Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tasca Spanish Tapas Restaurant
1612 Commonwealth Ave.
Brighton, MA 02135
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Chris and I are big fans of Tapas. Especially good tapas. When I visited him in Boston, we checked this place out.
Tapas is tough to split, especially when one person naturally eats more and faster than the other, but the check is being split equally. So when intended to get the Prix-Fixe meal instead.
The website says there’s a Prix-Fixe menu on Sundays, but when we went they told us they didn’t, despite it being a Sunday evening. So we looked over the menu to pick out some dishes to share.
We got patatas bravas (“Cubed fried potatoes in a spicy tomato cream sauce topped with garlic aioli. $4.50”), setas ronan (“Portabellas with shaved manchego, capers, red onion in vintage sherry vinaigrette. $5.95”), cazuela de cordero (“Sangria braised boneless leg of lamb with root vegetables scented with fresh rosemary and thyme. $6.50”), and pollo al jerez (“Roasted breast of chicken stuffed with chorizo, manchego and spinach served in a sherry mushroom sauce. $15.95”). We also got a pitcher of sangria.
The food was amazing. The potatoes were not quite as glamorous as the menu made them out to be, but were good; the chicken was absolutely amazing.
The restaurant was dark, but it was a cozy darkness. We were seated in a distant corner, which I loved – all too often, restaurants seat me directly in a draft and I freeze while I eat. Not here. Once we had decided what we wanted – and how we were splitting it – dinner was a lovely experience.
Now, to be fair, I’ve yet to stumble upon a bad tapas place. That could be because Chris and I are pretty careful to check places out before we go there; if we’re in the mood for tapas, or sushi, or even just diner food, we go to Citysearch and try to find the best place within our budget. It might make for boring reviews, but it makes for incredible dining.
That said, the food was, in fact incredible, the setting was perfect, and the service was good. Yes, we would have liked some consistency when it came to the existence of the prix-fixe menu, but all in all we were happy with our experience.
The rest of the Internet
Reviews at Yelp.com and Judy’s Book.
MIT’s Essential Vegetarian recommends Tasca for herbivores.
Some pictures of the food you can get, courtesy of Hiroko loves Food.