Fri 25 Jul 2014
Cafe Andaluz is a Spanish Tapas Restaurant on George Street. I have visited many times and it has always been lovely. Recently I went there with my husband and daughter for lunch, and it was just as good as usual.
As we stepped off the street and into the restaurant, we almost felt as though we were on holiday. With the Spanish music and decoration and the delicious smell of tapas. I always think it has a very authentic feel, unlike some themed restaurants.
We ordered off the lunch menu (3 tapas for £11.95), which is available on weekdays. We chose six items to share between the three of us, and also bread. So, we went for:
Patatas Bravas – Fried potatoes mixed in a spicy tomato sauce and alioli.
Patatas Gratinadas – Layered sliced potato baked with cream and mild Spanish cheese.
Calamares – Classic calamari rings served with fresh lemon and chorizo mayonnaise.
Albóndigas – Spiced lamb meatballs in a rich tomato sauce.
Pollo Rebozado con Miel – Chicken fillet in a crisp batter coated with Spanish honey and grain mustard.
Pollo Marinado – Panfried sliced chicken breast marinated in paprika, lemon and coriander, served with a chilli yoghurt.
When I have been there in larger groups they have brought the dishes out as and when they were ready. I believe is the Spanish way of doing things. It means you’re not waiting around until everything is ready, and the food comes out when it’s hot and fresh. However, this time it all came out at once, which was fine as there were only six dishes and we were served very quickly anyway. My favourites were the creamy cheesy potatoes, the lamb meatballs and the honey and mustard chicken. My daughter is only one and I wasn’t sure if she would like tapas, but she managed a taste of most things and there was plenty of bread for her too.
The dessert menu looked good and I was tempted by the Chocolate and Ginger Mousse Cake, but I was just too full. Maybe next time!
Cafe Andaluz, 77B George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3EE