This is a restaurant that has grown and improved....it's very much like a European restaurant where at 1pm it's empty and by 1:20pm all the tables are full and the place is jumping. The food is Spanish with a Basque touch from the Navarre. Prices continue to be very affordable...a group of ten of us eating multiple dishes including dessert, corkage fees and tip for about 25 dollars per person.
It now has a front, open patio, two main dining rooms downstairs (the bar is in one of them) and a third dining room upstairs. The owner is like a dervish...you see him everywhere checking up on the kitchen, bar, dining rooms, serving food, clearing tables, greeting guests, socializing with diners, etc. You can tell he's proud of his business and deservedly so.
Food is served quite promptly (we were there for lunch and it attracts business folk who obviously need to eat in a time frame)...several tables of junior executive types, one table of six all female junior execs, several tables with men in suits, our family group of 10, etc. A very eclectic group of serious eaters being well-served throughout.
Paella, not surprisingly, is one of the main attractions but so is the 'chamorro' (pork shank), the steak covered in grilled mushrooms and pimentos and the octopus Galicia style. Don't forget to check out the daily specials that are listed on a blackboard because they don't appear on the menu and the waiters don't always mention them. Some very tasty items are usually here and well worth trying out. (There was a rack of lamb today that looked delicious!)
I had the octopus and the sweetbreads as my main courses and snacked on the mushrooms al ajillo, tortilla española and chistorra sausages...delicious all - the bread is real good too. Next time I plan to return and just have the bread, Serrano ham (which was the leanest I've seen and looked to be of the highest quality) and cheese and a glass of red wine!
This restaurant is off the beaten track but still well worth a visit.
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