Scotland Restaurants / Cafes National
Tinto Tapas Bar (East Kilbride)
Where I live the restaurants all tend to be a bit samey after a while. There are your typical Chinese and Indian restaurants, which I rarely visit these days due to a daughter who refuses to eat these cuisines, a steakhouse, a couple of pubs with carvery attached, fast food joints and some chain pubs. I have always enjoyed ... Spanish food and it's one of the things that makes my holiday when I travel there. Not for me the egg and chip café - I'd far rather be in amongst the locals at a tapas bar. Tapas bars sell small portions of food - appetisers if you will - and while many locals will pop in for a drink and a snack, when I visit a tapas bar I tend to choose a small selection of dishes which I combine to make for a larger meal, and this does seem to be the way most tourists use tapas bars in Spain.
When a Tinto Tapas bar opened up in East Kilbride Shopping Centre I was intrigued and decided to pay it a visit. It made a change from the chips with everything places my daughter loves so it goes without saying I didn't go with her, but with my sister instead. My daughter, who is deeply unadventurous with food, has yet to visit but I have been many times now and I certainly visit at least once a month for lunch.
This is the second branch of Tinto Tapas, following on from their original tapas bar on the Battlefield Road in Glasgow's south side.
The tapas bar is located in the Food Gallery food court in the Centre West part of East Kilbride Shopping Centre. If you are coming to the shopping centre purely to visit Tinto then I would recommend you park at the Centre West car park, which is located close to the Debenhams department store. It does cost to park here except on Thursdays after 4pm and on Sundays.
I have only ever visited Tinto for lunch but they are open until midnight at weekends and once a month have so-called "Tapaoke" evenings where you can eat your tapas, have a drink and indulge in a little karaoke. I have yet to go to one of these evenings but they are popular enough for Tinto to advise you book a table if you want to attend.
The restaurant also offers food to take away but they do not do home delivery.
There are two things I love about Tinto - the first is how well the food is cooked and presented and the second is how all encompassing the menu is. Tinto do vary the menu dependent upon the season and as the evenings are starting to draw in, they have released their new winter menu.
So in addition to a large selection of tapas dishes which are all named in Spanish and have an English description beside them, they also offer more traditional fare such as lasagne, steak pie and salads. These dishes tend to be available as specials and I would recommend you always check the specials board before ordering, or as part of the £6.50 two course lunch special they offer.
The restaurant also serves burgers, which are all homemade, including a chorizo burger, and Pan Plano, which is a Spanish flat bread which looks very similar to a pizza. There is also a large, and very tempting, dessert menu.
I obviously cannot mention everything on the menu here and sadly the Tinto website is currently being refurbished so I can't point you in that direction either, but suffice to say there really is something for everyone - with the possible exception of my fussy daughter.
~~Interior and Service~~
I love the inside of Tinto because it's been designed to look like a traditional Spanish restaurant and as such I always feel I am sitting in a little piece of Spain when I visit. There are bull fighting posters adorning the walls, the beer on tap is Cruzcampo and the red seating all scream "Spain" to me. There is an outside area which looks out over the food court and this is less authentic. I always try to sit inside when I visit Tinto.
Service can vary but usually it's good. I've never had to wait for a table here but nor have I ever visited when it's deserted. You will be taken to your table, given menus and have the specials of the day explained to you before your drinks order is taken.
Sometimes you can have a bit of a wait before someone comes over to take your food order - I find it depends on the staff member dealing with your table. There are a couple of waiters who really are on the ball, courteous and engaging whereas some of the younger waitresses tend to be polite but not always efficient.
Overall I have been impressed with the service in Tinto and as me and my sister go so regularly now the staff have got to know us and remember us.
You can have 3 tapas for £6.95 from a large menu which includes fish, meat, chicken and vegetarian options. When I have tapas I tend to have a meat, fish and vegetarian option taking advantage of the 3 tapas for £6.95 offer. My favourite options are Langostinos, which are deep fried battered king prawns served with garlic mayonnaise. They have never let me down and I have to say the paprika batter is gorgeous. I also love the Pollo, which is chicken breast served with a chorizo sausage and Manchego cheese topping. I do wish there was perhaps just a little more chorizo but I have always enjoyed this tapas dish at Tinto.
Other tapas selections worth sampling include the Champinons con Queso although these seem to have been replaced for winter with Champinon al ajillo which is a tasty seasonal dish of winter mushroom with garlic cream sauce. I've also really enjoyed the Gambas pil pil, which are king prawns with chillies and garlic oil.
