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La Tasca (Leeds)
Member Name: SamPerry
La Tasca (Leeds)
Advantages: Lovely food and atmosphere
Disadvantages: Can get busy
This review is for the La Tasca restaurant in Leeds, however I have also eaten at the Newcastle one and this was pretty much the same as the Leeds restaurant.
For those of you that have never heard of the La Tasca, it is a Spanish tapas restaurant, they have many restaurants all over the UK, if you log onto their website www.latasca.co.uk you can locate your nearest restaurant, but I think they are located in all major cities.
The restaurant is furnished to make you believe you could be in Spain! It is painted brown and orange and is very ambient, with low lighting and Spanish music playing in the background, I find that it is quite a romantic atmosphere. The tables are wooden, with wicker chairs, I have always felt very relaxed and comfortable when eating here and really makes you feel as if you are on holiday.
La Tasca serve a number of Spanish dishes, mainly Tapas, which are Spanish dishes that are served on one big plate for sharing, the joy if Tapas is that you don't have to get one main meal, instead you can order say 8 different tapas dishes, when you are eating with friends and then share them between you. This is what my friends and I do when we go out for a meal, this way you get to taste many of the different dishes on offer.
The menu is very extensive and has a whole range of tapas dishes including seafood, chicken, meat, vegetarian, salads and delicatessen, so you should find something that you like from the menu. For those of you who don't want Tapas then they also serve Spanish Paella, I have never tried this but my friend has and she says that it is delicious. The Tapas range in price from £3.25 upto £4.95 per serving and I have to say that each serving will probably feed four people a small amount each, at least this is what we usually do when myself and three friends eat out.
The Leeds restaurant also has a deal called Tapas for a tenner, you can choose this option between Sunday - Wednesday from 5pm till they close, they offer a condensed version of the main menu and it is all you can eat for £10. I have tried this and it is great value for money, I always come out feeling as though my belly will explode!!
La Tasca also cater for parties, you can book a table for the number of people that are attending and then you pay per head for each person, I had my last birthday here, 15 people attended and we paid £14.95 per head. As this has all been arranged before hand there is no messing about with everyone ordering when you arrive, which when there is such a large group can sometimes turn into a nightmare!! You advise them what selections of Tapas you would like and the food is automatically brought to your table. I found this to be great as it gives you the chance to just have a drink, sit back and wait for the food to arrive.
They also serve a wide range of Spanish and English beer and wine. My favourite has to be the Sangria they serve, you can purchase it by the jug, which goes down a treat with your tapas.
Their website is very good and shows you any information you may need to know about the restaurant, you can even book online so it saves you the hassle of having to call and reserve a table.
I would highly recommend La Tasca to those of you who enjoy Tapas food in a lovely, relaxed environment. I think Tapas is a great way to share a meal with friends.
The Leeds La Tasca is located at - 4 Russells Street, Leeds, LS1 5PT.
Summary: You must try it if you like Spanish food.