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Great Paella in Fresno, CA

kim c | May 27, 200403:21 PM

Polar Bear was right! La Paella was wonderful. First of all, let me say that the new location is just gorgeous. The inside and ambiance of this place looks like something right out of Napa! Polar Bear, if you haven't been to this location (Champlain & Perrin) you must do so soon!

We had an outstanding waiter who is taking classes at Fresno State (viticulture) to be a wine steward and he was great. He offered us a complimentary wine tasting of three different reds from Spain. All were very good, we chose the El Chaparral Old Vines Grenache (2001)which was very silky and smooth.

The bread is served with a small side of a very nice spread that consists of roma tomatoes, garlic and sherry. It was a little bland, but still went nicely with the warm, soft homemade bread.

The salad was very good, I chose the wet-dry dressing that was oil & vinegar with lots of fresh, crumbled bleu cheese.

For my entree I chose the Paella Valenciana which is the "national" dish of Spain consisting of saffron rice with shrimp, clams, mussels, chicken, beef and pork. It is served in a very large paella pan and this would be great for two to share. ( I ended up taking half home for lunch the next day.)

For dessert we shared the "Tres Leche" (three-milk bundt cake that was topped with carmalized bananas, whipped cream and vanilla bean ice cream. Very good and the carmalized bananas were prepared just right.

The bill for two with tip was a little over $50. I know that this place will be a habit we will like getting used to! A little touch of Spain , right in our own backyard! ***kim***

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