We were SOOOO excited to finally get to the Spaniard, as we have been to Spain and LOVE tapas, octopus and paella.
I arrived before my friends and took at seat (a wobbly one, because bar stools all feel like they are from Target and going to break at any minute) at the bar and ordered a sangria. It was served in a TALL glass and very refreshing and delicious. The bartender informed me that there was going to be filming that night of the chef/owner and restaurant featured on a Spanish television station, so we opted to sit in a side room out of the main dining room.
There was no noticeable smell of garlic, or grilling, or any food, for that matter which I found odd, but it was a week night. We ordered a few tapas to see where our palettes led us. One was a MUSHY stuffed pepper recommended by our (grumpy) Eastern European waiter. The other he recommended they were out of. The charcuterie was pricey for the few pieces of COSTCO style pre-cut manchego and meat selection. We ordered a pitcher of sangria that was full of ice and served with small glasses and didn't seem on par with what they gave us at the bar for one glass.
After getting the disappointing appetizers we decided to forgo the paella and go down the street to a new Mexican place that opened.
We bumped into the owner on our way in and out of the bathroom throughout the night in his tall red chef's hat posing in front of his press pics in the hallway for the camera.
My take: Lower the ego and get in the kitchen, this place is on it's way out.
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