eatShayne’s recommends | Paella de Mariscos at Salamanca Restaurant, Barcelona Spain

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After a continuous eating,EatShayne’s a self-confessed food lover and eat-aholic, has been spurred on a ten consecutive feast. Read about her fabulous third day out culinary adventures in her restaurant review. This and more in Barcelona Spain!” Hope you enjoy it!

SO you think that two days in a row feast eat-the-way-your-heart-desire days of Caga Tio and Christmas day was enough to make me tummy-rubbing? Well i guess not, as another precious and delicioso dish is waiting to be tasted and eaten after our tour from Sagrada Familia as we were hungry for more.

If there’s one place I’d love to huddle up PERMANENTLY that cool cloudy festive season, it’s Salamanca Restaurant at Almirall Cervera, 34, 27 ( nearby Barceloneta). The restaurant “Salamanca” has a capacity for 550 guests, divided into two levels. It is so famous that this restaurant have been flown and visited by rich and famous people from all over the world just to have and eat their super yummy and uncomparable paella, trust me, its out of this world!!! and I strongly recommend you to try for yourself.

Outside, the fresh and still alive beautiful creation of the sea were displayed. As soon as we get in, it was like completely out of this world hence it’s boxing day and the place was extremely full and the staff where running like headless chicken, but every little inch of it feels quaint, cozy, homely, full of character, and…full of picture frames.

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Hence, it was boxing day,”Salamanca” Restaurant offers a set menu which I doubt you or me can finish, its insanely huge and alot (even this family who ordered it wasn’t able to finish) and all I and Jordi wants is to their Paella Mariscos. And by the power of our flowering tongue, we manage to get it.

While waiting we were served with this smokey longaniza and a crunchy, juicy and remarkably flavorful pan con tomate (bread with tomato), simply toasted bread rubbed with ripe tomato, then drizzled with olive oil and a bit of salt. It is one of the simplest, the most well-loved, the most widely eaten and the most famous dishes from Cataluña. In Catalan, it is called pa amb tomaquet and in Spanish, pan con tomate.

Pan con tomate and longanisa

I opt a Vichy Catalan for some time out of alcohol.

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Our Paella took some time to be ready,  but the pan con tomate and longaniza wont take any time to disappeare. oooops!?

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And finally our Palella de Mariscos has finally arrived.. ooh so divine, the waiter was like an angel approaching slow-motion in  our table carrying this tasty looking Paella.. Dont you just saw that size? its for two person ahhh.. whoa…

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By the way Paella is currently an internationally-known rice dish from Spain. It originated in the fields of a region called Valencia in eastern Spain. Today paella is made in every region of Spain, using just about any kind of ingredient that goes well with rice. There are as many versions of paella as there are cooks. It may contain chicken, pork, shellfish, fish, eel, squid, beans, peas, artichokes or peppers. Saffron, the spice that also turns the rice a wonderful golden color is an essential part of the dish. The traditional Paella Valenciana is for your information has rabbit, chicken and or snails, as well as beans and artichokes and not seafood. So order for Paella Mariscos if you opt for seafood.

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The waiter will carry this paella into your table to show you how tasty and super yummy it is 🙂 and then will walk out but will be back with plate of proportioned paella in our case it was two.

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It tasted like an amazing home cooked seafood paella! Every spoonful is an explosion of flavor, the sepia (cattle fish) was soft and not chewy at all, lobster was sadly a bit dry and tough, the shrimp-lobster looking sea creature that you can see on the lower left of the plate was incredibly sweet partner it with the perfectly cooked rice coated with blanket of thick and gooey flavorful gravy was just divinely cloud nine. I couldn’t stop eating this dish.  I was convinced that this was the best reason ever to cross from Middle East to west side of the world.  FYI, this is the kind of dish that sends you into mandatory hibernation or not, so if anyone was wondering why on earth I looked like a space cadet after having this.

We did not bother to order dessert as our jeans was tight enough signal that our middle compartment cannot accommodate anymore, but since it was boxing day, immediately after clearing out the plate the server place this assorted sweets in our table with some licor de Orujo

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And yet another magic that Barcelona gave me, with no reason at all the famous owner non other than Silvestre Sanchez popped up and came to our table, I did not waste my time and took my photo with him, who knows my photo will be one of those hanged in the wall along with the famous people who dined there when I come back to visit this place again 🙂

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Oh by the way, eatShayne’s whole name is Ronica Shayne Sanchez, he might be the long lost grand pa lol

BESOS y ABRAZOS!!

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