A friendly Dennistoun bakery and coffee house, with organic, veggie and gluten-free credentials that extend its reach well beyond the neighbourhood.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
There are a handful of places around Duke St that the locals are fiercely proud of, and this is of them. It’s a fully-fledged, organic-certified bakery with some seats at the front, and it’s here that all the bread for Tapa’s other three sites is baked. But this is the only Tapa that’s completely vegetarian, and caters so thoroughly to vegans and coeliacs. Croissants and pain au chocolats are long-standing favourites (get them before they sell out), while savoury options skip all over the globe – tortillas and burritos, samosas, hummus and roasted veg sandwiches, a Scottish salad of barley and potatoes, or flaky, hearty veggie sausage rolls. Ground almond is used in a gluten- and wheat-free chocolate cake that's moist and bitter. Tapa’s coffee also has a bit of a following. For these reasons customers from far further afield than the East End come to give Tapa their patronage.
- High point: Veggie and organic – tasty, too
- Low point: Seats beside the door feel the breeze
- Notable dish: Vegetarian burrito
Tapa knows it's what's inside that counts, so it's easy to see why it is an enduring favourite despite its unassuming appearance. A counter, a fridge, a blackboard, and a smattering of seats, Tapa is a working bakery first, but amid the steel ovens and trays of eggs, locals can order takeaway sandwiches, soups and a daily stew. With an entirely vegetarian menu, from egg mayo rolls to feta flatbreads and vegetable curry, Tapa takes simple, homely food from around the world and serves it fresh. A chunky frittata with Mediterranean vegetables makes a great snack, and the burrito is their lunchtime best seller. Stuffed with refried beans, peppers and courgettes, with melted cheese stretching from every bite, it's convenient, well balanced and tasty. While the main business is the bakery and takeaway, there is no slapdashery around the sit-in service. Each sandwich is accompanied by a small dish of carrot salad, and coffees are served in fern green cups and saucers. Convenient it may be, but Tapa is an antidote to pre-packaged sandwiches and chain coffee shops.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: mainstream radio
- Capacity: 18 (2 outdoors)
- Open since: 2002
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