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House of Spain in Merrick, LI ~ ~ ~Beware!!!


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House of Spain in Merrick, LI ~ ~ ~Beware!!!

kj oconnor | Jun 22, 2005 11:49 AM

First off, just want to point out that I really didn't want to go here-my date claimed a Spanish friend raved about how great their Paella was.
I would have been happier at "Koban" (a really great sushi place, FYI) three doors down, but variety is the spice...etc.
Anyway, there we are on a Saturday night, the place is basically deserted, except for us and one other table.
We ordered 2 appetizers: shrimp in green sauce, clams in spicy red sauce-both edible, but far from memorable. Ordered two main courses: Paella (super-salty, but somewhat edible) and a bizarre veal dish (highly recommended by our distracted, yet seemingly trustyworthy waiter) The veal was so tough, neither one of us could manage to eat it. A bitter starchy, gel-like sauce resplendant with soggy frozen vegtables added to the shock value. It was so bad that it was actually funny. Especially since we had originally planned on just splitting the Paella (we had the two appetizers) but found out there was a hefty sharing fee (6-7dollars) for the extra plate.
Normally, I would have sent the veal back, but after the sad appetizers, crumby Paella and half a pitcher of erzatz Sangria, I just wanted to leave-any possible replacement would have been just as unsatisfying.
Besides, believe it or not, I felt a liitle sorry for the place, it was kind of sad, it being so empty on a Saturday night. So we paid the $85.00(!) tab-plus tip and left.
So just a warning, if you want a lot of laughs, and are seriously dieting, check out this dusty old throwback!
Me, I'm running back to my trusty Sushi joint, where it's never a rip-off and the food *shines*!!!

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