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SPANISH. 76 Deansgate, M3 2FW. Tel: +44 (0)161 8348234.

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      11.02.2011 23:04
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      Not somewhere I'd go again.

      I've been to La Tasca Deansgate twice now-once for a meal with my then girlfriend as it is constantly offering 50% off with printable vouchers online and once again because my work held a Christmas dinner party there. Both times I was distinctly unimpressed, the second time being better than the first time simply because I did not have to pay. I love tapas, in fact, I love all food-I'm definitely not a picky eater. If food is done well, even if it's niche or weird stuff I will generally enjoy it. La Tasca failed to impress either time so I can't put it down to the kitchen having an off night. First off, the drinks. Unsurprisingly the drinks are pretty expensive, around £3.50 for a pint with nothing much more exciting than San Miguel on offer. I'm not a wine drinker so I cannot offer any opinion of the wine selection but the beer selection isn't great and pretty pricey. Still, this is par for the course. What about the food then? I found the food to be pretty average and occasionally unpleasant. The first time we went we elected to try the paella, as we are both big fans. We were warned it would take about 40 minutes to prepare but this was not a problem and we figured this just meant it was being cooked fresh for us and they were taking their time over it. When it arrived we were pretty disappointed. There wasn't much in the way of seafood in it, the vegetables were overcooked and it was pretty tasteless. I'm no Jamie Oliver but I can cook up a much tastier paella for far cheaper at home. The tapas too were less than impressive. Call me a cheapskate, but if I pay over £6 for a tapas dish of prawns I expect better than 3 shell-on prawns in a dish full of oil and I was pretty glad we had a half-price voucher. The calamari was at least tasty, although again small, even for tapas, and the squid was a bit more rubbery than it should be but it was at least flavourful. The mushroom croquettes were just rubbish but then they weren't ordered for me, they were for my girlfriend who simply said they were "okay." I just thought they were unpleasant but mashed up mushroom in breadcrumb is definitely not my thing. The sausage cooked in red wine was probably the best thing we ordered but again, small and pricey even for tapas. The experience was repeated when I returned with work but this time it mattered less as I wasn't paying. On both occasions we couldn't fault the service, friendly and attentive and upfront about any delays. Still, the food isn't good. Okay, you can't expect much from a chain but I have had far, far better tapas, both in terms of value and taste elsewhere. I wouldn't bother going again.

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        29.09.2010 03:16

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        Did anyone go to la tasca Deansgate Manchester on Saturday 25th September? Lunch time. Myself and my wife went for lunch and two hours later we both were sick and had the runs. We attended Manchester for our 23rd year wedding anniversary and spent all Saturday evening in the hotel room being sick and running to the toilet. Before we went there we had had nothing to eat that day so we know our illness was bought on from that meal. This spoiled our anniversary and our special weekend away in an expensive hotel. Thanks la tasca you won't be seeing us again.

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        28.02.2010 18:05
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        Not bad, not great.

        La Tasca is a Spanish restaurant chain and branches can be found up and down the country. I recently visited the Manchester restaurant with my boyfriend and we had a lovely time there. I've found that recently I've been receiving a lot of restaurant discount vouchers from various sources and when I received '50% off tapas' voucher for La Tasca, I decided to give it a go. All La Tasca restaurants have similar décor - they all look quite rustic, with big candle sticks and Spanish art. The tables are made of solid oak and the atmosphere in here is quite romantic, which is probably caused by the low lighting. This is somewhere that is good to visit with your partner or a close friend, but I wouldn't advise it for big groups, because I think it'd feel odd surrounded by intimate looking couples while I was out with a big group! When you enter the restaurant, if your table isn't ready the you are directed to the bar, where you can buy a selection of beers and wines. You can sit near the bar, or stand, it's positioned to the side of the restaurant so you don't feel as though you are intruding on anybody else's dinging experience. When you sit down the waiting staff explain the tapas context of sharing small dishes and advise you to order around four dishes per a person. I like the idea of sharing food and I think that you're more likely to be adventurous in your choices when you're sharing a small amount of food with another person. We ordered king prawns, ribs and a few potato-based dishes, as well as meatballs, steak and chicken. The waiting staff in here were friendly and although the restaurant was packed out our food came quickly. Everything was warm and tasty and we enjoyed the food - it was all well seasoned and we had a good variety of dishes. However a few of the dishes looked as though they had been microwaved - they had the consistency of something that had come straight out of the microwave and hadn't been stirred. This put me off the food a little, because I expect fresh food when I go out to eat. Price-wise I'd say that the food is reasonably priced, especially with a '50% off voucher'! However the drinks are a little more pricey. I think this is a nice restaurant, you do forget you're sat in a chain and enjoy the Mediterranean atmosphere. My criticisms are that we got the feeling that the waiting staff were trying to push us out a little, which isn't something that you want when you're enjoying a leisurely meal. Also, the food isn't very filling, a few hours later we were hungry again, so perhaps you should order more than the recommended four dishes per person. However, overall we enjoyed our Deansgate, Manchester La Tasca experience. Three out of five stars.

