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Review: La Tasca Kitchen

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Manchester, United Kingdom

Tapas extraordinary

  • By SilverTraveller wilf

    27 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • Jul 2012
  • Casual
  • Spanish
  • Manchester

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Madrid, the capital of Spain is renowned for its many and varied tapas bars. Some swear (especially the locals!) "The best in Spain" . This is where I lived and worked for several years and where I became a huge fan of these delicious aperitifs. On warm summer nights together with my Spanish wife and a few friends, it was our custom to saunter through the ancient narrow streets of old Madrid sampling these tapas whilst enjoying a cool glass of “San Miguel” or “Un Chato” de vino. With every drink you got a free tapas which always varied, sometimes it was a few whitebait in oil with a slice of crusty bread or a portion of Russian salad, each bar was different and there was no choice with the free ones. You ate what was given. But like most people we would order a selection of tapas from the various trays on display at the bar. One of my favourites was “Prawns in Overcoats” (king prawns cooked in crunchy batter) or Marinated Sardines in white wine vinegar, garlic, Spanish onion, olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkled with diced peeled red pepper. With that background of authentic Spanish cooking it was therefore with some misgivings as we ventured into “LA TASCA” on Deansgate Manchester. Would it be a fake English version of Spanish tapas? Would we be blasted by “Musak” and unable to even converse? Would we be served warm beer by a tattooed skin head? And even worse would there be a toy Spanish donkey (complete with big Mexican sombrero) sitting on the bar that someone had hauled back from Benidorm? We need not have worried. The smiling staff were all Spanish, the Spanish classical guitar sound subdued, the interior richly furnished and dimly lit with candlelight and the menu was as good as anything that Madrid could offer. Over a glass of Rioja we opted for the £14-95 (per head) menu and we were not disappointed! Out of a selection of 13 dishes we were allowed a choice of three. My partner opted for the Paella del Dia with Patatas Bravas (Espana) fried potato with spicy tomato sauce followed by Pollo Marbella (Malaga) a chicken breast cooked with smoked paprika, chorizo, mixed peppers, onion and a white wine and cream sauce I chose the Albondigas (for a moment I was back in Madrid!) Beef and Pork meatballs in a rich slow cooked tomato sauce. Then Croquetas de Pollo chicken breast served with roasted garlic mayonnaise followed by Chorizo sautéed on the Plancha.



Wonderful ! We left vowing to return at a very early date in the future!

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  • Vicky11
    over 6 years ago
    Unfortunately, I had a bad experience at LA TASCA at Meadow Hall Sheffield. We picked the set menu for lunch. The onion that went into the Spanish omelette has gone off. It left a really bad taste in my mouth. I have not been back to any of the LA TASCA restaurant since then.