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Boston — By Maria Olia on April 19, 2010 at 10:53 pm
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Stylish: Tapas at Solea

A trip to  Solea in the Boston suburb of Waltham  may be the next best thing to round trip tickets to the Costa del Sol. Solea is a convivial spot to enjoy Spanish small plates, or tapas , and the beautiful dining room with exposed wood beams, colorful tiles, and murals exudes authenticity. 

The menu is extensive and well-priced with more than 40 cold and hot tapas to choose from. Put together a meal composed of several tapas-3 or 4 dishes  per person is just about right. The staff is helpful and will give guidance if you ask.  Of course, you will find the classic  tortilla espanola ($4.50), the potato and egg omelet that you will find at nearly every bar or lunch counter in Spain. Another must-have? The plato mixta($16)  with jamon serrano (the Spanish version of prosciutto)  along with a selection of Spanish cheeses, roasted red peppers and olives. Another can’t miss choice is the patatas bravas ($5),  fried fingerling potatoes in a spicey tomato sauce . And the palta reina ($8.50), an avocado stuffed with crab, mango and cilantro is a delicious combination. For diners less familiar with Spanish cuisine, the tasty  artichoke and spinach fritters ($5) and grilled calamari ($6.50) will please.  A glass -or better yet- a carafe of sangria is the perfect accompaniment. There are a few robust entrees on the menu too-there are two versions of paella. And if you still have room, try the chocolate almond cake with fresh berries and cream for dessert.

Solea Restaurant and Tapas Bar, 388 Moody St., Waltham, 781-894-1805 (Map),

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PlanetEye Boston received a complimentary meal to review.

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