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Posted by Fairly New to the Nabe on 03/11/2010
On my first trip, I found all the tapas I tried to be excellent. The owner recommended the calamari in garlic sauce. If I eat them at all, I usually have them fried, but these were fantastic! On susbsequent visits, both the waitstaff and the owner remembered us and were very attentive. I've never had a bad meal there! A selection of hot and cold tapas give you nice variety and are all really tasty! As someone else said, snobs should stay home, tho.
Posted by Pilar Enright on 01/10/2010
After several visits to Sol y Sombra with three to four companions, I can recommend this restaurant without reservation. I especially wish to highlight the Tapas. They are varied, delicious, nutritious, AND quite substantial. Indeed, I have never ordered a regular entree at Sol y Sombra. Each time, our group has ordered a variety of tapas, salads to share, and red wine, and we've been rewarded with a fulfilling and nourishing meal. The courtesy appetizers served are exciting and prepare you for the flavor feast to follow. Do explore the offerings. You will be gratified whatever your selection. Service is friendly, professional, and relaxed, and though I'm not big on desserts, I have sampled a few from among my friends' choices. They too are simply delicious. I hope you will take me up on my recommendation. I wish you "¡Buen provecho! Thank you.
Posted by raquelspa on 10/14/2009
I just ate there tonight and I will definitely be back very soon! I had the shrimp in garlic sauce and my friend had the arroz con pollo(chicken and rice). We started with an artichoke heart appetizer and a white asparagus appetizer. Two friends of mine ate there last night and thought the food was so good that they recommended it to us. The food was fresh and delicious and the service was phenomenal. They even said good night at the door when leaving.
Posted by YJ on 08/29/2009
This visit wasn't my first here, and I don't remember it being this poor last time. Did it take some kind of a very sharp down turn? Service was very pushy (no need to keep asking us if we're not selecting from today's special), but that wasn't even the main issue. The seafood in the Paella Marinera was clearly very old. Before the waiter even set it down on the table, I was hit with the fishy, passing-by-China Town-fish-monger-in-summer odor. I managed to put some in my mouth, and they had the distinctive freezer smell. So did the peas. And what kind of paella has so much liquid the bottom was completely covered in soup? It's supposed to be crisp on the bottom! The whole thing tasted so stale, I felt like even the rice tasted like cardboard. Argh. I left more than half of my dish, and the bus boy was stunned when I didn't want the rest to go. I was already feeling sick in my stomach by then. I do love good food and can be picky, but I haven't had such food in a very long time. I will never go back - and we live in the neighborhood! So glad we went with a coupon... Otherwise I would have definitely complained to the manager. Now I have to go back to Socarrat to erase this memory of disappointing paella.
Posted by marcia maria on 08/22/2009
I don't think in my decades of restaurant eating, I have ever before had a menu thrown at the table and been treated as sullenly. If anyone has associated with this restaurant has ever been near Spain, I will eat my sombrero! The food was edible, but that was it. The croquetas were terrible, tiny and therefore way too much crust and oil for what was supposed to inside. The pulpo and alcachofas at least bore some resemblance to the real thing. Stay away.
Posted by upperwestfoodie on 08/21/2009
I ordered some stuff from here to go. The dishes were all seafood-shrimp, mussels, calamari, clams, scallops, and lobster-6 dishes altogether. The scallops and lobster were really really overcooked...enough to make me want to write this review. The calamari and mussels also overcooked but not as much. The flavors on the dishes in the seasoning and sauces were really good but the poor cooking of the seafood totally ruined the dish. If they were cooked well, like the shrimp and clams pretty much were, the dishes would have been really, really good. I was actually pretty upset at how overcooked it was because of how good the flavors were. I haven't eaten there, so it might only be a take out thing, but it was so overcooked that I doubt it. Anyway, seems like a cool place with an upbeat, but relaxed vibe. I just hope they work on the cooking temps a bit...
Posted by Anonymous on 06/24/2009
to the previous reviewer...you need to lighten up when you go out to eat. as you said yourself, there was nothing wrong with the dish, it just wasn't what you liked. if they cooked it right and you ordered something you never had or knew if you liked you are in the wrong. stay home because you drive everyone you're out to eat with and everyone in the restaurant mad. learn how to at least pretend you have class, please, for the sake of us all