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“In peri-peri territory”
Review of Atasca

Atasca
Ranked #29 of 633 Restaurants in Durban
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Naturally Portuguese cuisine varies from region to region, but fresh fish and shellfish are found on virtually every menu. The national dish is “Bacalhau”- dried, salted cod. The Portuguese has been obsessed with it since the early 16th century, when their fishing boats reached Newfoundland. The sailors salted and sun-dried their catch to make it last the long journey home, and today there are said to be 365 different ways of preparing it, one for each day of the year. The Portuguese word “tasca” describes quaint cafes, bistros or tavernas. These small, well known restaurants are delightful places to eat. Good food is always prepared with love and consummate skill, using the freshest ingredients available. If the quality of some ingredients are not up to standard, they will not be served. At a tasca we prepare each meal from order, so we ask you to be patient and to relax and enjoy your stay with us the Portuguese way… saude !
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This review Appeared in The Mercury on May 16

The old Gaby’s Tasca in Durban North has recently has something of a makeover. It’s now simply called Atasca, although Gaby Fernandes still has a hand in the business.
It’s a smart spot, livened up with a bar at the front that offers a good and reasonably priced pub grub. While the menu boasts of Prince Henry the Navigator bringing back tomatoes and chillis from the New World and their influence on Portuguese cooking. So fasten you’re seat belts, we’re in peri-peri territory.
Starters might include calamari tubes, with garlic, or peri-peri; chicken gizzards, yes with more garlic or peri-peri; chourico served traditionally or in a mild peri-peri sauce; or trinchado, that’s cubed rump going the peri-peri route. For those who want to lose the hot stuff, there are snails in gorgonzola and prawn tails in a creamy garlic sauce.
I opted for the squid heads, lightly dusted in flour and deep-fried, and with, you guessed it, peri-peri. These were delightfully crisp tasty morsels with a good kick in the tail. Norman’s chicken livers – in a creamy peri-peri - were less exciting. The sauce was flavouful, but the livers had spent too long in the pan.
Naturally, seafood features strongly. There are various ways with bacalhau, the salted Portuguese cod. It’s roasted with peppers or flaked with onions, potatoes and, believe it or not, scrambled eggs. Calamari, kingklip, sole and prawns make an appearance, and can be combined in a number of platters. Crab in a mild coconut curry looks interesting, although it doesn’t come cheap.
A friend vouches for the flame grilled peri-peri chicken, which can be paired with seafood. Fillet, rump and espetada complete the picture. And for those who like it, there’s rump the traditional way – topped with fried egg.
Norman opted for the deboned oxtail casserole served on tagliatelle, which was an enjoyable lunchtime dish. I settled on Arozz De Marisco, a traditional saucy seafood rice dish. I imagined a Portuguese take on paella, but sadly this lacked bite. It was saucy in terms of cream, rather than spice. The fish had that frozen flavour and the prawns were cooked to a mush. I think it’s best to stick to good old peri-peri.
Desserts can’t leave ice-cream and chocolate sauce behind, or vanilla custard with caramelised sugar – read crème brulee. I eyed a traditional Portuguese meringue soufflé pudding served with custard. I was warned it was rather unusual – meringue soaked in caramel and baked. And unusual it was. It was served cold and had the texture of bread and butter pudding, but it wasn’t too sweet and I enjoyed it. Norman gave the chocolate mousse the thumbs up, although it could have been darker and richer for me.
Service was very slick, the food out promptly.
We finished up with good espressos.

Atasca
Adelaide Tambo (Kensington) Drive, Durban North
Tel: 031 563 2603
Starters: R35-R65; Mains: R70 to R175; Desserts R25 to R45. Kids menu R25-R45

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Reviewed 8 May 2014

nothing particularly new food standard the same but now you really feel you are in a disney fake mediterranean trattoria

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Reviewed 15 April 2014

The atmosphere was lovely and intimate. The food was good but I've had better and was a bit disappointed with the flavours especially after all the good things i have heard about this restaurant.

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Thank HBabes
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Reviewed 25 February 2014

It was our first time eating Portuguese food, but what a treat. Our food was delicious, perfectly presented and cooked just as we had requested. The staff were friendly and helpful when making a selection. The restaurant was full even on a Thursday evening which shows its popularity. We enjoyed a great evening at Atasca.

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2  Thank Andy_Bee2014
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

This restaurant underwent a refurbishment in December 2013 and is now called Atasca (a bit confusing when looking for it). It is smart and had a very good ambience. The staff were very welcoming and professional. You know it is likely to be good when you see how full it is- on the Tuesday evening we went there were no spare tables. Our waitress was excellent - attentive and knowledgeable. We had an excellent wine and one of the best steaks I have ever had. The desserts all looked good - we had crème brules which were delicious. Overall a very good night and one of our best meals in South Africa. And all at an amazingly good price.

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2  Thank William S
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