220-33 Northern Blvd, Bayside
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Hours: Monday through Thursday from 11a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11a.m. to Midnight.
If you’re looking to get a taste of Spanish cuisine with a high-end dining experience, then Marbella’s Restaurant in Bayside is the place for you.
I recently had the opportunity to sit down and try some of their delicious food at their location at 220-33 Northern Blvd.
My sister and I ate four of their dishes, two appetizers and two dinner entrees.
We started with mushrooms topped with cheese as well as mussels doused in a white wine cream sauce. Both starters were delicious, but I enjoyed the mussels a little bit more mainly due to the sauce that came with it.
There was an abundance of sauce available to pour on the mussels to add even more flavor. I even took part of the mushrooms right next to it and dipped that in the sauce as well. The portions for the appetizers were enough to warm us up while waiting for the main dishes, but not enough to fill our stomachs, which is a good thing. Sometimes restaurants serve a little too much as an appetizer, leaving less room for the main meal.
A short time after we finished the starters, the main courses were brought to our table. We had the Paella a la Valenciana, which is rice mixed with various seafood including mussels, clams and shrimp, chicken and sausage. We also had the Pollo a La Madrid, which is boneless chicken dipped in an egg batter and sautéed with lemon and wine sauce.
The chicken was cooked to perfection with a smooth cut with every bite. The sauce added flavor to the poultry but not enough to overpower the taste of the chicken, which is a positive. It served as a nice complement to the chicken.
My favorite part was without a doubt the paella. This typical Spanish dish is a potpourri of food gathered on one plate. You get delicious yellow rice along with meats and seafood that make the paella such a recommended dish when dining at a Spanish restaurant. Shrimp is perhaps my favorite seafood so that was without a doubt my favorite part of the dish. I wish there was more shrimp on the plate but part of the allure of paella is that you get a small taste of many types of food alongside the shrimp. They also served a side of yellow rice in case you want to throw even more rice on your plate.
Our stomachs were too full for dessert, but I can say for sure that the appetizer and main courses are top notch at Marbella. Combine that with a nice and courteous staff and you are in for a pleasant time if you dine at Marbella. I definitely recommend stopping by sometime.
– Luis Gronda