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Tasca - disappointing tapas

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Tasca - disappointing tapas

Bob Dobalina | Jun 12, 2006 10:28 AM

I could have sworn that Tasca, which is on Comm. Ave. in Allston/Brighton, served decent, fairly authentic tapas. I was confused by the choices, and was unhappy with the execution - perhaps I chose poorly or have a misconception of good tapas.

Among the choices on a Saturday night, I figured we had the best chance of getting seated here, as opposed to Taberna de Haro (did a drive-by - it was packed) and Waltham for Solea was just a little too far. Got seated in 15 minutes or so not bad -

I thought the menu the last time had fairly typical, simple tapas choices - herbed olives, cheeses, hams, etc. - along with a few more complex items - but this seemed dominated with what appeared to be appetizer-portions of fancy entrees.

For example - a couple of items from the menu -

"Pan seared yellow-fin tuna over a mixed bean ragout in a saffron dijon mustard aioli"

"Roasted eggplant, zucchini, red pepper, tomato and spinach baked in garbanzo pesto"

Is this typical tapas? Not what I was expecting, and the execution was merely average at best. I seemed to recall having delicious, home-cured OLIVES at Tasca in the past - not on the menu.

I ordered the slow roasted pork with white bean ragout and bacalao con patatas - the pork was ok, but nothing special - The bacalao was boring, and the fish overly firm and chewy, as if not properly reconstituted or overcooked. Our other choices were underwhelming -

"Spanish sausage in puff pastry" - buttery crust, but just ok.

"Filet mignon (3oz) served over a sherry braised mushroom sauce" - meat was eh - tasty sauce -

Some sort of roasted goat cheese dip - can't really screw up goat cheese - it was ok.

"Tortilla espanola" - onion and potato omelet was the best thing we had. Fluffy, creamy -

The red wine sangria was way overly sweet - not my thing, nor among my companions. So we ordered a bottle of riojo - Campo Viejo - it was good, except when I was offered the first taste, the overwhelming flavor of Cascade was in all three glasses - I explained this to the waitress, who seemed miffed - "These are the only glasses we have." - I suggested that maybe she could just rinse ours out again, which she did and it seemed to do the trick.

Pacing of the dishes was terrible - 2 then 3 then my seemingly forgotten bacalao -

All in all, just disappointing.

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