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Spain Forever at Tapella Restaurant

ESPAÑA PARA SIEMPRE

Spain Forever!

at Tapella Restaurant, G/F Greenbelt 5

November 6, 2012, Tuesday, from 6:30PM to 10:30PM

 

Join Chef Alexandra and her team as they showcase Spain’s culinary glory. Spain Forever! is a food travelogue featuring the four regions of Spain.

Enjoy the world famous paella from Valencia, the raved pintxos of Donistia, the sea food delicacies of El Sur and the delicious meat of Madrid, Badajoz and Castilla Leon, prepared as how they are made in Spain. To complete your dining experience, bottles of wine are carefully selected to suit your preference and satisfaction.

On this night, you will not only get enjoy the rich and unique flavors of Spain’s regional dishes, but you will also get the chance to win two (2) gift certificates to Camaya Resort, courtesy of Fuego Hotels.

Reserve now and call us at 757.2710 or call and text through 0917.891.7364. You may also confirm your reservations via email at donmanuel@ymail.com.

Check Out the New Menu at Tapella and Gaudi Restaurants

If you have not been to Tapella Restaurant in Greenbelt 5 or Gaudi Restaurant in Serendra for quite sometime, then it’s time you visit the restos again. Chef Xandra has prepared new delectable menu for you.

Last Wednesday, eve of Halloween, we got to sample the dishes of this new menu and went home with happy and full tummies. Our dining experience started by Chef Xandra challenging us to make our own Sangria. 

buckles007's StoryHere’s my own Sangria:

Put in a glass (1) brandy (2) liquor, Triple Sec (3) red wine (4) ice cubes (5) Sprite and (6) slices of lemon or apple – The result was not so okay because I poured in too much Triple Sec. LOL

Ingredients of Sangria

After the Sangria preparation and tasting, we went inside the resto and dug in to a delectable array of Spanish food.

Plato de Pintxos Calientes

A plate of sumptuous hot tapas of calamares, chorizo, croquetas béchamel, sobresada de quezo manchego, purusalda, tigres, champi, and pollo moruno

Plato de Pintxos Frios

A sumptuous treat of cold tapas composed of cucumber, sardines, pulpo, cojonudos, gazpacho, veruta, agustin, and baine

Pollo Moruno con Couscous

This dish reflects the Mediterranean and Moroccan influences in Spanish cooking. Couscous is popular in Southern Spain, a healthier alternative to rice. Chef Xandra’s Pollo Moruno con Couscous has almonds, raisins, onions, and Moorish chicken. Flavor is evoked by the combination of almonds and raisins against onions.

Mar y Montana

It is a plateful of grilled steaks and prawns served with French beans, carrots, zucchinis, potato gratin, and béarnaise sauce.

Rabo de Toro

I liked this slow-cooked imported ox tail, pour a good red wine, and add some saffron. The succulent meat served with fries and carrots

Tarte de Tomate

Probably my most favorite in this batch, this appetizer bursts in your mouth with a flavor of organic tomatoes.  The sweet and succulent tomatoes sitting on Malagos cheese and caramelized walnuts, perfectly crowned with lettuce, lollorossa, and shrimps, then drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and added with a little bit of balsamic vinegar is just perfect!

Huevos Estrellados con Jamon y Pimientos

We were told that this is famous dish in Spain. To eat it, use your spoon and fork to make a criss-cross cut of the eggs and potatoes. Watch the yolk spread out until it seeps through the bottom and coats the potatoes. The crispy Serrano ham and peppers complement it so well that it seems like a comfort food all-together.

Gambas Mikel

Shrimps are enveloped in blank ink batter then dipped in aioli

Fideua Negra

This dish is a variation of Paella Negra. This time, a black squid pasta. Fine wheat noodle pasta is cooked with lemon and added with bite-sized squids and shrimps. It is topped with aioli sprinkled with chives, along with cream dory coated with batter. Eating it is such a joy that you won’t mind having squid ink on your lips or teeth. It has that savory and tangy taste in every bite, which reminds you of gastronomic delights of Catalonia.

