Cheap eats

Eating out in Glasgow at the following establishments puts paid to the fallacy that to enjoy dining out on anything more imaginative than

pakorz and chilli sauce, you need to arrange a personal loan with the bank manager. Whether it’s the enticing aromas of Mediterranean style cuisine or the intriguing delights of Scottish-style tapas, there’s a veritable orgy of good-value food just waiting to be tasted by the discerning diner with an eye on the pennies.

I Bar Miro 3o Kelvingrove Street. 353 0475. A swish new bar and restaurant attracting an increasing number of customers entranced not only by the stylish decor but the dazzling menu. The emphasis here is on fresh food with a Mediterranean bias. From the succulent meat and fish dishes to the imaginative vegetarian meals. there‘s a variety and quality difficult to match. A three course dinner costs around £12.50 and a two course lunch £5.00. Watch out for the bold new innovation of Scottish tapas ~- Scottish fare such as mussels and haggis given a tapas twist. I Cantina del Rey King Street/Osborne Street. 552 40-14. Housed in the converted and characterful St Enoch railway vaults is one of the powerhouses of Mexican food this side ofthe Rio Grande. From six/ling fajitas marinated in tequila to bursting burritos of spicy chicken. even the most jaded Mexican food fan will be impressed. Non-chilli lovers will be tempted by the quality Texan and Louisiana dishes and vegetarians will find solace in the numerous non-meaty comidas. A two course lunch with coffee is a mere £4.45 or a three course meal and half a bottle of wine comes in at under £10. Watch out for that wicked complimentary margarita that could lead to ordering jugfuls of the devilish strawberry version.

I CCA Cale-Bar 350 Sauchiehall Street. 332 7864. From breakfast though lunch. dinner and pre-theatre periods this cafe/bar is the perfect stopping-off point to indulge in some of

7 your culinary and drinking fantasies. ; With a lvleditcrranean feel to the new menu the proprietors assure us of ‘a

more varied menu that caters for

carnivores to vegans‘. As well as the tasty and healthy main courses with the ' promise of new dishes daily. there's an

; impressive range of Belgian beers

guaranteed to quench the raging thirst

of any parched soul. Also on the liquid menu. the bar boasts a healthy wine list with wines of the month. tempting flavoured vodkas and colourful cocktails.

I Cottier’s ()3 llyndland Street. 357 5825. A convened church. this light and airy space gets mighty crowded with those discerning foodie fans in search of some of the best south west American cuisine. The accent is on regional rather than Mexican cooking with wild and wonderful Cajun dishes such as robalo snook and baja. breaded seafood platter to please the most jaded of palates. The £4.95 two course lunch menu is sure to fill a gap and the half- price happy hour between 5—7pm mean that fajitas and enchiladas lovers will be in seventh heaven.

I The Fire Station 33 Ingram Street. 552 292‘). This recently refurbished and spacious eaterie has incorporated all the best foodie aspects and friendly service

of it's West End relative PJ‘s. Enticing

:7 variations on tried and tested pasta

dishes such as bo/morelli and tagliatelle rangoon are slashed to half price during the 5—-7pm happy hour and an unbeatable £5 business lunch is guaranteed to he served within fifteen minutes for those highflycrs in a hurry.

78 The List I l—24 March 1994