For lunch the other day Jonathan took me to this place in Santa Monica that is right next door to our, and that always pass by without a second thought because I think that the giant barrel tables in the window are kind of cheesy. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the food is amazing! I guess this was definitely a case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Cheesy décor aside, everything was so good. We stopped in just before I had to go to work so we ordered everything at once. First out were the steamed mussels with spicy butter, blue cheese, chorizo, and toasted bread for mopping up the sauce. The mussels were big green grey specimens with big chunks of chorizo in tomato sauce coming out of open shells. The crumbled blue cheese was different but a nice touch. As if adding cheese to a dish was ever a bad thing. The tomato sauce was tangy and sharp, so the blue cheese, spicy chorizo, and garlic flavors created a perfect harmony for the mussels.
Then out came the Scallop Ceviche with sweet pickled fennel, pickled radish, flower petals, and fried capers. There were so many interesting flavors going on I couldn’t make up my mind about the dish. It was beautifully plated, what with the flower petals and nude and pastel colors, and it was primarily sweet and sour, and the fried capers added a slightly muted savory salty flourish. It was definitely different, and I think I liked it, as I do most things. I do recommend eating the flower petals with your bites, just to mix things up a bit because really how often does one get the chance to eat flowers?
The Seafood Paella then showed up in a skillet with bomba rice, prawns, crabs, mussels, lemon wedges, and parsley. So good, so filling, we clearly went with a very seafood themed lunch, but I love seafood so I have no complaints. Even though it is a large rice based entrée, the flavors are light with a hint of citrus.
Everything was so good we talked about it all through lunch and then some afterwards as well. Looking forward to going back soon and trying it out for dinner. I wouldn’t be sad though if they decided to replace the barrel tables. Also, another lunch time plus is that it is not very crowded, especially during the weak.
Taberna Arros Y Vi
1403 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Monday 5:00–11:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00–11:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00–11:00 pm
Thursday 5:00–11:00 pm
Friday 5:00–11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00–11:00 pm
Sunday 5:00–11:00 pm