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A First Look At BCN By Rambla, Makati’s Newest Tapas And Wine Hotspot

Makati just earned a chic new wine and tapas destination with the opening of this newest concept from the Bistronomia restaurant group, the same dynamic group of Catalans who brought us Las Flores, Rambla, Churreria La Lola, and Tomatito.

 

 

For this project, the group took over the spot that The Girl and The Bull vacated on Bolanos Street in Legaspi Village, Makati. They transformed it into a more spacious yet cozy space to open BCN by Rambla, named after the airport code of the owners’ home city of Barcelona. At this new restaurant, the Bistronomia group is poised to show us how they have evolved after being part of the Manila dining scene for the past 12 years.

Despite its name, the BCN menu follows no borders. It isn’t limited to serving food or drinks from Barcelona alone, as it serves a wide variety of wines at different price ranges (now with over 100 wines to choose from). The menu offers “fun tapas,” small and big plates of food using premium ingredients, both local and imported. BCN also explores the use of new cooking techniques in its sleek open kitchen set-up filled with high-quality equipment, ranging from a proper parilla set-up with adjustable grill shelves, to a top-of-the-line charcoal oven from Spain.

 

 

At the helm of this new kitchen is Spanish chef Alfredo Rodriguez Sangrado, formerly from another Spanish restaurant in Hong Kong’s Wanchai district called The Optimist. He had previously worked in a couple of excellent restaurants in Spain, including a stint in Michelin-starred Kabuki Wellington in Madrid before moving to Asia.

Early must-tries include: Foie Mi Cuit Con Calabaza y Yogurt (foie terrine with sweet pumpkin, yogurt, and PX reduction), Pulpo Gallego a la Brasa con sus Patatitas (grilled Spanish octopus with confit potatoes and paprika sauce), Arroz de Ibericos y Setas (Iberian meats and mushroom rice cooked in a charcoal oven), and the Wagyu T-Bone Steak MB5 (1 kilo). For dessert, one can order the Coulant de Gianduja con Helado de Baileys (gianduja coulant with Bailey’s ice cream), or the Torrija de Pan Brioche con Helado de Tiramisu (caramelized warm bread brioche with tiramisu ice cream). Wine lovers must check out the excellent wine selection with good bottle buys at the P1,000 to P1,500 range.

 

The Arroz de Ibericos y Setas

Iberian pork ribs?

Torrija de Pan Brioche con Helado de Tiramisu ?

 

The 60-seater duplex space now accepts reservations for dinner from Mondays to Sundays, with lunch service to follow soon.

 

G/F Grand Midori Building, Bolanos Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City, (0966) 331-1352, www.bistronomia.ph

 

Photos by Cyrene dela Rosa and @bcnbyrambla

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