Review: La Tasca

La Tasca is a traditional Spanish restaurant across 40 locations around the country since 1993.

They are extremely passionate about the very best fresh quality ingredients sourced directly from regional Spanish producers, and this passion has earned them awards for their food.  In true Mediterranean style they are family friendly and offer a highly acclaimed Kids Tapas Menu.

I went to their Exeter restaurant to try it out for myself.  We decided to go for their set menu for £9.95 per person, which offers a starter each and a choice of 3 tapas each.  The restaurant itself is like walking into Spain, lovely low lighting and candles on every table, you could almost forget that you are in the UK!

We started with some bread and oil each.  I find a lot of places get the oil and balsamic ratio all wrong, but I am pleased to say that La Tasca got it spot on! For the tapas we had:-

HUEVOS CABREAOS (CATALUÑA), Amazing Spanish take on egg and chips.  This was a fried egg on a bed of extra thin and crispy fries with a really nice sauce. The egg was nice and runny and the fries were really crispy and delicious. The sauce was a nice tomato salsa and mayonnaise and really finished the dish off, I love this Spanish twist on a British classic.

PATATAS BRAVAS (ESPAÑA) This was lovely little bite sized chunks of crispy potatoes served with a spicy tomato sauce. The spice was just enough and not at all over powering.  This dish is simple but effective and delicious.

ALBÓNDIGAS (MADRID) Beef & pork meatballs, in a rich, slow-cooked tomato sauce. Lovely tender, juicy meatballs packed with flavour. You can tell that they are slow cooked due to the consistency and full flavours packed within them

CROQUETAS DE POLLO (MADRID) This was my favourite dish and consisted of balls of hand-crumbed chicken breast with mayonnaise. Lovely and creamy with chicken and little balls of flavour.  They serve 3 of them, which meant the 2 of us had to fight for the last one!

A FESTIVAL OF MUSHROOMS (RIOJA) Simple sautéed mushrooms in garlic butter and white wine, simple and full of garlic.  I love a mushroom, but team it with garlic and wine and you really have a winning combination!  Loved these.

CHORIZO (LEÓN) Simply sautéed on the plancha. You can't beat some decent quality chorizo, and the Spanish do it best.  Nothing bought from a supermarket compares to a proper Spanish chorizo, the flavour is so rich and just something else!  This is why you can cook them so simply, and have them still be so pleasurable.

La Tasca is a great place to go to get a little taste of Spain closer to home.  The set meal is really good value for money.  Find your nearest one here

Food **** Service **** Atmosphere ****

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