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          03.12.2009 23:16

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          Great deal if you grab a money off voucher

          La Tasca is pretty much exactly the same wherever you go, and maybe that's its main problem - generic restaurant. Whichever one you visit you'll find the same dim lighting, same meatballs, same layout etc, not that there's anything wrong with any of those things, it's just that massive chain restaurants always give off that kind of McDonalds air. The food isn't great at La Tasca, but i think the main reason that people go is because you can often get a mega bargain via print off coupons found pretty much everywhere on the internet. I've never been here without having a 50% voucher. As its tapas goes, i have found that often its dishes turn out to be a little sloppy, especially in comparison to other tapas restaurants i have been to. Obviously not a great deal of care is put into each particular plate, as they are churned out one after the other to keep customers satisfied. I wouldn't go here unless i had a 50% voucher, but with that it's definitely a good deal.

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          07.08.2009 01:35
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          Spanish style Tapas offered at a very reasonable price.

          One of my closest friends is visiting from the Isle Of Man and together with my other closest friend(we have been friends for 35 years) we thought ~ Where can we have a cheap but good meal and a good natter? Yes, its got to be La Tasca especially as I have a 50% off voucher on my person. The La Tasca we visited is situated in~ The Trafford Centre, 132, The Orient, M17 Manchester. La Tasca~ ~~~~~~ Is a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar chain and can be found in most towns throughout the UK. The decor seems to be pretty much the same throughout the chain so at least you know what to expect when you enter. They tend to be painted in bright colours with authentic Spanish decorations adorning the walls~ large decorated plates, metal candle holders, Spanish style pictures.... the walls are quite crowded really. My only criticism is the lighting or should I say, lack of it in certain areas, if you sit in the middle or at the very back it tends to be uncomfortably dark. Sitting near the walls, you get the extra light from wall lights which makes all the difference~ I like to see what Im eating thank you. Its a mish mash of dark wooden tables and chairs and large "settles" to share with big comfy cushions. They have Spanish music playing in the background and usually a live guitarist which adds to the authenticity, but, can be too loud if you are sat too close and want to have a good "natter" with your friends. They do have tables located outside but depending on the location and weather its often safer to venture inside and shout to be heard. The atmosphere is warm and friendly helped along by the "easy going attitude" of the staff, this also adds to the Spanish feel of "dont worry, your food will be along soon". Saying that, we were warned tonight that we would have a longer than normal wait due to the high volume of customers~ fair enough, as long as you are informed then its no problem, infact the food tonight was always going to come second to all the "catching up" we three had to do~ well, we haven't all been together since December and you know how much us girls talk. Tapas~ ~~~~ The word "tapas" comes from "tapar" in Spanish meaning" to cover or lid". One Loved origin for the idea of "tapas" is when the farmers and labourers went for a drink after work to their local "tascas", they would put a slice of bread over their drink to protect from flies. Eventually the innkeeper added snacks to the bar~ cured meats, olives... So the "edible lid" lead to the tapas we enjoy today. The food is served in small portions in small dark oven proof dishes, brought to the table to share with your friends and family. They offer a fair variety of dishes from~ paella (fish, vegetarian or meat), chicken, chorizo(cured, smoked delicious sausage), stuffed peppers, fish.... They have a good selection for meat eaters and vegetarians alike and I noticed they even cater for a "gluten free" diet which is handy to know. What did we order? ~~~~~~~~~~~~ We shared 7 tapas which was adequate for we three, but they do gently try to tempt you to order more, I stood firm having fallen into that trap before. Romano Pepper stuffed with couscous and Veggie Paella for our vegetarian friend. I enjoyed a delicate white fish gently fried in a crisp light batter~ delicious and I shared this with no one. Calamari was devoured by my other friend and we shared a Chorizo which is truly divine~ it simply melts in your mouth. Aubergines cooked in a tomato sauce topped with melted cheese and a Tomato, Spinach and Warm Goats Cheese Salad was set upon by three forks. We drank a fizzy water and a white wine spritzer( this is a gripe of mine, a glass of wine costs £4.90, so be careful, they do make up for food offers by charging quite alot for a glass of wine) a jug of tap water completed the array of drinks~ I know, last of the heavy drinkers! To complete our delicious feast we all opted for a coffee which didn't disappoint~ a coffee with cream, a cappuccino and a cafe con leche(coffee with milk), just like I have in Mallorca. How much did it cost? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ As I said earlier I had a voucher stashed away sooo safely in my bag I nearly forgot to use it~ this entitled us to 50% off any main course Tapas so the meal came to a grand total of~ £27.92~ not bad we agreed, the bottom of the bill informed us we had made a saving of £15.13, add the two together and even at full price, its not expensive. Conclusion~ ~~~~~~~ If you fancy a Spanish style feast to share with lots of variety in a warm friendly atmosphere, served in a relaxed, honest manner and your not averse to live a guitarist and subdued lighting, this could be the place to try. The toilets definitely passed our strict guidelines spacious,clean and "checked" regulary for loo roll..... Watch out for "special offers" they do a smaller Tapas menu which offers all you can eat for £10~ Sun~ Tues~5pm~9pm Lunch~ 5 Tapas for 2 people for £10~ Sun~Fri~ until 5pm . If you register on their website, they send you special offers~ www.LaTasca.co.uk. Service charge is optional~ I should think so too. Just watch out for the prices of their drinks. The special offers certainly work as it was by far the busiest restaurant as far as the eye could see. I award 4 stars~ 1 must disappear for the price of wine and over zealous guitar playing. One last tip~ don't forget where you parked the car like my dopey friend, as you may find as we did after half an hours searching you may be hungry all over again. Thanks for reading.

