- Box office 0141 554 9981
- General enquiries 0141 423 9494
- Opening times Mon–Thu 8am–6pm; Fri/Sat 8am–9pm; Sun 9am–6pm
- Food served Mon–Fri 8am–6.30pm; Sat 8am–6pm; Sun 9am–6.30pm.
- Average price £7.85 (soup/sandwich)
- Website www.tapabakehouse.com
Serving coffee roasted by its sister venue, this branch of Tapa does a bustling trade in delicious homemade cakes and artisan bread.
Just a few blocks from Victoria Park, Tapa’s branch in Shawlands is a welcome stop-off point for parents with kids as well as those who appreciate good coffee and aren’t afraid of a tempting cake counter. With a rotating special, such as Bombay potato and lentil served with generous slabs of home-baked Tapa brown bread (the original Dennistoun spot is an organic bakery), and café staples done really well, such as a choice of homemade soup, this café is worth a visit even if you’re not in the neighbourhood. It can get busy at weekends due to its size but there’s always the option of ordering sandwiches or cake to go – open the container of lemon meringue pie, with it’s toasted snowy peaks and gooey centre, and make the ducks at the nearby pond jealous.
- High point: Unpretentious baking and uplifting coffee
- Low point: Busy at lunchtimes and weekends
- Notable dish: Seared steak focaccia with Swiss cheese, caramelised onion, rocket mayo and spiced potato salad
The muted earthy décor, shelves of brown bottled beverages, and steam rising from the counter and kitchen tell patrons everything they need to know about Tapa. With a focus on the local, the organic, and the ethical, customers can enjoy a guilt-free lunch. Located between Queens Park and the smart Strathbungo neighbourhood, Tapa offers simple, quality fare in a friendly and unpretentious setting. After breakfasts of porridge, toast, or bacon and eggs, the daytime menu is dominated by sandwiches, soups and salads, along with some hearty mains. The mountain of sausage and mash, for example, is topped with a pulpy onion gravy, but this classic comfort food is available in pork, vegetarian and vegan options. Sandwich fillings range from BLT to mediterranean vegetable. Thinly sliced steak is served between fluffy wedges of focaccia, gorged with zingy caramelised onion and rocket mayo. The accompanying potato salad is satisfyingly spicy. Complement with a glass of organic vegan wine, or gluten-free chocolate cake, and be sure to sample a coffee, from beans roasted on site.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: 30s Broadway, 70s funk, 80s alternative
- Capacity: 35
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £13 per bottle
Reviews & features
Special Award for Tapa among The List Eating & Drinking Guide Awards for 201325 Apr 2013
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