By our roving reviewer, Rebecca Johnston
I visited La Tasca this week with a group of friends. We went to the South Charlotte Street branch, the much more atmospheric of the two Edinburgh branches. We were seated in the busy ground floor restaurant, which felt very cosy with low lighting and festive decor. Our waiter was extremely charming and attentive without encroaching on our catching up. We ordered drinks from the extensive wine and drinks list, including a carafe of house wine at a bargain £6.95 for 500ml and it certainly didn’t taste cheap.
We were all hungry so we ordered a large selection of dishes including various paellas, prawns, melon with ham, chicken wings, spanish omelette, patatas bravas and salads. The portion sizes were all very generous. Although I would not say that the food is exceptional, it’s certainly very tasty and filling and good value for money. We particularly liked the potato choices, the spanish omelette was accompanied by a lovely roasted garlic mayonnaise and the patatas dishes can be ordered in several forms with cheese or meat added. With various dietary requirements among the group we were all happy to be well catered for.
Although fairly full from our tapas we were easily swayed by the dessert menu, especially as desserts were on a 2 for 1 offer. I had toffee apple crumble which was delicious, another friend ordered Baileys hazelnut scoop, which although she enjoyed, she found it to be very sweet. For a chain restaurant all the desserts seemed fresh, with the exception of the orange sorbet which was very frozen and my friend found it difficult to get a spoonful at first but still really enjoyed it.
I would definitely recommend La Tasca for a cheap and tasty meal with friends. It’s great for birthdays and other celebrations, though these are usually seated downstairs so it’s never too noisy in the main section. They often have offers on and also have a Christmas party offering, a good alternative for a small group.