While we all might want a full range of delightful, award winning local restaurants within easy walking distance of our front door, the increasing homogenisation of the British high street makes this an ever less likely thing to find. However, there are benefits to restaurant chains such as La Tasca: the buying ability should mean reasonable prices, and any chain intended to stay in business should at least be producing reasonably good food at for the price.
After my paella masterclass at La Tasca the other day, we returned to the Victoria branch for lunch to check out a fuller range from the menu. The room isn’t particularly exciting, rendered gloomy from the dark tables and dark flooring, we were also slightly chilly.
Bread was pretty good, with white, olive and a flatbread, served with an oil and excellent thick sherry balsamic. We then had a range of tapas: some jamon serrano, croquetas de Manchego, slow-cooked pork belly, served with rosemary herb-scented beans, the paella of the day, langoustines, and chorizo and morcilla. The pork belly and langoustines were both pretty good, and all dishes were very acceptable indeed, but I have to admit that nothing stood out as outstanding. However, for £40 for the two of us, the price was certainly very reasonable, and we didn’t go short in terms of quantity.
La Tasca isn’t serving Michelin star quality Spanish food, but then that’s not its niche. Its niche is being a more than competent chain of Spanish restaurants, serving consistent food that is affordable. The sort of place where a going for lunch with colleagues during the working week is an easy decision to make. And on those terms, it’s doing a good job.
Fuss Free Flavours was the guest of La Tasca.