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Philly Paella?

Hey folks -
We were hoping on getting some good restaurant paella and wanted to know what people had come across.
The only time I can remember ever having paella at a restaurant in the area was at 19 Bella, in Skippack - which was good, but only a mini-paella, and we're more inclined to head into town than out to the distant burbs..

I've seen paella on the menu at Jamonera; has anyone tried it? Reports?
Also, Valanni has it, though I know nothing about the restaurant.
Amada has it on the menu, and I really like Amada but I don't get the aioli-with-the-paella thing. (Garces Trading Company's website lists it as a 'specialty' there but it's not actually on the menu; when I called to get the scoop, the guy there admitted that they should probably change the website).
I'd been told Bar Fedinand had it but by the time I finally got my b*tt there it was off the menu.
An earlier thread mentioned Sophia's, about which I know nothing that I didnt' read in that thread - though it sounds good!
So...
Any feedback on these different options? Anything I'm missing?
-Charles

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  1. The paella is back on the menu at Bar Ferdinand and a HIGHLY recommend it. Here's a photo of it. http://philadelphia.foobooz.com/2013/...

    1. The paella at Taste of Portugal on Adams Ave is pretty good. A little wet for my tastes, but there is a lot of seafood in it.

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      1. re: RitterSportRules

        I was thinking of Taste of Portugal, but I am not sure they are still open. Their website is for sale. I have not been by Adams avenue in a while.

        1. re: cwdonald

          I think Taste of Portugal is closed also. There is another little Peruvian and Portugese place near there, at Tabor and Godfrey, called El Balconcito. It looks like a hole in the wall, but is really quite nice. They have terrific ceviche, and Peruvian rotisserie chicken (yum!). They have paella on the menu. I haven't tried it, but what I've seen on other tables looks good. I've been meaning to get back there and try the paella. If you get there first, please report back.

          1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

            that does look like a hole-in-the-wall, and i don't know that part of philly at all - but looks like it's worth checking out!

            1. re: Bob Loblaw

              I was always hesitant to go in there, but we tried it a few weeks ago for lunch. It was very nice inside--simple decor, a little dated, but pleasant. Our server's English was very good. The food was all well-prepared and delicious. The ceviche was terrific, and the stuffed tostones were very good. I loved the Peruvian chicken. Another table of three women was obviously having a celebratory lunch and had the paella. We swore we would come back for it soon. It was pretty quiet at lunch, but I suspect it fills up in the evening.

      2. Just saw that Mina Cucina in Springhouse is having it tomorrow for their monthly Latin night.

          1. re: cwdonald

            Thanks. And made it to Jamonera last night, and really enjoyed the paella - wasn't huge, coudl see going there and getting one seafood and one mixta. really liked the restaurant, though (although it sure is dark).

            1. re: cwdonald

              Saw one of his paellas being served to two people at the bar Tuesday night. Very big. David said he calculated it's four servings.

            2. Cuba Libre on 2nd and Market has great seafood Paella

              1. Tio Pepe on Castor Ave. in Philadelphia.