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Best Paella Miami 2006 - La Dorada

La Dorada

La Dorada

177 Giralda Ave.

Coral Gables, FL 33134

305-446-2002

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"The sign of good paella is really in the rice," says Beatrice Bajares, owner of Spanish restaurant La Dorada. "It's the same as with pasta. If pasta is not cooked al dente it tastes bad." And to get the rice right, explains Bajares, a good paella must be prepared fresh, slowly, and on the premises. La Dorada offers two varieties of the dish: a traditional fish and shellfish version, and a black paella cooked with squid, baby calamari, and fish. Every evening around 11:15 p.m. (5:15 a.m. in Spain), Bajares phones her contacts in the Spanish port city of Malaga as the daily fish market opens. She ascertains what seafood the fishermen have that morning and then places an order according to her needs. "The fish are put on ice and flown from Malaga to Madrid to Miami that day," she informs. "The razor clams arrive at the restaurant still alive." In addition to the best rice and just-off-the-boat seafood, she says La Dorada uses only fresh saffron and high-quality extra virgin olive oil. The paella costs $26 per person and is worth every penny.
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CJ
CJ

I had Paella at the MS walk in Coral Gables from Palla of Miami/ Paella of Naples and it was the best I had! I grabbed a card and they only cater but the prices for over 100 are from 5-7 bucks a person. for 20 it runs about $12-15 but so worth it. Instead of paying 50 -get a bunch of friends together at a beach or house or park and have this guy cook you the best paella ever right in front of you! and it will be fresh!305-742-8987

Melissa Victoria
Melissa Victoria

The paella was brought to our table 10 minutes after ordering which means that it was not cooked fresh and that they have a big batch of the stuff somewhere in the back waiting to be plated. Not worth the price tag, I've had better, though it was in Spain when I had it, so I'm not too sure that counts.

Giancarlo Bianchi
Giancarlo Bianchi

this place was good, you'll miss the location unless you look hard enough. dont go dressed in shorts and a tee, the inside atmosphere will make you feel like a douche for doing so. the paella (for 2) is great, though not for the 50+4tax+8.50tip price tag. i think new times got this one wrong, i mean, for 50 bucks you tend to expect a lot more food, but you dont. in the end you realize that you spent more money on the presentation than on the actual dish.

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