Tinto Tapas Bar
- Telephone 0141 636 6838
- Food served Mon–Fri 10am–10.30pm; Sat/Sun 9.30am–10.30pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–7pm
- Average price £7.95 (3 tapas); £14 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £9.50
- Website www.tintotapasbar.co.uk
Attention to detail and experience shows at the Southside branch of this creative small chain.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Gordon Craig’s mini empire of nicely judged tapas bars is spreading stealthily and it’s not hard to see why. Each has a hard-working kitchen preparing fresh food to exciting recipes – not always a given in this age of pre-prepared offerings. The original outlet on Battlefield Road is cosy without being too small. Dimmed lights, orange washed walls and tiled floors create a holiday cocina-type vibe while chefs scurry behind a mock cottage wall topped by earthenware slates. The food is full-bodied without being showy and has a few clever flourishes here and there. Pear and rocket salad with sherry dressing is sharp, fruity and delicious, especially on the sporadic hits of blue cheese. A good-sized chunk of pearly pan-fried hake buddies flawlessly with almond-tinged romesco sauce. From the farm, a bean stew laced with smoked ham, chorizo and morcilla has depth, smokiness and lots of perky highlights. Blackboards display specials of the day and an extensive sherry list keeps the Spanish authenticity quotient high – as does the sociable service.
- High point: Steady focus on high standards
- Low point: Always busy – remember to book
- Notable dish: Chorizo and black pudding
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), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Spanish folk
- Capacity: 45
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle