Wanna know something funny? I was really confused about "Spanish" food when I started dating my boyfriend over 4 years ago. When he asked me if I'd ever had "Spanish" food, I was like, "Totally, you mean like tacos and burritos right?" And then of course he schooled me in my ignorance and was like "no, like tapas, paella.. duh/etc." Anyways. That's embarrassing.
Now that we've been dating for almost 5 years, I feel significantly more confident in my Spanish food knowledge and can say with great enthusiasm I'm all about tapas & paella.
La Catalana is located in a business district on the border of Santa Clara & San Jose. It has a great casual atmosphere, yummy nibbles & bites as well as a pretty crackin' Spanish wine selection.
It's great for medium sized groups, so bring a gaggle of your besties & make sure to order stuff you're not totally familiar with for a little dining adventure.
We ordered a smorgasbord of items to share... patatas bravas (french fries!), albondigas (meatballs in an almond/tomato sauce)...
Jamon Serrano topped with Manchego cheese (cause you can't not!).
Chorizo al tinto (cured sausage in a red wine sauce), more Jamon Serrano this time sumptuously wrapping grilled asparagus... you know.. for something green.
... more Jamon (do you see a trend here?) sandwiches
The staff is extremely friendly and helpful, so if something on the menu seems weird, but interesting enough to try ask a ton of questions and they'll lead you in the right direction.