Summer At La Tasca

A couple of weeks ago I got a really exciting email about the refurbishment and new menu at La Tasca Liverpool. With everything from bottomless sangria & paella to flamingo dancers & absolutely stunning decor, it made for such an amazing evening! They also kindly gave me a discount voucher for you all which you can find at the bottom of this post.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not super adventurous when it comes to food, in fact you could possible even say that I am fairly fussy! This year unknown to anyone I made the decision to start trying things I would never try or revisit foods that I used to hate when I was younger (I was always told I would grow out of hating something and would like them when I got older). So I was excited to find out that La Tasca had redone some of their menu items and invited me down to try them out, two birds with one stone right?! I tend not to eat anything with remotely any spice (unless I cook for just me) as no-one in my household can handle any spice (literally pepper on food is too much for some people!).

As you may or may not know is that I am a single pringle so when I have events that require a plus one, I tend to ask one of my gorgeous blogger friends. They are even better than taking a partner as they understand the need to take a million photos before you eat anything and they will allow you take a million pictures before you sit down/leave. Luckily the lovely Sam from Sabre Beauty was able to come along with me, which was so nice as we actually got the chance to sit down and catch up just the two of us! I am normally the type of person that arrives 10 minutes early for everything, so I got super stressed when my train got cancelled and I ended up running late!

When I finally arrived I loved that there was the choice of outdoor or indoor seating, so you can enjoy some jugs of sangria in the sunshine with your favourite girls! When I arrived and met Sam, we were welcomed by the hostess and shown to our table. Everyone at the event were sat at two long tables which really helped encourage everyone to sit and gab over the sangria and delicious food!! We were also sat directly in front of the kitchen and paella station where you can actually see the cooks making your food. We had the choice of Sangria Tradicional & Sangria Rose which were so yummy but could be seriously dangerous on a sunny day as you could so easily drink so much! I also got to meet Rachel and Ben who were with us all evening talking us through each of the bits that we tried.

We started off with some tapas that included Tabla La Tasca, Pan Tumaca and Pimientos De Padron. We actually had quite a funny start to the evening, the woman that was sat next to us happened to notice that myself and Sam were staring wonderingly at the green peppers. She kindly mentioned how lovely & sweet they are and that roughly 1 in every 10 peppers is hot, which unnerved us a little bit. However we all luckily got sweet ones and discussed how it was probably just a myth, to which our lovely neighbour then promptly realised you can in fact get hot ones and they are exceptionally hot!! 

The Pan Tumaca looked so yummy, I even mentioned it to Sam that it reminded me so much of Bruschetta! It consists of freshly baked bread rubbed with garlic & extra virgin olive oil with grated tomato and sea salt on top. The Tabla La Tasca is such a great sharing dish as you have chorizo, salchichon, piquillo peppers, manchego cheese, olives, ciabatta & mini chorizo bites. 

This next item seriously made me rethink eating pork (normally I only eat chicken and little bits of mince or bacon), Presa Iberica is the most delicious Iberico pork shoulder steak from Salamanca that comes with a side of garlic mayonnaise which tastes so good (I want to have garlic mayo on everything now!). Ben explained to us that the pigs are specially selected from a certain bloodline and you can actually trace back the ancestry of each pig. I only tried a tiny bit of the Pan-Fried Squid as I'm not a massive fan of fish (I tend to stick pretty traditional with white fish/cod), it comes with chorizo, garlic and chilli with a wine and squid ink sauce. 

Again the Goat's Cheese & Smoke Tomato Ensalada wasn't my type of thing (I'm not and don't think I'll ever be a salad girl & I can't eat raw tomato, it's a texture thing), it consists of marinated tomatoes with goats cheese, olive oil and a tomato dressing. I can't remember the exact name of the last dish which is the bottom right dish in picture above but it was really yummy, it was thinly sliced potatoes in a kind of thick, sticky sauce. We also got some of the Pescado Rebozado which was devoured by everyone almost instantly (some much so that I didn't have time to take a picture), it's made with their special San Miguel batter (I couldn't even tell that it had beer in the batter!), this with their garlic mayo and a side of chips would just be heaven!

After tapas there was more flamingo dancing and live music whilst we got to watch the paella being cooked from scratch. It was amazing to watch how they made it as I'd never seen paella made before. Each paella is freshly made and brought to the table in the pan it's made in which I think adds a really nice touch to the meal. Our paella had chicken, mussels, prawns, squid and veggies. However they can be made as just a fish or as a veggie option or just meats, it's completely up to you what you want!

We also got the opportunity to try some amazing red wine that La Tasca stock, I'm not going to lie when Ben said that it was £55 a bottle I was a little bit taken aback...well a lot taken aback. I'm not a massive drinker, tbh I barely drink but when I do 99% of the time it's red wine, so I was really excited to try it out. It was really smooth for a red wine (I find sometimes red wine can have a bite to it) and I may have drunk the half a glass we were given half way through Ben's talk! 

I had such a fun evening, it was great to meet some new people and try some amazing food! I also filmed a vlog of the night which I will include at the bottom of this post. I'm definitely going to have to visit them again and have an afternoon drinking sangria in the sunshine!!

What is your favourite Spanish dish?

Speak to you next time!
Danielle Levy

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