All the food is cooked fresh to order and you can see the chef and his staff working away at the back of the restaurant.
The tapas dishes used are all uniformly a brownish red and are invariably piping hot from the oven when brought to the table.
If you want something more substantial all on one plate, you can opt for the steak pie, which I have enjoyed twice. The meat is always deliciously tender and this is served with patatas bravas - or roast potatoes - which are cooked to perfection. My only criticism of the steak pie is the first time I got it it contained sausages, which is a bit of a Scottish tradition. The second time it was just steak and while it was still lovely, the sausages had really added to the dish first time round.
Prices are good. You can have three tapas dishes for £6.95. This is good value as they cost £3.00 each. The lunch menu offers two courses for £6.50 and you can choose between a starter and a main course or a main course and a dessert. I've sampled the Tostado - which is garlic toast served with cheese and tomato on this menu and also had ice cream as a dessert. The £6.50 menu also enables you to have the special dessert of the day.
The dessert menu, which I haven't sampled in depth at all, should cater to all tastes, with frappes, fruit and ice cream all featuring. One thing I have sampled which features in some of the desserts is the home made tablet. You get a small piece of this with your bill in Tinto, and it's absolutely gorgeous. I never mastered the art of making tablet - which for the non-Scots amongst you is a bit like fudge but not chewy - but whoever makes it for Tinto really knows how to do it.
My only quibble about the £6.50 two course meal is the menu erroneously states it is a "senior citizens menu" when it is in fact available to all. I do wish Tinto would amend their menus to show this because it's confusing as it stands.
There is an extensive drinks menu which includes soft drinks, draft beer, a huge array of wines and spirits. I invariably stick to a soft drink because I usually am driving when I come here.
I absolutely love Tinto Tapas and cannot recommend it highly enough. The quality of the food is brilliant with everything freshly cooked from scratch here. In a world where pubs offer cheap food to customers courtesy of a freezer and microwave, it's refreshing to find a restaurant which eschews this and employs a chef who is able to cope with dishes from burgers and lasagne to rabbit stew, chorizo sausage and squid.
The menu is so large and so varied you could easily dine here regularly and still find something new to try after many visits. I've dined here about a dozen times and have sampled less than a quarter of what Tinto Tapas have on their menu so there's no danger of you getting bored of the food here.
All food comes to the table piping hot and generally you don't have too long a wait for it either. On one occasion I waited 25 minutes but I was dining with a couple of friends and it was busy, so I didn't mind. The best way to deal with any wait is to remind tell yourself you are in Spain and it will be along "manana" - it works for me! If you want a hurried lunch then perhaps Tinto isn't going to be for you however.
The restaurant has a warm and friendly atmosphere, and while tables are generally quite small you don't feel cramped in here and there's no danger of you eavesdropping on someone else's conversation.
The restaurant is always spotlessly clean and waiting staff are swift to clear empty glasses and tableware away, but always ensure everything is finished with before doing so.
The service, ambience and top quality food is what brings me back here and I would say to anyone on a shopping trip to East Kilbride to seriously consider having lunch here. You won't be disappointed.
Tinto Tapas, Unit CL4, Centre West, East Kilbride, G74 1LL
Telephone 01355 221313
Monday to Wednesday
9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Thursday to Sunday
9.00 am to midnight
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The Mandarin Park (Motherwell)
**originally wrote for ciao 26th October 2011* Mandarin Park 70 Hamilton Road Motherwell ML1 3BY 01698268844 Mandarin Park is a Cantonese Restaurant and Takeaway located in Motherwell, Lanarkshire. The restaurant is a 5minute walk from the town centre and is signposted. There is a private ... car park to the rear of the building and the nearest bus stop is serviced by various bus services from Hamilton, Glasgow and Wishaw.
The restaurant is opened from 12pm-11.30pm daily including Christmas and New Year. They are currently taking bookings for Christmas.
~Inside The Restaurant~
The front door access to the building leads you into a waiting area. There is an area where a keyboard and vocalist performs Friday and Saturday nights and also a seating area with a television. There is a bar and some informal seating in this area. Through some doors, there is a more formal area with booth and regular tables for up to 4 people. To the back of the restaurant, there is additional seating ideal for families and groups, another bar and a large conservatory area. There is disabled access and toilets within the building.
There are various dining options and offers available at the Mandarin Park.
Lunch is served daily from 12pm-2pm (business Monday - Thursday) or 12pm-4pm (regular lunch Monday-Friday and Sunday).
