REVIEW: Autumn Menu at La Tasca, St James
WHAT: Autumn is well and truly here, and with it, a colourful menu of fiery new dishes and cocktails at La Tasca.
Always a reliable choice, La Tasca has refreshed its food offering with five new plates and plenty of booze.
From moreish Boquerones anchovies, to sticky sherry-glazed chicken wings, fall off the bone Pedro Ximénez pork ribs to rustic stews, there are plenty of new ways to warm the cockles.
We took advantage of the surprisingly large new gin menu (the ‘Gin Mare’, with thyme & lavender, was delicious) and tucked into several plates of tapas. Crispy calamari with smoked sea salt and aioli, chicken croquetas and the brand new tortilla (a traditional potato, caramelised onion & egg frittata) were excellent, quickly taking the edge off our hunger.
WHERE: Across all La Tasca branches, but we headed to the St James venue in central London.
STAND OUT DISH: Gambas Pil-Pil comprises large, juicy prawns in a zingy hot garlic sauce. For groups, one of the paella dishes is a must – try the Paella Valencia La Tasca, peppered with chicken breast, mussels, king prawns and squid.
HOW MUCH: Forever reasonable, small ‘while you choose’ sharing plates start at just £2.95.
Main meals like the brand new Chorizo Burger (beef chuck, short rib and chorizo in a brioche bun with caramelised onion, manchego and piquillo pepper ketchup, served with patatas fritas) or Pan-Fried Hake (served on a bed of patatas & broccoli) start at£9.95. It’s worth remembering that it’s 241 on all tapas dishes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, too.
ADDRESS: La Tasca has restaurants in London Broadgate, James Street, Leadenhall, Victoria & Canary Wharf, Manchester Deansgate & The Trafford Centre, Bournemouth, Lakeside, Milton Keynes, Durham and Liverpool.