Before the trip to see The Red Shoes at the King’s Theatre last Tuesday, we stopped for a bite to eat at Torres Tapas on Sauchiehall Street. Torres is a restaurant I have walked past countless times, always wanted to try and never quite got around to it, so when Raj suggested it I was very much up for the idea.
Torres is the sister restaurant to Kama Sutra, the Indian restaurant also on Sauchiehall Street. It’s a little more petite and has a different aesthetic, but it shares the same welcoming atmosphere and friendly staff.
Raj had booked through their 5 pm offer, which meant we got three tapas each, plus a dessert for £12.95, with a small supplement for any seafood dishes. Given the dietary requirements of certain members of our party, we decided to just order for ourselves, rather than going for the standard mix-and-match sharing style of dining.
I selected the Anchovies in parsley, olive oil and vinegar, the grilled chicken salad and the garlic mushrooms. I then practically jumped on each dish as they arrived, only remembering to take pictures after I’d already tried them. Ooops. Sorry, but it all looked so good!
Of these, I think the anchovies were a highlight. Sometimes, the simplest dishes are, and this was no exception. I got a very generous portion of fresh anchovies, in just the right ratio of olive oil and vinegar and I savoured every morsel. The mushrooms were a pretty standard affair. The salad was pretty darned good, although there was slightly more dressing on it than I might have chosen, it was flavourful and the chicken was tender and delicately seasoned.
The dessert turned out to be Creme Catalan, a Spanish style Creme Brulee, that was sweet, velvety smooth, creamy and delicious. Also pretty. I’d definitely look out for this dish in future.
All in all not bad for £12.95. I’d had a glass of their Tempranillo with my food and finished my meal with a small espresso and still managed to get change back from £20, which isn’t to be sniffed at for good food this close to the city centre. More fool me for never having visited before.