Lunch is offered as a set menu with starters, main courses and desserts and diners can opt for a 2 or 3 course meal for £5.50 or £6.99. The menu includes 5 starters (4 soup options, 1 fruit juice). There are 10 main courses to choose from which nearly all include rice or chips. The selection includes various curries (beef, char sui, prawn or chicken), sweet and sour curry, special rice dishes, chow mein and vegetarians can request something different (though nothing is listed).
Sides include chips, rice, noodles and prawn crackers from around £1.20. There are 4 dessert options include banana fritter, pineapple fritter, apple pie or ice cream.
The restaurant offers a dinner menu from 4pm. They do not offer a set menu at night time but give diners the choice of an extensive and varied menu. The dinner menu includes a wide selection of starters including soups, spare ribs and spring rolls to name a few. Starters are from £2.00. Main courses include traditional curries, steaks, omelettes, chow mein and various seafood dishes. Vegetarian dishes can be arranged on request but choices on the menu include vegetables in various sauces and stir fries.
The dinner options aren't cheap and a regular curry (without rice or chips) will set you back around £9.00. The more expensive options include steaks which go over the £15.00 mark. Desserts are available including ice cream dishes, apple pie, fritters and cheesecake for around £2.00. Side dishes can also be purchased separate. There is a special offer Monday - Thursday which entitles diners to receive a 50% discount on their main meal dish only when ordering a minimum of 2 courses. Children eat free at night time during this time.
For a delivery fee of around £1.80, the Mandarin Park will deliver food to your home. This service is available from 5pm-11pm daily and food can be ordered over the phone or by visiting www.mandarinpark.co.uk . Debit card is accepted online. The menu has over 200 dishes. This includes starters, chop suey dishes, seafood, curries, European dishes, vegetarian dishes, desserts, sides and newly released dishes. There is too much to mention here but choice for everyone include set menu options. The most expensive dish is the steak at £8.50.
*Drinks and Children's Menu*
Like any good restaurant, Mandarin Park has a well stocked bar with various soft drinks, beers, spirits and children's squash drinks. Prices are from around £1.00 upwards. Tea and coffee is also available.
Children are catered for with high chairs available and space created to push them near to a table. Whilst they have never presented us with an actual children's menu, I am aware they do a few options and one of these is chicken with chips and an ice cream for £3.99.
We have been dining at the Mandarin Park since I was a teenager. It hasn't changed much over the years. Motherwell isn't short of places to eat though this is one of two Cantonese restaurants (the other is a buffet style restaurant). It is easy to get to and from the front, looks like an old fashioned house. Inside is very clean and spacious and is rarely busy whenever we have dined here. To be honest, I'm surprised they are still getting trade due to the buffet restaurant being nearby. It does prove they receive regular diners due to the quality of the food.
The restaurant is tastefully decorated throughout and usually has some classical, oriental music playing in the background. If dining as a couple, we are usually placed in the middle section of the restaurant and they seem to remember where we always sit! At night there are candles setting the mood and the restaurant has a calming ambience. If dining with the children (my sister and her children), we usually sit through the back as it is more spacious.
I have to comment on the conservatory area. It is beautiful and modern letting in the light perfectly. I find this would be the ideal restaurant for a small wedding reception. Unfortunately we have never dined when the vocalist has been there but I've heard he is quite good. The booths provide a level of privacy and this is ideal if others are dining at the same time. The restaurant is popular with business men and women and for business lunches. The tables always have clean table clothes draped over them and look very smart.
The staff are well presented and we are used to seeing their familiar faces each time we diner here. They speak good English and are always willing to provide recommendations or assistance where possible. As the restaurant is rarely busy, we are welcomed and sat quickly and given menus to look over. I would say the only thing I do not like is that the staff linger. Not right next to us like in some restaurants but I sometimes don't feel comfortable having a private conversation as I feel someone listening! The staff are friendly towards all diners and never think of children as an inconvenience which I appreciate. The toilets are clean and well stocked. I haven't used the disabled toilet so cannot comment but the restaurant is easy to navigate a pushchair or wheelchair through.
~Time To Dine~
We mainly dine here for lunch and take advantage of the £6.99 for 3 courses offer. I find this offers excellent value for money. Our latest dining experience was today for a belated anniversary lunch but I will touch on previous dining experiences. We have dined here at night time but I was astounded by the prices on the menu. Even with the half price offer, we were nearly £30 for a soup, 2 curries, chips, fried rice and 2 soft drinks! The portions weren't even as big as the ones offered at lunch time and I think it is a bit cheeky not to include rice or chips when paying £9.00 for a curry! The food was tasty though and brought out on hot plates. We also received some prawn crackers.
