Walk through the door of Arta and you immediately feel like you’ve been transported from Glasgow’s Merchant City to a courtyard in Mallorca. The listed building, which was a cheese market in Medieval times, is a vast space of stone pillars, lush flowers arrangements, and sweeping staircases and balconies that look like they’ve been transported from a film set of Romeo and Juliet. When we visited on a Thursday it was salsa class night so there were couples twirling in the main bar as we dined. Marvellous.
It was also the first night of Arta’s brand new a la carte menu (of which there is an incredible 30% discount when booking on 5pm). While Arta is a tapas restaurant, the menu aims to create Spanish flavours using Scottish ingredients. “A lot of our ingredients are sourced locally, like Arran whisky and cheese, but some of the ingredients, like Iberico pig cheeks, olives and Manchego cheese, we have to get from Spain,” said restaurant manager Jennifer Scahill. “The new menu includes a lot of new flavours. It’s a lot more labour intensive in the kitchen and the chefs are more involved. A lot of love has gone into it.”
To experience some of the love, we dined on the following eight dishes.
1. Slow cooked iberico pigs cheeks, garlic mash, slow cooked shallots
2. Patatas bravas in sweet pimento sauce
3. Garlic & lemon chicken wings with smoked paprika
4. Whipped goats cheese with garlic crostini’s
5. Scorched padron peppers with smoked sea salt
6. Sticky toffee pudding, salted almond caramel sauce & Isle of Arran Dairies vanilla ice cream
7. Creme catalana with nutmeg shortbread biscuits
8. Smoked paprika tortilla with rocket aioli
To experience Arta’s new menu for yourself, with an incredible 30% a la carte discount, book on 5pm Dining.
There is also a two person offer – £29 for 5 tapas on Couples Menu + bottle of wine to share.