Review: Toma tapas at Sonia’s House, Lansdowne, Bournemouth

Sunday is not a day of rest in Bournemouth – no siree! For months, the Sabbath is the day of the Spanish rave, as the Toma Sundays crew preside over madness, fun and funky house at The Winchester each week. Click here for our review from last year.

The party has now taken an added dimension, with a weekly pre-party at Sonia’s House in Lansdowne. Here, you can enjoy tapas with friends for the bargain price of £7.95 per person for any four dishes from the set menu. Any beer or glass of Sangria is just £2 and the atmosphere is frivolous and fabulous. Bring five friends and get jug of Sangria for free.

We went along last week to load up on food before the Harlem Shake-themed Toma Sundays (see below… yep, that’s me in the white skirt with Sangria spilt down the front… sorry Deana…).

There are 16 dishes to choose from, all authentic Spanish tapas tasted and approved by the Toma Sundays crew: alitas de pollo al horno (chicken wings); pollo en salsa de tomate (chicken topped with spicy tomatoes sauce); pollo al ajillo (roasted chicken legs in garlic marinade);  lomo adobado con pimientos asados (pork medallion in roasted peppers sauce);  rabas rebozadas (deep fried squid slices); lasaña de morcilla y tomate confitado (lasagne staffed with black pudding); boquerones fritos (fried anchovies); patatas bravas (special fried potatoes); gazpacho (fresh vegetable soup); pimientos de padrón (fried peppers); berenjenas rellenas (stuffed abergines);  huevos rotos (fried sliced potatoes with ham and egg); croquetas de jamón (ham and cheese croquettes); ensaladilla rusa (Russian style salad); ensalada mixta (mix of freshly cut vegetables and lettuce); estofado de carne (salad with meats).

A Sunday roast is such a winter dish… summer is all about tapas, all about Toma, all about Sonia’s House.

Sonia’s House
17 Lansdowne Road
01202 92263



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