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Sabor of Spain Vinoteca

pm | Oct 7, 200510:26 PM

I finally had a chance to eat there last weekend - on Fourth St. in San Rafael. I was eagerly anticipating the meal given that I got a tour inside during construction, and one of the owners was eagerly describing the impending offerings.

Saturday evening w/o a reservation, we dined at the bar. The bartender provided decent enough service.

The food:
Assorted Tabla - it was good. I know that the US Gov't is protecting us by not allowing much Spanish ham in the country, and we are all so much safer for it (as the nose grows) - but the ham, while good, wasn't even close to much of what you get in España.

First bowl of olives are complimentary, with the bread.

We shared a plate of seared swordfish fillet. It was very good.

We then shared the paella, which bordered on sending it back to the kitchen. It seemed to be placed in the small paella pan for show, and was way too soupy. I did make constructive comment to our server to tell the kitchen. The dish stayed on the bill - we should have just sent it back. An insult at $18.

The couple next to us seemed to not like their tortilla very much, but loved the mussels (or maybe it was a plate of clams).

The chocolate cake was very good.

Wines - quite a varied selection, all español. We tried (by the glass) a rose, and 2 tempranillos. All very good.

The Chron had a review today of the place. Pretty accurate, although I suppose we were lucky we didn't get a table!

Link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

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