, a delicious creamy, eggy custard set under a crisp burnt sugar top.
Each of the dishes that we ordered were packed with flavour, however the portion sizes were not huge. As we were using a discount voucher I'm not sure if the portions sizes are any different than if we were eating off of the à la carte but as most of the tapas dishes are priced individually between £2.50 - £4.00, I would be a little disappointed at paying full price for the small dishes served tonight.
I would happily recommend the food at Torres but make sure to look online to see if you can find a deal. The food at Torres is authentic and tasty, coupled with the value offered through the Groupon or 5pm.co.uk vouchers, you'll be hard pushed to find better value for money tapas in Glasgow.

1 comment:

Nacho Calduch said...

Thanks for the review! Glad you enjoyed!

Nacho