International eating isn't a dangerous adventure through customs, where the customs officer asks you to open your bag, and you refuse, which prompts him to teach you about manners by reading select Goofus and Gallant comic strips. Cross taste boarders with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Spanish and continental cuisine at Marbella Restaurant in Queens.
Known for its unforgettable Spanish paella, Marbella Restaurant also channels French and Italian influences into its lunch and dinner menus. The paella à la valenciana subdues restless taste buds with a savory blend of lobster, seafood, chicken, rice, and sausage ($29.95, $25.95 without lobster). Herbivoyeurs can opt for the piping hot vegetable paella ($19.50). The lenguado al champan, comprised of fillet of sole and hearty shrimp mingling in a mushroom and champagne sauce, grants diners an undersea experience absent of aluminum scuba tanks and jellyfish tagalongs. Savor the mealsperience in one of Marbella’s elegant dining rooms, all the while weighing dessert options, which include an icy lemon sherbet ($5.50) and cream-filled profiteroles drenched in chocolate sauce ($5.95).
- The main dish looked superb and our compliments go out to the Master Chef Esteban Barroso who has worked for Marbella’s for three years. Not only did it look like a work of art but each dish tasted like a masterpiece. – Isadora Murphy, Queens Tribune
- The seafood is always fresh and cooked just right. Their paella dishes--there are two different kinds--are just about perfect. Even the sangria leaves nothing to be desired. – Steve E., Yelp