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            18.05.2009 11:17

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            Yummy food

            If you are looking for some yummy different food other than roast chicken or fish and chips, then you should definitely try this. Their chocie of tapas range from fried calamari (squid rings) to chicken wings. And they all taste very good. The waitresses are very helpful and will explain if you need more info on any of their food. Their restaurant locations are limited and are usually located in the city centres which is annoying as its difficult to find parking spaces. I recently tried going to latasca in cardiff for lunch. they had lunch for a tenner offer and thought it might be great but found it so difficult to find parking near the restaurant, especially with the cardiff city centre having renovation works everywhere. But elsewhere its food tastes really good. Their paella tastes good too. i havent tried any other spanish restaurants but i'm quite happy with then food here,so it'll just stick to it. If you visit their website and register, you will keep getting many offers sent to your email.

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            18.05.2009 00:15
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            A good atmosphere and ok food

            I have visited several La Tasca outlets in the Manchester area - Deansgate, Didsbury and The Trafford Centre. In each reataurant the atmosphere has been good. On several occasions there has been a guitarist playing at The Trafford Centre venture. Whilst many neighbouring restaurants have been virtually empty or only partially full, La Tasca has always been virtually full of people - which adds to the embiance - admittedly a fake themed decoration - but it is effective. I often visit with a wheelchair user and have always managed to get a table without a long wait which is accessible and not in the main thoroughfare of waiters which have been known to bump into wheels in other chain restaurants. On one occasion several years ago though, the disabled bathroom in Didsbury outlet was used as a bit of a storeroom. A letter to head office was all it needed to sort the problem and we were compensated with a free evening for the party of 4 - we were treated to everything we wanted and offered more. This did not put us off re-visiting again - in fact the complaint had been handled so well - we ended up praising the company!! I like the fact that there is such a choice of dishes on the menu - plain and spicy, fish, meat and vegetarian, warm and cold. It suits our family as we have a variety of tastes and there is something to suit everyone. The idea is to choose maybe 3 or 4 dishes per person and then dive in and share as you please. My one complaint is that there are often so many dishes on the table they can go slightly cold before you get around to eating them all. They come from the kitchen hot but depending how quickly they are consumed can be coolish before eaten - maybe this could be solved with some heating device as in Chinese restaurants using candle to keep the food hot. Recently I have had vouchers for money off - 50% free on food or BOGOF. This makes the restaurant all the more appealing. These vouchers have been available on MSE website - might be worth a look. Yes it is a fake taste of Spain - but I've spent many an evening sipping Sangria, eating Tapas whilst listening to the guitarist strumming away. Not a bad way to spend a night and closer than the real Spain.

