Tinto Tapas Bar
- Telephone 0141 636 6838
- Food served Mon–Sun 10am–10.30pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–7pm
- Average price £8.50 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £9.50
- Website www.tintotapasbar.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.
It’s good to see a selection of sherries by the glass on offer at this popular Southside tapas restaurant, and they are the ideal aperitif to enjoy while perusing the pretty vast selection of tapas on offer. There are daily specials, too, so making your selection might take a while. It’s a small restaurant with returning regulars, but it’s not shy when it comes to some adventurous cooking, especially evident among the specials on offer. Razorclams, for example, may be a more common sight on high-end menus, but here they are, well cooked in a saffron cream and sherry sauce. The chicken and Spanish black pudding with caramellised onions is creamy and full of flavour, while calamares are deliciously tender, not chewy, fried in herb flour rather than batter. To finish, the tarta Santiago, a traditional Spanish tart, is a great choice. It’s moist and the flavour of almonds comes through loud and clear. Homemade cheesecake’s a little run of the mill but that apart, this restaurant punches well above it’s weight. With a recently opened branch north of the Clyde in Hyndland, Tinto looks set to bring some tapas treats to the West End.
- High point: Some unusual tapas well cooked and well served
- Low point: It's cosy rather than spacious
- Notable dish: Calamares
The Tinto Tapas Bar is run by Proprietor Gordon Craig along with his staff of young (but experienced) waiters.
It is the only authentic Spanish Tapas Bar in the area with a seating capacity of 50. It offers an extensive range of dishes which when accompanied with a glass or better still a bottle of wine, of which they also offer a good selection, makes for a really enjoyable meal. It has been visited over the past few months by Joanna Bythman of the Sunday Herald, Alan Brown, Sunday Times and Ron McKenna, Saturday Herald all of whom gave it a an excellent review saying it was lively, authentic and well worth a visit.
It is ideally situated on the Battlefield Road, Shawlands with the bus route outside the door and Langside Station within walking distance. As it is close to Hampden Park it is ideal for a pre Concert/Match meal. It becomes very busy when a venue is on and it is advisable to book to save disappointment.
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- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Spanish/Mexican music
- Live entertainment: Flamenco guitarist on a Wednesday
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
- House wine: £12.95 per bottle
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