We stumbled onto El Sol while looking for another restaurant. What a great find. If you know anything about the legendary Pata Negra ham from Spain, also known as the Iberico Bellota - the Spanish black footed pig that graze on acorns, and the hams are cured naturally in mountain air for 3 years. El Sol had 10 of these ham legs, hoof and all, hanging on the wall. Forget your Parma and your proscuitto, this is the best ham in the world, and to stumble onto it in Paris of all places was a real treat.
El Sol is a small place with only 10 seats. The service is very personable and knowledgeable. You must get a plate of sliced Iberico Bellota and a glass of one of their fine Riojas. Some mancheco cheese goes well together. The squid cooked in its ink was good too, as well as the neck meat of Pata Negra. But the ham is the real highlight - with the rich marbling infused with acorn flavor, it just melts in your mouth. We were in Paris 7 days and ate at some great restaurants, but made time to go to El Sol 3 times during our stay.
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