Elena's Spanish Bar & Restaurant
- Telephone 0141 237 4730
- Opening times Sun–Thu 11am–11pm; Fri/Sat 11am–midnight
- Average price £10 (set lunch); £22 (evening meal)
- Website www.elenastapas.com
Northern Spanish cuisine and wines to match featuring 'rationes' dishes (small plates, bigger than tapas) from Cantabria.
The fairly short-lived (and missed) Grumpy Goat left behind an attractively refurbed venue that newcomer Elena’s has prudently left pretty much untouched. A few Spanish flags among the remnants of mixed seating and old Glasgow photos are the only give-away to the new direction, where the eponymous Elena, hailing from Cantabria in northern Spain, is dishing up ‘rationales’, or portions – bigger than tapas but shy of a full plate. It’s an enjoyable delve into Iberian flavours: benchmark patata bravas are good, Padrón peppers are addictive, while Galician-style octopus is a standout winner. It all makes for a great-looking, well-positioned bar-bistro with amiable service and enticing food to boot.