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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.

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        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.

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            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.

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              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.

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                  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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