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            30.04.2009 15:41
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            One of my top 3 restaurants!

            La Tasca is a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar which you can find all over the UK. My mum first introduced me to the restaurant a few years ago when she took me for a mother and daughter night out. I loved the place straight away and often find myself eating in various La Tasca restaurants now. As soon as you see the restaurant from the outside you can tell that it is Spanish with it's decoration. When stepping inside, the feel of the place is wonderful. The lights are dimmed low, candles are alight on each table, and Spanish music is playing. The tables are a dark wooden colour and each chair is covered in soft cushions in deep, dark traditional Spanish colours. The place is very romantic and would be the perfect place to go on a date or with your other half. The entire menu is tapas (little dishes) and the recommended portion is about 3 or 4 dishes to each person. The menu includes many traditional Spanish dishes such as paella, tortilla (Spanish omelette), meats and cheeses. There are also a lot of chicken and fish dishes as well as a lot of salad dishes and other items suitable for vegetarians. On the menu the dishes are named in Spanish with a description of what the are written in English below. It obviously helps if you're Spanish or if you can speak a little Spanish as you'll be able to pronounce everything correctly, and the waiters are all Spanish as well, which I think is great as it just adds to the feeling of being in Spain. Some of mine and my husband's favourite dishes: Alitas de pollo - marinated chicken wings Croquetas de pollo - chicken croquettes with roasted garlic mayonnaise Patatas bravas - fried potato topped with a spicy tomato sauce Tortilla Epañola - a Spanish-style potato and onion omelette Brocheta de pollo - skewers of chicken breast and red pepper marinated in paprika Chorizo frito al vino - spicy Spanish sausage sautéed in red wine Pan de ajo con queso - garlic bread with cheese As you can see, we both love chicken, and we're not too keen on red meat but the spicy Spanish chorizos are rather tasty. We usually order a dish of tortilla each as we love it so much! We usually end up ordering way too much than we can actually eat as everything on the menu sounds so delicious. They also have a dessert menu but I've never even looked at this as I've always been too full and satisfied with the main course! Each tapas dish is roughly priced between £3 and £5 and when you add it all up it usually comes to about £25 for the two of us. La Tasca have the Tapas for a Tenner offer where you can eat as much as you want from a selection of tapas for only £10 Sunday-Wednesday, or Lunch for 2 where you choose 5 tapas to share between 2 people for £10. You can also often find vouchers, such as buy 1 tapas get one free, on sites like moneysavingexpert.com - so if you bought 8 dishes you'd only pay for 4 which is great value. They have all the usual range of drinks and you can just go in here for drinks at the bar if you don't want to eat. If you're in a Spanish restaurant though you have to have a Spanish drink and the Sangria here is so delicious. You can buy a glass of Sangria for £3.15 or a jug for £12.50. La Tasca makes some of the nicest Sangria I've ever tasted. There are a lot of negative reviews on here about La Tasca and I really can't understand why. Admittedly, the food isn't huge and you won't get some enormous meal that you can stuff your face with but what's wrong with that? I love the place. It's romantic, elegant, relaxed and has a wonderful authentic taste of Spain. It is one of my favourite restaurants and all my family thoroughly enjoy it too and you'll often find us in one of the restaurants taking up a huge table of 15 for a family birthday! My aunt is from Gibraltar so most of our family know a bit of Spanish and I love it when I can pronounce everything properly! If you like Spain, Spanish food and drink, and romantic meals, then definitely try this restaurant. Actually I think I'll take a trip there this bank holiday as I'm rather fancying some tortilla now!

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              03.04.2009 14:46
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              La Tasca isn't the taste of Spain, it's the taste of the freezer

              This review isn't meant to earn me any points but put some information back into the community. I worked at a La Tasca branch and everything is cooked from frozen. The staff levels are kept very low (2 in the day) so to keep costs down. One of us would work the fron of house, the other at the back. I would cut the bags open, heat in the microwave and serve. Some items were heated in the pan, but very little. Tortilla, paella, meatballs, chorizo... all frozen and heated to order. The food is so bad in my opinion I rarely at the discounted food unless desperate. Having been to Spain a few times and having made my own tapas, I can confirm the frozen stuff has a completely different texture. While the taste may be similar in some respects, all the extra stabilizers and salts and sugars which are added to ensure it has a longer life can't be good for the customer... Please pick up the yellow pages and search for a local family run Spanish tapas place, it may cost a little more, but you'll get authentic flavours and you won't be eating the same garbage you could've bought from Tesco's frozen section... Please note I don't expect a high rating for this quick review, I merely wanted to advise people what they're eating...

