La Tasca, a taste of Espaňa.

I love sushi, don’t get me wrong, and try as my parents might, I’ve never really been into Asian Fusion cooking, but European food like Tapas has my name written all over it. So when my parents suggests we eat lunch at La Tasca I was much less my grumpy self to be torn away from shopping. After all it’s clothes first, food second!
It was pretty busy but we were seated quickly, after a desperate attempt from the Maitre d’ to get us to sit in the ‘delightful outside terrace’, inside.
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I love the atmosphere and decoration in here. Spanish music plays just loud enough to not interrupt conversation but create an ambiance to suit the softly lit dinning area. The long candles in wine bottles add to the authenticity.
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Vintage Spanish wine crates decorate some of the walls which is a touch I love. Whilst I am quite the vino fan, I’m not the biggest lover of Spanish wine so I opted for a long island iced tea. Sadly it wasn’t long or alcoholic enough, just bitter with over zested lemon. This was a bit of a disappointment as I generally judge places on there ability to serve a good long island, however my Dad had gone for a bottle of some unusual Spanish beer which was surprisingly good.
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We ordered (from top L-R to bottom):
Pork cheek and delgado fritas (skinny fries!)
Spiced chicken wing
Octopus and fried potatoes
Seared rib meat
Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes in a spicy tomato sauce)
Chorizo, olives, sundried tomatoes and peppers
Winter warmer salad: green beans and Serrano ham.

Tapas is meant for sharing so the three of us dug in. The food was spectacular. The pork cheek just fell apart, as did the rib meat. The salad was shockingly good, and probably not very good for me. I’m a sucker for good olives so I was sold on that dish. I love the whole ideal of sitting round as a family with sharing plates, catching up and enjoying a meal together. It’s not that often we get to since I’m away at uni a lot and my dad works away often so it made the lunch even lovelier.
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Lots of empty dishes!
While my cocktail was quite the let down, the food and the atmosphere certainly impressed. I would rate this venue with an 8/10 with the plan to grab a beer next time I visit!
Love Lucinda x
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Have you eaten at La Tasca? Let me know what you think, or if you’ve tried another great Tapas restaurant!

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