- Telephone 0141 579 0179
- Bar open Mon–Sun noon–midnight
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–10pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun noon–6.30pm
- Average price £6.95 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £11.95
- Website www.bibiscantina.com
A lively little neighbourhood cantina with the big heart, confident traditional cooking and a range of speciality tequilas.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Bibi’s is a cosy, neighbourhood restaurant that has been trumpeting the Mexican cause longer than most. Now, thankfully, the little cantina with the big heart – friendly staff table complimentary mini margaritas and tortillas on arrival – is thriving. The menu varies a little with the season but some popular starters are guaranteed to make an appearance – among them are the rich and spicy Mexican meatball soup and the chilli rellenos, delightful deep-fried jalapeño peppers stuffed with a soft white cheese. Some of the main tortilla and burrito fillings incorporate traditional ingredients and techniques; these include a classic chicken mole made with chocolate, and shredded pork, baked slowly in banana leaves. Fish and seafood is fresh and confidently cooked and despite the inevitable battering and frying, the accompanying salsa, pickled veg and chopped chillies help to assuage the cholesterol guilt. Every course does seem to feature tortilla chips – even dessert where they appear with cinnamon, honey and ice-cream – but they are good, and with a range of choice high-end tequilas to accompany, who is counting?
- High point: Chilli rellenos
- Low point: Tortillas with everything
- Notable dish: Mexican meatball soup
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Mexican and South American
- Capacity: 35
- Largest group: 38
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle
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