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Zambra Asheville. Is the Paella authentic??

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DaveN Dec 1, 2009 01:27 PM

We are planning a trip to Asheville and plan on a visit to Zambra. It has been quite a while since I've had authentic paella. How is the Zambra version? It would be a disaster to order the paella for two if it isn't really special...

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  1. danna RE: DaveN Dec 1, 2009 01:36 PM

    I love Zambra, but I do NOT love the Paella. I think it's greasy and not special. Now, the last time I was there, I don't think they offered paella for two, just individual plates, so maybe they've had some sort of paella-epiphany, but as of last time I had it, it was the worst choice you could make on the Zambra menu.

    Get one of the interesting salads, cheese plate, bread, quail, scallops, or shrimp. Order from the specials sheet, not the regular menu. Wine from the Jumilla. Skip dessert.

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      miss piggy RE: danna Dec 2, 2009 04:14 PM

      I agree with Danna. I love Zambra - the tapas, wine, cocktails, ambiance are all fabuous - definitely one of my favorite places in town. However, the paella is not that great. Stick to the tapas. They are awesome.

    2. meatn3 RE: DaveN Dec 1, 2009 06:30 PM

      Zambra tends to put their own signature on dishes, so I wouldn't expect a traditional rendition. That said, I generally really like their food. Their service has often left me wanting more, but not in a good way!

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