So I was invited to La Tasca in the Brewery Quarter a few weeks ago to sample some of their delights…I know, hard job, but someone’s got to do it!
I always visit La Tasca since I started attending salsa classes here and the food here is always cooked beautifully and the restaurant itself is very homely.
There is always such a selection with the Tapas that you can’t go wrong, whatever you are into and whoever you are with. The environment here is much more authentic Spanish than most tapas bars in Cardiff and you do feel very comfortable from the moment you arrive… it’s a great atmosphere and very reasonable for the price. The staff are always very attentive too and will go out of their way to be as helpful as possible.
We shared 6 tapas dishes which were;
Pescado Blanco Frito (Malaga) which is deep-fried white fish, in their special-recipe San Miguel batter, served with homemade paprika & roasted garlic mayonnaise and lemon.
Patatas Bravas (Espana) which is fried potato, with spicy tomato sauce. We also added cheese to ours.
A Festival of Mushrooms ( Rioja) which is chestnut and button mushrooms, sautéed in garlic butter and white wine.
Pork Belly (Segovia) which is slow-cooked pork belly, served with rosemary herb-scented beans.
Croquetas de Pollo (Madrid); Hand-crumbed with chicken breast and served with roasted garlic mayonnaise.
Pollo Marbella (Malaga). Chicken breast, cooked with smoked paprika, chorizo, mixed peppers, onion and a white wine & cream sauce.
This was more than enough for the two of us, we were rather full so skipped dessert. We’d also washed all this down with a bottle of the house red wine between us… Hic!
We agreed that our favourite dish was definitely the deep fried white fish with its succulent, flaky texture and exceptionally well-flavoured batter, it was not going to be beaten.
The mushroom dish and the Pollo Marbella were close contenders…full of flavoured herbs, both of these dishes ticked all of our boxes. Again both of these were cooked exceptionally well and stayed sizzling long enough for us to dig in to each aspect of the meal without any of it getting cold.
We were a little let down by the pork belly, stringy and tough and just pretty bland we only managed half of it between us before admitting defeat.
We were a little bewildered as well, as everything tasted rather salty. Having eaten at La Tasca plenty of times before this was a surprise as normally you can add salt to taste but the patatas bravas were almost ruined by the amount of salt on them…A girl can only handle so much sodium in her life!
Overall this was a great meal, as is expected from such a experienced restaurant, they currently have a great selection of seasonal tapas dishes too which are only around for a short space of time. I have no hesitations in sending you all in the direction of La Tasca in Cardiff. Make sure you try out their salsa classes too…just have a sangria or five first if you’re nervous!
Invited by PR company- Yes
Staff knew I was a food blogger- Yes
Compensated for meal- Yes