La Tasca, Grey Street, Newcastle

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However, those nice people at La Tasca have opened a branch on Grey Street which means I don’t have to navigate the length of one of Newcastle’s steep hills in heels anymore.

The restaurant isn’t as large as its sibling near the river and, set in a basement, it doesn’t offer the people-watching window views of its neighbour, Zizzi.

However, its subterranean setting does help to give it a charm of its own and it lends itself well to cosy date nights.

As this is a chain restaurant, the menu is the same as its La Tasca contemporaries, but with so much choice I always manage to stumble across a new favourite – or two.

Whet your appetite with some picky bits from the nibbles and starters section which boasts Spanish rustic bread, manchego cheese, almonds and more priced from £2.95.

We chose to share a Tabla Española, a sharing board for two which is laden with taste-tastic treats: Spanish cured meats with mixed olives, Manchego cheese, Spanish ciabatta and an extra-virgin olive oil and sherry vinegar dip.

For the quality and quantity, it’s well worth its price tag of £9.40.

With that polished off, it’s on to the mains which have a little bit of something for everyone with a host of meat, fish and vegetables dishes from which to choose.

The Pescado Blanco Frito (£4.95) – deep-fried white fish in San Miguel batter, served with paprika and garlic – is a La Tasca dish I’d not tried before, but it proved to be a delicious discovery.

The fish theme continued with my partner’s order of Boquerones en Vinagre (£4.95).

I’m not a fan of anchovies, but if you love these potent little fishes, this large portion would probably be right up your street.

La Tasca’s chorizo (£4.70) never fails to do the trick and this one was as good as some I’ve had in Spain.

The only let down were the mini burgers (£4.95) which were a little dry.

Katy Wheeler

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