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BarLola Pleasant Surprise - Quite Excellent

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BarLola Pleasant Surprise - Quite Excellent

StriperGuy | Apr 23, 2006 07:59 PM

Was at a birthday party at Bar Lola last night and was very pleasantly surprised.

As a rule, I am pretty demanding when it comes to tapas, but to a morsel, everything was pretty darned good.

The previously mentioned croquets were superb, (with warm sauce.)

Piquillo peppers stuffed with crab, nice, tasty, good bit of crab.

Canelloni stuffed with spinach, pine nuts, and bathed in bechamel; superb and a nice contract between the rich sauce and the simple filling. A couple from Barcelona commented that they executed this Catalan dish as well as any place in Spain.

Totally respectable tortilla espanola.

Bunuelos, were good if not really notable. The garlic may was well made.

Empanadas de pollo were some of the best I've had this side of Spain, 'nuf said.

Jamon Serrano with a chunk of Manchego was not too notable. Jamon was not the best I've had and the Manchego did not have that cheddary zing that good Manchego has. As a rulle I would skip this particular tapa here.

Oh, and some of the better sangria I've had stateside as well.

Perhaps not quite on the level of Taberna de Haro across the board, but right up there. And because they have quite a few traditional things that are not on the menu at TDH, they get extra points.

Additionally, I have always love this space through it's various incarnations and they have outdoor dining in the summer.

This place is now very high on my list for a repeat visit. In short, an excellent addition to the Boston scene. They seem to have gotten some of the kinks out from their opening.

For those interested, on a Saturday night there was quite a happening bar scene going on.

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