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Costa Brava PB Quick Report

kare_raisu Jul 23, 2008 10:47 PM

This was my first time actually eating here - I have only been to the bar for wine and beer on a few occaisions.

They have spanish beer - so I had a refreshing Estrella Galicia and my friend had their sangria.


- Bacalao
- Empandillas de Atun
- Morcilla
- Datiles con Tocino
- Manchego con membrillo

Everything was tasty but what stood out was the delicious blood sausage and and dates with bacon.

Not cheap but quite good.

  1. Eat_Nopal Aug 5, 2008 11:12 PM

    KR... trust me on this one... save your Tapas trips (and the associated $) for your first trip to Mexico City (or Spain of course)... I don't think there is anything in California (Tapas wise) worth spending your $ on. As revelatory as Manzanilla et al in Baja have been for you... that is what Tapas and Classic Spanish cuisine will be in DF.

    Pata Negra ain't cheap... .even in Mexico... save your Dollars.

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    1. re: Eat_Nopal
      ginael Aug 12, 2008 09:46 PM

      Wouldn't it be nice to support locally-owned,
      quality, consistently executed food in our fine community? Granted, we don't have several options for Spanish cuisine, let's focus on the establishments that serve quality, authentic Spanish tapas. Costa Brava is a wonderful option for anyone craving this type of food, and I defy you to find a better happy hour for tapas.

      1. re: ginael
        ekomega Aug 18, 2008 05:10 PM

        I agree. Having spent a good amount of time in Spain, I love the food and occasionally crave it. Costa Brava beats my expectations for Spanish food, and I am happy to go there.

        I recognize the prices at CB are 3 times as expensive compared to most places in Spain, but I'm not in Spain. Or Mexico City. If I want to go cheap, I'll make the food myself.

        My ONLY regret about CB is that their Spanish liquor is so expensive. A glass of amontillado or patxaran will cost you around $7.50, even though I know you can buy the same patxaran bottle for 8 euros.

      2. re: Eat_Nopal
        ginael Aug 12, 2008 09:51 PM

        How about we support locally-owned, high-quality, consistently well-executed cuisine in our fine community? Albeit we lack several options for Spanish food, I defy you to find better Spanish cuisine than Costa Brava. They offer great happy hour specials and authentic dishes.

        1. re: ginael
          ginael Aug 12, 2008 09:55 PM

          Pardon the duplicated responses....my computer has been on the fritz, and it appeared my first entry didn't take.

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        ginael Aug 3, 2008 12:18 AM

        It's so refreshing to see CB getting the accolades it deserves. From the authentic, delicious tapas and large plates, to the cozy atmosphere, this restaurant is by far my favorite for Spanish food. Another recommendation: ask for the mariscos pimientos, a specialty not on the menu. It is red piquillo peppers stuffed with seafood and draped in a red pepper sauce....delicioso.

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          ekomega Aug 1, 2008 09:51 AM

          I just wanted to update about Cafe Sevilla, since I previously mentioned that they had a better happy hour than CB. They don't anymore.

          Sevilla used to have all their regular tapas at 1/2 price for happy hour, which made tortilla like $2 and nothing over $3. It was a great time for eating, but their drink specials were bad. You could eat like a king for $12 or less.

          Now, however, they have their tapas at a slightly discounted price from normal (some so slight it's 0% discount), and a weird drink special for 1/2 price. And they raised their prices. And they offer San Miguel at $5 each as a special. Lame.

          So I would no longer recommend Sevilla for happy hour. It's not cheap anymore. CB is the way to go!

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            ekomega Jul 29, 2008 02:04 PM

            This is my favorite tapas bar in town, although Sevilla has better happy hour prices (for food, not drink).

            Costa Brava is not cheap, but they will do nice things like make dishes that are not on the menu if you ask nicely and they have ingredients (like piquillos rellenos and angulas). And the service is always great.

            BTW, the datiles are the best! I'm not fond of the empanadillas, because they are too dry inside and I believe it's because it's not the right kind of tuna.

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            1. re: ekomega
              kare_raisu Jul 29, 2008 03:05 PM

              The tuna was slightly dry but the crispy empanada dough is great.

              How much and how do they serve the angulas at Sevilla? In a cazuela with oil and bread?

              1. re: kare_raisu
                ekomega Jul 29, 2008 03:19 PM

                Sorry for the confusion, I edited my post to clarify.

                The angulas are at CB, and they serve them the traditional way: The cazuela, with olive oil in it, is heated to "boiling", then it is removed from the heat and the angulas are added. CB gives you bread (as much as you want, really), so that's included.

                The one time I had it, though, they were fake baby eels. I knew because of the price. But I imagine they do real baby eels if you want to fork over the $$$.

