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It’s been way too long since I visited Spain, but when I walked through the doors recently of La Marcha Tapas Bar in Berkeley, I felt as if I was back in that vibrant, energetic country.
Or perhaps I should say, nudged my way through the doors, because on a Sunday even before 5 p.m., the place was packed and the host was having to turn people away. Fortunately, my husband and I had reservations for an early dinner, of which we paid our own tab. Read More.
“Ready to sate that tapas craving? Here are five fantastic restaurants where the sangria and small plates are as fabulous as the ambience, from San Francisco’s dazzling Bellota to Berkeley’s paella paradise, La Marcha.”
Read more: https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/28/5-of-the-best-spanish-restaurants-and-tapas-bars-in-the-sf-bay-area/
“This Spanish delight from the team behind acclaimed caterer Ñora Cocina Española does double duty as a mecca for both tapas and paella, offered in varieties from the traditional mixta (prawns, chicken, chorizo, garlic, peppers) to the inventive “tres cerditos” (three little pigs) featuring pork chorizo, shoulder, and belly. The classic tapas are also out in full force-from grilled head-on garlic shrimp and salt cod croquettes with nutty romesco, to tortilla Española. Located on busy San Pablo Avenue, the lively space offers enticements for groups of all sizes: foursomes can make the most of the sizable paellas, while a duo of happy hours offer discounts on wine at the L-shaped bar and a selection of free tapas, perfect for solo diners or couples.” Read the review here.
– BY MICHAEL BAUER, SF CHRONICLE
Michael Bauer, the rockstar of critics, headed to La Marcha in Berkeley, where “paella is the star.” He enjoyed them all, but his favorite was the arroz negro. “The flavors explode in the mouth,” he wrote of the sensual dining experience. On the tapas side of the menu, he most enjoyed the chicken wings, patatas bravas, meatballs and octopus.”