- Telephone 0141 222 2255
- Opening times Mon–Thu noon–midnight; Fri/Sat 12.30pm–1am
- Bar open Mon–Sat 11.30am–11pm; Sun noon–11pm.
- Food served Mon–Sat 11.30am–11pm; Sun noon–11pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 5–6.30pm
- Average price £11.95 (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £13.95
- Website www.cafeandaluz.com
Spanish city centre restaurant from the Di Maggio’s group, with lots of character, atmosphere and plenty of creative dishes
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Perfectly positioned just off George Square to catch the weekend thronging masses, this busy branch of the Di Maggio’s group Spanish offerings has a constant throughput of lunchers, shoppers and evening carousers drawn by abundant deals and a fun, informal atmosphere. White-washed walls and a smattering of North African fixtures create a generic European vibe, while the stone floors and mosaic tiles bounce lively conversations around the room. Since much of our Scottish seafood is shipped off to Spain, a starter of Shetland mussels cooked in white wine with a light cream and shallot broth seems apt – fresh and tasty with a lingering breezy tang. Chorizo in a bowl of tomato sauce thickened with the sprinklings of a fine black pudding is meaty and spicy, while an aubergine stuffed with couscous, peppers and manchego cheese is sprightly on the tongue but robust and filling. Tasteful touches like freshly baked bread, local sourcing and amicable waiting staff help lift this branch of Café Andaluz to more than the sum of its corporate parts.
- High point: Attention to detail and punchy flavours
- Low point: Desserts less exciting than the mains
- Notable dish: Shetland Mussels
- Private dining: Up to 50 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Spanish music
- Capacity: 145
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2006
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £16.95 per bottle