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              30.03.2009 22:02
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              Good for parties, but not for a romantic evening

              I went to Manchester recently for a concert and we decided to make an evening of it and get some food first. So, armed with my 50% off food voucher courtesy of moneysavingexpert.com (don't judge me - there's a credit crunch going on people!), we headed to Las Tasca on Deansgate. -The Restaurant Itself- First of all, there's an outdoor eating area in front of the restaurant with about five tables - although there are two reasons why I wouldn't eat there. Firstly, the great British weather doesn't exactly lend itself to dining Al Fresco and, secondly, I'm not sure I'd like the people walking past staring at me stuffing myself anymore than I'd like to alternate mouthfuls of food with mouthfuls of exhaust fumes from the busy road. Going through the main doors, there is a sort of corridor which is lined with bar tables for waiting for a table. We visited at 5 o'clock on a Monday night and when we left just under two hours later, all the tables were occupied (which for a small town girl like me is unheard of!). The restaurant is large, but manages to be cosy at the same time and the walls are adorned with 'authentic' Spanish works of art and random items, which is nice - it's always good to have something to look at! There were a couple of problems with the restaurant. First of all, it was unbelievably dark inside, which meant that I had to squint to even see the menu in the flickering candle light. Also, the tables were extremely close together. They are angled so that you don't feel like you're sharing a table with other diners, but when you want to leave the table it becomes difficult. Believe me, there is nothing more embarrassing than knocking someone's food off their fork with your bum! -The Food- The food at La Tasca is Spanish, with a choice of tapas and paella dishes. They have some great offers - such as lunch for two for £10 and all you can eat for £10 midweek evenings, both of which are from a limited selection. They also have tapas menus to give you a selection of dishes, if you aren't sure what to order. Since there were three of us, we decided to go for one of the set menus for two and added three extra dishes, giving us ten in total - which is about what they recommend. We had paella, chicken wings, ribs, chorizo sausage, meatballs, fried potatoes in tomato sauce, gambas pil-pil (king prawns in garlic oil), garlic mushrooms and Spanish omelette. I thought these were all quite tasty, although you could tell that they were all warmed up dishes. The other dish we had was chicken croquettes, which were absolutely vile! They were like deep fried balls of chicken mush - steer well clear, if you decide to visit! All the dishes were between four and six pounds, so with 50% off were pretty good value, although if I'd paid full price, I think I'd have felt a little short changed. I recommend that you get some bread to go with your tapas, as most of the dishes came in sauces that needed something to 'mop them up' with! There is also a selection of dishes that are suitable for vegetarians, although it does say on the menu that they don't have a dedicated are for preparing vegetarian food. They also label the dishes that are gluten free and the ones that don't contain garlic. For dessert, we had the chocolate fondue that was served with apple pieces, strawberries and 'crispy' donut twists. The donut pieces were soggy and very greasy and, at £5.95, it wasn't worth the money - even though the melted chocolate was really nice! -Drinks- The drinks, as always in restaurants, are what pushed our bill up - expect to pay over £3 for a pint of beer and between £13 and £30 for a bottle of wine. They have soft drinks, coffees, liqueurs, champagne and sangria, but again, it isn't cheap. -Service- The waiting staff were friendly enough, although not overly efficient - things seemed to come as and when they were ready and not when you ordered them. This may have just been because they were busy, but then I get the impression that it's always busy, so you think they'd be used to it. -Overall Opinion- The food was nice enough, but it is a chain and so, it is what you'd expect - pre-prepared food at fairly inflated prices. If we'd have paid full price for the food, it would have been around £15 a head for the food alone. I think this would have been a bit too much considering what you could get elsewhere for the price. We had a good evening and I would recommend it, but not for a romantic evening. I imagine it'd be a great place to have a birthday or works party, especially as they do set party menus for large groups.

