Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bomba Paella Bar on Martin Road

Paella Valencia

This place has gotten a lot of attention in the past couple of months, and we finally found time to get down here tonight for dinner (38 Martin Road, 6509-1680). The good thing is that all of the praise for their signature paella is warranted. The savory rice was bursting with saffron, all with a firm texture as well as those deliciously crispy edges. I was surprised at how quickly it came out too, seeing how long it usually takes to cook these things.

Unfortunately, the rest of the items that we got was a letdown, particularly the gambas al ajillo, which was overdressed and featuring less-than-desirable prawns, so much that I couldn't eat more than just one or two of them. The pulpo was tender but surprisingly lacking that signature dusting of pimentón. I suppose that it was a more modern interpretation of the dish, especially given that it was served on a bed of mashed potatoes with capers.

Anyway, the interesting thing is that this place is the exact converse of Los Primos: the latter is strong in tapas but forgettable in paella, whereas I liked the paella here but could pass on everything else. That can only mean one thing: go to Los Primos for tapas first, and then come here later for paella. And be sure to order a large next time since this small one was basically just a single serving.

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