Apologies for the lack of entries recently. I realise my last blog was posted in an age where 70s TV icons were on nostalgia programmes rather than Crimewatch.
By way of excusing the shoddiness I should explain that of a weekend I don’t like to leave the dog in the house so until weather picks up and the terraces start appearing the scope for dining out is seriously restricted.
Hopefully I’ll have some new places to add over the next month but they will have to go some to beat the new Galician place that has opened just along from my flat over the winter.
The Rincon De Vaz is at 232 Gran Via around a 10 minute walk from Pl Espanya. It’s a family run place and it’s clear that they take pride in fact the food is all “home made”
I know for most of you this is a bit off the beaten track but if you are staying anywhere near Pl Espanya or you have a morning wandering around the Olympic Stadium then dropping down here is well worth it.
Their tapas menu looks very impressive but as I am almost tired of saying the best value in this place (and almost every other restaurant in the city) is to be found on their Menu Del Dia menu.
On the weekend the menu is 12 euro which, although a little higher than some is still great value.
One of the little things I liked was that after they have taken your order we were presented with a little shot glass of tomato juice and a small tapas which is normally calamari or, last time I was there, a wee plate of yer prawns .
To be honest there is little point in me recommending any particular dishes as they change daily but to give you some idea of what to expect here’s the starter and main course I had on last visit. Selection of ham, sausage and Russian salad followed by churrasco, which, unusually for a lot of places here had actually some meat on the bone,
You’ll recall the meal started with the nice touch of the tomato juice and prawns, well it finishes with an even nicer touch. You are offered a digestif and this is their own homemade Baileys and in “this would NEVER happen in Glasgow” style, they just leave the bottle on your table.
Good luck wi’ that if you ever open a restaurant in Scotland
So there you have it, I’m back on familiar territory, recommending a menu del dia for much cheapness. I may be a one trick pony but if you are in the city and you are trying to keep an eye on the money but don’t want to feel like you are being a miserable tightarse then it’s a good trick.