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Tapas Restaurants in Glasgow

 Tapas restaurants in Glasgow: a bite-sized history of tapas

Tapas are small plates of dishes that are often shared around the table and accompanied with wine. Known and enjoyed internationally including at a number of tapas restaurants in Glasgow, tapas are believed to have first originated in Spain back in the 1200’s when legend has it that King Alfonso 10th – The Wise King of Spain – was stricken with an illness which meant he could only eat small portions of food with small portions of wine. After the King recovered he declared that no wine should be served unless it is with small plates of food, and so tapas became a popular dish country-wide. Other theories suggest that tapas was originally invented to prevent peasants from drinking on an empty stomach, while some believe that it was invented by farm workers who needed small meals and wine to give them energy throughout the day and others say that the first tapas was simply a piece of bread which placed over a wine glass to keep the flies out, hence the name ‘tapas’.

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Tinto Tapas - Battlefield

Tinto Tapas - Battlefield

Mount Florida
Spanish
5.1/6171
Tinto Tapas - Uddingston

Tinto Tapas - Uddingston

Uddingston
Spanish
5.3/6190
Tinto Tapas - East Kilbride

Tinto Tapas - East Kilbride

East Kilbride
Spanish££££
5.5/6133
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Tinto Tapas - Hamilton

Tinto Tapas - Hamilton

Town Centre
Spanish
5.1/6126
Cubatas Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Cubatas Tapas Bar & Restaurant

Finnieston
Spanish££££
5.3/612

Tinto Tapas - West End

West End
Spanish
4.7/674

Malaga Tapas

Pollokshields
Spanish££££
5.6/678

Mi Casa

City Centre
Spanish££££
5.0/627

Malaga Tapas

Kinning Park
Spanish££££
1.0/61
El Quijote

El Quijote

Tollcross
Spanish££££
5.3/6146
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    Experience Spanish tradition at tapas restaurants in Glasgow

    These days, tapas has become so popular that in Spain you can order virtually any dish in a tapas size, while they are typically served in bars paired with wine. However, it’s not just in Spain where one can enjoy these delicious small plates, tapas has become increasingly popular all over the world too, with many tapas bars and restaurants opening up outside of the country, and luckily for Spanish cuisine loving foodies, you can find a number of tapas restaurants in Glasgow.
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    The top dishes that you must try at Glasgow tapas restaurants

    Spain has a very diverse landscape, meaning that traditional Spanish tapas dishes, methods and customs vary from region to region, for example, in the Basque Country the local tapas are know as pintxos and are served on top of a slice of bread and held together with a cocktail stick. Some of the most popular Spanish tapas dishes include patatas bravas (fried potatoes served in a tomato sauce), tortilla de patatas (a traditional Spanish omelette), croquetas de jamón (croquettes with ham and a creamy filling) and gambas al ajillo (fresh shrimps cooked in olive oil with garlic and chilli) as well as cured meats like jamón Iberico or chorizo, olives, cheese and other easy-to-prepare items. All of these can be found on the menu at tapas restaurants in Glasgow and around the world.
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    How to find the best Spanish tapas restaurants in Glasgow

    If you ever find yourself reminiscing about the mouthwatering tapas you tried while on holiday, or simply want to experience a taste of Andalucia, Catalonia or Seville without leaving Scotland, then you’re in luck in Glasgow. Enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine at one of the many tapas restaurants in Glasgow. Tapas is perfect for sharing around the table with friends or family, paired with a bottle of wine or two of course. So for a special family meal or a big, communal feast with friends, booking a table at a Glasgow tapas restaurant is the ideal choice.
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    Tapas gone global: internationally-inspired tapas restaurants in Glasgow

    It’s not all just about Spanish cuisine either. Since tapas has grown in popularity all over the world, other cultures have started jumping on the bite-size bandwagon too. At the many tapas restaurants in Glasgow you can enjoy small plates of just about every type of cuisine, from Southeast Asian to Indian, Greek, Italian and everything inbetween. Easily hunt out the best tapas restaurants in Glasgow with Quandoo, filter by area, cuisine type and price and then quickly and simply book a table online!