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.
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
Edinburgh, EH2 4AS