The International Writers Magazine:Eat in Portsmouth
Tasca at Gunwharf Quays
Situated at the trendy new Gunwharf
Quays development in Portsmouth, La Tasca, part of a chain of
tapas restaurants, offers customers an experience so unique
that youll believe youre on holiday in Spain,
according to the website.
It seems this concept
has worked for the British public, with 49 outlets opened since the
original, in 1993.
The restaurant benefits from a fantastic location, with pretty views
across Portsmouth harbour. The interior was large, but cosy, and although
we had to wait 45 minutes to be seated, the table we were eventually
allocated was roomy and intimate. The décor was slightly clichéd,
all warm terracotta hues but, nonetheless, it was typically Mediterranean,
and this, teamed with the (slightly too loud) Spanish guitar music put
us in a summery mood.
The staff were friendly and helpful, with a good knowledge of the menu.
The menu itself was extensive, which I thought may compromise the quality
of the food, but all the dishes we ordered were delicious and brought
to the table within 15 minutes of being ordered.
The meal was reasonable, at just under £45 for eight dishes of
tapas and a pitcher of sangria. Overall, I found La Tasca to
be an enjoyable evening, living up to the claims made on its website.
However, its perhaps not the place to go at the beginning of a
big night out, as by the end of the meal, I was definitely more in the
mood for a siesta than a fiesta.
At La Tasca in
the heart of Portsmouth it has seating for 150 on two floors. They can
normally accommodate any size of party from 8 to 48, and even up to
100 on special occasions with a buffet menu and exclusive use of a fully
Managing Partner: John Booth
Address: La Tasca- Gun Wharf Quays - Portsmouth
Telephone: 023 9286 4444
Fax: 023 9286 5555 .
© Lucy Bailey Oct 2005
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