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Review: Segovia Restaurant (Spanish food)


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Review: Segovia Restaurant (Spanish food)

Jonathan C | Nov 27, 2003 02:09 AM

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a request for suggestions Spanish food downtown. No one posted a reply before my wife and I decided to try Segovia. Segovia is located on a small street (almost an alleyway) called St. Nicolas which is just west of Yonge at Wellsley.

The restaurant is quite large and on the Friday evening when we were there, about 50% full. We were served by a very nice Spanish gentleman. My wife ordered a mixed salad ($6.00) as appetizer while I had the casserole of snails ($6.50) from the tapas menu. We shared a paella marinara for entree.

My wife's salad was a substantial tossed salad of mixed greens with a sherry vinegarette. Very fresh greens and the light dressing was very tasty. My snails came in a sauce that I can only describe as murky (in a good way). It seemed to have a red wine base although it did not have a overtly "winey" taste. The menu describes it as having chorizo and cumin. I don;t recall running into any slices of chorizo although a small amount may have been diced up to form the foundation of the sauce, although again, I don't recall the sauce being at all "chunky". The cumin was noticeable and added nicely to the sauce. The snails had obvious been cooked for a while and were very tender. Both good starts.

The paella for two ($35.00) was huge! Lots of shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels in the shell and little clams out of the shell. It was almost too much seafood compared to rice, if you can imagine that. Both rice and see food were nicely cooked. All too often I find the seafood has been cooked to death leaving hard little rubber pellet-like things that once were scallops, etc. This was not an issue at Segovia.

We had a half-liter of the house red ($15). It was a pleasant and very light red which is not available in the LCBO. It reminded me a little of a Beaujolais, if you can believe that. Very light, fruity, no tannins. Not memorable but pleasant. I've had quite a few Spanish wines but I don't think I've ever had anything like it before.

We didn't have any dessert as we were far too full.

Dinner pre-tax/tip was just over $60. Overall impression is that Segovia a pleasant, although unexceptional, place. The seasoning seemed a little timid after the garlic-fest my wife and I are used from our days in New York. Worth a visit but I don't think it will get into the regular rotation of restaurant visits for my wife and I.


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