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Saturday, 3 March 2012

Tapas Tasting at La Tasca!

This is part two of  my review of La Tasca, Spanish Tapas Bar and Kitchen, if you haven't seen the first part you can find it HERE

La Tasca Spanish Tapas Bar & Kitchen
39-43 Renfield Street
Glasgow, G2 1JS 
Tel: 0141 204 5188 

Monday – Saturday : 09:30 – 23:00, Sunday:  09:30 – 22:00

We started with the Spanish Rustic Bread Board, freshly baked Spanish ciabatta, onion and olive and an really interesting torta (a crispy, rosemary and thyme bread biscit from Seville).  This was served with an extra-virgin olive oil and sherry vinegar dip.  The torta is the one wrapped in the waxed paper, it was a bit like really good rough puff pastry, with layers of crispiness.  All the breads were good and 'Delisioso' dipped in the oil and vinegar.

These dishes are part of a new menu which has been developed for La Tasca by Executive Chef Antonio Bennetto using as many authentic ingredients as possible.

On this plate from left to right Croquetas de Manchego, hand crumbed Manchego cheese and fresh spinach; Croquetas de Pollo - hand-crumbed chicken breast  both are served with garlic mayonnaise; Patas Bravas - fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce.    The Croquetas were crispy with tasty fillings, I wasn't so impressed with the Patas Bravas which was a bit soggy, the potatoes not fried enough, the sauce was just spicy enough but I've had better.

There were two Tapas dishes that I really loved, one was the Spanish Style Lemon Chicken shown in the little white dish above, it tasted divine with a lovely sticky lemon glaze on chicken and mediterranean vegetables.  The other dish I loved was the Festival of Mushrooms, I don't have a photo but it would look like a dish of sauted mushrooms, but the taste - WOW!  According to the menu it is  afestival of chestnut, button and porcini mushrooms sauted in garlic butter and white wine.  We all agreed that it was one of the stars of the night.

This dish is Pollo Marbella, chicken cooked with smoked paprika, chorizo, mixed peppers, onion and a white wine and cream sauce.  It had a real depth of flavour and piquancy.

Vegetarians were not neglected, there are lots of dishes 'From the Vegetable Garden' and this goats cheese and tomato ciabata slices called Montadito 'La Tasca' was a real winner.  As you can see all the food is also really well presented.

Now for a bit of a Spanish pronunciation lesson!

Tortilla                                 tor-TEE-yah
Paella                                  pie-eyya
Chorizo                                chor-REE-zo
Albondigas                           al-bon-dee-gas
Pollo                                    POH-yoh
Queso                                  KEH-so
Jamon                                  am-ON

and finally, here are the select bunch of Scottish Food Bloggers who were invited to dine at La Tasca,  many thanks to Becca, the PR, and to Suzanne the General Manager at La Tasca, Renfield Street, Glasgow.  I would definitely return as I really enjoyed the food, the service and the general relaxed ambiance.

Jac, Emma, Mark, Graeme, Claire (Briony not in this picture)
 If you've been inspired to make some Tapas yourself, remember to include some chillis and enter it in the Sweet Heat Challenge which I'm hosting this month. There are lots of recipes online but here is a link to get you started: BBC Good Food Tapas recipes

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At 3 March 2012 at 23:48 , Anonymous Fiona Maclean said...

you guys look so happy! I think I need a sangria now just to catch up a bit;)

At 4 March 2012 at 00:55 , Anonymous carpet cleaning Fargo ND said...

I love the pictures and the food looks so wonderful!

At 4 March 2012 at 10:50 , Blogger Chele said...

I'm so annoyed I couldn't;t make this event! Would have been great to meet you at last and sample all the wonderful food.

At 4 March 2012 at 21:22 , Blogger Rebecca Subbiah said...

looks like a fun evening love tapas

At 5 March 2012 at 10:11 , Blogger Mari's World said...

I love La Tasca and always order too many tapas but somehow manage to eat them all!

At 8 March 2012 at 21:32 , Anonymous cakeboule said...

Your grin with the large glass of sangria on Jacqueline's blog was fantastic! It was huge!


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