There are plenty of restaurants around the King’s Theatre in Glasgow, although pre-theatre menu’s can vary hugely in price. Mum and I were looking for something fairly light and inexpensive, and so we headed for Torres Tapas on Sauchiehall Street. We’ve visited sister restaurant Kama Sutra a couple of times, so we were fairly hopeful that the quality of food would be good.
Heading in just after 5 o’clock on a Tuesday, we were the first people in the restaurant. We both ordered a glass of wine, and settled down to peruse the menu.
We started with some Aceitunas Alinades (Marinated Olives) which I particularly enjoyed – the little Spanish olives had been marinated in a lovely spicy, flavoursome mixture.
We ordered our go to dish of Patatas Gratinadas, which comprised well cooked potatoes, a creamy sauce and a gooey cheesy top layer. This was particularly good when eaten with the Chorizo y Butifarra Negra (Chorizo and Black Pudding), with the combination of smoky chorizo, peppery black pudding and cheesy potato all working together to create a well rounded mouthful.
You won’t be surprised to read that we ordered Calamares a la Romana. This was a relatively good portion of squid – the batter was nice and crispy, and the squid fairly well cooked. The batter could have done with some seasoning, as it was lacking in flavour – a fairly simple fix to lift the dish to the next level.
In an attempt to order at least one dish we hadn’t had before, we opted for the Esparragos con Jamon. The asparagus was well cooked and wrapped in nice salty Seranno ham. The accompanying balsamic onions were nice too.
Our final choice was a mini Paella de Pollo, as we thought it was a nice touch to have mini versions of the Spanish classic on the menu. The paella was nice enough, without being anything too outstanding. The rice and chicken were well enough cooked, but the overall flavours could have been deeper.
Overall, Torres Tapas provided fairly decent food for the price. If I was after a light meal in that part of town, then I wouldn’t be opposed to returning. A few small tweaks could really lift the dishes in Torres Tapas, but the overall experience wasn’t too bad.