Urbanspoon – Cafe Espanol
Random after work visit to this place with my coworker and his wife. My wife was meant to come along as well, however she was stuck at the office and could not leave. As such I ended up third wheeling it with them, I wanted me some paella so there was no turning back.
We arrived and had some bread and water. Shortly thereafter we ordered the “croquettas” appetizer. These were ok, the outside was a bit crunchy and inside they were soft and mushy. I’m not quite sure the “proper” way a croquette is supposed to be, but this was ok. It tasted good at least.
As a main dish I had the paella valenciana with lobster. The lobster was fresh, but the portion was pretty small, however it’s ok because I do not like wrestling with the lobster shell. The rice was a bit salty, but it tasted good. I’m not sure if there is supposed to be a somewhat soupy texture to the rice or if it’s supposed to be totally dry. I believe most paella’s I have had were dry, this one was a little watery. But I am no culinary expert, so I’m not sure what a true paella is meant to be like.
The meal overall was good, I brought some food home for the wife and she seemed to enjoy it as well. I think as a “one off” the place was ok, but I’m not sure that I would go out of my way to return, there was nothing outstanding. We had a coupon so we went to use it.
Should you try it? Sure the food was decent, and it’s probably worth a try. I personally will not go out of my way to visit the place, but that’s just a matter of opinion of course.