Hangzhou: La Pedrera

10 Mar

For our final meal in Hangzhou we ate at La Pedrera, a highly rated Spanish restaurant in Hangzhou. I know it sounds a little silly, but we decided we had enough of Hangbang Cai and needed a break. It’s housed in a three story bungalow in Baishaquan and it seems inspired by the one and only Antonio Gaudi since it’s named after one of his buildings (otherwise known as Casa Mila). Also note the mini replica of the mosaic lizard from Parc Guell!

We were seated on the second floor and though it was a Monday evening, there restaurant was about half full though we were the only ones in our corner so that was nice. Brightly painted walls, Tiffany lamps and more mosaic themed plates and menus…it did feel a little faux Spain like, so props to the restaurant for that!

The menu had the usual suspects of tapas, paellas and even fideuas. Check out the logo of the place which is the outline of the actual La Pedrera building. Cute!

We ordered half a jug of sangria which was probably the best 80RMB I have ever spent. It was good not just by China standards, but by any standards! The fruit and spice flavour was just nice. And 80RMB for almost five glasses is just a ridiculous deal!

This was the mystery amuse bouche that I think could be foie gras with parmesan (if my memory didn’t fail me). Not bad really though it looks a little unappetising!

Then we were given some pan con tomato, one of my all time favourite tapas! While I wished the bread was served hot and toasted, the tomato filling was nice and sweet. Hard to get such freshness in Singapore.

Our first tapas of prawns with garlic, white wine and olive oil did not disappoint. Prawns were sweet and fresh.

The ham and cheese croquettes were okay but I thought the breadcrumbs were too big (like panko crumbs). It was a generous portion though at 5 pieces.

Of course, the highlight of the night would have been the sizzling hot seafood paella for two which had prawns, clams, bits of chicken and bell peppers. Expectations were very high because of the many rave reviews. It was quite a wet paella (so no soccarat there) and could do with a bit more salt, but the seafood was fresh and overall flavour wise it was almost there. I felt that it was better than most of the Spanish places I’ve tried in Singapore and we’re in China so that’s quite admirable.

Overall, I thought it was not bad and probably as good as Spanish food can get in China out of cosmopolitan cities like Shanghai and Beijing. Would come back again just for the killer Sangria!

Price: $$ (~400 RMB for 2 pax)
Location: 4 Baishaquan, Shuguang Road, Hangzhou 310007, China (5 mins walk from Tea Boutique Hotel)
Tel: +86 571 8886 6089

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