Before my visit to La Tasca the other week, I hadn’t been to the Spanish chain of restaurants for many years.
Every day a new bar or restaurant launches in London so it can be difficult to keep up. There’s so many to try and so much competition that it’s tricky to decide where to go. Sometimes when meeting friends we just want to go somewhere which we know everyone will like, is affordable for all and lastly, in a location to suit everyone.
That’s where La Tasca on James Street comes in handy. I visited the branch in St Christopher’s Place, just a few seconds from Oxford Street, to check out their new menu and promotions. We went along on a Tuesday evening where they had 2 for 1 on tapas dishes (this is available every Tuesday and Thursday until 30 November) as well as 2 for 1 on cocktails, which is available all day every day. You can see the rest of their promotions on other days here.
This was perfect for a Tuesday evening catch up with friends without any fear of breaking the bank. My friends and I are at the age where we have moved out and are saving to rent, buy or travel so we want to meet up and get good food and drinks without worrying about our tight budget.
I’d describe the restaurant decor as very classic with traditional Spanish decor for that real tapas bar feel. The restaurant is filled with worn wooden tables and chairs and vibrant red walls with authentic Spanish patterned tiles.
Feeling very excited after we were told about the 2 for 1 tapas AND cocktails we decided we wanted everything and went a bit crazy with the ordering. So we ordered a variety of tapas to share including a few which are new to the menu:
- Pollo con Chorizo in a creamy white wine and smoky paprika sauce
- Croqueta de Pollo – Crumbed croquettes filled with chicken in bechamel sauce on alioli.
- Roasted pork meatballs in a rich, slow-cooked spicy tomato sauce.
- Chorizo sausage, sauteed with caramelised red onion, garlic & thyme.
- Slow cooked pork cheeks in a rich Pedro Ximenez sauce served with crispy patatas.
- Champinones, a seasonal blend of mushrooms sauteed in garlic and white wine.
- Patatas bravas (I cannot go to a Spanish restaurant without getting these)
- Spanish Tortilla
The pork cheeks were melt in your mouth good and croqueta de pollo were so creamy and full of flavour. I particularly enjoyed the chorizo, the caramelised red onion gave it that extra kick. The patatas brava tasted very authentic, whenever we visit Spain I have to eat these every day so this took me back (and made me long to be sitting in the sun with a Spanish rioja).
Everything was just incredible and although the tapas dishes may seem small, we were completely defeated. We’d definitely over ordered.
We sipped on Mojito Espanolas – a spanish take on the classic mojito, Havana Club rum with Spanish orange and vanilla. I love mojitos anyway but this was by far the best I’d tried. We also had a Flowers from the med cocktail each. A glass bowl sized cocktail of Lavender and hibiscus flowers shaken with Lanique and lemon then topped with cava. I was impressed by the size of the cocktails priced at £7.95 for two, I was expecting small flutes!
4 cocktails and 8 tapas dishes came to £36 between 2 which is extremely reasonable. (But I think next time, I would order less dishes!)
La Tasca is definitely a place I’ll be visiting more often when dining with friends. It’s perfect for sharing dishes, enjoying delicious cocktails and it’s reliable. It guarantees you can stick to a budget whilst having a fantastic evening.