Nachos, Glasgow Southside

We caught up with friends recently and had dinner at Nachos Southside. I probably wouldn’t have known about the restaurant but their twitter person does a great job at social media, so I was intrigued to see what the food was like. I’ll be honest, I was expecting standard Mexican food (and I was ok with that!). When I looked at the menu the day we were going, I was surprised as there was a range of main meals I’d never heard of which sounded delicious.

When we got there, the restaurant was a lot bigger than I was expecting. I wouldn’t describe the atmosphere as fine dining (there is a big Inca temple painted on the wall) but it is casual without being cheap and nasty. Choosing what to eat was really tough! We eventually decided to get three starters (between two) and two mains. Next time I would probably just get two starters as this was a lot of food!

Chicken and Chorizo Tostados £4.50 Spiced chicken and chorizo on a toasted flatbread with garlic.

Calamari £4.25 Mildly spicy golden fried calamari served with salsa ‘n’ salad garnish

Loaded Shells £3.95 A trio of potato shells with Cajun chicken, chilli and Mexican cheese.

These were our starters. As you can see, they are not small portions! I loved the calamari – especially how much there was. This was a huge amount which I was not expecting, and it was lovely and crisp. The potatoes were great with the chicken being my favourite, and I liked the variety.

After the starters, I was worried about how I’d go with the mains. Thankfully we didn’t feel rushed and had some time for digestion between courses!

Camarones Escondidos £12.95 Grilled chicken breast stuffed with tiger prawns, topped with sautéed spinach and chipotle – wine sauce. Served with Mexican house rice and sautéed vegetables

Pabellon Criollo £13.95 Shredded beef marinated with onion, red and black pepper sauce, fresh garlic and chillies, served with rice and beans

The mains were absolutely heavenly – I had the chicken. This was really not the kind of food I was expecting and I was really pleased to see prawns (and shrimp) in abundance. The flavours were really enjoyable and I would love to go back to try this dish again! I also really loved the side of refried beans, which have been something I’ve always avoided. Graeme’s pabellon criollo was also lovely and had a beautiful creamy sauce with it. I have tried to find the recipe for this as I’m really keen to recreate this at home – that’s when you know you’ve had a great dinner!

Churros with chocolate dipping sauce

We even had room for dessert – we shared the churros between us. These were also delicious  cooked to perfection and served with a rich but not sickly sauce.

We had a great meal at Nachos. All up it was around £50 for two people with drinks, which I thought was pretty standard for three (and a bit) courses! I would love to go back soon – and when we were there, I spied that they do tapas Tuesday and Wednesday. All their tapas are priced between £1-£2.95 which I think sounds pretty fantastic! They have also recently started doing takeaway, if you fancy. So we are planning on going back to see what the tapas experience is like. If it’s anything like their normal menu, we have a new favourite place to eat on the Southside!

(Note: sorry for the quality of the photos in this post – the restaurant was a bit dark and the pictures needed some editing to lighten them up!)

Glasgow is quite short of Mexican restaurants – what’s your favourite Mexican in Glasgow?

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  1. Bibi’s in the West End has to be one of the best Mexican restaurants I’ve been too. Consistently good. Definitely want to try Nachos after reading the post! You are right we could do with more Mexican restaurants in Glasgow. Edinburgh has a decent amount (think Viva Mexico is my fave over there but Tex Mex II comes close). Thanks for the great post!

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