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best paella restaurant in Los Angeles, preferably on the westside

foodmor Apr 10, 2012 10:00 PM

Hi all,

I am looking for the best paella restaurant in L.A. I've been to La Paella many times and love it. But I would have to agree with many chowhounders that it is a little pricey. Can anyone direct me to an alternative?


  1. wienermobile Apr 25, 2012 06:10 PM

    Your wish has just been answered.

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    1. re: wienermobile
      J.L. Apr 25, 2012 06:14 PM

      If Chef Perfecto Rocher is there cooking, then the paella is gonna be legit.

      1. re: J.L.
        condiment Apr 29, 2012 01:00 AM

        Interesting that he's namechecking El Bulli. According to Lisa Abend's book The Sorcerer's Apprentice, he left just a couple of weeks into his stage to go work in Las Vegas.

      2. re: wienermobile
        BrewNChow Apr 26, 2012 04:26 PM

        Noooooooooooooooooo!!!!! I love paella, and I'm glad it's nearby, but don't take my meatpies!! Please?

        1. re: BrewNChow
          J.L. Apr 26, 2012 05:25 PM

          Will you also miss the cucumber sandwiches?

          1. re: J.L.
            BrewNChow Apr 26, 2012 08:57 PM

            good lord

      3. Servorg Apr 12, 2012 07:13 AM

        I would strongly urge you to check out Bar Pintxo in Santa Monica. They used to have a Tuesday night paella night, but not sure if that is still the case or not. Authentic? But I thought the paella was delicious. And for $7 it was a steal.


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        1. re: Servorg
          foodmor Apr 12, 2012 08:45 PM

          thanks for the tip. pretty good menu, something to try.

          1. re: Servorg
            foodiemahoodie Apr 26, 2012 09:19 PM

            Authentic? There are many kinds of paella - so many it's hard to say which one is actually authentic. I mean, the real deal has rabbit and snails - which I've never had.. I have had plenty in Spain and in France (where they call it pay-la). More seafood oriented near the ocean.

            I haven't had the Pinxto paella, but I did watch them cook it one night - and it looked great.

          2. mrshankly Apr 11, 2012 05:42 PM

            While not on the westside, I really like the paella at Spain Restaurant on Glendale Blvd. near Silverlake.

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            1. re: mrshankly
              J.L. Apr 11, 2012 09:27 PM

              Frankly, mrshankly (fellow Smiths fan), the paella at Restaurant Spain is somewhat decent for a South American paella, but just don't call it Spanish. The rice that Restaurant Spain uses is long-grain, not bomba.

              However, the OP does admit to liking La Paella, which does not make great paella in my book, so s/he my enjoy this one...

              OK, on the constructive side, foodmor, you should try the great takeout paella every Saturday at La Espanola in Harbor City (call on Fridays to pre-order by the box). It's a bit of a drive, but it's relatively cheap and is muy sabroso!

              1. re: J.L.
                foodmor Apr 12, 2012 08:39 PM

                i've driven by Restaurant spain and didn't know what to think about that place. i might go try that sometime. I just found out about Harbor city and will need to plan that out for a sat. night dinner.
                but if not la paella, where else can i go on a random night?

                1. re: foodmor
                  J.L. Apr 12, 2012 09:28 PM

                  foodmor, ns1 was being facetious. The great paella at La Espanola is ONLY available as takeout (in styrofoam boxes) and only for pickup on Saturday mornings or afternoons (and it's still warm when you go pick it up then). You call La Espanola on Friday (the day before) to pre-order. La Espanola is a Spanish market, not a restaurant.

                  Restaurant Spain is so-so. I've stopped going.

                  The cruel reality is that there is no consistently great restaurant paella in L.A. For one glorious week recently, Chef Perfecto Rocher (3rd generation paellero from Spain) held a paella week at Lazy Ox Canteen. However, that's done and gone. Hopefully, the fantastic paella he served that week will somehow be reincarnated on the regular menu at Lazy Ox Canteen sometime in the future...

                  1. re: J.L.
                    ns1 Apr 13, 2012 09:08 AM

                    I was actually not being facetious. I got there at 3pm to pick up my paella and it was cold - 3 takeout boxes no less. I was not told that I should pick up my paella before 10am (or whatever) if I wanted it to be warm. So we finished our tapas in their "patio" and then went home and had the paella for lunch/dinner

                    I asked on the other La Espanola thread how to get warm paella, because warm paella is what I was hoping for and expected.

                    Also, they happily accepted my preorder Saturday morning.

                    1. re: ns1
                      J.L. Apr 13, 2012 09:49 AM

                      Noted. I used to go there around 3PM, and while not hot, my paella wasn't cold either.

                2. re: J.L.
                  ns1 Apr 12, 2012 08:40 PM

                  re: La Espanola

                  Just know that the paella will be cold when you get there.

                  1. re: ns1
                    foodmor Apr 12, 2012 08:55 PM

                    thanks for the heads up. must be a great place if people are still raving about cold paella

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                BSW6490 Apr 11, 2012 11:38 AM

                Palamino in Westwood does a surprisingly goood paella.

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                1. re: BSW6490
                  J.L. Apr 11, 2012 04:28 PM

                  Wow. With all due respect, I cannot disagree more strongly with Palomino's "paella".

                  It's a soggy mess.

                2. Peripatetic Apr 10, 2012 11:41 PM

                  Check out this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8409...

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