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