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My 2c on Barca 18

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My 2c on Barca 18

JulesEV | Dec 2, 2005 03:46 PM

Bottom line: I wouldn't rave, but it ain't bad.

The room is pleasant, if a bit corporate-chain feeling. The service is competent, though again in chain-style it has a hustle bustle feel, with busboys and food runners hurrying about.

The food is sometimes good and sometimes boring. I only had tapas, so can't speak to the quality of the paella. The anchovy tapa was tasty & satisfying salty, over rolled-up leaves of romaine lettuce and with some type of vinaigrette. The fried calamari were pleasingly tender, but lacked adequate crunch. The shrimp & orange salad just didn't have that much going for it in terms of strength of flavor, and there weren't enough of the main ingredients.

Desserts were a bit better. Churros were crunchy on the outside, soft & warm on the inside, and great when dipped in the accompanying orange-hot chocolate. The baked apple was pretty basic, stuffed with raisins & a bit too sweet.

I had a nice glass of a Cabernet/Temprenillo blend.

On my Park Ave S. new spot tour, I'm set to hit Barbounia with a group next week, so I'll report back.

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