The lunch time menu provides ample food options though I do feel there should be a few different starters as not everyone wants soup. I tend to stick to what I know best as I'm not very adventurous with food. There is the option to change to a fancier menu including steaks (at a surcharge) and sea food dishes but this comes in at £9.90 for 2courses and isn't to my taste. I always go for the Cream of Chicken Soup as my starter. Presented in a small bowl, this is to die for! The bowl is full of thick, creamy chicken soup with large pieces of chicken breast. It is filling, hot and tasty and is served with a small roll. My fiancé opts for the Cream of Mushroom Soup which is equally as thick with lots of fresh, flavoursome mushrooms mixed through it. Our starters were served within 10minutes and this is the case any time we diner here.
The main courses are basic but plentiful on the lunch menu and are brought out 5minutes after we finish our starters. I opt for a chicken or beef curry which comes served in a silver dish. Rice and chips are included in the lunch menu deal which gives even better value for money. Rice is presented in a round bowl and placed in the middle of your plate allowing you to scoop the curry on top. The curries come with plenty of meat and a decent amount of crunch onions. The sauce is fairly spicy but not enough to burn my mouth and is quite thick. The meat (be in beef or chicken) is of a high quality with no fatty bits. The serving is huge and after a starter, I often struggle! The rice is tasty and plentiful with no dry bits. Today I had beef and found it to be tasty but the portion was so huge I couldn't finish it.
My fiancé usually opts for the Prawn Curry which is served with large, juicy prawns in a flavoursome sauce. I'm not keen on prawns so don't even ask for a bit but he always finishes it with no issues. Today he fancied something different and went for a Prawn Fried Rice dish. This was a decent sized portion and had rice, peas and plenty of prawns. He did take some of the curry sauce from my dish though as he felt the combination was a bit dry on its own but he enjoyed it. I can never decide between chips or rice with my curry. We usually order a side portion of chips and this is a large portion. The chips are crispy on the outside and light and fluffy inside. They are always tasty and accompany the curries perfectly. I have on other occasions opted for a different meal and always been impressed. The Sweet and Sour Chicken is an aromatic dish with an equal balance of sweet and sour flavourings. I usually opt for boiled rice with this type of curry.
I always have room for a dessert as I like something sweet after a curry. The choice may be limited but there is always something to tempt me. The ice cream is of a high quality and presented in a small dish though my favourite dessert is the banana fritter. One banana fritter is served with a pouring of syrup and is always piping hot and fresh. I find this one fritter ideal to finish my meal off and it always tastes delicious and sweet. The drinks are provided in draught or can form and are average priced for a restaurant of this sort.
Whenever we have dined with our son or younger nephew, we usually opt for one chicken and chips between them. The portion is huge and too much for your average toddler. There are lots of small, battered chicken pieces which are always succulent and well cooked. They taste better than chicken nuggets! Served with chips, this is a filling meal for a toddler (or 2 in this case) and the ice cream albeit small, is the ideal dessert for the kids. They are always offered a lolly when leaving.
~When We Can't Be Bothered Going Out..~
We have only ordered a home delivery from the Mandarin Park on a few occasions and to be honest, I do prefer my regular Chinese takeaway. Delivery has always been quick (30-45mins) and despite enjoying the food in the actual restaurant, I have never been fully pleased with the takeaway. My soup arrived in polystyrene pot and was rather watered down in comparison to the thick and creamy restaurant offering. This irritated me as it is the only local takeaway that does this soup! The rice was a little dry but the curry was tasty and hot. I do find the takeaway prices to be a bit steep considering sides aren't included so for that reason, I will stick to my local takeaway!
I would dine at the Mandarin over the local buffet restaurant without a doubt. The food is tasty, the surroundings are upmarket yet informal and relaxed and the staff are friendly. I would only dine here for lunch as the price and menu suits our personal tastes. Other than the overpriced dinner menu and the less than enthusiastic takeaway deliveries we have received,
I can fully recommend the Mandarin Park if you are dining in the Motherwell area. Today our bill came to £17.80 (I rounded it up to £19.00) which included 2 starters, 2 main courses, 1 side, 1 dessert and 2 large colas. I consider that to be superb value for money.