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                29.03.2009 15:40
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                Perhaps Your Local La Tasca Will Be Better

                La Tasca is a Spanish style Tapas restaurant chain that has over 70 restaurants in the U.K. My review is based on my experiences of eating on 3 separate occasions in 2007 and 2008 at the La Tasca restaurant in Maidstone, Kent, England. Tapas is a generic term used for hot and cold appetizers that are commonly sold in drinks bars in Spain (Tapas bars) but the concept has been taken a stage further in other "Westernised" countries to develop dedicated Tapas restaurants. La Tasca's establishments are sit down, eat in restaurants that have a heavily themed Spanish style to them. When you first enter and sit down the look of the interior is very authentic however you quickly notice that much of the décor is of the reproduction style including hanging fruits and sausage meats that are made of plastic. Never the less you are excited about having a real Tapas experience and start looking at the menu. There is nice Spanish style background music playing and you think you are about to have a great time. It has a large number of Tapas dishes. You can order them separately or in combos. Remember each tapas is a snack so you will need to have a few but you can of course order a selection between you and then just help yourselves. They currently have a lunchtime offer of any 5 tapas dishes for £10. This is probably the best value but does not include drinks. There are some other options like a kids menu, set menus and party menus but each time I have been in for lunch I have opted for the lunch combo offer. Here are some examples of the tapas menu: Albondigas. Spicy Meatballs in a Vegetable & Tomato Sauce Langostinos: Large Prawns Cooked Spanish Style Potatos Bravas: Fried Potatoes Spanish Tortilla De Patatas: Spanish Omelet filled with Potato and Onions. There are also salad dishes available and a wide range of alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, tea and coffee. You can see more of the menu at www.latasca.co.uk Okay, so far everything sounds good, doesn't it? As I mentioned earlier I have eaten 3 times at La Tasca. Each time I had a very similar experience and having given it two chances to improve I have now given up and am of the opinion that it is just not a great restaurant. I have had "real" tapas in Spain a few times so am in a position to make a valid comparison as far as the quality of food goes. Each time I have been to La Tasca it has been between 12.30 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. that I have arrived and each time the restaurant was less than 10% full. Each time I have been in a party of two and each time it has taken at least 30 minutes to receive any food. It was noticeable that no other table had any food either, the staff seemed totally uninterested and there was no enthusiasm to the service whatsoever. When the food eventually arrived half of it was nice and half of it was incredibly tasteless. Some of it was cold. A meat dish, I think it was ribs, that I ordered was not cooked through properly and parts of it were still frozen indicating that it was probably a pre bought frozen catering item that got reheated in the microwave or oven. There were also some other minor issues which I can't quite remember, probably lack of serviettes and wrong cutlery, that type of thing. Anyway, having not complained on my previous two visits I decided that this time I would. I had already decided that I would never go back there again but that day's experience was so poor that I decided to ask for the manager. A man arrived to talk to us. He was very polite and understanding and went to great lengths to reassure us that this was just an isolated incident and that really they did have high standards of food and service. He didn't dispute any of the points that I raised with him. He gave us a 50% refund and virtually pleaded with us to come back again. I won't be doing so. Perhaps this branch is not representative of the chain as a whole but if it is then it is a great shame because the tapas restaurant concept is a good one and a very different one and cooked and served well tapas can be a very enjoyable experience.

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                  11.03.2009 21:32
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                  A great value and different place to eat

