Restaurant Review: La Tasca in The Trafford Centre

Spanish Ensign Over Castillo de San MarcosRob Baker and I went out to lunch in the Manchester Trafford Centre.

Having checked out a couple of the restaurants in “The Orient” (the dining section), including it has to be said a couple of Chinese restaurants we plumped for La Tasca. The restaurant is part of a large restaurant chain that includes La Tasca, La Vi?a and Sam & Maxie’s bar/grills.

The original La Tasca where it all started back in 1993 is still in the centre of Manchester and where I first sampled tapas.

At the Trafford centre restaurant we were given ample time to check the menu by the friendly staff.

Eventually we chose the meat tapas at ?20, all in. The tapas selection allowed both Rob and I to try out lots of different foods.

My particular favourites were the Patatas Bravas which were melt in the mouth deep fried potatoes in a spicy tomato-based sauce and the garlic mushrooms (Champi?ones al Ajillo). And after Rob had described the Spanish Omelette as scrumptious “hot or cold” he made a beeline for it when it arrived and enjoyed the “Tortilla Espa?ola” which is the traditional potato & onion omelette. Rob finished off with a lovely looking Seville orange and chocolate cheesecake (Tarta de Queso, Chocolate y Naranja). By that time I’d had enough and was pleasantly full.

Overall the atmosphere was ok, the service friendly and unrushed and the food was reasonable, although nothing spectacular. Would I go again? Yes but I wouldn’t expect to be blown away by the experience.

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About Jim Symcox

Manchester is great. At Manchester University I take part in Gilbert & Sullivan productions each year. I'm a Manchester-based business growth coach and marketing evangelist and like to help companies grow more profitable, more quickly.
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