Written on: 08/08/2012 by Kumar_Chauhan (5 reviews written)
My girlfriend and I have been going to La Tasca now for a couple of years and overall our experience has not been that bad. The food has been acceptable without ever being extraordinary. My main complaint is that I’m not sure how much of their food is freshly made on site, I get the feeling many things are prepack and just heated up at the different restaurants (no really in keeping with the whole fresh Spanish tone). You may ask if this was my opinion then why did I keep going back,... (read more)
Written on: 22/05/2012 by pbrodger (1 review written)
We love Spanish food, and so were looking forward to La Tasca. Our first foray was to Canary Wharf a couple of years ago, where even basics like Tortilla and chorizo were very poor and barely edible. The experience was so bad in fact, that we complained via the website. We did, in fairness, get a call from the branch manager, who was apologetic but philosophical about the quality of the food "it's a chain, what can you expect?" was her attitude. She offered me vouchers which she suggested we... (read more)
Written on: 24/02/2012
We have chosen this restaurant as we really wanted to eat some tasty Spanish food...but we were wrong. We started with some tapas and I discovered you can buy the exact same thing from Tesco for 2£..which is probably what they do..put everything on a plate, olive oil on top..and that is it.. client served. Than we ordered paella for 3...absolutely disgusting.. we received a huge pan of horrible rice with a tomato sauce, 3 prawns and 6 mussels on top..the taste was awful. I will never go to... (read more)
Written on: 04/02/2012 by anniebell2010 (1 review written)
We were a group of 9 celebrating a birthday. 6 of our party went for the party menu at 15.00 per head. The other 3 wanted the single paella at 9.95. The party meals came out well ahead of our meals. When the paella arrived, we were very dissappointed. Rather then the 3 single paellas we were expecting and had ordered. We got a pan of paella. When we questioned the waitress we were told it was paella for 3! This was outragous, yes there was enough rice for 3 BUT only 3 prawns and of the 6... (read more)
Written on: 22/01/2012 by Paul25491
Went with some friends and luckily we found it all amusing as service was poor and food felt mass market rather than fresh despite waiting a long tome for it. They forgot to bring some dishes and also twice brought the wrong drinks. No real atmosphere in there and place needs some serious investment. Not good (read more)
Written on: 17/10/2011 by Nazzo
RUDE service. After two out of ten people failed to give ID (When they weren't even drinking) the waitress went to the manager, and he disgustingly approached the table and gathered our attention by clapping his hands and barking out 'NO ID NO DRINKS' It was really not needed. He even separated the table from those who weren't drinking Throughout the whole night he eyed us. Our drink glasses remained empty, not once did the waitress ask us if our meal was OK, or if we wanted more drinks, we... (read more)
Written on: 25/09/2011
The reviews on this site seem quite harsh. I had my first visit to La Tasca last week and I was very impressed. The staff were actually Spanish and very friendly. The restaurant had a nice atmosphere. As part of a group of 16 people I wasn't sure we'd have enough food but there was plenty for all and everyone went home very full. I would definitely recommend to a friend. The only possible downside could be the price, maybe not somewhere to visit often, or look out for any deals they may... (read more)
Written on: 05/09/2011
I think the negative reviewers just don't like tapas. La Tasca is brilliant, it can be as cheap or expensive as you want it to be. Every wednesday and Sunday there is usually 6 tapas for £10.95.. had this and I was stuffed! I usually get four tapas, using their 2 for 1 vouchers, which are always available (google search it). The food is great and freshly prepared. (read more)
Written on: 10/04/2011
I wish I'd read the reviews before booking.
Atmosphere - lively and relaxed and I thought the decor was OK too.
Service - amateur at best. No organisation or allocation of staff to tables. No sign of a manager overseeing the "team" only one of whom appeared to be working.
Food - Out of a packet into the microwave or deep fat fryer. Bland, warm not hot and of the poorest quality. Of special note were the "Tiger Prawns". 6 of the smallest prawns that I have ever seen. Clearly not as... (read more)
Written on: 06/03/2011 by JTBUK (1 review written)
My partner and I took our daughter here today and I have to say the place is shambolic. We were using our Tastecard which took a 'tiny' bit of sting out the experience, in that we only had to pay for 50% of PART of our order. Drinks and everything we ordered that was not on the 'Tapas to Share' menu were charged at standard prices. The manager (I use this term very loosely indeed) showed us to our table and was very rude in how he quickly explained the terms of using a tastecard, in a voice... (read more)
Written on: 21/11/2010
Wednesday, in La Tasca Leeds:
Awful! We were 3 mins late, which I apologised for. The Maitre d' pointed at our table (we were not escorted) and said he was running late anyway. to cut a long story you were very busy (but this should be expected with the amount of offers in place) and despite getting the attention of 3 waiters we did not have anyone take our drinks order until 7.50 (45 mins after arrival) we also ordered food. This arrived at 8.45. We jokingly asked the waiter if we could... (read more)
Written on: 20/11/2010
My partner and I chose the £12 for 2 lunch deal. Lets just say I would not even give this food to my dog. We had 5 selections of Tapas. Everything was heated in a microwave it was not done fresh.The worst of it was the so called Chorizos floating in red wine. The chorizos were inedible we both had a piece and quicly put this dish to the side i could not even swallow it. They were definately not spanish! The chicken and mushrooms were re-heated and luke warm though the taste wasnt too bad. We... (read more)
Written on: 06/11/2010
Appalling food. A range of greasy deep fried items covered in the same bland tomato sauce. Portion size was very small which added to the feeling of being ripped off. Along with the tapas we ordered a paella which was slightly less bland but more disgusting. The prawns in it had clearly been placed in frozen and despite being burnt on the outside, were barely defrosted on the inside. The one I ate tasted like the bottom of an old freezer and frankly I was concerned for my health.
