Our party of two had early dinner reservations. We were promptly seated. The decor was old world Spanish. . .charming. We were promptly greeted by our server who was quite attentive throughout the meal. We noted that each server only had responsibility for three adjacent tables. I placed my order for paella before anything since we had read online that it takes 30 minutes to prepare. . .our server promptly submitted it. We also ordered a pitcher of their excellent Sangria. Warm French-style bread was served in parchment paper. We started with the famous "1905" Salad, a combination of crisp lettuce, ham, cheeses, olives and garlic (with Worcestershire Sauce) dressing. It was delicious and I could have made a meal of it. We then had tapas. I had deep-fried oysters. They were very tasty but were overcooked, kind of like hockey pucks. My table mate had Gambas "Al Ajillo", large shrimp sauteed in olive oil, garlic and chili peppers. They were very enjoyable. Our entrees were served promptly after the tapas. Mine was the Paella "a la Valenciana", a superb combination of seafood, chicken, pork, and vegetables served over rice with a wine sauce. . .the best paella I've had this side of the Atlantic. My table mate had Snapper "Alicante". It featured fish baked in a casserole and served with a rich gravy and topped with roasted almonds. It had rice, shrimp and fried eggplant on the side. My table mate declared the dish excellent but I detected a slight "fishy" taste when I tried it. . .a sign of not-so-fresh fish. We finished the meal by splitting a flan, which was as good as I've had anywhere. The check came promptly after dessert. I was pleasantly surprised at the cost. . .around $50 per person in all. I would recommend this establishment to anyone looking for a gourmet experience in st. Augustine.
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