It is a Finnieston favourite. 

And now it is offering a food experience like no other as Spanish Michelin-starred chef Miguel Angel Mayor takes the reigns at Rioja. 

The West End eatery, situated on Argyle Street, has revealed chef Miguel will launch his new menu on July 12.

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It will include the best of traditional Spanish tapas staples, alongside Chef Miguel's modern creations.

How does canape de pollo pulpo (crispy chicken skin), fresh Galician Octopus, parsley gel and baby shard, venison tartar de cerdo ahumado (home smoked venison tartare, raw quail egg and radish) or croquetas de cocido (bechamel, cured Iberian ham, chicken thigh and trio of stocks) sound?

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Other dishes on offer to delight foodies include mejillones a la brasa (barbequed fresh mussels from Mull, white wine and chives) and gambas al ajillo con pizza aerea, a Spanish classic deconstructed with fresh prawns, chilli, evo, garlic and homemade prawn cracker.

While bunelo de bacalao (20 minute salt cured cod, fried quails egg, salmoreco (cold tomato soup), mini tempura balls), papada con puerros asados (48 hour cooked pork dewlap, smoked leek, lupin beans, pickled garlic) arroz de senoret (Valencian rice, slow-cooked on a metal tray, seafood broth, langoustine, fresh squid and arroz de caza(Valencian rice, slow-cooked on a metal tray Wood pigeon, chermoula, chicken stock) is bound to interest diners. 

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Chef Miguel said: "Our food will reflect the evolution of taste.

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

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The reimagined restaurant and kitchens have been completely refurbished to create a light-filled, contemporary space that can seat up to 60 guests.

Spread across two floors, the design and interiors are inspired by the unrivalled beauty of Spain's picturesque coastline, using calming tones such as baby blue, peach, and pastels.
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Joining chef Miguel and his team will be general manager, Fernando Salonia Nascimento, who has over 30 years of hospitality experience across ventures in Glasgow, Rio De Janeiro, San Francisco and Miami. 

Fernando Salonia Nascimento said: "We’ve been closed for over 15 months now, and our team is itching to welcome our guests once again.

"Our restaurant space has been reimagined and at a new look Rioja you can expect the unexpected.

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

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Diners can book a table now. Open from midday, Monday through to Sunday, the a la carte menu will be available from noon to late.

Rioja will also be offering a choice of bespoke cocktails and perfect serves, offering playful alternatives to well-known cocktail classics as well as a specially curated wine list boasting an impressive assortment of Spanish and world wines. 

The restaurant will fully open on Friday, July 16 at noon. Previews will take place beforehand.

Booking lines now open, with phone and website reservations available