I dashed into Café Andaluz, late as usual to meet a group of friends who were all waiting at the bar enjoying a cheeky bottle of pre-dinner prosecco! The restaurant was buzzing and it looked like every table was taken. The décor is stunning, modern yet traditionally authentic with eye catching details everywhere you look.
As we were seated at our comfortable booth table by our friendly waitress, we were presented with a vast menu of tapas choices. Café Andaluz is offering a great 3 course meal deal for ARW, including bread, olive and oils to start, your choice of 3 tapas dishes, rounded off with a scrumptious dessert.
As the girls polished off their prosecco and ordered a bottle of wine, at 7 months pregnant I perused the mocktail menu. Eventually opting for a delicious virgin mojito, unfortunately it was so good it only lasted about 5 minutes before my glass was drained!
The tapas choices are divided into categories for easy browsing including vegetarian, seafood and meats. With such a vast selection it was tricky to pick just three, but eventually I opted for berenjenas rellenas de pimientos, pescado adobado (which was a £2 supplement) and pollo rebozado con miel. We looked forward to our mains as we snacked on the fresh bread and olives starter.
Now unfortunately I was having such a good time with my friends that it slipped my mind to take any photographs of the delicious food to share with you! So my description will have to be enough! After plenty of chatting time, the tapas dishes arrived, beautifully presented in a variety of shaped and sized bowls and plates, with 3 per person it would hardly all fit on the table but after much shuffling we were ready to delve in.
My vegetarian choice is a firm favourite and one I have every time I visit this restaurant – deliciously soft aubergine and flavoursome cous cous with peppers and sweet sultanas, mixed with a tangy tomato and basil sauce and finished off with glorious melted mozzarella cheese. I think the ingredients speak for themselves, the dish was wonderful.
My cod fillet pieces had been marinated in lemon, paprika and garlic and then lightly crispy fried, accompanied with a garlic aioli. They had a stronger seafood taste than I expected, but were also very good.
Sticking in the vein of fried food, my final dish was chicken fillets in a light batter which had been drizzled in a sweet honey and grain mustard dressing. Absolutely delicious, the sweet taste of this dish perfectly complemented my other two more salty choices. I polished off the lot!
My friends had a vast array of the other choices on offer and not one disappointed.
With little space left we couldn’t possibly miss out on dessert and ordered several of the dishes on offer including the classic freshly piped churros with hot chocolate dipping sauce, praline cheesecake, chocolate tart, lemon posset and vanilla ice cream. At this point I finally remembered to take some photos, which speak for themselves…. The desserts were all beautifully presented and delicious.
With our tummy’s bursting and our cheeks aching from so much laughing we all left the restaurant in high spirits and look forward to visiting another time soon!