Rioja to open this Monday

SPANISH chef Miguel Angel Mayor has confirmed that his new Glasgow restaurant, Rioja, will open its doors on Monday 12th July.

The new eatery, on Argyle Street in Finnieston, will offer traditional Spanish tapas dishes alongside modern creations designed by the Michelin-Star chef.

Dishes include canape de pollo pulpo (crispy chicken, Galician octopus, parsley gel, baby chard); venison tartar de cerdo ahumado (home-smoked venison tartare, raw quail egg, radish); arros de senoret (Valencian rice, slow-cooked on a metal tray, seafood broth, langoustine, fresh squid); and mejillones a la brasa (barbequed fresh mussels from Mull, white wine, chives).

“Our food will reflect the evolution of taste,” said Mayor.

“An ever changing menu that celebrates the finest of Scottish and Iberian produce paired with innovative techniques, Spanish gastronomy, creativity and the occasional surprise.”

Front of house at the 60-cover restaurant will be run by general manager Fernando Salonia Nascimento, who has over three decades experience working in restaurants in Glasgow, Rio De Janeiro, San Francisco and Miami.

He said visitors to the restaurant should “expect the unexpected”.

“Our incredible chef Miguel has been busy innovating, creating, foraging and crafting and we have a dazzling new menu to share,” said Nascimento.