La Tasca have restaurants all over the UK, and serve delicious tapas foods. I can be very funny when it comes to themed restaurants that guarantee authentic food, however La Tasca has not disappointed me yet.
|La Tasca Silverburn|
The interior of the restaurant is Spanish themed, with big old fashioned mirrors and paintings. Based at one of the many entrances to the Silverburn shopping centre, it has a large glass wall which welcomes plenty of light to the room.
Our waitress was friendly and willing - as you will have learned by now, service is very important! We were served drinks within our first five minutes of sitting, and provided with a big menu.
If you aren't sure of how tapas works, you choose as many dishes as you want. The general rule of thumb is to order three - one 'from the sea', one 'from the vegetable garden' and one 'from the field'. They have a huge array of delicious and exciting dishes, to cater for both the timid and the adventurous with food.
My sister Sharon and I choose three each, but share all six together. My three were:
1) Pescado Blanco Frito - white fish fillets in a crispy batter
2) Berejenas Gratinadas - Aubergine served in a tomato sauce topped with cheese
3) Spanish Style Lemon Chicken & Vegetables
Sharon decided for the following:
1) Pescado Blanco Frito (They really are that good)
2) Croquetas De Manchego - Cheese and spinach bites
3) Gambas Al Ajillo - Prawns in a chilli and garlic sauce
Please do not be afraid of the Spanish titles, as there is a lovely blurb in English giving you the low-down on everything on the menu. Plus, the staff are lovely and would be happy to assist you with any questions!
The food arrived piping hot, beautifully presented and with the most enticing smell to a hungry girl such as myself!
The fish fillets are coated in a light crispy batter, and a portion of their original paprika and roasted garlic mayonnaise. There are four fish fillets to a portion of tapas. There is no horrible grease from the batter, and the fish is flakey and perfectly light. A perfect fish dish indeed!
|Pescado Blanco Frito|
I ordered the lemon chicken as I enjoy it as a main meal from Chinese restaurants. Considering how delicious Spanish food is, it was tempting to see how they put their own cultural spin on the dish. The smoky chicken was tender and juicy, and mixed into some delicious soft vegetables: sliced courgette, yellow and green peppers and red onion. There was also some small chunks of lemon mixed in, creating the most mouth watering citrus coating over the dish. This was probably my favourite dish, as it was so full of flavour and colour. I would definitely recommend it!
|Spanish Lemon Chicken|
The cheese and spinach croquettes were something Sharon had chosen, but something I will choose on my next return. The manchego cheese was very mellow, and was beautifully warm and melted. The spinach was also tasty and not slimy, which can be quite common if not prepared properly. The cripsy breadcumb coating was crunchy and sweet, making it the perfect companion for the chicken in the above dish.
|Croquetas De Manchego|
Prawns are something that I can be rather funny with, especially if they are served in the shell. Although these were in the shell, the meat came away easily and didn't put me off. The prawns were juicy, firm and doused in a sweet chilli and garlic sauce. We had also tried dipping the white fillets of fish into the oily residue at the bottom of the prawn dish, which was fantastic. The great thing about tapas is that you can mix and match the variety of flavours available to you, and find something that works.
|Gambas Al Ajillo|
After our delicious Spanish pic'n'mix, we were both full and content. For the six dishes and four drinks, the bill came to a fantastic £30. Plus, we received a loyalty card, giving us 20% off the next visit.
Hopefully, if you haven't tried La Tasca before you would like to now. It's a good safe start to Spanish food, before you try somewhere truly authentic where there is little room for error!
Silverburn Shopping Centre
Wheelchair access: Yes