Tuesday, 18 February 2014


A few weeks ago I was invited to La Tasca for the launch of their new Bar de Sangria in Leeds.
Basing their new menu on using only the finest quality fresh ingredients, head chef Antony sources ingredients from as many artisan suppliers across Spain as possible.

Specialising in sangria (of course), as well as paella and tapas, La Tasca have re-branded and returned with a new authentic take on traditional Spanish cuisine and drink.

Arriving at La Tasca, we walked through the restaurant and were guided to a spiral staircase which led down to the bar. Down we hopped and a busy bar welcoming us with lots of friendly greetings from bar and PR staff.

Awaiting us at the bar were multiple glasses of dark red sangria so we dived in. At first we were not sure what to expect about what the night ahead entailed, but we were soon informed that there would be a big paella cooked live by a chef with some tapas dishes on offer too.

As we took a seat, the chef set up to cook the paella and we watched in awe. A huge paella pan adorned the table with dozens of fresh ingredients being thrown in. Chorizo and chicken paella was being made and boy did it smell good as the wafts of smoked paprika spread the room.

Whilst watching the paella being made we went through a few sangria's, however every single glass we were given tasted completely different and ranged from a rose to a deep red. My only qualm about the quality.

The food was ready and we all dived in. As well as paella we were lucky enough to sample some delicious tapas, including chorizo, rustic bread, Spanish omelette, croquettes and meatballs.

Everything on offer was extremely tasty and it was nice to know it had all been freshly made and using good quality ingredients. I was also surprised at how 'healthy' the tapas felt as sometimes tapas dishes can be very oily and heavy.

We had a highly enjoyable evening and were extremely well looked after. The food was a nice treat, and we were sent home ladened with gift bags of Spanish ingredients.

Whilst La Tasca is not somewhere I would usually visit. I definitely consider heading back for tapas and sangria with friends in the future.

Photos: La Tasca 

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