Foodie in Lagos was invited to a new menu tasting by La Taverna Restaurant which serves a mix of Italian, Spanish and Chilean dishes. La Taverna is also popular with its Pizza in Lagos. I was sure to go with an empty stomach and when you get to the end, you will see why.
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Last time I was at La Taverna was with Stephanie of Metrogypsie and you can see our review here and see the Vlog here as well. It was an absolute delight and Chef Christian was very warm to us. For drinks, Chef Christian made a cocktail with Jameson Whisky, Lemon and Ginger and it was lovely. PS. I love anything with ginger
What are Tapas? Tapas are a variety of small savoury Spanish dishes that would typically go with wine and may be what our naija people may call “Small Chops” or “Finger Food” ideally. For the tapas we had the following:
- “Bread on Top” or something but essentially Fresh bread with Mozzarella Cheese, Parma Ham, Olives & Tomatoes
- Empanadillas de Camaron aka Shrimp Empanadas – Chef Christian mentioned this was a recipe by his mum… bless…
- Prawns & Calamari with Chilli and Garlic
- Patatas Bravas – Native dish in Spain which consists of irregular cut potatoes and warm sauce. The Chef used Suya pepper or Yaji as its called. Loved it
- Sea Shell Combo (I made this up lol) – I forget what its called but it was the Sea Shell stuffed with Prawns, Bacons, Onions. Parmesan Cheese and Carrots. Was a bit difficult to eat in terms of convenience but was super yum.
After the starters, I was getting quite filled up already. For the mains were the following:
- Potato Cake: This is more like Shepherds Pie. This had boiled eggs in it by the way.
- Stuffed Bell Peppers which is ‘Pimiento Relleno’ in Spanish. The peppers were stuffed with minced meat, kidney beans and rice.
- ‘Salmon del Sur’ – Salmon of the South in ‘rich’ stew with Tomatoes, Garlic, Prawns, and Onions. Someone on the table made a joke about how our Naija people will see this dish and ask for Rice.. I certainly think Rice will go very well afterall its Stew…
- Chicken Parma Ham Wrap: This was one of the best items on the new menu for me. So tasty and a play of two different types of meat all in one. Pow! Its essentially chicken wrapped in Ham with some drizzle of Pesto. Yum!
- Pork Ribs in Chilean marinate with Parsley Mashed Potatoes and parlayed with mushrooms
At this point, I just wanted a bed to sleep in, rub my tummy and have sweet dreams in itis land. But the greed in me had dessert which was the Mango Mousse.