Service... (read more)
Written on: 06/09/2010
Dissapointed is not the word!.... La Tasca has gone 'down hill' big time. I used to eat here a lot - bringing family and friends to a nice social event, never again.It seems the prices have shot up, and the quality of the food diminished. Obviously the chain has lost the plot - thinking about profits rather than quality. The food was luke warm,and so was the salad! the chicken was tough and the service was average. Don't get me wrong, I don't like to be 'kiss arsed' by my waiter/waitress,... (read more)
Written on: 08/08/2010
My daughter and i went to this restaurant on a saturday night.Im afraid to say the food was atrocious,very tasteless and very overpriced.We were very very dissapointed as we dont see eachother very often and we were really looking forward to a nice meal together.We certainly wont be going back . (read more)
Written on: 05/08/2010
I went to la tasca, for what I thought was a good value for money lunch deal. I have to say I was shocked at the quality of food. None of it appears to be cooked fresh. In fact I am certain that all dishes are ordered in pre-prepared and bunged in a microwave to serve. Shocking! I've simply nothing good to say about the food. Mcdonalds offers better quality. The service was good however, but this probably has more to do with the fact that we were the only people in the restaurant at the... (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2010
I am a big fan of tapas and have never been so disappointed with a restaurant. This is the second time I have been to a La Tasca (it was not my choice to go again but an engagement that I couldn't avoid) and I had hoped that my first miserable experience was a one-off but unfortunately not. The food was bland, uninteresting and hugely overpriced for what we were presented with. I don't even know how it is possible to remove so much flavour from chorizo. The service was slow and we had to... (read more)
Written on: 15/07/2010
Tremendously disappointing experience. We were sat at our table with one menu between four of us then faced an extended wait for drinks. The wine at £18 a bottle was vile. The food came in ridiculously small portions that were invariably bland, oily and tasted the same. We then ordered pudding and waited 45 minutes for it to arrive. Unfortunately, only three of us got what we'd ordered. No apology from the waiter, he just trotted off with the pudding and reappeared five minutes later... (read more)
Written on: 10/07/2010
went to La Tasca expecting fantastic tapas. unfortunately the food was EXTREMELY oily, luke warm abd very bland. plus for the money we paid it just wasn't worth it. would not recommend any sane person to go unless you have a 100% off voucher and even then think again!!! (read more)
Written on: 04/06/2010
Went out and really fancied Tapas but was SO disappointed with the food, service and ambience of La Tasca. Wish I had read all these reviews fist and saved myself the money! We had my son with me but they never told us they had a kids menu. We had Tapas to start which was all soggy, and tasted the same, then we had Paella which was again soggy and over cooked. No clean plates were brought so we had to eat them off our dirty ones. The table was never cleared and we were never given any... (read more)
Written on: 29/05/2010 by IckleBerrin (1 review written)
Went out for a celebration as love Tapas, wish I had read review first.Food was plain,boring and luke warm. Ordered Paella for three, it was burnt,and tasteless and only realised later when a couple ordered the same dish, even though you pay for three you get a portion for two. The table was dirty and sticky,and after our meal was delivered no further attention from our waitress. Overall very disappointing and begrudged paying the bill. Not value for money. (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2010
Pretty shocking food - all tasted tired and reheated (including inedible Calamares), green salad included rock hard, inedible Avocado.
A very limp effort at fresh simple food. Will not return. Don't be fooled by the nice location and surroundings - you'll feel cheated. (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2010
Very very poor. Food reheated tasteless rubbish. Very mean portions even though we paid extra on a few dishes to get a bit more. Calamari soggy, 6 measly prawns in stale oil, Sangria-absolutely terrible, spare ribs disgusting, value for money appalling, service terrible. What a complete rip-off. Never, ever, ever again. No response from the feedback given as yet. How they have the audacity to market it as a 'taste of Spain' I do not know.It couldn't be further from the truth. They should be... (read more)
Written on: 26/04/2010
I have been to other La Tasca restaurants before and they were ok, but this one, just off the Strand in London was horrible.
