True to their word, the menu at Carmen (Twitter: @carmensayz, Facebook: Carmen) is indeed organized into traditional tapas on one side with chef Valenzuela's creative takes on Spanish plates on the other. And as for the paellas? You have four to choose from:
Paella del Carmen - Shrimp, clams, mussels, scallops, chorizo, chicken, saffron
Paella "Antoni Gaudi" - Roasted quinoa, "Vegetable mosaic"
Paella de Montana - Tempranillo, rabbit, snails, artichokes
Paella Atlantica - Lobster, saffron, roasted tomatoes
Mind you, although I didn't have the paella this time around I certainly have my eye on the "Paella del Carmen" for next time ;)
Carmen is such a visually stunning space. I personally love it. A lot. The decor is so vibrant, so cheerful and fun yet it is modern and elegant at the same time. Sounds impossible, right? To have all those elements in one restaurant? Nope, it's possible...and I really hope my photos can convey that point across.
When you walk into Carmen you will see a long, beautiful custom-made wood and marble bar on the right.
I love these lights above the bar....they really stand out against the dark ceiling.
Black and white Spanish art is hung on the wall across from the bar. A very classy touch.