This is the first in a new blogging series. I’ll be trying out different restaurants and cafés throughout Inverness in the coming months (all for your reading pleasure and not for the pleasure of our tummies… of course!)
We have a discount card for local independent and chain restaurants in Inverness, which we’ve used a couple of times at the Allangrange Arms but nowhere else. As we were staying local to town on Saturday, rather than heading out to explore somewhere in the Highlands, we decided to pick one of the restaurants in the centre.
Inverness has a very good restaurant scene, with many places delivering very high quality modern european menus featuring a plethora of local and Scottish ingredients. There is also a very competitive market, with many places offering a lunch menu of two very good courses for between £7-£10.
Many of the deals the discount card are of a similar vein – “Buy 2 two-course meals and get one main course free” – however, we weren’t hungry enough for two courses. Enter La Tortilla Asesina – a tapas restaurant where we can get 50% off our lunchtime food bill on 6 separate occasions.
We stepped inside, fresh from a quick wander in the city centre. The interior is very authentic, with pretty tiles adorning the walls and bar stools around the wooden bar.
It was fairly quiet – just one other couple eating as we arrived, with another party entering halfway through our meal. We were given menus quickly, and with drinks orders taken, we were left to peruse the menu.
We eventually chose the following tapas dishes to share. I chose:
Cigero Bolegi – Filo cigars filled with wilted spinach and feta cheese
Chorizo e Cidre – Chorizo cooked in cider
(I can’t recall the name of the dish) Salad leaves topped with serrano ham strips, cubed potato and manchego cheese
Mr B opted for:
Calamares Fritos – Classic Calamari, lightly battered
Tortilla – Classic Tortilla made with potato and eggs
Gabardinos – battered prawns with a mayonnaise dip
Pollo au Ajillo- Chicken cooked in a spanish garlic sauce
After a short wait, the dishes were brought out!
All the tapas was very generously portioned and delicious – the stand out dishes being the chorizo in cider, and the spinach and feta cigars.
As we paid our bill (with the discount card the bill was just under £20-not bad for 7 tapas dishes and 2 soft drinks!) the waitress pointed out the ‘Happy Hour’ deal which is held between 5-6pm. Simply buy a drink over £3 and get a tapas dish for free, which we thought was a great deal if you were going out straight from work. We noted that there was also a cider tasting event which we would have been interested in, had we not been going on holiday next week.
Our verdict: A great little spot if you are in the mood for tapas, we would be happy to pay full price here had we not had the discount card.
I received no incentive for this review – we went, we paid, we ate, we enjoyed immensely!