My wife and I spent a week in Catalunya summer 2012, and went to Catalan in the hope of recapturing a slice of that wonderful trip, and the restaurant did not disappoint. We ate in the open air central courtyard, which is a beautiful setting. We started with the spinach and garlic soup, which was one of the most unique soups we have ever had and utterly delicious. We split the paella for two. Often, paella is 80% rice and 20% good stuff (sausage, seafood, etc.), but not here. It was more good stuff than rice -- clams, mussels, fish, sausage, pork and calamari everywhere, interspersed with rice here and there in a perfect sause. The clams, calamari and mussels were done to perfection -- soft and succulent. The sausage had a most unique flavor -- rich and almost but not quite spicy/hot. The paella was actually better than what we had had in Spain. And the sauteed spinach, a basic dish, was somehow infused with this rich texture of oil without being oily, and a great garlic flavor. Kiersten, our waitress, was also perfect. Pretentious waiters/waitresses irritate us, but she was down to earth, attentive, knowledgeable about the food, and even pretty amusing. We were there for over two hours, and never felt remotely rushed. The quality and relaxed atmosphere, and the outdoor courtyard, all very much had the feel of a bona fide restaurant in Spain. The portions were quite generous, so, even though the desserts sounded terrific, we were too stuffed to try them. Food, bottle of wine, and capuccino's afterward, and the bill, with a generous tip for the great service, ran $150. Which was $150 very well spent.
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