I love tapas. Pick ‘n’ mix food is my favourite.
Mercado is located smack bang in the centre of Merchant City in the character filled Merchant Square. We sat out on the Square underneath the beautiful fairy-lit roof enjoying a glass of wine and some tasty Spanish grub!
We were served this experimental canapé and it was so tasty!
Chef Alfons came out to speak to us and gave some recommendations, which we of course took. Take a look at the dishes we tried (the area of Spain where the dish was inspired is in brackets in the name, if you’re interested!):
I always order meatballs when I go for tapas. Always always always. These didn’t disappoint me! The meatballs themselves were tasty and tender and the sauce was a gorgeous rich tomato with fresh basil. I really loved them.
This was my friend’s choice, and even at the time I said she could have it all as I’m not a big fan of Spanish Omelette. It’s not that I don’t like them, I just don’t really care for them. I really, really enjoyed this! I tasted a bit and ended up going back for another bit. And another bit. It was very nice, as were the sauces with it. I may be converted!
Deep fried aubergine with honey is another ‘must-order’ dish for me when I’m eating tapas. Aubergine lend themselves well to other flavours, so when drizzled in honey and added to meatballs (for example), they are just divine. Other tapas venues cut them chunkier whereas Mercado have them cut into chips – I must say I prefer them chunky as aubergine has a very soft texture.
This was absolutely delicious. Grilled onions and red peppers with a hint of chilli created a nice nest for the toasted goats cheese to rest on. The strong, dry cheese was beautifully softened by the sweet and juicy vegetables. These also went beautifully with the honeyed aubergine!
Chef Alfons recommended this dish to us and I totally know why – it was absolutely beautiful. Like a posh cheesesteak! The marinated Ribeye steak was juicy and cooked medium and was adorned with melted Brie. They were placed on a toasted bread with a rich tomato sauce as a base and topped with alioli. Just gorgeous! I would order this as a big sandwich, it was so tasty!
Mercado Spanish Tapas Bar & Restaurant
17 Bell Street
0141 552 3400