Thursday, 13 December 2012

Spanish Eyes - La Cuina tapas review

A couple of weeks ago I took a good friend out for dinner for his birthday. His choice. He chose La Cuina, the new Catalan deli and tapas restaurant in Canton which is where Patagonia used to be. As it was a celebration I wasn't actually planning to blog it but I can't help myself, although the details (and the photos) might be a little sketchy.
La Cuina dining room
La Cuina dining room

 I follow La Cuina on Twitter and the week before they had tweeted that Wednesday is paella night, we booked in for the following Wednesday and I was a tiny bit disappointed to find out that Wednesday night is NOT in fact paella night and the owners were absent, but no matter, tapas is no second best as far as I'm concerned.
Jamon, goats cheese, salad - La Cuina
Serrano ham, goats cheese, salad - La Cuina

We ordered 2 rounds of tapas, a mix of cold tapas (cheeses, ham, olives, tortilla, breads) and hot tapas (croquettas, fried potatoes, chorizo) and a very decent bottle of cava for £17. Apart from the fact that the olives were pitted (why?!?), overall I was impressed with the quality. The fried potatoes with chorizo in particular stood out.

Fried potatoes, croquettas - La Cuina
Fried potatoes, croquettas - La Cuina


Olives - La Cuina
Olives - La Cuina



La Cuina dining room
La Cuina dining room
I liked the dining room, decked out in reclaimed church and school furniture, tastefully understated Farrow and Ball colours and a simple colour scheme in keeping with the simple but tasty food.

La Cuina - deli
La Cuina - deli
For the tapas (7/8 plates), a bottle of cava, a creme catalana and 2 pretty decent sized armagnac the bill came to £57 which I was happy to fork over. Service was attentive and friendly. This is no fine dining but is lovely simple food made with great produce.

There will definitely be a repeat visit soon but next time I'll be calling ahead to book paella!


La Cuina, 11 Kings Road, Canton, Cardiff

029 2019 0265

http://www.lacuina.co.uk/


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