Wednesday, February 1, 2012

TAPAS, PAELLA, MUSSELS


 I recently had my first Spanish Tapas Bar experience at Espana. I first heard about this eatery back in 2006, and I always was curious about their food. I went to a few of their events that involved their restaurant being used as a spicy night club for salsa and house music. My friend, Shinnice, set up her birthday dinner there, and it gave me the opportunity to finally taste their unique cuisine. I tried the popular Spanish dish, Paella. The Paella requires a minimum of two people to order two dishes of it. The menu can be a little tricky when reading the minimum requirements. It gives you the impression that two people must share a serving, when in fact, two people must order two servings of the Paella. It takes 45 minutes to cook, so it is very important that you order tapas to hold you over until the main dish comes. The Paella is served piping hot and has quite an acquiring taste to it. I may have drowned my rice in lemon juice, but I believe that is what gave the dish more flavor. The rice is smothered in fresh lemons and an array of seafood delicacies. It gave me a new appreciation for mussels. I don't think I would order this dish again, because it was not love at first taste, but I would definitely go back for their mussels.
Overall I give Espana two and a half stars. I loved the atmosphere, the authenticity of the food and the service. Espana is a great place to enjoy tapas and have drinks with friends. But you should definitely look to spend anywhere from $30-$100 for the full experience.
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