10 Muy Delicioso Reasons To Go On A Spanish Food Crawl In Manila
If you missed watching The Crawl Spain on Metro Channel, don’t fret. You can create your own Spanish crawl by visiting these great restaurants in Manila and ordering our 10 favorite Spanish dishes—listed below in no particular order. ¡Vamos a comer! (Let’s go eat!)
1. Pan y Aceitas (bread with garlic, tomatoes and olive oil) at Txanton
2/F Alegria Alta Building, 2294 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, (02) 812-2040
This jamoneria that specializes in jamón and wine also boasts a full-service restaurant serving more than just jamón. My favorite from the extensive jamón selection is the jamón iberico from Extremadura. But when you’re just in the mood for wine and small bites, be sure to check out the Pan y Aceitas, or bread with garlic, tomatoes, and olive oil. It’s like an upgraded, deconstructed pan de tomate that even comes with five kinds of olive oil to choose from, and which also pairs well with slices of jamón.
2. Salmon TNT Explosion at Tomatito
G/F BGC Corporate Center, 30th Street corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 805-7840
“Hold with two fingers, and eat in one bite,” they say is the best way to conquer this best-selling Tomatito tapas which, according to the menu, is “an explosive smoked salmon with honey and truffle.”
3. Cinjo Jotas Jamón at Cellar Door
Narra Building, 2276 Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City, (02) 521-7396
(Photo courtesy of Cellar Door)
A must-have at this wine shop is the gourmet meat selection of Artisan Cellars, which includes the world famous Cinjo Jotas, considered by many Spaniards as the best jamón iberico in the world. Available for sale are the 5J Bone-in Jamon, 5J Boneless Shoulder Ham, 5J Lomo, and 5J Presa.
4. Foie Gras and Pineapple Jam Empanadas at Rambla
G/F Joya Building, Rockwell Center, Makati City, (02) 823-6468
If you’re craving for Spanish food that’s warm and filling, check out Rambla’s version of the Spanish empanada filled with the oozing goodness of warm pineapple jam with just the right amount of foie gras. Best eaten warm or as soon as it is served.
5. Huevos y Foie at Bar Pintxos
G/F Paseo Parkview Tower, San Agustin Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City, (02) 845-4952
Fairways Tower, 5th Avenue corner McKinley Road, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 810-1307
G/F Gesu Building, Don Jesus Boulevard, Alabang Hills, Muntinlupa, (02) 831-0065
When at Bar Pintxos, don’t miss this new dish composed of a mound of mashed potatoes, topped with bacon lardons, fried bread cubes or croutons for textural crunch, seared foie gras, fried egg, and Pedro Ximenez sherry reduction sauce.
6. Chopitos con Jalapeño y Miel at Donosti Pintxos y Tapas
G/F NAC Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, (02) 856-0206
You can never go wrong with ordering any of Chef Pablo’s chopitos or fried baby squid at Donosti, including this version with jalapeños and honey. Simply delish.
7. Fried Octopus at Las Flores
G/F The Podium Mall, 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, (0915) 654-5231
A fresh new take on the traditional Spanish pulpo or octopus, this version is fried and served with roasted eggplant, a drizzle of honey, and kimchi mayonnaise, concocted by Las Flores’ new chef Ignacio.
8. Salpicao del Casa at Bamba Bistro
55 Aguirre Avenue corner Arsenio Luz, BF Homes, Parañaque, (02) 519-7097
If you are craving for the old-school goodness of beef salpicao, look no further. Chef Tina Legarda’s version is the real deal (and a steal for P220). Don’t forget to order lots of garlic rice with it.
9. Paella Montana at Cirkulo
Milky Way Building, 900 Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City, (02) 810-8735
The vegetarian friendly Paella Montana with Portobello mushrooms, whole roasted garlic, truffle oil, and asparagus, serves as the perfect partner to most of Cirkulo’s signature meat dishes, like its Cabeza de Cerdo or spicy sisig from suckling pig, in my opinion, still the best sisig in town.
10. Torrija de Pan Brioche con Helado de Tiramisu at BCN by Rambla
G/F The Grand Midori Building, Bolanos Street, Legaspi Village, Makati City, (0966) 331-1352
This new restaurant is known for its charcoal-grilled and baked savory dishes. But don’t miss its dessert selection which includes a to-die-for modern version of the Spanish torrija, a caramelized brioche bread made more decadent with the addition of a scoop of tiramisu ice cream.
Photos by Cyrene de la Rosa
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