Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Restaurant review: La Barca, 33 W. Clyde St, Helensburgh

A delicious array of food at La Barca
A delicious array of food at La Barca

 

Location

Situated on the seafront with lovely views across the Firth Of Clyde. It’s a 10-minute walk from Helensburgh Central train station. If you are driving there’s a handy car park across the road.

At first sight

La Barca’s motto is: Think Spanish, eat local, and the minute you walk inside you feel like you’re on your holidays. The interior is dominated by a colourful mural and the smell of garlic is in the air. The tables are filled with couples, friends and families tucking into delicious-looking small plates.

Service

There is a front desk immediately as you walk in the door, manned by a friendly maitre d’ who greets us warmly before we are escorted to a clean table. We don’t have to wait long before menus appear and our drinks order is taken.

Menu

The lunch menu is divided into meat, vegetarian and seafood tapas. We took advantage of the lunchtime offer of any three for £12.95 (though most came with supplements).

We choose deep fried halloumi cheese strips with Romanesco sauce, gambas pil pil (prawns in chilli and garlic), pollo al Jerez (chicken pan fried in Spanish sherry with a touch of cream), rapa con pancetta (seared monkfish wrapped in pancetta with roast pepper, tomato and garlic, red wine vinegar and almond sauce) plus a side of garlic bread and fries.

The dishes arrive in quick succession, fresh and hot from the kitchen (no sign of reheats here). Each dish was delicious but special praise must go to the pollo al Jerez which was packed with sweet and creamy flavour. In fact we ordered another helping. The monkfish was also superbly succulent.

Ambience

Watching the grey waters of the Clyde being whipped up by wind, while sipping a good wine and eating a feast, made this an unforgettable lunch.

Price

Food and drink, including coffees, came to a reasonable £67.93.