Chocolate X

This is a divine dessert. The chocolate is bitter, sweet and salty! Just the way I like it! 😉

If all these food is not making you drool, I don’t know with you. Enjoy these new dishes each time you visit Gaudi and Tapella. Trust a Spanish chef with years of kitchen experience to bring authentic Spanish dishes to feast with family, friends, and business partners.

For inquiries and reservations, call (02) 757-2710 or 856-0473.

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Gaudi is located at the Ground Level of cosmopolitan Serendra in Taguig while Tapella at Ground Level of Greenbelt 5. Both restaurants offer a patio for those who want to be seen and the large booths inside good forpower talks and intimate chats. Surrounded by top business offices, theatres and high end shops, it makes an ideal spot for a quiet coffee, a fashionable lunch or a romantic dinner.

Sentro’s Sinigang na Corned Beef

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Sentro and Sinigang na Corned Beef have become synonymous. Balikbayans (returning Filipinos) and foreign visitors alike love this dish. And would you believe this famous dish is already 10 years old?!

A brainchild of Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco of Chateau 1771 Group of Restaurants, sinigang na corned beef is a creative take on the popular Filipino soup, sinigang soup.

Chef Vicky was thinking how she could put into good use the excess corned beef broth, and discovered that she could make the broth into sinigang by adding sour ingredient and putting in beef cuts with sinews, fat, and bones. The result: a hearty soup, and Sentro’s signature favorite dish— heartwarming, flavorful and meaty.

For the Sinigang na Corned Beef, the beef is exclusively sourced from a mix of local suppliers trusted for ten years. The pot is loaded with vegetables such as tomatoes, okra, taro corms (gabi), daikon (labanos), water spinach (kangkong), and eggplant stewed in tamarind. The broth from scratch is loaded with flavor-boosting natural spices. This is served hot and steamy.

One interesting tradition is to ask guests to sip the delicate soup stock prior serving so the sourness, saltiness, and spiciness can be adjusted according to preference–another personalized approach that this dish had built  a reputation on.

Executive Chef Vicky proved that there’s more to Filipino food, especially if it’s reinvented with fresh ingredients which give that unique but homey experience. If you’ve been craving with something like this or your curiosity has been piqued, there’s no other better time than now to get to know this decade-old dish which can only originally be found in Sentro.

Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3 is open from 11am to 11pm (Monday to Sunday) while Serendra is from 7am to 10:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday) / 7am to 11:00pm (Friday to Saturday). For inquiries and reservations, call Sentro Greenbelt 3 (02) 757 3941 or Sentro Serendra (02) 856 0581.

Enjoy New and Classic Ma Maison Japanese Western Favorites at Half the Price!

Celebrate with us as The Bistro Group hits 50 Stores this 2012!
We’re giving you a new treat this week J
Try Ma Maison’s New Dishes and Classic Japanese Western Favorites on Monday, September 3, 2012…
And get 50% OFF YOUR TOTAL BILL! Don’t miss this ONE-DAY-ONLY OFFER!

Ma Maison
Ground floor, Greenbelt 2,Makati City
Tel. #: 729-9122

See you there!

For details, log on to www.facebook.com/Ma.Maison.Philippines

50% Off Grand Opening Blowout of Bulgogi, SM MOA

Head for SM MOA tomorrow for Bulgogi’s grand opening blowout tomorrow, August 6th. 😉

Enjoy Korean fare with a twist. To give you an idea of how your Bulgogi experience would be, check out Our Awesome Planet here.

My BFFs and I already sampled Bulgogi and we couldn’t get over their delish food and exceptional service. You should try them!

Here we are enjoying Bulgogi’s desserts of Korean ice cream. 😉

Check out their Facebook page to be updated with their latest activities.

Preparing Spanish Cuisine at Tapella

Last May 16th, I got the chance to see Chef Xandra of Tapella prepare their bestsellers: Paella Manchego, which is her own original recipe, an appetizer Cojonudos, and Sangria.

The Paella Manchego (Php550.)

