Owner and Executive Chef Fernando Garcia has years of experience under his belt, he started working at his family restaurant at the age of 12 and then going on to working, managing and opening high end restaurants all over Mexico, United States and Vancouver before settling in Mississauga Ontario. La Vinia is serving up amazing authentic Spanish affair. The atmosphere is warm and inviting with the deep red walls, medium wood furnitures and the inviting personalities of the servers.
As soon as we sat down we were greeted with a basket of bread and a trio of condiments: roasted yellow beets, pimento mascarpone cheese dip and marinated artichoke.
For 5 people we definitely ordered way too much food but no complaints from me because I love trying a lot of different dishes, we ordered 4 different appetizers to share and we started off with the Pan Tumaca, toasted bread spread with tomatoe and Serrano ham, $10.75.
The ham was sliced ultra thin and it had the perfect amount of saltiness.
Next came the Mejillones al Vapor, fresh mussels steamed in Spanish beer, $10.75. Perfectly cooked mussels with a garlicy sauce.
How could we not order the Pulpo a la Gallega? Poached Octopus Marinated in Olive Oil and Pimentón, $10.75. My dad and I absolutely love octopus and this dish didn't disappoint. Tender octopus tentacles cooked with potatoes that soak up all the delicious flavours.
The Chorizo al Vino con Almejas, Spanish Chorizo sautéed with clams and white beans for $11.75 was kind of hard to resist.
We got two paellas which were basically the same just with different toppings. One was the Paella Valenciana (chorizo, chicken and seafood), $23.75 and the other one was Paella de Marisco – (shrimp, calamari, mussels, scallops, monkfish and clams), $25.75.
They cook the the paella is cooked to order so it might take at least 25 minutes but it was worth the wait, it was phenomenal but a little too salty for me. At this point I was already stuffed but I couldn't stop eating it.
Why did we also get meat entrees? Probably because my family and I are fatties. The Lomo alto de Ternera con Salsa de Cabrales (grilled Canadian AAA striploin steak with Cabrales cheese-Brandy sauce, $27.95) arrived first.
Then it was the Chuletas de Cordero a la Parrilla, roasted Australian lamb chops with Rioja, and rosemary sauce, $24.75. Everything was amazing, both meats are cooked perfectly. The lamb wasn't too gamey which I love.
As for dessert we shared the Cream Brulée and Tiramisu both were $9.00. The desserts were just mediocre but the cream brûlée was the better of was two.
La Vinia is a tiny bit far but I would highly recommend this restaurant.