Hidden in lush foliage at One Rochester is a beautiful Spanish restaurant called UNA. The restaurant opened its doors in April 2014 and is famous for its Spanish cuisine and aesthetically pleasant al fresco dining area. Executive Chef Antonio Oviedo, who has worked under two Three Michelin-starred chefs, uses only fresh, seasonal ingredients to showcase the best flavours of Spain.
Tapas and Parrilla
We tried a variety of the Spanish appetisers and grilled meats. The first two being Croquetas De Jamon Iberico ($14 for four pieces), which translates to creamy Iberico ham croquettes, and Encurtidos ($10). The latter consists of Gordal and Cornicabra olives with Piparra peppers. I enjoyed the classic combination of bechamel sauce with ham, which is then rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. It went well with the peppers, which added a bit of spice to the creaminess.
Fideua De Calamares ($20). The fideua is seafood dish originally from the coasts of Valencia, which is similar to paella, but it uses vermicelli-like noodles as an alternative to rice. So here we have a pan of squid ink Spanish noodles paella, which is topped with crispy calamari. The noodles is a great substitute for rice as a staple food.
Next, we had something healthier, which is Ensalada De Verano ($24). The heirloom cherry tomatoes salad is served with charred cucumbers and fresh Burrata cheese. Initially, we had no idea what the smokey and scorched bits were until we read the menu. It is a refreshing topping to the salad! The Burrata was fresh cheese at its best!