La Tasca, Jesús Pobre, Spain

La TascaI have visited this restaurant every summer for the last four years and it never fails to disappoint.  The food is always fresh and seasonal and everything, including the pasta is homemade. I have already mentioned La Tasca in a previous post, in which I attempted to recreate my favourite Ricotta and Spinach Tortellini with a butter and sage sauce, but its never quite the same as when you are sitting in this unique courtyard setting under the spanish sky.

This year we were lucky enough to book a table on a Tuesday evening, which is music night and we were entertained by a traditional gypsy family performing flamenco dancing and singing. The atmosphere was extremely magical and special and is something I will remember for many years to come.

To start, my husband and I shared a Burrata, which for those who don’t know is a delicious buffalo mozzarella, from Napoli in Southern Italy. This was served with toasted bread, topped with fresh spanish tomatoes and drizzled in basil oil. My mouth is watering as I write, as it is such a delight to eat.

The pasta at La Tasca is made daily and their speciality is the ravioli, with a different choice of fillings each day. On this particular evening I could have had ravioli with pear and gorgonzola, salmon and lemon cream, meat, or luckily for me, on this particular evening, the spinach and ricotta. However, the problem of which pasta to choose does not end there, you then have to choose a sauce to accompany the dish. The waiting staff are always on hand to recommend which sauces suit each pasta dish, but it really is up to individual preference. I was torn between Burro e Salvia ( melted butter and crispy sage leaves), Nata y Nueces (cream, walnut pieces and a touch of pepper) or their delicious Nata y Parmigiano (cream and melted parmesan cheese). After a good deal of deliberation I opted for the rather indulgent parmesan cream sauce to accompany my spinach and ricotta ravioli and it did not disappoint. Hurrah for pasta!

To finish, my husband enjoyed a Panna Cotta with berry jam and I opted for a second calorific, but to die for option, of a Crepe Suzette, which was heavenly.  Another fantastic evening at this atmospheric,  warm and friendly venue. La Tasca, I miss you already, but I know I will return…adios amigo!

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La Trastienda, Javea Old Town, Spain

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La Trastienda

La Trastienda is a traditional Spanish Tapas/Wine bar situated in the heart of Javea Old Town. We have been visiting this warm and friendly restaurant for a number of years and it never fails to disappoint. The selection of wines is impressive and the prices are very reasonable, and there is even the opportunity to purchase a bottle or two to take home. A favourite from the wine list is the Berrol i Miró Brut Reserva Rosado (berralmiro.com) which is fruity, crisp dry and clean. Served cold it is a superb accompaniment to a casual tapas lunch.

The tapas menu is a Spanish-Asian mix but many of the meats and cheeses are regional. The tasting menu at lunchtime is extremely good value at €9.90 per person and consists of six different plates. When we visited last Thursday we were treated to several slithers of moist salty Serrano Ham with a small bowl of greens leaves, dressed in truffle oil and sprinkled with pine nuts and Parmesan shavings. the combination of flavours in the salad was delicious and definitely something I will replicate back at home. For the second course we were treated to hot Croquetas de Jamón and a slice of the juicy roast beef on toast with a smattering of mustard. Finally we sampled a sumptuous mouthful of Estofado (Spanish Beef Stew) with crispy potato slices and a second dish of oriental vegetables dressed in soy sauce. Small bites superbly delivered and executed.

You will find a number of reviews for La Trastienda on Trip Advisor and you will see that this small intimate bar scores extremely highly for service, wine and food. A wonderful atmosphere and a place that we intend to return to again and again.