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La Tasca (Clarendon) followup


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La Tasca (Clarendon) followup

foodgeek | Feb 20, 2004 08:10 AM

Went back for tapas. Tried 2 other sangria(ish) dirnks. One was sherry w/lemon and lime (yum), and the other was the white sangria (w/peach liquer.) I still have to say...their drinks and desserts are good.

Last trip we had the red sangria and tomato/goatcheese salad, crema catalan (their version oddly enough is a cheesecake), and rice pudding. I recommend those items. Disclaimer...I don't normally eat maybe you should discount that rec.

This time: Tapa wise...the lamb tapa (w/wine) was too chewy to eat (although I did attempt it anyway.) The other tapas were alright. Not terrible, not great. Good enough that between the nice decor, great location (Clarendon), great service (hosts, manager, waiters have all been great w/us), and great drinks and desserts..we will keep going back. Even if the tapas aren't great. As a package, it works for us.

It does help that they have been great w/my g/f's special dietary needs (no soy or peanut (including oils) and no wheat. That alone is a very important issue. Before out first visit...the hostess went over the entire menu w/me...showing me what the g/f can eat. And when we did eat there that first time....they substituted olive oil in one dish (that my g/f really wanted.)

And to be g/f does like the tapas there...icluding the manchego w/tomato, goatcheese salad, and paella.

On the downside...the place was packed solid (thursday night)...and had a 20 minute wait. With every bar and lounge seat taken. They only take reservations for 5 or more people as of the point last night when the Manager walked over and informed the hostess in front of us.

But no...the place can not compete with Jaleo. Period.

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