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The Family Restaurant (Motherwell)
M&Ds is a theme park in Motherwell, Scotland. It is set within Strathclyde Country Park and can be accessed from Motherwell, Bellshill and Hamilton. It is just off the M74 at junction 5 and 6. M&Ds isn't short of places to eat. Whether you fancy some fish and chips, a hot dog, burger or fancy sandwich, there is always ... somewhere to buy food. If you want a proper, sit down meal, The Family Bar is the place to be. Formally known as Bizarre Bar, it has been renamed fairly recently. It is the ideal place to relax with a meal or drink.
The Family Restaurant is located inside the M&Ds complex. It can be accessed by passing through doors at the food court, from outside and also up a set of stairs from the Cosmic Bowl. It is set across two floors with the access to the upper floor via a set of stairs. There is a ramp present on the main floor giving full disabled and buggy access to diners. Toilets are located just outside the main entrance to the restaurant and include disabled/baby changing facilities. There are a few fruit machines and a cash machine also in the restaurant.
The Family Bar is suitable is of course suitable for families or couples. High chairs are available on request. The restaurant provides various seating options from high tables and stools, waltzer type seating , booths and regular tables. There isn't much natural lighting in the restaurant though there is the option to sit in near to a cluster on large windows looking out onto the loch. There is adequate seating for various sized parties and a performance area for tribute acts. The bar is located along one side of the restaurant with a food ordering section at the far end. You should select a table, have a browse at the menu and go up to order with your table number.
During December, the restaurant offers party nights with various tribute singers. Tickets are around £27.95 and include a 3 course festive meal. Projection screens are dotted around the restaurant often showing music videos from the current UK charts. The décor is red and cream with various pictures and guitar silhouettes adorning the walls. It has been updated as it used to have a rocket swooping down from the ceiling!
The restaurant is open mid morning to late at night (cannot locate specific details anywhere).
The Family Bar offers a huge range of dining options from snacks to main meals. I will not copy the full menu but give brief details of what you can purchase to eat. The menu is split into more than 10 sections but I have condensed them. Food and cutlery are brought to your table with your meal. Sauces and other condiments are available in a caddy. Drinks should be purchased at the bar and taken to your table.
*Starters, Light Bites and Snacks
Options here are homemade soup (£2.95), king prawns and bacon (£3.70), various bruschetta (£3.15). Ciabattas, baguettes and sandwiches are offered with various fillings and served with chips or crisps (£3.60-£5.40). Baked potatoes with fillings (additional at a cost) are £3.50. There is a choice of 4 sharing meals including nachos with various toppings (£3.50-£4.70), a Tex Mex platter (£10.95), oriental platter (£11.95) or a family platter with gourjons, nachos and more (£9.95). There are a few vegetarian options marked including bruschetta. There is also a salad section with various toppings (£5.50-£6.50).
The choice here is extensive with a selection of classic meals, pastas, steaks/burgers and sides. Fish and chips can be purchased with sides (£5.90-£7.40), steak pie, sweet and sour pork, lasagne and lamb shank are also on the menu (from £6.45). Burgers and steaks are available in various forms (from £5.75 - £10.50 for the mixed grill). Pasta choices include the likes of spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni (from £5.95). Vegetarians have the choice of vegetable masala, lasagne and pasta dishes for similar prices.
Sides offered include chips, salad, onion rings and a few other options from 95p.
*For The Kids
Children are well catered for a children's meals are offered for £3.95. This includes a soft drink or diluted drink and a drawing pack. Options include burger, chicken teddy bears, pizza, macaroni or sausage and mash. Most are served with chips with a choice of beans, peas or veg as a side.
There are 6 desserts on offer served with cream, ice cream or custard. Included at the typical chocolate fudge cake, apple pie, waffles, ice cream lemon meringue and sundaes (£2.95-£5.95).
Whilst the restaurant offers a wide range of drinks off with the menu, I will concentrate on the menu options. Tea, coffee and other hot drinks (from £1.70) are available. Slush puppy drinks, cans and draught juice can be purchased (from £1.40). The bar stocks a few different beers such as Budweiser, McEwans and Bulmers (from £1.50). Vodka and other drinks are available.
On a Sunday, diners can opt for a Sunday roast meal on a 2 for £10.00 offer. This includes honey roast ham, roast beef, turkey or vegetarian sausages served with veg, roast potatoes, stuffing, Yorkshires and gravy.
We like to dine out when funds allow. We also like to visit M&Ds sometimes and usually we opt to dine at the Family Bar. I find the food to be of a high quality for the price they charge. We have dined here more than 10 times since I was around 10 and although the surroundings have changed a little over the years, the food is still good! Our latest visit was earlier this week as we were treating our son to a day out. After visiting Amazonia, we were ready for lunch at around 12midday.
