Tablao: the passion of Spanish Mediterranean cuisine

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Flamenco dancing at Tablao

An evening dining at Tablao is not just great dining it is a unique experience that will make you feel that you are in Spain.  Tablao is located on Washington Street in  South Norwalk  Ct. and is part of the exciting SONO dining and entertainment scene.   This urban chic restaurant evokes an intimate feel with its exposed brick walls, dark floors,  and the hostess stand crafted from wine barrels.  The decor creates a touch of Spain with modern  urban touches to create a comfortable dining venue.

The menu is a combination of Spanish Mediterranean influences of both land and sea offerings.  There are a nice assortment of tapas (small plates), entrees of fresh seafood and beef, as well as traditional family style paellas.   There is also a wine bar with an extensive selection of wines from around the globe with emphasis on wines from Spain and South America.  Cool cocktails and craft beers are also available.  Sangria both white and red is a favorite and can be ordered by the pitcher for your table.

I dined at Tablao on a Thursday evening and chose from a menu two starters, paella to share and a pitcher of white sangria.   I chose the white sangria which was refreshing and had delightful citrus notes.

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My first starter was the Gambas ala Plancha , grilled shrimp with chickpea puree and vegetables in a subtle vinaigrette .  A mouth-watering dish that  and a pleasant presentation as well.

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The next appetizer I would recommend was the Hanger Steak in a green chimichurri sauce.  A nice flavorful dish as the sauce perfectly complimented the beef.   There are so many great choices on the menu it was hard to pick just two.

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The main entrée I selected was the Paella Mediterranean de Mariscos.  A large beautifully displayed dish of lobster, clams, mussels, scallops, shrimp, and fish of the day with rice.  This paella stays true to its Spanish roots and was a perfectly crafted dish with generous amounts of seafood.

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Seafood Paella

For a real treat, Thursday evenings include Spanish style entertainment with an authentic Flamenco dancer and Spanish guitarist.  This performance was a wonderful addition to our evening and really infuses Tablao with a true feel of passion.  For a moment I was not in South Norwalk, but was transported to a city in Spain or in South America.  For a magical of evening of great food and entertainment, please visit Tablao.

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Tablao   Wine Bar and Restaurant

86 Washington Street South Norwalk Ct

tel. 203.939.9602            website:    http://www.tablaosono.com

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