BLACK OLIVE – One of the original restaurant that opened in the Capitol Commons area before – I really liked their simple, no non-sense approach to food. Last week we went back to try their new dishes and here’s some of my favourites. Giving you a list of 10 New Dishes when you visit at Black Olive, Capitol Commons.
MARCO POLO MANILA – Cucina the hotel’s all day dining ala carte and buffet restaurant dives into a Spanish food festival in time of the arrival of their new executive chef, Lluis Cantons Pesarrodona and he brings to Manila some of his favourite family recipes of simple but very good Catalan food.
The star of our lunch and the preview of this La Catalana food festival was undoubtedly the chef’s Paella Mixta. I love how he shares what he things is the secret to this festive dish. “Paella should have a little bit of everything but nothing in excess”. Not only is this paella a true eye-candy with my eyes glued to those carabinero / big head red prawns that they flew in from Spain, it actually very good as well. Continue reading Cucina at Marco Polo Manila goes Spanish with La Catalana→
ALQUERIA – A restaurant in SM Megamall that’s formerly known as Boqueria. We recently had dinner here and had a feast, sampling a couple of items from their menu; from the hefty serving of paella to the more filling and decadent dishes, we had a good dining experience here and was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food that they serve.
I went back to Tapella by Gaudi for another weekend boozy lunch with my friend A and we tried their new Flavors of the Philippines dishes. Dishes that they curated and launched in lieu of the Madrid Fusion Manila this week. Dishes that have components and flavors that are more familiar to the local palate and done with Spanish cooking techniques.
TAPELLA BY GAUDI – I’ve been meaning to try this place for quite some time now, during dinner time this place is usually packed with diners for drinks and the chuleton that’s carved and cooked table sides looked very promising so I went here for a leisurely lunch on a weekend, a boozy lunch filled with tapas, some paella and that gorgeous steak dish.
Tapas + Paella is in the center of the restaurant’s menu and they have some killer cocktails and sangria too.
This is definitely one of the new restaurant concepts that I was very excited about – the menu is rice centric with paella at the heart and they have one of the best ones I tried let me tell you. Rice is a big part of daily diet, it’s something that I can’t live without, in fact I tried this crash diet before and I was deprived of rice and I literally had a breakdown. We had a feast for a dinner last night at Arrozeria in Century City Mall and I was blown away with how good the food was, it went above and beyond my expectations and I absolutely loved everything that we tried.
When dining at ArroZeria don’t miss on this Capaccio de Tatun from their tapas menu. Thin slices of yellowfin tuna topped with calamansi espuma, crispy jamon, and tomato hearts. It’s something that’s so simple but so damn good. The hint of acidity of the calamansi foam with the sharp flavor of the crisped up jamon and those delicate pieces of tuna, REALLY GOOD!
RASTRO Tapas Bar and Restaurant – A meek tapas bar that serves up some really good cocktails and some tapas and other entrees that just exude a homy feel to it, food that’s simple, no frills, and very relate-able. Go here to have a good time, the booze is fantastic, order some tapas and maybe a filling dish or two, some desserts, add that to good company from friends and you have a great recipe for good times.
POLLO IBERICO – chicken that’s been slow-cooked for 24-36 hours in olive oil and garlic cloves, meat that’s fork-tender, oh see that rendered rich, glistening goodness, I love how the tinge of garlic flavor was able to permeate through the meat and the potatoes. You can also try to smear some of the drippings over some crusty bread and maybe mash some of that garlic and it’s all good. Continue reading RASTRO: Sultry Tapas and Killer Drinks→
Since COVA opened last January, I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it, mostly raves about the food and the killer drinks, we had dinner there the other night, where we stuffed ourselves with some really good food; some tapas, LOTS of sangrias, and a mouthwatering Cochinillo to top it off. One amazing dinner.
First WOW of the dinner their take on steak tartare, the Tartar de Toro, an awesome combination of flavor and texture, you’ll love the chorizo infused migas, so good!