First, we were given an awful table, even though the restaurant was half empty. Upon changing tables, we had to wait around 10 minutes for somebody to take our order. The food (starters were olives and bread) didn't come for another 15 minutes or so! The waiting times were absolutely ridiculous, even though it was half empty and it's a tapas restaurant, where the... (read more)
Written on: 17/04/2010
After living and working in Spain for more than 35 years i think i know what the proper tapas are like. What I had the other day in Cambridge was absolutely disgusting, tasteless, reheated from lunch time...expensive.
I send them an e-mail which they never replaid back to me.
It's a shame. Never again! (read more)
Written on: 27/02/2010 by Damie (1 review written)
As a couple we have been lots of times and loved the food drink atmosphere.
So invite a dozen friends as a treat, only to be served in a freezing cold venue. £12 a jug for lemonade with a bit of fruit and splash of wine they called Sangria. Starving guests as a result of switching the menu to a sub-standard one at a £1.00 a head more. Rubbish !!! Deserves to close Apologies to my freinds so making them suffer. Mugged of Just under £300 Never again ... (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2010
Absolutely terrible food even with 50% off it wasn't worth the money. We had 4 dishes between two of us and did not finish any of them except the prawns. Even the wine was very poor. (read more)
Written on: 17/01/2010
I'd like to be able to write a review but we couldn't get in to an almost empty restaurant at 5.10pm on a Sunday. All the tables had been booked we were told. An hour and a half later we returned to our car having eaten elsewhere and it was barely busier. Apparently, the tables had been reserved for diners who were turning up about 7! So tables have to be kept clear for nearly 2 hours in a 'casual dining' restaurant? We'd even said we weren't staying long as we had our children with us... (read more)
Written on: 09/01/2010
I have worked in most of them, and therefore I had to eat in many of them as well. Very Unfortunate. Most food at La Tasca is not prepared fresh and and they are cooked or reheated in Microwaves. So, diners always have a choice of eating microwaved or fried food. I could not even bring myself to eat the free staff food that we were given. It just does not taste nice except the freshly cooked paella sharers. But, still the flavour and standard of them still are not up to the standards of a... (read more)
Written on: 08/12/2009
Absolutely terrible food. Bland and tasteless. The 'paella' seemed to be pre-cooked and then microwaved Batchelors savoury rice with no taste, the potatas bravas were lukewarm and the 'spicy' sauce was not remotely spicy. The battered fish was OK, made me wish I'd gone for tea at a chip-shop instead! The meatballs tasted like they were made with beef that was on the turn, consequently I didn't eat them. The chicken croquettes.... Well, Trade Descriptions Act anyone? They were basically... (read more)
Written on: 19/10/2009
Overcooked yet cold and extremely bland. A great disappointment, each dish sent back as it was just too cold, we then get a complementary dessert of what must have been reheated stale churros. On the positive side, excellent staff, good service, and very apologetic - maybe it was a one-off occurrence, but once too many for me. (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2009 by erena (102 reviews written)
I have dined in La Tasca a few times in the restaurants near Oxford Street and near Covent Garden in London. We usually order some tapas and then the paella for two. I totally loved the food, very well prepared and very delicious, the service we had was immaculate, friendly and helpful staff, the prices are reasonable for central London, the atmosphere is very pleasant, the restaurants were clean and tidy, so were the bathrooms. All in all I really enjoy La Tasca and would definately go... (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2009
As there are quite a few negative reviews about La Tasca on here, thought I should report a good experience of La Tasca in Kingston last night.
We turned up mostly because we had a 50% off voucher - always a bonus, and I have to say that at full price it might be a bit over-priced (but then I'm a cheap-skate)!
However, though the place was busy, we were found a pleasant table outside (by the river), and served quickly with a selection of tapas which, while not perhaps what you would get... (read more)
Written on: 12/09/2009 by Maruasha (1 review written)
I have dined so many times at La Tasca in London and will be coming there very often when there is a chanse. The place has a great price-quality ratio and wonderful atmosphere. You don't have to be an expert in spanish cuisine to order something at La Tasca, but merely relax and enjoy almost everything in their menu. Starters and main meals have the same size and similar in price, and that's what makes it so special, to have 3-4 different and delicious meals, combine them so that they would... (read more)
Written on: 28/08/2009
My first and only visit to La Tasca in Solihull. Paella, dried rice with a few peas and bits of carrot, Croquetas de pollo - supposed to be chicken and was is fact mashed potato with chicken flavouring deep fried in batter. Salad, a few bits of lettuce and cucumber. All dishes were approximately £5. each. It was all a big rip off. We left with a feeling that we had been 'had'. No wonder the restaurant has to give away money off tokens for people to go there. Avoid at all costs.
