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Where to find the best seafood paella?

Ediblethoughts Oct 17, 2009 05:34 PM

I've tried forgettable paella in several places; the last place I recall really enjoying it was Segovia near Yonge & Wellesley. But I haven't been there for years. Anyone know some very good seafood paella?

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    itsvince RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 2, 2009 09:31 AM

    I'd also like to get recommendations on the best paella places in Toronto... I watched Bobby Flay's paella Throwdown episode over the weekend and developed a craving! Anyone? Anyone?

    1. Restaurant Dish RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 2, 2009 10:04 AM

      I think the best you're going to find is at Segovia. Had it about a year ago and it was delicious, very well cooked. I believe we had the Valenciana.

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        gastronom RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 2, 2009 11:38 AM

        what about Casa Barcelona? I remember reading good reviews here a little while ago.

        Casa Barcelona
        2980 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M8X1B9, CA

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          Ediblethoughts RE: gastronom Nov 3, 2009 04:54 PM

          That is one huge menu. I like that they offer a mini portion so I could try the veg and seafood paella...

        2. Dr. John RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 3, 2009 01:48 PM

          Haven't been to either Segovia or Casa Barcelona in over a year, but have had the paella at both places multiple times. Both were consistently good, so I hope they are still reasonable bets.

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            Snarf RE: Ediblethoughts Nov 3, 2009 05:32 PM

            I noticed a number of different paellas, including a few different seafood paellas, at Cambalache on Mt. Pleasant. At the time, my guest and I tried numerous tapas dishes, and found them all to be very flavourful and well executed. Good sign if you want to try the tapas there.

            505 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S2L9, CA

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              Ediblethoughts RE: Snarf Nov 4, 2009 04:37 PM

              I actually have tried the paella there and was very disappointed. I liked some of the other tapas but the paella was very meh. Which is a pity since it was very convenient!

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              RBohrer RE: Ediblethoughts Aug 23, 2010 06:45 PM

              Do not go to Cava. It is a terrible experience. Their paella for 2 is the size of a serving for 1 any other place, and ours was burned on to the bottom of the pan so that the whole dish was burnt flavored. The owner/chef and the manager were very haughty and would do nothing about our complaints. Worst paella meal I ever had, and I have eaten paella in many places throughout the world. Be advised, stay away from Cava.

              1560 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4T 2S9, CA

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                Doopsylalolic RE: RBohrer Aug 26, 2010 08:25 PM

                I'm hoping the 'Hound expertise visiting this thread can help in my paella thread here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/729063

                ... thx guys.

              2. elvisahmed RE: Ediblethoughts Aug 26, 2010 10:56 PM

                I had a good one at embrujo flamenco a while ago.

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                  JennaBean RE: Ediblethoughts Aug 27, 2010 07:43 AM

                  I had a great one at Torito about three weeks ago but I think it was a special not a regular menu item. It was a dish for two but if you skipped other items one person could make it a main.

                  276 Augusta Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2L9, CA

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                    hazzelnuts RE: JennaBean Aug 28, 2010 05:25 AM

                    We hit this restaurant quite by chance through a living social purchase. First time we had tried Living Social and quite enjoyed. It was a quiet Friday night beautiful weather and we ventured up to take part in a great tapas menu. Read the reviews and stick to the suggestions and you will be fine. The sangria is a perfect mixture, smooth, not too sweet and not too boozy. Only to be compared to Waterfall in Kensington. The soup of the day was velvet potato and leek and a great starter size Order about 5 - 6 dishes for two if you start with the soup you can go with 5. Must tries: lamb sausage, shrimp with garlic, calamari, stay away from spinach dishes, mushrooms a must and the dessert of cream brule perfect size and texture ... thanks Living Social and by all means if you do your research this measures up as a tapas try. With drinks and dessert we were $80 a couple ... service was comfortable and the ambience not a problem as per above music complaints ...

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