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Quick review: Sala Rosa (tapas/Spanish)

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Quick review: Sala Rosa (tapas/Spanish)

Mr F | Jun 28, 2006 02:23 PM

La Sala Rosa ["pink room"] (4848 St-Laurent, 514-844-4227).

Undeterred by the intimidating sounds and thunderous vibrations from an avant-garde sound check happening upstairs in the red (Rossa) room, our party of six ordered with moderation and restraint:

Grilled sardines: superb. If you've never quite "got" this dish, here's your chance to give it one last try.

Fried goat cheese with honey and caramelized onions (x2): just drop in for an order of these and nothing else sometime. Yum.

Fried chorizo: delish, could perhaps be done with a slightly spicier sausage but that's a quibble.

Fried calamari: OK. Small portion.

Garlic potatoes: not nearly enough garlic. Club Espagnol du Québec is the place for these.

Mushroom and asparagus salad: nice, but again a bit on the small side -- ideal for two. Large parties might try the garlic mushrooms instead (which, from memory, do have enough garlic).

Seafood paella (x2): decent, but I remain convinced that paella is best made at home. In this case, the seafood was properly cooked, but the rice was boring. The presence of baby carrots was simply strange (though not unwelcome to most of us). I suppose you have to take shortcuts in a restaurant kitchen, or the dish would take twice as long and cost twice as much. Order more tapas instead. There are roughly 40 to choose from, including about a dozen vegetarian options.

Dinner for six with a litre of house wine (the ubiquitous Nobella, about $21), including all taxes: $125. The meal took just the right amount of time: from the end of the soundcheck to the beginning of the show.

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