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Feb 6, 2012 12:45 PM

Hankering for paella and spanish Iberico

Any suggestions. Most so-called Spanish restaurants are really Spanishish and mostly Mexican. So if you know of a great Spanish restaurant, taht would be appreciated

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  1. Don't know where you're looking, but the Spanish restaurants in greater Miami are indeed Spanish and nowhere near Mexican. That said, none of them are that great. Shame with so many people liking Spanish food that these restos are all mediocre.

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    1. re: lax2mia

      Exactly lax2mia. And evertbody now uses the word tapas for small plates.

      Thanks anyway.

      1. re: lax2mia

        Sra Martinez and Barceloneta are better than mediocre but they are tapas places more than places that serve big paella dishes. Barceloneta does serve Paleta Iberico and I think Sra. Martinez does as well.

        1. re: tpigeon

          Have been to Sra Martinez with several friends who also have eaten well over the years; here and in Europe. Hate to say it, we were underwhelmed and to a person said we would not go back unless we were in the neighborhood and NEEDED a place to eat. A pity, but the food has been dumbed down for the lowest common denominator. The dishes sound great, but don't deliver.

          Have not been to Barceloneta.

      2. I don't know of any Spanish restaurant in Miami that's "mostly Mexican." That said ...

        Barceloneta on South Beach does indeed serve paleta de iberico but it is unreasonably expensive ($18/oz). Some of their more contemporary tapas dishes are very good, and I've enjoyed all the rice dishes I've tried there.

        Sra. Martinez also has some very good contemporary tapas, they've had jamon iberico occasionally when I've been. The crispy artichokes, eggplant with honey, butifarra with white beans, egg yolk carpaccio, are all great. Never had the paella.

        If you really have a hankering for jamon iberico, you're probably better off going to Delicias de España and getting for takeout. Delicias has a very good and well-stocked market but the restaurant and cooked foods are only OK.

        For more traditional Spanish, I've had pretty good meals at Rincon Asturiano on SW 17th St. near Flagler, and more recently at Rincon Español down south on Dixie Highway. Asturiano may get jamon iberico de bellota. I've not tried the paella at either place.

        I've not had nearly as good meals at Xixon since they moved down the street on Coral Way, not sure why, though some things are still quite good - the croquetas, the "matrimonio" with 2 types of anchovies and manchego cheese.

        I thought Andalus in the Design District was overpriced and underwhelming. Their menu is pretty paella intensive - I tried their fideua and it wasn't very good at all.

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        1. re: Frodnesor

          Try La Dorada in the Gables........true Spanish food and wonderful!

          1. re: dlgc

            I've walked by La Dorada literally probably a hundred times and have never tried it. Will have to do so.

          2. re: Frodnesor

            I just had a few bites at delicias and my overall impression was much better than yours. I had sessos -- ok, tripe - great and the souffle delicias which was excellent.

            Just out of curiosity, what did you have that you did not like there? I really felt like this is a place I want to return to.

            I did go for the 5J ham which I loved, but I am not counting that...

            1. re: tpigeon

              "Sesos" usually = "brains," not tripe? In Spanish I've usually seen tripe called "callos" (i.e., callos a la madrileña). And I do like the callos at Delicias. I see their current online menu has "Sesas a la Romana" ("Battered Veal Brain") and that may warrant a return visit. And yes, the 5J jamón is alone worth the trip.

              No longer recall what I had last time there that disappointed; may need to reevaluate my opinion.

              1. re: Frodnesor

                FYI, I had both sesos and tripe. Their daily menu is basically a daily specials -- their actual menu is vast. Tripe is in the regular menu in store (they always have it).

                Personally, I thought the sesos were just ok. They were executed well but needed a sauce. I would have served them with some kind of cream sauce...

            2. re: Frodnesor

              Rincon Escondido on Biscayne around 26th is very good. Tiny place in a strange little strip center, but has a cool atmosphere and the food is very good. Mostly authentic Spanish with a few non-traditional items. Almost all of the tapas I have had have been very good, but I didn't think the paella (which is served in a small, tapas-like portion) was great. That said, I have been underwhelmed by 99% of the paellas I have had. I rarely order it anymore because it almost always disappoints. Maybe I just don't love paella that much.

            3. Casa Juancho on calle 8 has authentic Spanish food & excellent Paella. I agree w/ you, I am not a big fan of Sra Martinez nor do I find it "comida espanola"-- it's more "american tapas". Barceloneta, offers decent food & does have some spanishmainstays (tortilla espanola, jamon iberico, etc) but again, the menu veers more toward the American palate.

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              1. re: hab

                Thanks Hab. And to make matters worse we are in Ft Lauderdale with Cafe Seville which is Spanish-ish...

              2. Really like Xixon on Coral Way in Miami. Very Spanish with lots of Spanish wine and a market. Beautiful downstairs wine room. Killer homemade turron ice cream. Big choice of tapas.


                1. Bazaar on Miami Beach fits the bill. I've been there 4 times and the food is fantastic. Frod has a nice writeup here - and an abridged version here -

                  I'll be posting later today on how to get in and out of Bazaar for $50 or less per person (before tax/tip/alcohol) and have an awesome meal.

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                  1. re: Blind Mind

                    Delicias is a much better place to go for Iberico ham and I don't believe they serve paella at all at Bazaar. That being said, the rossejat was the best I ever had at the bazaar (love that dish) but I have not had a wide sampling of rossejats.

                    I hope your post is not "order jose's taco and drink lots of water" :).

                    1. re: tpigeon

                      The rossejat (which is like a paella made with pasta) at Bazaar is indeed outstanding. If you want jamón ibérico you will undoubtedly get more bang for your buck at Delicias.

                      1. re: Frodnesor

                        Forgetting bang for the buck, they only serve Fermin at Bazaar -- you can get 5J at Delicias which I like more than Fermin, which Delicias also has. Delicias is the only place in miami I know that has 5J.

                      2. re: tpigeon

                        guess I missed the title of the post...haha.

                        Post won't be that but Chowfather did add that suggestion haha

                        1. re: Blind Mind

                          I read your post. Thought it was well thought out - except for the CF's Boom one :).

                          There were some dishes listed I did not love but my experiences at Bazaar were all within the first week so it could have been because it was so soon after opening. I will go again very soon now that I assume they got their rhythm.

                          I guess we all agree on the rossejat. That and the Peruvian potatoes with sea urchin were my favorites.

                          Btw - I would have done the sausage sliders instead of the frozen cheese sliders for MNF. Frozen cheese is too refined for football.

                          1. re: tpigeon

                            You should definitely revisit. Both Chowfather & Frod noticed tweaks and improvements on our visit after both attending opening week. Not to mention the week I was there, Chef Hernandez from Minibar was in the kitchen assisting/supervising. This week there is another chef from one of Andres' spots in but I forget who. Chef du Cuisine there is solid. Came from French Laundry I believe.

                            Here's that link btw -

                            1. re: Blind Mind

                              CDC is David Thomas and was at T. Keller's Ad Hoc.

                              1. re: Frodnesor

                                There ya go... Brain is mashed potatoes today.

                                1. re: Blind Mind

                                  VPE just gave her classic copout 3.5 star review to bazaar.