December 2, 2022

Glasgow restaurant El Jefe’s brings Sunday lunch to Finnieston with a Mexican twist

A new Sunday Roast is coming to Glasgow – and it has a Mexican twist.

El Jefe’s in Finnieston offers “original and unique Mexican food” in the city’s West End, alongside live entertainment.

The restaurant was previously open for around four months on Great Western Road, before closing in February, and reopened on Argyle Street in late August.

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Dave Wade, who co-owns Brunch Club with his business partner Jonathan Lessani, says the restaurant has been a goal for about a decade.

Dave, who also owns The Parlor on Vinicombe Street, explained: “My background was more bartending than cooking, but I’ve always had an interest in tequila and Mexican food.

“I did a pop-up called Mexicana Cantina at SWG3 about 10 years ago, so in a way it’s a project that I desperately wanted to do, but it never seemed to be there. the right place or the right time to throw it. .

“But I’ve been into Mexican food and tequila for over 10 years, so there’s something pretty interesting about seeing that come to fruition.”

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As well as offering a variety of food and drink, the restaurant also offers live entertainment and Dave says they’ve tried to create a ‘one stop shop’ for people to have an evening.

He said: “For us, the two essentials of it, we wanted value for people and we really wanted to focus on live entertainment.

“What we want is a comfortable atmosphere where people can enjoy good food and drink at a reasonable price and which also comes with friendly service, but which is accompanied by live music and entertainment. a kind of entertainment.

“We hope to offer most of what you are looking for in a night out in one place.”

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<p>  Chef Steven Gallacher worked in restaurants for 15 years after getting his first job at 16 at Pancho Villas in Merchant City.
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<p>  He says he “loved” working at a <a class=Mexican restaurant and jumped at the chance to work there again when he was approached by El Jefe’s to join the team after they moved to Argyle Street.

“They approached me and asked if we could get together as a team and try to make some quirky, unique Mexican food, something a little different that will bring Finnieston some attention,” Steven says.

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<p>  “I was really looking forward to it because I go out to eat a lot but my girlfriend and I always say there are no good Mexicans in Glasgow so being part of creating it is a great opportunity.
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<p>  “It’s really authentic.
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<p>  “The owners have been to Mexico many times and they’ve come back with ideas and we’re bouncing off each other and I think it’s the fact that we want to have fun with it and explore different avenues with different foods.
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<p>  “I also try to create a lot of vegan stuff to fit in with the trend.
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<p>  “I also try to involve all the chefs and get them interested in coming up with ideas.”
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Steven has been asked to create a menu for a Mexican Sunday roast, which will also feature live music for a “fun” and “colorful” event that will be “less formal” than other Sunday lunches.

The dish will include meats such as leg of lamb, Mexican half chicken and Chateaubriand, as well as a range of sides including creamed corn, Mexican roast potatoes, Tex Mex sauce and Chipotle cauliflower queso.

Steven explained: “The owners came up to me and said ‘do you have any ideas for the Sunday roast’ and I said I’d take a little look at it.

“It’s a different twist.

“It’s for sharing so it’s for a social gathering, it’s not just about coming and going home, it’s about creating an event.

“The mariachi band will also be present on a Sunday.

“We are all looking forward to it, it’s a very good atmosphere.”

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<p>  And it’s not just Argyle Street where the fun will be, as Dave and Jonathan are set to open El Camino on Waterloo Street in November.
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<p>  Dave added: “It’s going to give us an exciting opportunity on the live music side because it has a 3am license where it’s a bigger space that spans three floors.
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<p>  “We’ll be offering a similar style in terms of cuisine, there will be some tweaks in terms of drinks, and then what we hope to do is provide a really good platform for people to book events.”
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<p>  The Sunday Mexican Roast will be available at El Jefe’s starting Sunday, November 6, while a monthly brunch will also begin on Sunday, October 30.
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<p>  El Jefe’s is located at 1166-1170 on Argyle Street in Finnieston.
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