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Battle: L.A. paella

JL | Oct 9, 2005 04:12 AM

Ever in search of decent paella in L.A. and environs, I tried 2 paellas this week I haven't tried before.

First, Mimosa (on Beverly). They have paella night every Wednesday. The servers and chef kindly honored my request for the paella to be done on the dry side (as it should be - paella porridge sucks). However, points were dinged for not using the medium-short grain arborio rice. Mimosa opted for the long-grain. There was also a lack of flavor in the rice. They skimped a bit on the saffron as well. Final grade: C+

Then, I had the Pig Roast & Paella Friday night at Norman's (on Sunset) yesterday. Virbila from the L.A. Times just mentioned it in a writeup recently, and boy, the patio was packed! The pig was nice - lots of flavor, done just right. Their paella, made with arborio rice, was definitely the right consistency, but just a bit soggy and tasted somewhat sour, for some reason. They were generous with the saffron. The calamari was a bit underdone, but I didn't mind that. Final grade: B

The quest continues... Any of you 'Hounds know of any great hole-in-the-wall paellas?

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