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!
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!
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!
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?