Thursday, January 25, 2007

This isn't how it's supposed to be...

A great dining experience generally consists of three factors that come together to leave one fat, happy, and wanting more. The restaurant’s food, service, and atmosphere all contribute to the overall experience of the diner. Unfortunately, La Tasca, a tapas restaurant in Arlington failed on all three accounts.

The food itself was uninspired and underwhelming. Garlic bread came out drenched in oil and pretty much sans garlic; stale and chewy it was almost impossible to eat. In fact, a couple of pieces went untouched as our table quickly lost interest in the slick uneatable bricks of bread. A dish of scallops over tomatoes, peppers and garlic was again too oily, headlined by scallops the size of peas that tasted like they were left in the oven for a few minutes too long.

The sub-par food was almost bad enough to mask nearly equally sub-par service, which was only topped by an atmosphere that combined worst of an Adams Morgan bar and a Cheesecake Factory.

I wish I had something positive to say about La Tasca, but the fact that my entire party stopped eating halfway through our meal in order to watch an episode of The Simpsons playing on the TV at the bar should be some indication that La Tasca is the antithesis of a great dining experience.

2900 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22201

Phone: (703) 812-9120


Richard Nixon said...

My meal was basically homefries and mayonaise. I don't even like mayonaise.

Lizard said...

you obviously didn't have our waiter, who was amazing. and you didn't have the salmon/cream cheese thing, which, although not spanish, was delicious.