Last night Ameeka and I were in the mood for tapas, so after some Yelp research, we found ourselves at a restaurant in the Brighton area called Tasca.
We both hadn't had tapas in a while, so we had to ask the waiter about portion sizes and the appropriate number of dishes to order. He suggested three tapas each, and a shared "entree." Both Ameeka and I were pretty hungry, so that sounded reasonable to us, but in retrospect I could probably have done with a bit less.
(Upon arrival home after dinner, I felt like my stomach was about to explode, and I'm pretty sure my middle looked like I was carrying a 3rd trimester food-baby)
For our tapas, we ordered the following:
Salchicha de cordero: Savory grilled lamb sausage over Israeli couscous with roasted vegetables and mint oil (mine)
Salmón ahumado: Smoked salmon served on a potato pancake with red onion,
capers and dill crème fraîche (mine)
The potato "pancake" part of this dish was not what I expected. Rather than being similar to the other potato pancakes that I've had - which were all quite similar to real pancakes in preparation - this "pancake" was made of shredded and crispy-fried potatoes that were jumbled together in a very dry and crunchy mixture:
Patatas bravas: Fried cubed potatoes in a piquant tomato sauce and garlic
aioli (Ameeka's) - this dish was basically home-fries, but with fancier sauces
Setas Ronan: Roasted portabella mushrooms with shaved manchego, capers,
red onion in a sherry
vinaigrette with roasted red pepper toasts (Ameeka's)
The sauce in this dish was reportedly very good, although the mushrooms themselves were only "ok"
Empanadillas de queso de cabra: Herbed goat cheese empanadas served on a roasted red pepper
Confít de pato: Fall off the bone succulent roasted duck leg served over
braised red cabbage and apples (mine)
[As you can probably tell, I like eating animals, and Ameeka likes eating plants]
Our shared "entree" was the Berenjenas Rellenas: Baked crispy eggplant stuffed with oven dried tomato and
Manchego cheese served in a fresh tomato and basil sauce
Although our stomachs were nearing maximum capacity at this point, I saw bread pudding on the dessert menu and had to order some:
Bread Pudding: Moscatel sherry and raisin bread pudding served in a warm
Unfortunately this bread pudding had a consistency similar to... it's hard to describe, but I suppose the closest thing I can think of is mochi (?). I'm an Asian who actually is NOT a fan of mochi, so there was only so much of this bread pudding that I could tolerate. The rest got abandoned.
Of note, as I relayed to Ameeka during our meal: a handful of people die in Japan every year during the New Years celebrations by choking on mochi. It's not only a food item with an icky texture, but it's dangerous too!
Ameeka opted for the warm chocolate pudding:
Overall rating: 6.5/10
1612 Commonwealth Ave
Brighton, MA 02135