I’d been to Bibi’s Cantina once, BC, for lunch. It was delicious but as it’s tucked away along the Partick end of Dumbarton Road, I hadn’t quite gotten round to going back – until my folks relocated to the west end.
It’s a tiny (30-38 covers), cosy gem of a place that just feels – sound the cliché klaxon – really authentic. I know, I know. But the décor; the hot sauce and tortilla chips on every table; the mini margarita taster (more, please, immediately) on arrival – it’s all so MEXICAN.
Mexican food is generally pretty decent for gluten-free options but Bibi’s has a whole separate menu, which always gets a massive tick from me. It just makes you feel a bit special, y’know?
My sister (who is also coeliac) and I just couldn’t get past the jalapeno poppers. I’ve never seen them on a gluten-free menu before and they lived up to our high hopes.
The main was a far tougher choice but I went for cod baked in tequila, chilli, garlic and coriander; topped with guacamole. And I didn’t regret it for a minute.
This had the option of patatas bravas or rice; but devastatingly they’d run out of patatas bravas. There was also the choice of a gluten-free tortilla or gluten-free bread. I didn’t actually need either as I was stuffed, but it’s still a novelty to be offered gluten-free bread so I managed a slice.
I couldn’t possibly manage dessert so it may have been a blessing in disguise that they’d also run out* of the cinnamon tortilla chips with honey and ice cream – I’m not sure I could have resisted. There’s also a gluten-free chocolate brownie on the menu along with ice cream and fruit margarita sorbet; not a bad selection if you have any room left. And if you haven’t, there’s always the classic Margarita (or straight tequila if you prefer to get down to business). When in Mexico…
*We were the last table in the restaurant so this is in no way a criticism – if anything it’s just a sign of how good the food is!