I recently visited La Mancha, a local family run tapas and cava restaurant in leafy Chiswick.
The bistro style diner is headed by Salvatore Cricchio who wanted to create a vibrant yet homely restaurant, bringing the flavours and culture of his beloved Spain to London.
La Mancha unveiled their new tasting menu comprising of 12 tapas dishes from all over Spain. The menu was extensive and had a fantastic mix of seafood, vegetarian and meat options.
There were a couple of dishes that stood out from the crowd;
Berejenas Fritas thinly sliced disks of aubergine coated in a light crisp batter. Despite their large size you can easily eat a plateful! The drizzled honey and tang of the Romesco sauce really lifted the dish.
Albondigas de Ternera were incredible, smelt amazing and tasted just appetizing as they looked. The beef meatballs immersed in a sweet deeply rich tomato sauce were perfectly succulent and very well seasoned.
Spanish tortilla literally melted in your mouth, meaning you can easily fit in more than one large slice. A thick wedge of soft potato encased within fluffy egg bought back memories of my trip to Madrid’s Mercado San Miguel.
Cochinillo Asado – a squared slice of slow roasted suckling pork served with apple sauce and creamed mash. The pork was tender with a perfect glaze sheen, the British influence of apple sauce was the perfect condiment. This dish is possibly taken from Central Spain due to it’s cold winters and love for hearty meals.
The star of every tapas menu has to be a Paella sizzling hot seafood, chicken, peppers and rice. Fresh, bright colourful yellow from the saffron, smokey paprika and a slight spicy hit from the meaty chorizo. Made to order the paella is piping hot and dazzling! filling, wholesome, comforting and a taste of the Mediterranean. Packed with chicken on the bone, mussels and prawns still it’s shell this perfect paella sings eat me.
Made way for dessert of Tarta De Santiago an almond cake with vanilla ice-cream and caramel sauce. A delicate flavoured cake made simply with ground almonds, eggs and sugar was more of a tart than a soft sponge cake. A dense, nutty, yellow moist tart slice was the perfect way to end the night. Not overall sweet either, the ice-cream and sauce acted as an extra indulgence of sugar.
La Mancha is a charming traditional restaurant and a great addition to the area. Delicious, hearty wholesome food that you cannot wait to tell your friends and family about.
Sublime sharing plates of Spanish delights, just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Fantástico!