                  I am a big fan of a bargain meal and therefore always try out restaurants that have got offers on. My boyfriend and I always seem to end up going to Italian's, mainly because pasta is my favourite food. This time we decided to go for a change and have a visit to La Tasca. La Tasca is a Spanish style restaurant that sells food in the form of Tapas. The restaurant we visited was located on Regent Street , about a 5 minute walk from Oxford Circus tube station. It was very easy to find, which was a positive. We arrived about half 6 and it was fairly busy upstairs but the waitress came over immediately and took us downstairs where there were loads of tables and gave us menus. The restaurant was nice inside. It was fairly dark downstairs but I think this added to the atmosphere. It was decorated quite similarly to a lot of Spanish restaurants, in quite an old traditional style. This added to the style of the restaurant as you almost felt like you could be in Spain on holiday. We were sat on one side and the seats had plenty of room around them, which is always a plus as I don't like to feel too crowded when I am eating. There were various size tables for groups from 2 people to much larger groups. When we arrived it was fairly empty but it did fill up a lot later. The waiter came over and asked us if we had done Tapas before, to which I said I had. If you haven't done it before it is good that they explain what you should do. He then took our order of drinks. We both chose a soft drink but they had a variety of drinks including Wine, Beer and even Sangria to get you in a Spanish mood. The idea of Tapas is that you choose a variety of dishes and then share them. It wasn't explained on the menu but as I said the waiter would explain if you hadn't done it before. The menu started with bread and olives of various forms for you to have to start. These are all around 2 - 3 pounds in cost. It then has a few starters, which vary between 3 and 4 pounds in cost. There are also some main meal choices if you wanted to have that with a couple of Tapas. These were paellas and all cost about twenty pounds so quite pricey really. They are big enough to share though so this would make it a lot cheaper. The main part of the menu was taken up by the Tapas. These were split into sections including chicken, meat, seafood, vegetables and salads. There are quite a few choices so there is likely to be a few things you like. These vary on cost from around 3 - 5 pounds. There are also a couple of choices of set menus of Tapas that you can also choose. These include one selection with fish and one with meat. These work out at around 20-25 pounds. We chose to go for 6 dishes as we had also chosen garlic bread. We went for chicken skewers in paprika sauce, meatballs, meat paella, ribs, potato and pepper and Spanish omelette. Our drinks came quick and then we ordered the food. This also arrived in a short amount of time, approximately ten minutes after we ordered. Each dish comes in a small dish or plate and then you are each given a small plate and cutlery. I think it is a really fun way to eat as you get to choose little bits and help yourself to them. I also really like the idea as I can never decide what I want and this way you get to have it all. All of our food came together except for one dish which we though was just delayed. In the end we tried to grab a couple of waiters attention to no prevail, which was a bit annoying. In the end we let a waitress know and the meatballs were brought out to us. This was after we had eaten the rest of our food so was a little annoying but an easy mistake to make. I do feel we could have had some kind of apology though. The food was really tasty. It all tasted of a good quality and was all hot as well, always a plus. The amount of food we ordered was just right for the two of us, but you can always order more after if you are still full up. After the main course we decided to have a pudding. I had a orange sorbet and my boyfriend had an orange cheesecake. My orange sorbet was really nice, it actually came in an orange which had all its contents taken out, which was quite an original touch. My boyfriend also enjoyed his desert. We asked for the bill and gave our voucher in and received the bill quickly. It only came to 21 pounds as we had 50% off all the food, which I thought was great value. Even at full price I think it would still be worth the money. The waitress took our payment by card on a chip and pin machine easily and we left happy. Overall I would say La Tasca is a really enjoyable place to eat. The food is delicious and of a good quality. There is something for everyone and it is a different way to eat. The only let down we had was with food arriving late but this is not a disaster.

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                    13.02.2009 23:41
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                    A Great place to eat for a wide selection of dishes

                    La Tasca (Manchester) is a spanish tapas bar located on Deansgate facing Barton Arcade. The bar is very dimly lit and furnished in a mass of dark wood tables/stools & chairs. Each table has an empty wine bottle containing a lit candle. There is also constent spanish music playing. I've visited this particluar La Tasca a number of times and have enjoyed myself on each occasion. The menu consist of Tapas dishes priced between £3.00 and £4.95, examples of which are Chorizo in a Red Wine Sauce. Chicken Skewers with mayonaise,Patatas Bravas- Roast Potaoes in a tomato sauce. The drinks are reasonably priced for a city centre bar with a pint of San Miguel coming in a at £3.15 and a glass of house wine at £3.85. Or you could try a glass of Sangria for £3.15 or a pitcher for £11.95. On the occasions I've visted La Tasca I found the service to be excellent with your drinks order being taken as soon as you have sat down. The main courses have never taken too long to arrive and I always find ordering a basket of fresh bread with olive oil and vinegerette keeps you going until it arrives. The problem you may have with ordering your meal is the choice. The menu is very substantial but you must remember that the dishes are quite small and I suggest ordering around three dishes per diner in order to get a descent portion. The quality of the food is always very good and seems to be very fresh. E.G Salad dishes are always crisp. My only issues with La Tasca would be that the lighting,as is far to dark and that the toliets (Located Downstairs) have a somewhat unsavoury smell to them and could do with freshening up. Other things too mention. This particular La Tasca has a function room located downstairs, which can be hired for special occasions. This same room is also used for Salsa Dance classes on a weekly basis. Register on the La Tasca website and you regularly sent special offers such as 50% off you bill. Which I've used on a couple of occasions. All in all La Tasca is a great place to eat if you like a large selection of dishes, but beware the individual dishes soon add up and can find yourself spending more than you first imagined. A typical meal for two consisting of around 6-7 dishes and drinks is around the £40 mark.

