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Costa del Sol (Hartford)

westie | Apr 30, 201503:02 AM

The passage of time invariably brings changes, some for the better and some for the worse. Though we have been frequenting this Spanish-inspired restaurant for approximately 25 years, it has been almost 4 years since we last crossed its threshold. The small parking lot was nearly filled to capacity at 12:30PM on a Wednesday afternoon while the dining room continues to be bright and inviting (no change). We were soon led to a table for 2 and, after a minimal wait, our server provided menus and recited the day's specials. In short order a busser delivered ice water and a basket of very unremarkable bread and a saucer of olive oil (no change). As I scanned the appetizer list, piquillos rellenos de ensalada de txanguro caught my eye, if not my tongue. After receiving the required approval from my wife, I pointed to its menu location while simultaneously nodding my head up and down. Who says I cannot do more than one thing at the same time? The piquillo pepper, filled with Basque style crab salad over an avocado, chistora (dried sausage) bean salad, was refreshing both to the palate and eye. We also ordered paella de la casa as an entree that was cooked to order in approximately 30 minutes. The rice, cooked in a saffron and seafood broth, was both tender and delicious (good change) as was the chicken, mussels, chorizo, little necks and shrimp. Though menu prices are high (bad change), so to was the quality of our meal (better change).

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