Paella, tapas and sangria are some of my favourite things about Spain. So as you can imagine, I was more over the moon to be asked to review the new menu at La Tasca, in The Orient.
First comment: the service was excellent. The waiter gave us his informed recommendations from the new dishes on the menu, and so we started with a selection of breads; olive, white and flatbread seasoned with rosemary and fennel to dip into the olive oil and balsamic. Alongside that we had a bowl of mixed olives which I, the olive fiend, loved. They were beautiful and just fell apart in the mouth.
We perused the menu for quite some time as we chomped on our breads. Our waiter confidently recommended the slow cooked pork cheeks (castilla y león) with Pedro ximenez, served with a creamed mash potato so we went for that - but of course we're talking tapas here, so we chose another three!
Romesco chicken, home made beef burgers and huevos cabreos completed our selection. I went for the Romesco chicken first, which is cooked in a spicy tomato sauce. I love spice but if you're not a fan; worry not!! This superb dish is warming rather than HOT - and the chicken itself just fell off the bone, it was perfect.
Secondly were the homemade mini beef burgers, topped with Spanish relish. The beef was cooked to perfection - just the right amount of pink, the relish added a nice bit of zing and the bun was crispy and light .
Next I chose the pork cheek. Now, pork cheek does have a strong flavour,, which I wasn't really expecting BUT the Pedro ximenez (which is like a sweet onion sauce) and the mash complimented the pork really well.
Lastly was the huevos cabreos - or the Spanish take on egg and chips.
We were told the way to eat this dish is to break into the egg and mix it in with the salsa covered fries, so of course we did. The chips are skinny like fries so they're light and really easy to eat, not hard going like chunky chips. Even though this is just egg and chips, I really enjoyed it and it was nice having something to pick at between and after dishes.
Of course, everything was washed down with a few glasses of sangria. Honestly, you can’t have Spanish food without sangria. It’s probably illegal.
So, we arrived at dessert. After a much-needed breather, we were persuaded by the sweet-sounding sweet menu. We chose the option that's taking desert menus by storm the world over; the dolce, or the selection of minis, if you will. Miniature versions of brownie, pancakes, cheesecake, fresh strawberries and churros, were served with warm chocolate sauce, ice cream and a berry compote. Perfecto!
With the welcoming Spanish atmosphere and music helping me get over my recent holiday blues, mixed with traditional dishes and a twist of wintery flavours, it was a really lovely meal, and a great respite from Christmas shopping.
For those of you who love La Tasca and your favourite dishes there - don't panic! The new winter menu his been added to the existing menu, and there’s something novel in every section of the menu (apart from seafood). That means a host of new meat and vegetarian dishes, salads, chef specials and paella dishes.
I hope you enjoy your meal as much as we did. And remember the law about Sangria!
* Hannah was a guest of La Tasca, located in The Orient food court.
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