You can make a satisfying meal of tapas plates at Restaurant La Paella, a small bistro near Amsterdam's Red Light District known for traditional Spanish delicacies like Patatas Bravas, Spanish Croquettes, Albóndigas and Chorizo Español. But the real deals here are the paellas—rich concoctions of saffron rice, chicken, rabbit, seafood and/or vegetables. At €14–20pp, these are not everyday meals. For special occasions and group sharing in a convivial atmosphere, they're a treat.
You might not expect high quality in a restaurant set on buzzing Warmoesstraat, where abundant tourist traffic leaves most owners with little expectation of repeat business. Since 1985, that hasn't deterred La Paella's José Luis Peira Ducan, known as Maño, from serving up fine, authentic fare in a cozy hole-in-the-wall on one of the busiest streets in town. Born in Aragón, he and his family, together with Chef José Manuel Castro Gómez (who's been behind the scenes for more than two decades), have brought a taste of northern Spain to Amsterdam.