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Tapas at La Casita

November 4, 2014


champiñones al ajillo

champiñones al ajillo

In the High Street for Guildford farmers market, I was heading to the Thai restaurant in Jeffries, but as it was starting to rain, La Casita in Chapel Lane was nearer.

La Casita do a lunchtime menu which is quite good value, but as I had tapas previously, I thought I would have tapas.

I would have chosen tortilla española, champiñones al ajillo (mushrooms cooked with garlic and chillies) and pincho moruno (pork and peppers and onions on a wooden spit), but was persuaded to try the chorizos. Chorizos I found a little too strong and very salty.

La Casita

October 24, 2014

It is good when you stumble across somewhere worth eating, where they take a pride in their food.

Lunch at Guildford Institute was not up to much today, mainly because everything had gone and there was little choice.

Late afternoon, I decided to have a cappuccino and cookie in Harris + Hoole, but upstairs was closed (they now close at five) and downstairs was packed.

I walked to the Castle grounds and read a little of This Changes Everything on Google Nexus 7. On the way I passed La Casita and looked at the menu. On my way back, I looked again, and although it was only early evening, I was hungry, and decided to give them a try.

I asked was their offer three tapas for £10 still valid, they said yes.

I decided to stay.

A lovely atmosphere.

I chose tortilla española, champiñones al ajillo (mushrooms cooked with garlic and chillies) and pincho moruno (pork and peppers and onions on a wooden spit).

The portions were generous.

Something missing. Bread. I asked. Why did you not say? A basket of bread was brought out.

The tortilla good, though not as good as in Puerto de la Cruz, though half way through, I decided as good. The other portions excellent.

To have food this good, you would have to go to the old part of Puerto de la Cruz, where there are many excellent restaurants or El Limón or Meson California en Plaza Charco during carnival.

As it was early and I was the only customer, I had a long chat with the owner. Someone who takes a pride in what he is doing. A pleasant change to the ghastly chains that dominate our town centres, chains that do not even pay tax.

It is these little business we should be supporting. When was the last time a politician passed through the door and asked ‘what can we do to help?’ on the other hand they fall over backwards to help big business.

La Casita to be added to the list of places worth eating in Guildford, Friday lunch at the Guildford Institute, Thai restaurant in Jeffries Passage.

Casa Canaria

March 8, 2013
Casa Canaria

Casa Canaria

Casa Canaria is a pleasant little restaurant overlooking a little garden in front of the main church in Punta Brava.

The bright green plastic chairs and tables outside are a bit of an eyesore.

I had been told excellent tomato soup. I fancied tomato soup and so I walked along Playa Jardín from Puerto de la Cruz to Punta Brava.

No tomato soup, they did though have chicken soup. It was delicious. Chicken, carrots and spaghetti(?).

I thought I would try champiñones al ajillo, garlic mushrooms. I wish I had not as not very pleasant. Sliced mushrooms, hard to tell if fresh or tinned, little bits of what I assumed to be green and red peppers and garlic, cooked in olive oil.

Washed down with a glass of beer and two glasses of water.

In a pleasant location, overlooking a little square in front of the main church, but why then ruin the tranqulity of the spot with a widescreen TV. Yes a widescreen TV outside beamed at the outside seating area.

Walking back, I came across an interesting book a man was reading overlooking Playa Jardín.

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