The interior is comfortable, colourful and kitsch. A neighbourhood hangout with a bombastic selection of Latin American delicacies, the menu leans on Mexican flavours to make an impact. Bibi’s has been around for eight years and have carved out their own special place in the affections of Partick diners.
On our last visit, we started in the equally kitsch Tiki bar for a rum cocktail and then took a table near the tiny kitchen and ordered a round of mango margaritas – they offered us a shot when we arrived that tasted like holidays, so we had to buy into the Mexican theme.
It’s a tight fit in the dining room, watching the staff glide between tables and moving chairs is an education in agile service.
Wasting no time, we chose gambas con chorizo – prawn & chorizo skewers in a Cajun butter (£5.85) and spicy pulled pork with sour cream and coriander pesto toasted bread (£4.95).
Star of the show among the main dishes was a Cuban picadillo (pictured top) – ground pork with tomato, cinnamon, raisins, nuts and spices wrapped in a large flour tortilla cone with Mexican rice. A distinctive and zinging variation on a standard wrap, this was packed with flavour.
Mexican food has been co-opted by food chains and dumbed down with disappointing results. Here, simple Mexican dishes are raised to a joyous level. This is party food. Order another round of margaritas.
On the Menu: Bibi’s Cantina
Traditional mexican pozole – chicken breast simmered in a spicy broth of tomatillos, chickpeas, onion, garlic and coriander, topped with avocado and shredded cabbage, served with rice and jalapeno cornbread muffins – £14.95
Cowboy steak chilli slow braised with onion, beans, tomato and three chillies, served in a crisp tortilla basket with patatas bravas and green rice – £14.95
Taco station – 3 tacos filled with baja-style battered fish, pulled pork in a chipotle sauce and spicy steak and onion. Served with green rice, jalapeno coriander slaw, fruit salsa, tomato salsa, sour cream and crumbled queso fresco cheese – £12.95
The Early Bird Dinner Menu is available 12pm – 6.45pm Mon – Sat and all day Sunday (early tables back by 7.50pm)
There is a Baby Bibi’s Menu offering kids dishes like meatballs, quesadillas and fajitas.
599 Dumbarton Road
T: 0141 579 0179