My mum and I had been trying to explain to our family for a while why this is our favourite restaurant, but it has always been hard to put our finger on the precise reason why. Was it the excellent food? The same, friendly camareros who greet you as old friends? The busy ambience? Traditional decor? Or even the fact that there is always a football match on in the background? Whatever it is, it works.
Before long we were sipping glasses of Rioja Bordon, saluting glasses of Estrella and swapping around large plates of tapas like a family at their own private fiesta.
These platos were delicious as usual. So much so my Aunt and Uncle said the food was better at La Terraza than in most tapas bars in the Baleares and Spanish peninsular itself. Now from two people who make each meal taste out of this world (see some photos here), it's a big compliment.
As usual we sampled most things off the tapas menu, including Arroz con Pollo, Calamari Frito, Berenjenas and Patatas Riojanas. However by far my favourite dish was the Pulpo a la Gallega. Now I understand that octopus is not a common dish in the UK but it's delicious, and in some places it can acquire a tough texture but not here. It was so delicious, we had to fight my little cousin for the plate. As for the Pimientos de Padron, I managed to get a spicy one so I'm thrilled to see what my good luck for the year will bring!!
As the evening drew on, it would have been rude not to have a small postre. Like with everything else on the menu, it was hard to choose but my sister settled for her favourite Homemade Profiteroles with thick chocolate sauce with just reminds me of times in Spain. Whereas I couldn't go to La Terraza without having the Flan de Huevos- it's a must for anyone.
So if you only eat out once this year, make sure it's tapas and make sure it's at La Terraza.
Thank you to everyone there who made it a perfect evening to end my spanish summer adventure.
The Learned Rose xx