The produce seems to be of good quality but the assembly of the dishes are unimaginative, overpriced and, in some cases, mistaken. The paella "valenciana" is far from Valencia and closer the frozen rice and stock cube variety that can be found on the streets of covent garden sold by pseudo spaniards for five pounds in a tinfoil dish. The "champiñones al ajillo" (a small plate of mushrooms in garlic) at almost six pounds seemed to be somewhat over priced, and nothing special. The dishes that were simple traditional dishes were ok as the produce was of good quality but if they needed more time and ... Knowledge of execution, they seemed to be improvised and full of shortcuts (pre-cooked rice and stock cubes). The atmosphere of the restaurant itself lacked.. Let's say.. A little salt. Overall, La Mancha seems to cater for the fish and chip brigade that goes to Benidorm. Neither the owner nor head chef seem to be aware of the culinary evolution.. and revolution that is currently happening in Spain. At best, disappointing.
La Mancha Chiswick
The content on this page is provided by a Time Out partner.
Posted: Sat Nov 30 2013
Tapas are small plates of food that are served between meals and often accompanied by alcohol. Tapas originated in Spain, where according to legend, King Alfonso 10th, The Wise King of Spain, had once been stricken with a serious illness which only allowed him to take in small portions of food with small amounts of wine. After recovering from his illness, the king issued a decree that no wine should be served at inns unless it was served with food.
La Mancha remains true to its Spanish heritage with a social atmosphere that makes it the ideal destination for social gatherings, special occasions and private parties with families and friends.
Try our classic dishes or medern versions of the same, either way you will enjoy the taste of Spain on a plate.
25% Off Your Total Bill
Offer applies to A la Carte Menu menu.
Offer valid until Aug 31 2014