I wish... (read more)
Written on: 10/08/2009
The recent menu changes at La Tasca are a disappointment. When they advertise paella why fob customers off with long grain rice, a cheap alternative and an insult to any Spaniard, not to mention against the trade description.The batter for the gambas garbardina, is now a cheap 'Farmfoods style' alternative. The light beer style batter was far more authentic.The patatas bravas is now far from 'brave' and is nothing more than a tin of tomatoes thrown on potatoes.
Written on: 03/08/2009
Just visited La Tasca on Greek Street in Leeds. I have to say that the service was quite good - our Autralian waiter from Perth was excellent! However the food was terrible. The paella should have been done under the trade descriptions act. Its was greasy, it had been cooked on an oven, they had used tumeric instead of saffron BUT - the worst thing was that they used black (Maybe squid) ink to colour the bottom of the paella pan to simulate the burnt/crunchy bottom that is the best bit of an... (read more)
Written on: 30/07/2009
I love tapas but La Tasca shouldn't be allowed to use the word- the food we had in the Tring branch in July was the worst I've ever had and would make a Spanish person weep. 'Paella' like a boil-in-the-bag frozen job, squid rings grey and rubbery, the meat in the meatballs tasted so awful we wondered if it was off and left them, and the Spanish omelette was also grey ( a bit of a theme) and dry as cardboard. They charged £1 for bread! The children's menu 'generously' allowed 'one scoop' of... (read more)
Written on: 28/07/2009
La Tasca bristol Cabot circus. Lunch . The food was in general poor but edible. The deep fried prawn dish was good. However the bread dish was like a findus frozen pizza, the chorizo tasted reheated a number of times and the paella was just rice. We ate , we were hungry. The main problem was the price 4-5 pounds per tapas plate . We actually counted what we got for our money. Prawns £1.25 per prawn, 4 in the dish. Olives 30p each, ten in dish . Did not count the rice , paella dish, but... (read more)
Written on: 11/07/2009 by tonymalbo
Complete rubbish La Tasca. Expensive ,taseless pre-made, microwaved only suitable for petfood. Avoid this place at all costs.
Broken air con. Dirty toilets. Surly Staff. (read more)
Written on: 17/06/2009
Have been to the Durham branch twice, and recieved good, if a little slow, service and good food. So we decided to try the branch in York - a big mistake. The food took well over an hour to arrive, much of it was cold and fairly bland, the service was terrible - none of the waiters wanted to be there and we never saw the same face twice! Will not be going again. (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2009 by DJM (21 reviews written)
Inconsistent is the best I can say. We have had pretty good, acceptable and terrible food at a variety of La Tasca restaurants, and worse in the same meal. Our local La Tasca is one of the better ones so we do go back, but it is a bit of a lottery (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2009
La Tasca- Awful, awful food. Overpriced and everything covered in grease. Patatas Bravas undercooked. BLAND! (read more)
Written on: 14/05/2009
Very unsatisfactory meal at La Tasca. my girlfriend and I went to La Tasca for the first itme in years. It will be several more years before I go again!
Initially, the bread was slightly stale. Not a great start. Then, the paella arrived. Seafood paella. It had 2 musslels in it, one peice of squid, and a limp prawn. That was it!
The mixed salald was okay- if bland. It was mising the advertised egg though. The tiger prawns though! Yuk!!! hey were just mushy, horrible things. We sent them back... (read more)
Written on: 24/04/2009 by Mothership
Recently visited La Tasca in Derby for the first time. Not being well versed in Spanish food, I was really looking forward to trying something different. One of our party of four had got a BOGOF voucher for the Tapas to Share menu, so it seemed like a good deal. What a disappointment! We had booked a table and arrived on time, only to be kept standing around by the sole waitress whilst she finished a conversation on her mobile. She did say it was the manager, but so what? Customers is... (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2009 by petera1
Cambridge Branch of La Tasca.
I went in on Saturday the 18th of April 09. Although the restaurant was almost empty, the staff were in a panic mode for no apparent reason. they failed to serve us correctly such as missing the cutlery taking away the empty plates. they delivered the potates burnt non edible, the food was such a disaster. this is one place i will never visit again!
i have been to many la tasca before, they were all either good or excellent, this branch is absolutely rubbish!!! (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2009
We went to La Tasca for Valentines lunch as we thought we could have a nice leisurely Spanish Tapas style lunch - How wrong we were!! The food was completely tasteless and we couldn't wait to get out. The only thing that tasted authentic was the Sangria. The Paella looked like Batchelors Golden savoury rice and tasted the same, the Gabas al pil pil which is supposed to taste of garlic and chilli and still be spiting when it arrives on the table tasted of neither and the oil was as still if... (read more)