La Tasca, Queens Square, Liverpool
La Tasca Liverpool
Last week I got the opportunity to dine out at La Tasca Liverpool. I got to try out the new menu in the fabulous refurbished new setting.
I hadn’t actually eaten in La Tasca for years, it used to be a place where I would go with my girl friends for our birthday night’s out.
It was lovely to see the new refurbishment, as I can remember the old restaurant being quite dark. The restaurant is now light, modern, and super cool. It’s definitely back on my radar and will probably become another regular haunt of mine.
Throughout the night we were entertained by fabulous Spanish style music. The guitar playing was brilliant, and every now and then there would be a flamenco routine. With it being lovely and warm outside, it actually felt like we were on holiday.
It was soon Sangria time!! That’s always a good time right? We had the 3 ‘Clasicos’ to try. These are traditional types of Sangria with spirit mixers, fresh fruit, and either Red, White or Rose wine. The ‘Sangria Rose’ was lovely, so refreshing and a very summery drink.
Bring on the food
The food that followed was delicious. We got to share a couple of starters, some main course tapas and a large paella. By the end of the night I was so full from all the deliciousness. I did manage to choose my favourite dishes that I would totally get again and recommend.
The starter menu has a new dish called ‘Pan Tumaca’, it is freshly baked bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil and topped with grated tomato and sea salt. Oh my goodness it was so good.
Bread can sometimes be quite heavy for a starter, but the mixture of all the flavours together made it a light and fresh dish.
We then tried another new starter called ‘Tabla La Tasca’, it is a mixed plate of different meats, cheese, ciabatta, peppers and olives. This plate is ideal for a sharing starter as there is something on there for everyone. My favourite part of this dish was the Manchego cheese – yum.
Main Courses from La Tasca
Next out were the main course tapas dishes. We tried a variety of new dishes from each section of the tapas menu – Clasicos, Discover Spain and Superfood.
The dishes to try were chosen for us by the restaurant, I liked this as it made me try something I wouldn’t notice on the menu or be brave enough to order it for myself.
The dishes we had were Pan Fried Squid (definitely a sharing portion). Presa Iberica – a succulent pork shoulder steak. Slow cooked pork cheeks – this was served with sauteed potatoes and a delicious jus, my fave!! Triple cooked patatas bravas – tomato and garlic mayonnaise sauce, yum.
Pescado Rebozado, a quirky basket serving deep fried white fish in a San Miguel batter. And to round it all off, a goat’s cheese and smoked tomato ensalada.
My favourite dish out of all of these was the slow cooked pork, the pork itself was so juicy and just fell apart when you cut in to it, and the sauteed potatoes made it in to a nice dish to enjoy individually (in my opinion, it’s too good to share).
Share the Paella
As we let this food go down a bit; because there was a fresh dish of Paella being especially made for us to end the night on. The deputy manager, Ben, came and told us about the history of some of the dishes, and the wine list.
We had a taster of a top end Red Wine, now I’m not a red wine drinker at all, but I did have a taste and it was not what I expected. It was so fruity and rich tasting, I didn’t find it bitter at all.
It’s on the menu for £55.20 a bottle, but if you love your Red’s and it’s a special occasion, this award winning wine is perfect for you. (Torres mas la plana cabernet sauvignon).
There are four types of Paella on the menu, we tried the Carne (meat) and Mariscos (seafood), both so full of flavour.
The price when ordering these are per person, as they are made fresh to your order so the size is customised to you. You can watch the Paella’s being made at the brand new open window station.
Bringing the old and new together
The new style of the restaurant and new additions to the menu make La Tasca the perfect summer restaurant.
I can see myself coming back with friends and splitting the bill over jugs of sangria, a lovely starter and a large bowl of paella.
On those gorgeous (and rare) summer days you can sit out on the large terrace at the front of the restaurant, and for the cooler nights the inside holds 155 people so you’ll be sure to find a space to enjoy the tastes of Spain.
The authenticity of the dishes are what has kept this restaurant going since 1993, and the moderinisation of it is what keeps bringing in new customers and making old ones return.
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