  1. A good paella is determined by how tasty the rice is. From the term paella, it’s about cooking rice in a pan, where the Catalan word paella is derived. For Chef Xandra, the rice need not be the sticky kind. Jasmin rice or the regular rice is just perfect.
  2. Consistency is important. Chef Xandra said that if you are cooking chicken paella, then you use chicken stock and just garnish it with chicken meat and vegetables. If you prefer seafood paella, then you use seafood broth. She is not sold to the idea of mixing all sorts of seafood into the rice to make a paella because the flavor will not be as distinct.
  3. For this Paella Manchego, two special ingredients are added: manchego cheese and saffron. Both are sourced from Spain. The manchego cheese is made of milk from Manchega sheep.
  4. The Ingredients:

Ingredients:

50gms. olive oil

75gms. chicken breast

50gms. onions

50gms. garlic

80gms. calrose rice

30gms. broccoli

70gms. prawns

30gms. asparagus

20gms. Manchego cheese

.5gms. paella seasoning and chicken broth

Procedure:

Heat the oil in a paella pan over medium heat. Cook the chicken until browned on all sides. Remove the chicken from the pan and transfer to a dish. Add the onion and garlic to the paella pan, and cook for 2 minutes. Add shrimp,cooked chicken and paella rice,paella seasoning, salt and pepper and chicken broth put the heat to medium, cover, and cook for a further 20 minutes.

Mix in the asparagus. Cook for a further 5 minutes or until the chicken and rice are tender and the broth has been absorbed.Remove the pan from the heat, sprinkle with the Manchego cheese, and serve.

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Spanish and Chocolate at Tapella on Mother’s Day

From simple to exquisite, light to delectable–foodie mom deserves to be amused nothing but a palate-pleasing Mother’s Day fare. On May 8, that’s tomorrow, take the whole family to Tapella where everyone is in to be treated a rare line up of glorious Spanish food selections.


Experience a gastronomic melody with one of the most celebrated cuisines in the world. Showing off Spain’s most distinctive cuisines from the certified Executive Chef-mom Alexandra Cacho, expect that the menu line up are meant to take moms to a dining experience with style.

A perfect starter for a great summer meal, try the white garlic and almond cold soup (P70). Fittingly served in a shot glass filled with grains of almonds, it features a pleasurable contrast of sweetness from the grapes, lightly smacked with garlic. The result? A refreshing tickle that’s surely a unique delicacy mom will love.


The calamari el bulli (P255), another fancy starter will painstakingly make anyone forget the old-style impression with Spanish food. Made from the squid’s black ink stains, the soft mollusk is covered into a batter resulting to a crispy and tasty dark finished, served with aioli dip and fennel leaves. For a family of bread lovers, the camembert and caramelized onions on flueted bread (180) is filling yet makes anyone wonder what’s in for the next equally scrumptious hot selection. Considered a top-notch for its simple preparations filled with semi-sweet onions, this bread creates a noble distinction when combined with the soft and creamy camembert without the unwanted guilt. And what’s a Spanish cuisine without the traditional chorizo? Another Tapella’s certified favourite, the chorizo in red wine (P245), are sure to delight any meat-lover moms not only for the taste but for its less oily preparation.  Deliciously tender and flavourful, each cut is made special by the complementing combination of red wine and rich red oil.


Moving on to the heavier and more popular Spanish meal, Tapella incorporates a modern and alluring twist to paella with its manchego cheese, chicken, and shrimp paella (P500).  Don’t wonder why Tapella’s contemporary version of this most-loved paella is a major hit. The robust rice, meat, and seafood fillings are made special by the pleasing taste of manchego (Spanish cheese made from ewe’s milk), perfectly melted on top of the hefty serving that can satisfy up to 3 persons per order.


A certified signature favorite, the Tapella indulgence is not complete without sampling its simple and meek version of the certified Angus beef steak (P2750 per kg). Slowly cooked on the hot plate right in front of the diners, the cooking process makes it an appetite-inducing experience. The secret remains to the prime choice of the freshest meat, plainly seasoned with salt which naturally allows the flavors to come out. While other steaks are complemented with sauce, Tapella’s steak is known for its potatoes and pimiento for a more palatable Spanish twist.

