The last of my festive nights oot took me to Glasgow for a trip to Malaga Tapas. After a pint at the wonderful Laurieston, I toddled along on a rain-soaked evening towards Shields Road with the restaurant just nearby.
I was joined by friends from one of the best projects with which I’m slightly involved. They do amazing work – http://www.nhsggc.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/news/2016/005/inspire-team-win-prestigious-bmj-accolade/- and they’re lovely peeps to boot.
The restaurant radiated family-run charm and the accents of the waiting staff spoke of strong Spanish roots. Service was a strength throughout. I was shown to a table in the main dining area and soon joined by the mass ranks.
Tara had made the chosen the venue and is a frequent patron – her most recent visit had been the previous evening – so we let her take charge with the ordering. It was so out of character for her to be giving the orders but she just about coped.
A steady procession of dishes appeared, in traditional style. Highlights were the baked goat’s cheese, the beautifully juicy prawns, and the tomato paste topped toasts. The Spanish black pudding was very good but some were reluctant to give it a go. No-one else got a look-in with Joanne’s lamb, so I suspect it was very good.
Everything else was delivered to a really pleasing standard, too. Sweet and eye-catching desserts were taken but I opted for a warmed Liquor 43 and espresso, instead.
So overall, I really enjoyed our visit to Malaga Tapas. It served us a panoply of tasty dishes that made us contentedly full. When next in this part of the world, make sure to give it a go. I’m confident you’ll be impressed.
Blythe scores Malaga Tapas
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
Today’s questers were: Helen, Joanne, Justine, Lynne, Tara, Stephen, Blythe
We ate: pan Catalan, calamari, goat’s cheese, manchego, beef strips, lamb stew, morcilla, king prawns, roasted vegetables, patatas, spinach tortilla, desserts
We drank: colas, iron brew, water, sangria, lager, rioja, liquer, coffees, teas
We wore: traditional Flamenco dancing outfits
Total bill: £230
Address: 213-215 St Andrew’s Road, Glasgow, G41 1PD