Served Monday - Saturday 9am-11.45am
A VIBRANT and exciting dining experience has arrived in Helensburgh.
La Barca Spanish Tapas and Wine Bar offers an authentic taste of Spain, served with flair, in splendid surroundings.
From the colourful, Mediterranean inspired decor to the charming Spanish waiters, stepping into La Barca is like discovering your favourite holiday restaurant.
o La Barca, which means "the boat" in Spanish, features a handcrafted boat-shaped bar, beautiful harbour scene mural and a generously stocked, feature wine cellar.
l Choose from over 40 tapas and paellas freshly prepared by passionate Spanish chefs, using ingredients sourced both locally and regionally from Spain.
[ Owner Milan Nikolic used to manage several Spanish tapas restaurants across Scotland before opening La Barca with wife Cara in December 2012.
A great restaurant is not just about fantastic food but the standard of service.
Get them both right and you're onto a winner.
Last year at La Barca we were honoured to be awarded the prestigious accolade of 'Scotland's Best Mediterranean Restaurant.'
And this year we're asking customers to kindly vote for us again in the hope that we can win it two years running.
Not only do we think it helped put Helensburgh on the map but it gave our team a much deserved pat on the back and a great night off!
I remember getting all dressed up in my best black frock while the boys donned smart kilts for the glitzy 'Scottish Entertainment and Hospitality Awards' held at a Glasgow hotel.
It's Scotland's largest hospitality event and we were up against the "big boys" as we called them - four well known restaurants from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
When we arrived to find our table at the back of the function suite as far from the winners stage as you could possible get it was not a good sign.
So we opened the wine, tucked into the three course dinner and thought, if nothing else, it was an achievement to have made it that far.
Another Helensburgh institution The Wee Kelpie were also in the room and set a tough act to follow when early in the evening they won Scotland's Best Takeaway.
Surely two places from Helensburgh couldn't win something and as our 'Best Mediterranean' category came around we were on the edge of our seats with nerves.
Then we heard the words "and the winner is... La Barca Helensburgh" and leapt into the air with excitement.
Our ecstatic team bounded up on stage and we collected the glass trophy that has taken pride of place in our restaurant ever since.
It's been a busy second year for La Barca in a new look town that is certainly on the up and up.
We've welcomed diners from all over the world who've visited Helensburgh and tried to give them a fantastic culinary experience to remember.
At the same time we've supported many of our local producers and suppliers including Townhead Farm, Muirheads Dairy and Natures Harvest.
So if you enjoy La Barca please support us by logging onto www. entertainmentawards.co.uk and voting for us in the category 'Scotland's Best Mediterranean Cuisine.'
Voting closes 20 March and the top five venues with the most votes will be visited by independent mystery diners who will judge who is the best of the best.
We'd love with your help to swap our aprons for a new frock and kilts and make it two in a row for La Barca and Helensburgh.
La Barca is the sister establishment to the town's highly reputable Riverbank Bar and Restaurant and was born out of the success of Riverbank's successful Tapas Tuesday nights.
Milan added: "It is a dream come true to open a tapas restaurant and the response has been fantastic.
It is traditional to launch a new boat with a bottle of bubbly. And that's exactly how a new Helensburgh restaurant was launched from the bow of its boat shaped bar.
"We love what we do and invite everyone to come along and discover our taste of Spain."
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At La Barca we always like to make a fuss of customers celebrating a birthday.
So don't be surprised if our Spanish staff treat you to Kumpleanos Feliz -
their version of Happy Birthday.
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
You can also read a review on us from foodanddrinkglasgow.com