Costa Brava Bistro
Beer & Wine
5115 Bellaire Blvd [map]
L Mon–Fri. D Mon–Sat.

With a neighborly feel appropriate to its Bellaire locale, this cozy gem features a menu of elegant Spanish and French bites. We did a bit of fork-fighting over our appetizers: grilled octopus bites with patatas in a fruity olive oil and pimentón and a seafood salad of calamari, crab, and shrimp aside arugula and charred tomatoes. Likewise, we felt compelled to share our splendid entrées: short ribs braised in coffee and brandy with puréed parsnips; grilled quail stuffed with wild mushrooms atop haricots verts; beautiful lamb chops roasted medium-rare and served with a rich jus and sautéed spinach; and a lovely rendition of paella with mussels, shrimp, calamari, pork, and chicken. (3/14)


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