Saturday, 31 August 2013

Review of La Tasca (South Charlotte Street) Edinburgh

I was asked recently to review the new menu at Spanish Tapas Restaurant La Tasca in Edinburgh, created by Executive Chef Antony Bennett on his return from filming in Salamanca.  I hadn't been before, so hubby and I went along one Tuesday evening in August.  The Festival was in full swing so I was intrigued to see how the food and service would be at such a busy time.

We were welcomed by a friendly hostess who had our booking, and showed us to a nice window seat.  Our knowledgeable waiter then explained the menu and took a drinks order.  I opted for a yummy non-alcoholic cocktail and hubby taunted me with a lovely big glass of red wine...something I am looking forward to once baby arrives!

We deliberated over the menu for a while, as being pregnant, there was quite a few things I couldn't have.  However, we finally settled on a selection of tapas to share.  Here's what we had:

SPANISH STYLE RUSTIC BREAD BOARD WITH OILS



GAMBAS GABARDINA (MADRID)
King prawns, dipped in a special-recipe San Miguel batter and fried until crisp, then served with homemade paprika & roasted garlic mayonnaise and lemon.





SPICY ROASTED VEGETABLE CASSOLO WITH ALMOND (CASTILE LA MANCHA)

Butternut squash, red onion, chickpeas, celeriac and cannellini beans in a winter warming spicy tomato sauce topped with crushed almonds and parsley.

CROQUETAS DE POLLO (MADRID)

Hand-crumbed with chicken breast and served with roasted garlic mayonnaise.






ALBÓNDIGAS (MADRID)

Beef & pork meatballs, in a rich, slow-cooked tomato sauce.

TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA (ESPAÑA)

Spanish omelette, served with a spicy red pepper tapenade and roasted garlic mayonnaise


CHORIZO & MORCILLA (CASTILLA Y LEÓN)
Spanish black pudding and chorizo cooked with fire roast peppers, basil and onion.


















SHARING CHURROS (FOR TWO)


Doughnut twists, served with fresh strawberries and marshmallows, plus a rich chocolate sauce for dipping.






















As we waited on our little sharing plates to we arrive, we munched the bread and oils - well, I ate most of it!  We waited quite a while on our mains, which I think is a good sign that it was all cooked fresh.  I never think tapas looks very much when it's all laid out on the table, however, it was more than enough!  



All in all it was a nice meal.  It didn't blow me away, but then to be honest, tapas rarely does.  The omelette was a little dry, but everything else was really tasty and fresh. I especially enjoyed the churros for dessert - I'm a big fan!




The service was excellent and the restaurant had a really nice atmosphere and didn't feel too much like a chain.  


La Tasca Restaurant



9 South Charlotte Street

EdinburghEH2 4AS
Tel: 0131 220 0011



Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Foodies competition now closed

Just a quick post to let you know my Foodies competition has now closed.  Thank you to everyone who entered and well done to those who won!

If you were unlucky this time, check out Breakthrough Breast Cancer Scotland's Facebook page as they still have some tickets up for grabs.

 
 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Foodies Festival Ticket Giveaway

Time flies when you're having fun!  It's hard to believe it's been a year since Foodies last graced Edinburgh's Inverleith Park.  But it's back from 9th - 11th August and promises to be the best yet!
 
I have 2 pairs of tickets to give away, courtesy of Lavazza UK
 
Visit the Lavazza stand at the Edinburgh Foodies Festival next weekend (9th-11th August, 10am to 7pm) for a taste of the authentic Italian coffee experience. To share the culture of real Italian coffee, Lavazza will be holding coffee tasting masterclasses at 11am each day with lots of goodys and coffee recipes for everyone to enjoy, as well as showcasing their A Modo Mio coffee machine range.
 
Coincidentally, I will also be at Foodies in a work capacity with Breakthrough Breast Cancer promoting The Great Pink Bake Off.  So please do stop by our stand and say hello!
 
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, drop me an email at edinburghfoodgirl@hotmail.co.uk - names will be drawn from a hat.  The tickets can be used any one day of the festival.
 
Thank you to Lavazza UK.  Have a great Foodies Festival everyone!