Barça Tapas and Cava Bar
- Telephone 0141 248 6555
- Opening times Mon–Sun noon–midnight
- Bar open Mon–Sun noon–midnight
- Food served Sun–Wed noon–11pm; Thu–Sat noon–10pm
- Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu noon–6.30pm; Fri noon–5.30pm
- Average price £10.95 (set lunch); £18 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £10.95
- Website www.barcatapas.co.uk
A plush and popular Spanish restaurant situated in Princes Square – Glasgow's designer shopping centre.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The Princes Square shopping centre still has much lush and trendy charm after nearly 30 years in business. Hosting four floors of high-end designer outfits among twisted iron foliage and bleached yellow sandstone walls rising to an impressive glass cupola, it’s still a major draw for weekend shoppers and midweek expense accounts. Barça is one of a few eating outlets occupying the back area of the third floor, its tables spilling out of a tastefully decorated room onto two terraces. The restaurant is all terracotta tiles and comfortable leather seats with a chic cava bar dominating the back wall. Portions are generous, including a firm chicken breast in orange sauce and a nicely presented paprika pork loin on a bed of sweet potato purée. Nibbles, shellfish, poultry, meat and vegetarian choices are all present on the menu alongside some good-quality Spanish wines and sherries. The service is thorough and sociable, and salsa-dancing classes are available every week for those with a Strictly Spanish spring in their step.
- High point: A perfect blinged up hangout for weekend shoppers
- Low point: Some dishes lack seasoning
- Notable dish: Fried beets
- Private dining: Two terraces, 30 and 40
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Spanish pop
- Live entertainment: Salsa classes and music nights on some Thu nights
- Capacity: 175
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2005
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £17.95 per bottle