San Chez Bistro

I’ve been craving Spanish food and some good paella ever since Spring Break 2016, when I got the opportunity to spend some time in Barcelona. Ever since I heard about San Chez, I’ve been meaning to go give it a try, but given its price range, suffice to say it’s a place that I’d only visit for a special occasion.

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The gang ft. Jose’s forever-modelling face

And so I decided to go there to celebrate my 24th birthday with Jose, Julie, and Sarah! I made reservations beforehand, especially since their paella took 45-minutes to prepare. The interior was lovely and reminiscent of traditional Spanish eateries, with intricate tiles decorating the pillars.

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For dinner, they only serve tapas – appetizer-sized dishes to share. To complete the experience, I ordered a mixed Sangria ($9), which was a mix of white wine, red wine, and sparkling champagne. I can say, honestly, even though it was expensive, it was one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time.

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We started with some potato and smoked cheddar croquettes, served with garlic aioli and jalapeno honey ($9), which was definitely a crowd favorite. We also got some sauteed shrimp with garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes ($10).

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The dream. Look at that steam!

Then came the Paella Valenciana ($25), packed with chicken, chorizo, shrimps, mussels, and clams. It was SO good! You can’t go wrong with a seafood-packed paella! The 45-minutes they took to bake it really helped to infuse all of the flavors of the spices and seafood. Yum!

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Next, we got the Queso De Cabra, baked goat cheese and tomato sauce, served with garlic bread ($10), which was pretty good, though the flavors of the goat cheese were a lot more muted than I am used to – not necessarily a bad thing.

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Albondigas ($11) were next – meatballs made from chorizo, lamb, and beef, served with roasted vegetables. This dish was a little dry, but it was still quite good nonetheless.

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Finally, we ended with Vieiras Y Tocino ($12.50), scallop and pork belly skewer served with apply blueberry chutney. This was surprisingly delicious, and was definitely one of my favorite dishes of the night.

I don’t know when I’ll return to San Chez, but I’ll remember that place for sure. If anybody wants to take me there for a treat, please do. Heh.

San Chez Bistro
38 Fulton St W,
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Operating Hours
Sun – Thurs: 8am – 10pm
Fri – Sat: 8am – 11pm

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