A large group of us had booked our table a week or so in advance before we visited this restaurant. The first thing I noticed when we walked to the second floor (where our table was situated) was the lovely atmosphere - quite a dark room illuminated by small candles on the tables (not to everybody's taste, but I liked it). However, it was completely down-hill from this point onwards. Our group was not allowed access to the usual restaurant menu as there were around 30 of us for them to cater for, so we had to choose from a set menu costing £17 per person. We were given a small portion of everything on this menu.
To begin, we had garlic ciabatta bread. We immediately noticed that this bread was stale, tough and cold. It had already taken them a good half an hour to serve this to us, so I imagine during that time it was left on a side in the kitchen somewhere. Instead of bringing this to the waiter's attention we gave them the benefit of the doubt and trusted that our next item of food was properly served.
By the end of the meal, we had been given a few bowls of different 'Spanish' meals, which were set in the centre of the table for everybody to have a little dig into (without the aid of serving spoons, that is.) All of these meals were luke-warm, apart from the paella. A woman who was part of the group complained to our waiter (using hand-gestures to aid communication as he spoke little Englsh), about the chicken and cheese meatballs which were served almost completely cold. We were brought a plate of fresh meatballs (3 per couple, which also didn't make a lot of sense to me), and when we cut into the new meatballs we were shocked to find that they were hot on the outside but FROZEN in the middle. I immediately asked to speak to the Chef, but was sadly not given the privilege of his compliance, and was referred to the manager instead. I explained that it is surely common knowledge to the average restaurant-goer (nevermind to 'qualified' Chefs) the dangers of consuming semi-cold chicken. The manager seemed a little flustered when I presented to him the half-frozen meatballs, before saying 'I'm so sorry - leave it with me and I will see what I can do'. A few minutes later he returned to our table with fresh plates of meatballs, said that we can have a discount off of the price of the meal for all 30 of us, and gave my partner and I a large jug of beer each. Perhaps he was trying to make our memories of the terrible food fade into the night - who knows.
There are a hundred other things I could complain about in relation to our evening at La Tasca, however I think I have gotten my point accross. A very poorly run, unprofessional establishment which clearly needs to make a lot of changes - I will never set foot in the place again.
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