Having been to Spain on numerous occasions as a child I developed a love of Spanish foods. I do adore tapas as it entitles you to sample an array of deliciously tasty and fresh dishes rather than just one large meal. La Tasca a chain offering a range of Spanish foods was next on my list of restaurants to try being close to another event I had arranged to attend. The restaurant was on James Street just off Oxford Street just a short walk from Bond Street station so it was not long before my friend and I arrived. The aroma of Spanish foods wafts into the street and entices passersby to pay them a visit.
It was larger than I had expected and we made our way in to be seated. The atmosphere was lively and very relaxed. After browsing through the menu we placed our order and expected the starter that we had ordered to come prior to the rest of the food but it all seemed to arrive together. Wow, we only just managed to fit everything on the table. Six tapas dishes and a starter of:
Rustic Garlic Bread
Lovely thick crispy and soft bread with a hint of garlic, yum! (although not very Spanish)
A deliciously creamy non spicy dish, the blue cheese was gorgeous and added an amazing flavour. The combination of the ingredients all complemented each other. A dish I may have to replicate at home.
Chorizo and Black Beans
Superb, the flavours from the beans and chorizo were fantastic! It’s a shame it wasn’t a lot larger, you really should try it!!!
The calamari was nice and crispy and with a drizzle of lemon juice very enjoyable.
Gambas al Ajillo
The prawns were perfectly cooked enabling the shells to be removed easily with a knife and fork. The flavours came through beautifully. Very close to the flavour of those I had eaten in Spain. For those that are not into heat these do pack a little punch. I did wish I had left some bread to soak up the lovely garlic oil.
Creamy with a nice touch of spice and rich flavour from the chorizo again the bread would have helped to make sure none of the flavour was wasted. There wasn’t much chorizo in the portion that we had which was a shame.
Salsa Chicken Wings
These had a nice smoky flavour and cooked so they were still moist.
Spanish music and music by Spanish singers was playing in the background. I recall a hearing Enrique Iglesias song amongst the mix. The decor was Spanish themed as one would expect. It was quite busy for a Monday night but that added to the lively atmosphere.
The meal was complimentary as it was for review purposes but all opinions are my own.