Restaurant:
   Sol de Espana—Spanish

 Location:
  
838-C Rockville Pike, Rockville MD

 Phone:
   (240) 314-0202

 Hours:
   Monday - Thursday 4 pm to 10:30 pm
   Friday—Sunday similar to above

 Reviewer:   Louis P. Solomon

Sol de Espana serves the food of Andalusia in southern Spain; their food and culture is a blend of Christian and Moorish traditions. The menu includes several appetizers, fish, meat and chicken. The specials are not part of the regular menu; there is a different specials menu every day. I am a specials supporter; if something is going to be good on a particular day it is invariably the daily specials.

The special appetizers include baby scallops in green sauce ($8*), fresh fried Spanish sardines ($8*) fresh grilled squid ($8*) and as a counter point, baked Spanish sausage ($7*) and fresh melon with Serrano ham ($9*). My wife frequently orders the mussels with tomato, garlic, and dry wine ($7*).

The main course includes tuna with red and green peppers ($19*), fresh grilled halibut with tomatoes and black olives ($19*), white fish in green sauce with shrimp, mussels, clams, garlic, onions, peas, and white wine ($19*), and sea bream with red and green sweet peppers, onion, potatoes and white wine ($19*). There are other specials that include pork loin with garlic and Amontillado ($19*), and duck cooked in raspberry sauce ($21*). In general Sol de Espana focuses on sea food; each dish has always been wonderful. I have eaten many of the specials, both appetizers and entrees at different times, and was always impressed with their flavor and delicacy. With the meal my wife and I invariably order a pitcher of sangria ($19*) made at the bar.

The restaurant is very clean, and is decorated in a Spanish style. There are tables that are not too close together. The décor and clientele contribute to a quiet, peaceful and relaxed experience. There is a small staff that is very attentive; Mr. Serrano greets everyone, and carefully watches all the activity. The customers are generally adults. The menu is quite sophisticated and not geared toward children. There is never any attempt to rush you through your meal.

They have a small charming bar which serves beer, wine, and sangria.

Sol de Espana is an easy drive from the Kentlands. It is near the corner of Rockville Pike and Wootton Parkway. My wife and I return regularly, frequently with another couple or two, whenever we want a sophisticated, excellent meal at reasonable cost.

LPS 

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