This empanada was decent but I couldn’t get over the weird mayonnaise-y(?) mystery salad that came with it. It was sour and kinda fizzy and it grossed me out! I think the empanada would’ve worked better just with the mixed greens. Tapa $8 Canela, San Francisco CA
House-made pickled onion, sofrito, and farmer’s sheep cheese. $16 Canela, San Francisco CA
This was SO good! The crumbled chorizo had so much flavor, and the sheep cheese and pickled onions were perfect counterpoinst. The coca was crispy and buttery around the edges and perfectly baked. NOMS!
Flash fried organic spanish padron peppers with chunky sea salt. Tapa $10 Canela, San Francisco CA
Mmm, I LOVE padron peppers. They are readily available here at farmers’ markets and grocery stores and they’re super easy to prepare. I love cooking them at home, but I’ll still order them at restaurants because they’re that yummy!
Lamb stew on seasoned quinoa cakes. Tapa $11 Canela, San Francisco
This was an interesting dish. I guess we didn’t know what to expect when we ordered it, but a pulled lamb stew wasn’t it. It tasted good and the quinoa cakes were really cool. They were underneath and they had a great texture. The dish was on the small side and dull looking. It needed some additional color.
Layers of creamy potato, egg and onion, side salad. Tapa $7 Canela, San Francisco
I love Spanish tortillas, and this was pretty good but the portion was a little on the small side even considering that it was a “tapa” size. They could have done away with the salad “garnish” and had larger slices of the tortilla instead.
Shrimp with smoky paprika, sherry and lemon. Tapa $9 Canela, San Francisco
This was a different take on the gambas al ajillo that you normally get at other Spanish tapas restaurants. The smoky paprika added a lot of flavor and gave the broth a beautiful red color. The lemon wedge is also cooked into the sauce and gave the broth a nice citrus-y taste. The shrimp were cooked a little more than I would have liked, but the sauce made up for it. Ask for additional bread to soak it all up!
Tried out Canela for a pre-birthday celebration for Silverfox. My roommate had already been here and said that it was pretty good. We’re planning to have a nicer dinner in San Juan next week to really celebrate Silverfox’s birthday but it’s nice to go out and have a dinner closer to the actual date of his special day.
With apple, manchego cheese, walnut, flat leaf parsley, lemon, olive oil, egg. $8 Canela, San Francisco
This salad was really refreshing. I loved all the different components but I have to say that the Italian parsley was killer in this salad! In combination with the lemon, it really helped to brighten up the salad and gave it a fanastic flavor. I would definitely order this again!
Red sangria. Bottle $21
I really enjoyed this sangria. It was overly sweet and the wine that they used had a great flavor. It wasn’t too bitter or funky tasting. Noms!