76 West Powell Rd.
Lewis Center, OH 43035
You may remember the Spain Restaurant located in a Motel on
161 Road. It was a bar, a grill and that was about it. Forget
that. There is a new, freestanding Spain Restaurant in Lewis
Center just off State Route 23 on State Rout 750. As you are
coming up 23 it can be difficult to see as it is tucked behind
another larger building. You may miss it when you first look
for it. Don't give up.
go in you will notice that it is open, spacious and quiet. It
is handicapped accessible, even the bathrooms. There is nothing
gimmicky. No bullfight posters or huge sombreros, you don't
call your server by clacking Flamenco Castanets. It is clean,
solid and comfortable. I have eaten there a couple of times
with friends and have had an opportunity to sample a four or
five of their offerings. They serve dinner only. They have a
kid’s menu and serve all legal beverages.
let us talk about the offerings. First, I have not had anything
that I believed was poorly or inappropriately prepared nor was
this a concern for any of my dining partners. All dishes ranged
from very good to outstanding. I have tried the grilled asparagus,
Spanish potatoes, saffron rice, and the lobster salad. All were
very good. Preparing asparagus can be tricky. You not only have
to be able to prepare the dish, but you have to be able to select
the shoots that are ripe and ready, but not woody. It was very
well orchestrated. The lobster salad, Salpicon de langosta,
was also good. I have had lobster salad where the major ingredient
is some form of filling. This was not the case at Spain. It
has lobster, celery, onion parsley and I think some cilantro,
mixed with sweet butter and a rich homemade mayonnaise. For
central Ohio, it is quite good.
have a cream of shrimp that is also tasty. I personally prefer
a cream soup to be a bit thicker, but this was very flavorful.
My dining companions had filet of sole, Lenguado a la Madrilena,
and they reported it being good. But the reason I originally
went to Spain was for the Cabrito a la Riojana. To come to the
point this is roasted goat in a wine reduction sauce. It was
outstanding. Since about ten years ago when I tried goat on
a dare, I have loved it. Goat is not gamey, it does not have
a strong taste like mutton and, above all, it is not tough or
stringy. Properly prepared roasted goat will be rich, flavorful,
with a sweeter taste than pork. It cuts like roasted pork but
is not as fatty. This goat was superb and is probably the best
I have ever eaten. I went to a restaurant in Oaxaca Mexico because
they were known for their roasted goat. Spain's was better.
service was personable and attentive without being cloying.
Overall, this was a fun experience every time I have been here.
Try it and if you have not experienced goat expand your gustatory
horizons. Oh, and in case you are interested, they have flan.