Arán agus Uisce Blog May 2015

A lovely blog review of our restaurant by Arán agus Uisce on a recent visit.

"With an array of tapas restaurants in Dublin it’s hard to find the real gems. So on a recommendation from a friend myself and two others decided to head up to Wexford Street to try a lovely little tapas restaurant called Las Tapas De Lola. With hungry bellies and a real love for tapas we were eager to see what the restaurant had in store. Surprisingly for Dublin the sun was out, so we seized the chance to sit outside.

Although most of the tables outside had reserved signs on them, we could sit outside as long as the table was vacated by 7.30 which suited us perfectly as we a good two hours to enjoy our meal.

While perusing the menu we were served a complementary apéritif of red wine and lemon. This was light, refreshing and a nice touch to get us settled in. Following this we were served some mussels which were perfectly cooked in a light tomato sauce. Between us we ordered a variety of fish, vegetarian and meat dishes. There’s a good selection on the menu with lots to choose from it was hard not to over indulge but we settled on the following;

1) Red wine & Lemon

2)Amuse Bouche – Musses

3) Croquetas de la abuela – Chicken croquetas

4) Patatas Bravas y Allioli – Potatoes with brava & allioli sauces

5) Queso Cordobés – Grilled goats cheese with house tomato marmalade

6) Carillada de Cerdo – Marinated pigs cheeks with house sauce

7) Rabo de Toro – Oxtail casserole

8) Bomba de la Barcelona – Traditional Barcelona spicy meatball

9) Gambas al ajillo – Prawns with garlic, chilli & olive oil

10) Churros con Chocolate – Churros with chocolate dip

11) Tarta de Santiago – Almond sponge tart

The chicken croquetas were moist, crispy and delicious, nothing like the floury, dough like croquetas that all too often appear on menus. The goat’s cheese was rich, creamy and worked well with the tart marmalade accompanying it. The prawns were nice but lacked flavour for me [we (Lola) suggest maybe trying the gambas a la plancha next time in!], but in saying that no dish was left empty! The patatas bravas were a refreshing change from those smothered with a cheap bottled garlic aioli, these had wonderful fresh garlic mixed through the homemade sauce with a spicy kick to them.

The desserts were thoroughly enjoyed; personally I would have liked the churros to have had a cinnamon sugar coating as opposed to the plain sugar (I myself have a wicked sweet tooth). The almond tart had a hint of lemon running through it which was light and refreshing on the palate. For me the stand out dish was the oxtail casserole: melt in your mouth, rich and full of flavour I would have almost eaten two, when meat is served with a spoon you know you’re in for treat. For my companions their favourites included the pigs cheeks (again this was delicately soft served with a spicy tomato sauce) and the Barcelona meat ball with its crispy outer layer of potato encasing flavourful, spicy meat inside.

We washed the meal down with a clean, fresh non vintage La Riola white wine (€22 per bottle). In total the bill came to €83.30. With ten tapas, two desserts and a bottle of wine this is great value, add to that the little extras, friendly service and atmosphere it was money well spent. I can think of no reason why you shouldn’t already be heading to Las Tapas De Lola, I myself am already looking forward to my next visit."