I will base my experience mainly on the most recent visit but will also make reference to previous visits. We have dined here as a couple, with our son, Mother in law and also with my sister and her kids. We have dined for lunch and dinner though it isn't somewhere I would go at night for a drink as we don't drive and I don't fancy being down there at night. The layout of the restaurant is great though I do feel a bit more lighting would be great as it is quite dark! When we used to visit with the buggy, we sat downstairs in one of the booths and there was always plenty of space for us. We now usually sit upstairs and can watch everything that is going on. We have never had to book and there has never been an issue with us getting a table.
On this occasion we were the only diners on arrival and were joined with others a short while later. We took our seats in one of the waltzers and although the table was clean, the floor beside us could have done with a wash. We had a look at the menu and I went up to order our meals and drinks and paid in cash though card payments are accepted. Our food arrived to the table within 15mins which I consider reasonable considering we were the only people dining! The restaurant is currently decorated with fake cobwebs and skeletons to give it a Halloween theme which is rather cool!
*~*Food Glorious Food!!*~*
On this occasion, we skipped the starters and went straight for main course meals. Each meal was presented basically but neatly on the plate and cutlery was clean. The children's menu is decent enough and it was nice to see chicken teddy bears as opposed to normal chicken nuggets. Our son had this meal but skipped a side. He was presented with 2 teddy bears cooked through and some tasty chips. He also had a small cup with diluting juice. The portion is small considering the price and I do feel a small portion of ice cream would make it a better deal.
My fiancé opted for the Multi Stacker Chicken Burger (double chicken burger with cheese, bacon, barbeque sauce, onion rings in a bun). This also came with a small side salad. The burger was huge and after consuming the pleasantly crispy chips, my fiancé could only manage half of it. I of course got to try it and noted that it was a proper chicken breast, tasty and not too sloppy with the sauce. This was £7.95 which isn't too bad as it is a filling portion.
I had my heart set on the steak pie with chips and vegetables but I spotted the specials menu and noticed roast beef with the trimmings was on there. The waitress mentioned they were quiet the day before so wanted to use up the excess food but it was still fresh! I received a nice bundle of thin, tender beef with a well cooked yorkie pud, lots of roast potatoes, peas and I can only assume they were parsnips. I do prefer carrots though and the peas were quickly removed from my plate as they make me cringe! The parsnips were gorgeous and quite sweet like they had a glaze on them. Everything was hot and cooked well though some of the large roast potatoes were a little undercooked inside. The gravy was rich and flavoursome and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal. My special meal was only £5.00.
We ordered 2 half pints of Coca Cola which tasted rather flat being draught Coke. The total bill came to £19.90 which isn't the cheapest for 3 filling meals and drinks, it isn't too bad. We didn't have desserts on this occasion as we were heading for the sweetie shop in the park!
I have always enjoyed my food whenever we have visited the Family Restaurant. We have dined on a Sunday with the roast offers and always found the food to be fresh. My Mother in Law had a side of mashed potatoes once and it was well worth the additional £1. A few months ago my sister and I took the kids down one lunch time and we opted for the Tex Mex Platter at £10.95. This was huge and included tortilla wraps, chicken with a spicy sauce, spiced beef, chips and sauces. This is ideal for 4 people and full of flavour. The nachos aren't the best as I feel they skimp on toppings!
The steak pie (£6.75) is always delicious with thick but not fatty bits of meat, a rich gravy and delicious chips. The baked potatoes are very filling and are served with your side toppings in separate dishes. Brilliant at £3.50. The only dessert I've tried is the chocolate fudge cake (£3.60) and you do get a decent sized portion. It is moist and sweet and served with fudge sauce as opposed to being mixed through the cake. Whilst we don't have any vegetarians in the family, they are well catered for in the Family Restaurant.
The longest we have waited to have our food brought out is around 30mins but the restaurant was almost full that night. Service is usually quick and friendly and you never have anyone bugging you to leave or take your plates. We didn't receive our kids pack though but were too hungry to bother! Toilets aren't in the main restaurant but the ones outside leave a lot to be desired but are perfectly accessible.
Once again we have enjoyed a tasty meal at the Family Bar. The tables are spaced far enough apart to allow conversations to not be overhead but it isn't the ideal place for a relaxing dinner with your loved one. It is simply ideal for families due to the prices, location and lay out. I am happy to recommend this restaurant if you are visiting Strathclyde Park.
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