Having been a Guildford gal for over half my life, it is fair to say I have frequented most of the restaurants in Guildford. This may not sound like much of an achievement, but there are a lot to choose from! We are very lucky to have such a selection of restaurants within our town center.
La Casita is always one I go back to. Whether it’s a birthday meal, a light bite with friends or a first date, La Casita is an ideal place to eat. The Spanish infused décor with its rich warm oranges, along with the terracotta crockery really does transport you to the Mediterranean, especially on a warm summers evening when all the front bay windows are wide open allowing a nice breeze to flow through the restaurant.
The VantagePoint team decided it was an ideal spot for press lunch on a warm lunchtime in August. As soon as we were sat down the waitress came over and asked what drinks we wanted, all the draft beers were Spanish, as well as having Spanish cider, wine and sangria to name but a few.
We ordered an array of starters, as there were 6 of us we had one each and there was enough for each of us to try one another’s, a couple of favorites were the mozzarella and pesto salad and well as a lovely tomato bruschetta, the bread that was served was soft and warm and the tomatoes were ripe and firm and bursting with flavour.
It was then time for the main and the first thing that was ordered was the chorizo in red wine, I can honestly say I have never been to La Casita and not ordered this. We found out from the manager that the chorizo is imported from a Spanish butcher, the chorizo is prepared in a way so that it has a lot less fat, he even got a packet of it so that we could see where it was from and he explained that he really does enjoy trying to keep everything as authentic as possible in the restaurant.
We also sampled several other options on the tapas menu; calamari, patatas bravas, Spanish tortilla, baby octopus with garlic mayonnaise and many more.
Being a sufferer of “food envy” I love tapas as I can sample a range of food, some things I would never think to order and once I try them, I find out that I really do enjoy them. I find tapas is a very sociable way to eat, it allows the conversation to flow as there are lots of flavours and variety of foods to talk about.
La Casita are celebrating 10 years in October and having seen the rate at which restaurants appear and disappear in Guildford over the past few years, this really is an achievement, but we can understand why they are still here.
Here’s to another 10 years La Casita!
4-5 Chapel St, Guildford GU1 3UH