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Spain Restaurant Echo Park

lil mikey | Jul 15, 200506:49 PM

I’ve read about Spain Restaurant here on Chowhound, and most of the reviews were pretty negative. But I’ve always wanted to try it. So today was the day.

I’d read the empañadas were good, so when they came, I was looking forward to them. But the smell of the other dish I ordered, the mushrooms with Serrano ham, quickly took away my attention and I broke off a piece of crusty French bread and dipped it into the tasty white wine sauce.

Oh boy. This was really good. The sauce was a simple onion, garlic, white wine sauce, and the saltiness of the Serrano ham perfectly balanced the tanginess of the wine. The mushrooms were firm, but tender, and they provided enough body to carry the sauce.

The empañadas were less thrilling. They weren’t particularly greasy, but somehow tasted fatty. The ham and cheese empanada was just that: ham and cheese. There wasn’t much to get excited about. The other empañada, which I didn’t start until I had finished the first one, started off great, as there were actually some peppers in there to season it a little. But to my disappointment, it was chicken. I had ordered beef. It would have been okay except that the chicken meat was very dry and it really needed the peppers to even keep the saliva going.

I think this is a place to go with several people and order a series of appetizers. If they’re anywhere near as good as the mushroom dish, it should be a great meal. I plan to go back and try more of the appetizers.

The two dishes, with a diet coke was $14.03 before tip.

Spain Restaurant
1866 Glendale Boulevard (at the terminus of the 2 freeway)
Echo Park
(3230 667-9045

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