I’ve eaten a lot of paella in this lifetime, and I have to say that this paella negra from Taberna de Haro in Brookline is one of the best. It’s simple: paella cooked in squid ink, with squid and cuttlefish, topped with dollops of aioli, some red pepper strips, and lemon wedges. But it’s unbelievably delicious.
The rice is tender, with the coveted socarrat (the crusty crispy bottom) nicely toasted. Mixed with the mild and creamy aioli, the dish tastes luxurious. There are generous pieces of squid and cuttlefish, cooked to just the right amount of chewiness and tenderness. There were three of us who shared the paella and we cleaned the pan to the last morsel.
I also loved the other tapas we tried at Taberna de Haro, particularly the gambas al ajillo (shrimp with garlic, hot pepper, olive oil), and the orejas a la plancha (tender, crispy pigs ears – reminds me of Filipino sisig). It was my first visit to the Brookline spot, but it certainly won’t be my last!
Taberna de Haro | 999 Beacon Street, Brookline MA 02446