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Craving Paella

  • gini Jan 28, 2008 11:14 AM
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Where can a girl get some paella around town? T accessible preferred, but not exclusive.

Thanks!

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  1. I haven't had it, but have heard that Toro has a good one.

    1. The Portuguese version (spelled paelha) you can get at Casa Portugal and Sunset. Both have done it pretty well, although its basic long grain rice, but Casa Portugal is more consistent overall and Sunset has been on a slide for a while. Portugalia also offers it (spanish spelling), but I have only had their arroz de marisco which wasn't 100% (JJ's also carries it) so didn't order the paelha. Arroz de marisco can sometimes be more brothy and usually has more types of seafood (sometimes no pork/chicken), but can be quite similar. PB Restaurant in Everett I have had good luck with the Brazilian side and I believe their Arroz de Marisco is more like paella. I think someone also mentioned Con Sol might serve it and they were initially advertising not just Portuguese, but plates from the whole Iberian penninsula. Still trying to get there -- I struck out once again trying to go there last week and went to Izzy's (arroz con pollo Thursdays). I made paella this past weekend due to a similar craving.

      1. I can confirm that both of Toro's paella options (Valenciana and vegetariana) are quite good.

        It's been years since I ordered either, but I used to think highly of both of Dali's versions, too: Valenciana, with meat and seafood, and the seafood-only "del oceano", which included a half-lobster.

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        1. re: MC Slim JB

          Had Toro's version about six months ago. Extraordinary.

          1. re: MC Slim JB

            Dali's seafood paella was not good for awhile (too dry and overcooked seafood), but whoever's been doing it for the last year or so is excellent. Seafood is perfectly cooked; haven't seen lobster in the del Oceano version, although that would cause my best friend to order it every time we go there!

          2. I actually really like Merengue's rendition of paella. It's a Dominican restaurant in Dorchester off Blue Hill Ave. Easily the most flavorful rice I've had in Boston - and I used to live in southern Spain. The rice is plate-lick-clean good.

            1. I've never had Toro's either, but I've always been intrigued. Nice to hear that it's good.

              I have to get to Casa Portugal and Con Sol now that O Cantinho left me.

              I also owe Dali a visit - haven't been in a long time.

              Thanks for the ideas!

              1. do yourself a favor a go for a ride to new bedford and try Antonio's, unbelievalbe paella, lobster scallops fish sausage chicken and saffon rice huge portion at a great price worth the trip believe me

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                1. re: hlerm2

                  I second Antonio's. Simply Amazing. Albehit, out of the way.

                2. There is Tapeo on Newbury Street, right off of the green line (Hynes Convention or Copley) which is a Spanish tapas restaurant. They also have both types of Paella, or their sister restaurant, Dali. I highly recommend both it just depends on which side of the river you are traveling from!

                  1. The best I've ever had in Boston was at Prezza in the North End - absolutely let-no-grain-of-rice-go-uneaten delicious. Strange, given that this is an Italian restaurant and it's not traditionally considered an Italian dish, but man was it good! It's not always on the menu though, so call to check first.

                    1. i think lsa casa de pedro in watertown is prety good for paella its done fresh to order so plan about 25 minutes but well worth it

                      1. I also thought Tapeo's paella was pretty good. Good location if you want it to be T accessible.

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                        1. re: kobuta

                          My paella was excellent at Tapeo but for one missing element: socorat! It's not paella without that yummy crunchy rice on the bottom. I'm guessing the kitchen would be thrilled with a request for it to be done so. Other dishes seemed to be executed well and authentically so I believe they got frustrated with customer complaints about "burnt" rice.

                          I'll ask them next time.

                          1. re: jacquelinec

                            That's the best part.

                            1. re: jacquelinec

                              Funny, I've never had paella with the crusty rice (which I would love, as we eat that in Chinese cuisine too) and I've tried Spanish restaurants in NY and Boston. I hope I don't need to make the trip to Spain for that.

                              1. re: jacquelinec

                                I can honestly say I have never had a respectable socarat in the USA. Even in Spain, not so easy to find. That said I once had a home made paella cooked over a wood fire outdoors that took 3 hours to prepare... ;-)

                            2. Barcelona in Brookline!!!!

                              1. Hey I am coming to Cambridge for Valentine's weekend and my husband loves paella...any tips on best place? I used to go to Dali YEARS ago...anything new around Camrbdige area? Have fix to Regatta bar at 10.

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                                1. re: ksladeny

                                  This is one of those cases where it's better to start a new thread and forget the 2008 thread. Because the dining scene here has changed that much!

                                  Toro has terrific terrific paellas. No res, but you'll be o.k. if you get there at opening. It is among Boston's LOUDEST restnts though. Columbus at Mass Ave. Some CHs like the paella at Estragon , located more centrally in the South End, You might also want to see if paella is on the current Rendezvous menu in Central Sq. ( Dali is still there; imo it is gross.)

                                  If you end up not seeking paella, and looking for recs in Harv Sq., I would suggest the wildly successful new Alden and Harlow, and Park restnt.