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                      01.02.2009 00:32
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                      Try local restaurants not chains for a more authentic experience

                      This is a review of the restaurant situated in Meadowhall at Sheffield:- A group of about twenty of us got together today for the first time in a couple of years so that we could all catch up and had booked a table at least a couple of weeks ago for around 2 pm. We arrived and, of course, it being a saturday, it was very busy. It was the first time I had been to a La Tasca restaurant and the first time I had had Tapas so wasn't sure what to expect but, having discussed it when we booked the table, we had all decided to go for their party menu at £12.45 a head. After we were all seated, it seemed to take an age before anyone came round and asked us for any drinks. This was okay because we could see they were busy but then it seemed to take an absolute age before the drinks actually arrived. Service seemed very slow and it seemed as though, to me, that not enough staff had been put on duty. The food likewise was very slow in coming and though we had sat on time, in fact a little early, was about 3.30pm before we got the first courses. This consisted of potato and onion omelette which was nice but nothing amazing, bread with oil and vinegar which has never really appealed to me (not really into the whole medditerraean thing), a spanish mixed salad and garlic and paprika chicken wings which, for me, was the best thing so far. Two of my closest friends sitting opposite me are vegetarian and found the omelette a little unimpressive too! It was nice in it's own way but lacked any outstanding flavour and was a tad bland. Again it took quite a while for these dishes to be cleared- for those not familiar with Tapas, the food is placed on the table; you each have a small plate and help yourself to what you fancy. Working in the hotel/ restaurant trade myself, I tend perhaps to be a bit more critical but I heard a couple of others in my party also commenting! Then, just as I was beginning to get hungry and running out of bread to fill the gap, they brought out the next courses... This included Fried Potato in a Spicy Tomato sauce ( tasty but not enough of it to have more than a small mouthful); Spanish style meatballs in tomato sauce ( which were very nice I'll admit, probably the best main course on offer!);Chicken breast cooked in white wine and garlic ( to my trained eye, it appeared as though the sauce had begun to split and chicken was woefully overdone spoiling what could have been a nice dish); Baked aubergine topped with grilled cheese (which I didn't try but which my vegetarian friends said was very good- but is not exactly an imaginative dish by any means); Spicy Chorizo in red wine (again very nice- but very lacking, seemed incomplete to me like ingredients in a dish rather than a dish in its own right); Deep fried Calamari with roasted garlic mayonnaise (which I can't eat as am allergic to certain seafoods and shellfish but, by all accounts, was overcooked and chewy- most likely frozen from a pre-package which is predictable admittedly but disappointing because it is not hard to cut rings of squid and batter them by any stretch of the imagination.) Some of our party had Paellla as an extra dish at an extra cost and this was a little disappointing by all accounts though the rice was supposedly nice. The overall consensus then was that the food was okay- not mind-blowing by any extreme- but that the service was a joke. Which is insulting as service charge was included in our bill!!! For me and my wife for the party menu and one drink each, a glass of coke each, our share of the bill was £31.20! To me this was a little extortionate for the amount of food we recieved and actually ate and what, despite it being busy- this is not really a legitimate excuse, was very very poor service indeed. No one asked if everything was okay and though we were a big party, we had given them plenty of notice! We were split over two tables so picking where everyone sat was very strategic but people tended to sit closest to those they knew the best so this wasn't a problem. I did however have a problem with a shoddy service I had to pay for!!! Like I say, this was my first experience of Tapas so maybe I am missing something but one thing is sure, I will not be trying it again in a hurry! A great big steak or a proper meal for me next time.....eithewr that or I order seperate dishes rather than the Party menu which looked the best option but failed on all counts to deliver!

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                        Will not be going back

                        Having always had a good impression of La Tasca, I was very disappointed by the service I received on Hallowe'en for my birthday. Initially we were not asked at any point (booking or when there) whether it was a special occasion - and as it was MY birthday I did not want to seem too pushy... ! After being seated we were told we were only allowed the Set menus. I was not warned about this and as the restaurant was half empty (if not more) I was very disapointed they could not accomadate us. We chose the "middle" menu at £15.95. The meal was extremely disappointing - none of the "good stuff" (seafood, nice meats etc) and although there was enough it was because my group of nine filled up on the braed and potatos. Had we been a smaller group ordering individual dishes there is no way that the quality of food served would have cost us anywhere near that amount. Ironically the dishes I would have chosen may have made our bill higher than it actually was!! At the end of the deal we were offered dessert... and then told it would be an additional £2.95 per head. We declined... I am so disappointed that a restaurant I have always enjoyed gave me and my friends and family from around the country such a poor experience on my 30th Birthday. I shall be writing to them to complain and will update if I ever get a response!

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