The original Cafe Andaluz on trendy Cresswell Lane in the West End has introduced many Glasgwegians to their first taste of tapas. Heading down the stairs into the brightly lit basement restaurant you immediately forget the miserable Glasgow drizzle and are immediately transported to a friendlier climate.
The large restaurant can get pretty busy at weekends with students getting treated by their parents, as well as hip West Enders lunching or people visiting Kelvingrove Museum or the Botanic Gardens. Tapas is obviously ideal for sharing (although sharing is not mandatory…) so it’s a great venue for any kind of group social occasion. With this in mind Cafe Andaluz offers various set menus and options for large parties. If none of these suit they’re also happy to talk to you about your requirements to help work out the perfect menu for your event.
The extensive menu will keep everyone satisfied, with loads of meat, seafood and vegetarian options. Obvious favourites are all present, like tortilla, patatas bravas and a couple of dishes involving chorizo. There’s also some surprise options that have become Andaluz classics, such as the unmissable grilled goats cheese with orange and chilli marmalade. If tapas isn’t your thing Cafe Andaluz also does 3 great paellas.
A lot of care has been taken over the decor in the restaurant, with tiles and other touches sourced from Spain, giving a real Andalucian feeling. Heavy wood furniture, and mosaic topped tables, brightly coloured cushions and plates mounted on the walls will get you thinking of your next holiday.
The staff are all really friendly and helpful, so if you’re not sure of what to order, or how many tapas you’ll need (three each is usually a good start, depending on how hungry you are), they’ll be more than happy to help, and recommend a jug of sangria to wash it all down.
Cafe Andaluz West End, 2 Cresswell Lane, West End, Glasgow, G12 8AA