Wednesday, June 1, 2016

De Paella Spanish Restaurant @ Lebuh Melayu, Georgetown, Penang.

Don't be surprised if you could not locate the main entrance to De Paella, as the Spanish restaurant is housed within the two-storey pre-war heritage house along Lebuh Melayu. The restaurant's on the second floor, the first floor's occupied with a Chinese Steamboat Restaurant- Little Yong Sing Hot Pot. Push open the doors and you will welcomed by a server, if you wish to dine in De Paella, you will be escorted through the narrow path right beside the restaurant. Traipse yourself up the flight of stairs and you will find De Paella there. The soft but warm lighting seems to have set the tone perfectly but the distance between tables is too near. On the menu, it features some of the classic Spanish items like Paella, Octopus and Clams but the offerings are limited. We found most pleasure in the Paella. 

Spanish Paella (Rm 75.99/ serves 3)

De Paella resembles the name "Paella" so that would probably suggest the confidence level in serving Paella. True enough, their Paella did meet our expectation. In fact, we thought it was the greatest version that we have ever had! A must-order dish at De Paella.

The Spanish Seafood Rice was served in the standard pot and covered with all the lovely Seafood. The Rice was expertly cooked, every single bite of it possesses the al-dente texture, with a slightly uncooked characteristic in the middle of the Rice. The Seafood was fresh and succulent, the best part... they were perfectly cooked to the right doneness. We squeezed some fresh Lemon over the Paella and started to enjoy those near the edges... for the golden-brown delicate crust that we could possible scrape (from the sides of the pan). Every mouth was a burst of the Seafood essence. We can't get enough of the Paella and thought that the portion was rather inadequate (for 3 diners).

Pulpo A La Gallega/ Slow-cooked Octopus (Rm 17.99)

Tortilla Espanola/ Spanish Omelette (Rm 10.99)

Almejas Al Vino Blanco/ Clams cooked in Green Sauce and White Wine (Rm 18.99)

We had a few of their Spanish Tapas before our actual main and amongst the orders, Almejas Al Vino Blanco stood out. It has some Asian twist, particularly the Lemongrass and Bird's Eye Chilies but the overall flavor combination was a winner. There were many elements vying for attention (ie: Garlic, Basil and Lemongrass) but the overall package was comforting and toothsome. Our only complaint for the dish? A tad too greasy to our liking.

Pulpo A La Gallega was alright, the Octopus was tender but it barely registered any flavor. The overall impression was... elusive. Tortilla Espanola was disappointingly average. It lacked of the salinity or the fact that the dish was mere Potato with Egg, the pull factor was weak for us. Unless necessary, we'd recommend to skip the Tapas and go straight to their Paella.

Chocolate Truffles (Rm 12.99)

Some of De Paella's signature desserts were not available on our visit so we had to settle for their Chocolate Truffles. The chocolaty-creamy Truffles were served with some tangy Lime froth, the acidity counter-balanced the sweetness of the Chocolate. The sweet ending was dramatic but given they come in hefty price tag, we are unsure if we would order again....

Luis Felipe Edwards Pupilla Chardonnay (Rm 75.99/ bottle)

Taste: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 7/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 5.5/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: No

Additional Information:
Address: 31 & 33, Lebuh Melayu, 10300, Georgetown, Penang. 
Business Hours: 6 pm to 12 am. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 604- 263 6333

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