To sweeten up the great meal, Tapella is treating moms with one of its sinfully good desserts fresh from its pastry oven—the choco lava cake! Exploding with the rich and gooey molten chocolate center, this dessert will make everything memorable from start to finish.

Reminisce and enjoy longer Mother’s Day meal at Tapella where the experience is revelry of Spain’s time-honored cuisines. Make this day a breezy blow out for the whole folk; plus, mom will surely remind her forever the fabulous Mother’s Day affair prepared in a cinch. 

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Located at Ground Level of cosmopolitan Greenbelt 5, Tapella is surrounded by top Bussiness Offices, eight theatres and high end shops, making it the ideal spot for a quiet coffee, a fashionable business lunch or a romantic dinner.

TAPELLA offers a wide variety of Spanish cuisine served in an informal and relaxed ambience. Headed by Executive Chef Alexandra Cacho, the restaurant specializes in tapas and paellas plus a wider range of salads, pastas and desserts served the Spanish way that will surely perk up the gustatory spree. The wine selection is from around the world valued well for money. The ambiance gives a modern and relaxed atmosphere with interiors designed with plush of red and beige accent. For more information or reservations, call 7572710 and 7572711.

Wine All-You-Can at Gaudi

If you love Spanish cuisine like me and you love wine, then there’s no reason for you not to check out Gaudi. At Gaudi you’ll get that authentic moder Spanish cuisine that you won’t get anywhere else.

And the good news is that you can now enjoy wine all–you-can for only P600 net, and discover the sensational selection of Spanish, Chilian, and Australian wines with crowd-pleaser tapas carefully prepared by Executive Chef Alexandra Cacho herself.

Have a feast of the simple yet well thought-out gourmet style tapas selections from the famous pepper rubbed and delicious to every bite pulpo (octopus), the freshly marinated scallops and shrimp skewers drenched in citrus juice, and the squid Spanish wonder, the black calamari or “el bulli” wrapped in blank ink batter. Craving for some meaty bites? Try Spain’s signature delicacy and Gaudi’s tasty version of the Serrano ham with cheese phyllo pastry, the flavorful North-African Moroccan chicken skewers teeming with fragrant spices and aromatics. And don’t be surprised as each bite comes with a new level of taste and freshness. Beer lovers are also set to have an indulging night with P50 net per bottle beer offer, plus the affordable price of P320 net wine bottle and not to miss is Gaudi’s popular Sangria. Boasting a temperature-controlled wine cave facility, all wines are guaranteed served at optimum temperature.

Gaudi is open daily from 11am until 12mn. Wine all-you-can paired with tapas and canapé’s is served every Friday from 6 to 9 pm. Located at Ground Level of Business Offices, theatres and high end shops, making it the ideal spot for a quiet coffee, a fashionable business lunch or a romantic dinner.

For more information and reservations, call 856 0473.

Gaudi recommends Blood Sausage this Halloween

For an extraordinary Halloween try Morcilla or blood sausage at Gaudi Restaurant. Morcilla is generally a thicker sausage, about 2 ½ to 3 inches across, stuffed with pig’s blood, rice, onions and spices. Morcilla is served in Gaudi both as a tapa and as an ingredient in stews.  For only Php200 enjoy the enticing flavor and texture of Morcilla with your family and friends this halloween.

About Gaudi Restaurant:
Gaudi  is open daily from 11am until 11pm. Wine all-you-can paired with tapas and canapé’s is served every Friday from 6pm to 9pm. Located at Ground Level of Serendra, Fort Bonifacio, Gaudi is surrounded by top Bussiness Offices, theatres and high end shops, making it an ideal spot for a quiet coffee, a fashionable business lunch or a romantic dinner. Gaudi offers a modern Spanish cuisine headed by Executive Chef Alexandra Cacho, the restaurant specializes in tapas and paellas plus a wider range of salad, pasta and dessert. The wine selection is from around the world valued well for money. The unique design of the restaurant reflects the art and genius of Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudi. For more information and reservations, call 856-0473.