Having spent time living in Spain and experienced authentic Spanish food and the tapas culture first hand, I didn’t hold out much hope for La Tasca – an average meal, probably overpriced and anglicised Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of the Spanish cuisine restaurant.
Looking over the menu, there was so much choice, so we decided to both have the set £9.95 menu that includes a starter and three tapas. The menu includes the region in which each dish originates. We chose 3 different tapas each, from various regions including León, Valencia and Madrid and shared them all in true Spanish style.
Our starters were the La Tasca House Salad and Bread and Oils. As in Spain, the bread came with no butter, something I will never get used to, but it was delicious to dip the bread into the oil and balsamic vinegar, something I wouldn’t have thought to try myself.
The tapas themselves looked small when they arrived, especially being shared between two of us, but don’t be fooled, they’re extremely filling. We chose:
Meatballs in a rich tomato sauce
A spicy Spanish sautéed sausage,
King prawns in San Miguel batter served with garlic and lemon mayonnaise
Paella del Día
On this day a chicken and prawn paella
Croquetas de Pollo
Hand crumbed chicken croquets with garlic mayonnaise
Thin home made French fries covered with an egg and a tomato sauce
The food was well cooked and tasty. The dish I was most pleasantly surprised by was the Huevos Cabreados – something I wouldn’t have tried had I been on my own. A more sophisticated take on egg and chips, it is a dish that shouldn’t be overlooked by more well known dishes.
The other dishes were full of rich, mouth watering flavours typical of Spanish cuisine.
I have to say, sitting in La Tasca, it is easy to forget you’re in the heart of Nottingham and pretend instead that you’re holidaying in Spain. The décor and the music make for a more Spanish feel to accompany your meal that is very welcome.
We were seated straight away, served drinks and allowed time to look at the menu. Our food arrived quickly and we were checked on often. Had we had any queries or problems I don’t doubt they would have been resolved easily.
Overall I enjoyed my visit to La Tasca. Although somewhat different to many aspects of Spanish tapas culture, I feel that it was as authentic as it could have been in the middle of Nottingham. I’d recommend it to students of Nottingham Trent – a great way to socialise and get to know others, in a convenient location and always with a variety of offers.
Visit www.latasca.com for more information.
Alanna Lintin – Lifestyle Editor