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Dec 17, 2007 06:23 PM

Authentic affordable paella in TO?

I just defended my masters thesis and passed (yay!) and am thinking of taking out some friends for paella to celebrate. What are the best paella places in toronto? I know casa barcelona has a long selection, but the dish itself is about $100 for two people, can I find something a little more affordable?

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  1. How about Embrujo Flamenco on Danforth ? Their paella is $60 for 2 people. I think it is ok but the flavour is a bit too strong for me. They also have live Flamenco show at night.

    1. Good luck with that one, difficult enough to find good paella in the city let alone affordable paella in the city.

      1. Segovia has fairly inexpensive paella. I've not been to Spain, nor have I delved into Spanish cooking, so I can't comment on its authenticity, but I have enjoyed it in the past.

        5 Saint Nicholas St., Toronto, ON M4Y 1W5, CA

        1. Is there such a thing as an 'authentic paella' ? IMO the closest thing would be a Paella Valenciana, Campesino type : chicken and chorizo. Those with seafood (lobster) and pork are not part of the basic paella, as it is too expensive for most people. I tried the paella in a ''Spanish'' restaurant on Yonge and I did not like it. Unfortunately I cannot remember the name. Here are some suggestions, though I did not try any, for when I want a good paella I make it myself.
          Torito, 276 Augusta Avenue, Toronto, 647-436-5874
          Pasquale Brothers, 16 Goodrich Rd, Etobicoke, 416-364-7397
          Casa Barcelona, 2980 Bloor Street West, Toronto, 416-234-5858
          Plaza Flamingo Restaurant, 423 College Street, Toronto, 416-603-8884

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          1. re: lamaranthe

            There are many different Paella's in Spain, based on regional ingredients. Rabbit, land snails, & chorizo, and saffron for instance is a paella that would be prepared inland.

            1. re: lamaranthe

              The name came back to me: Taste of Spain, at Yonge and Sheppard. My visit dates back a couple of yrs ago and I did not repeat it because I was not impressed, except by the bill. They might have improved but I won't be the one to taste them again.

            2. I've eaten at Barcelona many times and usually the whole meal is under or around $100 with a glass or 2 of wine (including Paella). You can get different sizes of paella, but I'm pretty sure that even a large paella is under $30. If you do go there, also try the beef tenderloin in portebello/shitake sauce, garlic shrimp and their fried anchovies are also quite tasty.