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Tastiest Paella in Los Angeles

Haven't had the paella, but I went there to get the bomba rice when making my own. Their deli is not a bad place to go for Spanish ingredients Mid-City.

Nov 18, 2013
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Tastiest Paella in Los Angeles

The common misconception is that seafood + rice = paella. Soccorat, one of the main standards by which I judge a true paella, sadly seems to be something which is severely neglected.

Nov 18, 2013
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Tastiest Paella in Los Angeles

I just went to Bar Pinxto Monday night and squid ink paella was available as a special. It was $30 for a medium sized pan to share and was quite good. It came with large shrimp, squid, and I think a few mussels. I was pleased to see that they got the soccorat right. I would definitely have it again or try the Tuesday night paella.

Oct 18, 2013
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Tastiest Paella in Los Angeles

Very impressive! I think your friends are onto something.

Jul 28, 2013
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Tastiest Paella in Los Angeles

Following these paella threads, it seems Perfecto's skills are sorely needed here. I'm disappointed that he isn't part of Taberna, but it seems like there may be a good reason for that. I think he's at a new restaurant in MB or nearby.

Jul 28, 2013
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Spanish Paella in West LA

Thanks for your comprehensive and very informative post. I've been obsessed with paella ever since I found an amazing seafood paella in a town in the south of France. It was just a small sidewalk cafe and they were selling servings from a large pan. It was truly amazing and I have unfortunately been able to find anything comparable since.

I'm amazed how hard it is to find a paella with a good soccorat. Even people who should know better (restauranteurs, people who have travelled in Spain) ignore this essential element. According to your comments, even the paella at La Espanola doesn't have much of a soccorat.

Ciao Bob recommends Tar and Roses, and Bar Pintxo, which both sound promising although with limited availability.

I've tried to make my own a few times and although it's difficult, I think my odds of eventual success may be better than finding a place locally that can satisfy me.

Jul 28, 2013
DoogDoof in Los Angeles Area

Tastiest Paella in Los Angeles

Sorry you had a bad experience. It happens. We went about a month ago and actually enjoyed it, but we ordered completely different things. After I learned that Perfecto Rocher (the esteemed paella chef from the Lazy Ox) was no longer involved, my expectations were so tamped down that we didn't even try any of the paellas. The Majorcan fish stew was pretty good, but the lack of any decent sangrias came as a surprise.

Jul 28, 2013
DoogDoof in Los Angeles Area

Spanish Paella in West LA

I love Tar and Roses and have been wanting to try this, but the paella dinner is only available for tables of 4+ and has to be scheduled at least a week in advance. What was your experience? What kind of paella is it? What are the other 2 courses (appetizer & dessert, I assume)? Did you have any problems scheduling it? It sounds great.

Jul 28, 2013
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Best place to gorge on raw oysters in LA?

Has anyone eaten at the L&E Oyster Bar? I'd like to check it out. Like the review says, it sounds like oyster nirvana.

May 01, 2012
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Best Omakase in Los Angeles for $100?

I consider J.L. an authority on this subject and agree with his suggestion of Kimagure Ike. Excellent quality fish and in very generous portions, for only $80. Kiriko also has an excellent omakase, less than $100/pp when I was there, and would probably work within your budget. That said, I say spring for a few extra bucks and get the top LA sushi experience at Sushi Zo or Mori.

Also, nobody has mentioned the new Shunji's on Pico. While somewhat more of a kaiseki dining experience, we had a phenomenal omakase for only $80/pp. I'm sure you could request a sushi-only omakase and have an outstanding meal for under $100.

Apr 09, 2012
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Shunji's --- Does it have a menu? or ...

I first ate at Shunji's a couple of weeks ago. We ordered omakase and received those dishes as part of our meal. Shunji's does have a menu, but I don't think those dishes are on it. Nor is the uni/squid/ink/truffle dish which has already garnered some attention. I suppose sampling special dishes like this are a primary reason for ordering omakase in the first place. At $80/pp, I think it is actually a pretty good deal, especially considering the superlative quality, and I would highly recommend it.

That said, we got the impression that Shunji's is eager to do business and fulfill the needs of their clientele, whether it be a full omakase meal, or simply sushi a la carte, and even just sake tasting. Talk to Shunji and he may fulfill any special requests you may have.

Apr 09, 2012
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