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La Tasca at Gunwharf Quays
Lucy Bailey

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 you’ll believe you’re 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, it’s 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 serviced bar.

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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