                1. re: ekomega
                  kare_raisu Jul 29, 2008 03:23 PM

                  Nice! What are the piquillos stuffed with?

                  1. re: kare_raisu
                    ekomega Jul 29, 2008 03:45 PM

                    They offered mariscos or carne, and we went for mariscos (that being my favorite). It's another pretty traditional recipe, with chopped or minced seafood (shrimp, etc.) in a bechamel sauce stuffed inside, and then this orangy sauce on the outside, which I'm guessing is sofrito with a little cream and the juice from the piquillo pepper can/jar (that's how I make the sauce, anyway).

                    These actually used to be on the menu (and may still be on the menu on the website) for $9, but they are like $12 if you order them now.

                    1. re: ekomega
                      kare_raisu Aug 5, 2008 10:56 PM

                      Thanks so much for the insider info on the chiles rellenos - we had these -they were wonderful, delicate, and delicious.

                      I also learned that they have Rabo de Toro on their secret menu - those famous spanish oxtails - which I will be getting next time I am there!

                      1. re: kare_raisu
                        ekomega Aug 18, 2008 05:04 PM

                        You're very welcome. Piquillo peppers may be my favorite food, and definitely my favorite 'pepper' (seconded by peppadew).

                        I've had the Rabo, and it was excellent.

            2. sandiegofoodstuff Jul 28, 2008 07:05 AM

              Wonderful place. I was there Friday night after seeing Mamma Mia! and my friend and I had a wonderful array of tapas with a pitcher of sangria. Be sure to visit their little market two doors away, Pata Negra. You can pick up Spanish wines, the homemade rolls (partially baked), Jamon Iberico, some delicious olive oil, sofrito, etc. And paella pans. They're going to do some construction soon and install a patio so that customers can try wines and some of the products they sell in a cafe setting.

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              1. re: sandiegofoodstuff
                ekomega Jul 29, 2008 02:01 PM

                Do they actually have jamon iberico or is it just lame jamon serrano? I wasn't aware that they had the iberico or bellota yet. I want it.

                I like the products at Pata Negra, but price-wise it's better to go with latienda.com for spanish goods. Also, the employees at PN are (in my experience) less than helpful and completely unfamiliar with the products.

                1. re: ekomega
                  kare_raisu Jul 29, 2008 03:03 PM

                  I believe that they do now sell the iberico.

                  At PN - the store manger from the Domincan Republic knows his shit.

                  1. re: kare_raisu
                    ekomega Jul 29, 2008 03:41 PM

                    I've never had the opportunity to talk to the store manager, so maybe that has been my problem. It's always been some 20-something young woman.

                    1. re: ekomega
                      DougOLis Jul 29, 2008 11:01 PM

                      They do carry Iberico and Iberico de Bellota but they were out of the de Bellota last time I was in the store. I forget if both are on the menu in Costa Brava but I'm sure it can be requested.

                      The store manager is extremely helpful and a very friendly guy. I've only ran into him a couple of times in PN but he does know what he's talking about and has had great suggestions for me.

                    2. re: kare_raisu
                      sandiegofoodstuff Aug 12, 2008 11:21 AM

                      Yes, it is the Iberico. And, Fernando, the manager, is hugely helpful when it comes to what is sold in the store and different ways of preparing it. He's also a huge flirt, ladies. I went in with a friend and while I was stocking up on groceries, he was getting her phone number.

                2. Alice Q Jul 26, 2008 02:05 PM

                  FYI for your next visit - the patatas bravas are to die for - literally ;-) they're deep fried and then tossed in a spicy aioli. Great for soaking up all that Sangria!

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                  1. re: Alice Q
                    kare_raisu Aug 5, 2008 10:53 PM

                    Dude, you were not kidding - I had these tonight. Perfectly fried -crisp exteriors with that lovely hot starchy baked potato interior and the iceing on the cake with that killer citrus spicy ailoli

                    1. re: kare_raisu
                      Alice Q Aug 9, 2008 03:50 PM

                      Aren't they incredible? Glad you tried them. They're like a meal by themselves. I like that place, will have to get back there sometime soon!

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                    cookieshoes Jul 24, 2008 03:25 PM

                    I haven't been to this place in years, but I remember liking it quite a bit. Definitely for the variety, as well as the sangria and being able to eat out on the secluded patio. The Gazpacho Andaluz was very good too.

                    1. pbhomey Jul 24, 2008 01:35 PM

                      I also really like this place, especially the happy hour. 4 to 7, every night of the week. They have a ½ off tapa menu and the sangria is ½ price as well…great deal in PB.

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                      1. re: pbhomey
                        ekomega Jul 29, 2008 02:00 PM

                        Don't forget montaditos for $3. I always get the morcilla and cabrales. Also, I think the sangria is better than 1/2 price, because it's $2 per glass and $8 per pitcher.

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