- Telephone 0141 237 7575
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–8pm
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–7pm
- Average price £7 (3 tapas); £18 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £10.95
- Website www.labocaglasgow.com
A petite and welcoming family-run venue boasting faithful flavours, décor and vibes, overseen by a fine Spanish cook.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
It’s easy to forget the roar of city centre traffic once ensconced in this this cosy family-run venue, which is bustling by day and all candlelit charm at nightfall. A well-stocked sturdy wooden bar gives way to the dreamy back area, where the low-lighting catches hints of blue Iberian tiles and framed festival posters invoking the feel of a snug tavern. Head chef Paco Querentes cooks to order with meat, fish and vegetarian tapas well represented. Carne con tomate is a slow-cooked traditional stew with soft yielding pork in a piquant tomato sauce, while spinach croquettes are light and fluffy, layered with sharp bursts of ripe blue cheese. Also of note is morcella – a light, crumbly black pudding from Burgos in Northern Spain, and queso – slivers of fruity manchego cheese served with sweet grapes. With its relaxed and chatty service, nicely priced wine list, monthly wine tasting nights and an express lunch menu at just £7 for 3 dishes, La Boca is building – and justifying – a fine reputation in this bit of town and beyond.
- High point: Great value, especially at lunchtime
- Low point: Tables are a bit huddled
- Notable dish: Carne con tomate
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: spanish music
- Live entertainment: Wine Tastings on the first Mon or Wed of the month
- Capacity: 48
- Largest group: 48
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- House wine: £17 per bottle