Authentic Spanish tapas in Pleasance
LaSal is a cosy, restaurant and tapas bar run by a Spanish family on Howden Street. It is a relaxed, informal place. Decorated with colourful flamenco posters, it is equally suited for family celebrations, group dinners and quiet meals for two. The Alba Flamenco school is next door. Diners should not be too surprised if their weekend meal is sound tracked by a strummed guitar and the clack of heels on the dining room floor.
Dishes from Spain’s regions
The kitchen at LaSal aims to serve dishes which represent all of Spain’s culinary regions from San Sebastian to Malaga. Along with a selection of paellas, hot and cold tapas are at the heart of the menu.
Platters of Iberico ham rub shoulders with aubergine omelettes, padron peppers and goat’s cheese salads. Seafood options include a classic Andalusian dish of fried squid, spicy king prawns and a lasagna made from minced squid and prawn with a cheese béchamel and tomato sauce. More carnivorous options include the chorizo in red wine, pork loin in mushroom sauce and morcilla – Spanish black pudding. There are platters of grilled meats, fish and veg as well as daily specials. Regulars try to leave room for desserts such as the almond tart from Santiago.
Pleasance attractions and transport
LaSal is on Howden Street in the Pleasance area of Edinburgh. Edinburgh University’s main campus is a five minute walk as is the Festival Theatre. Regular bus services run to and from Princes Street from nearby Clerk Street. Waverley train station and the tram line are a fifteen minute walk. There is restricted on-street parking.