After five years, Alba Restaurante Español opened its fifth branch at Estancia Mall to please the palates of lovers of traditional Spanish food.
The ambiance of the restaurant showcases Spanish influences with modern accents for a more contemporary yet cozy feel. Side by side with Spanish chandeliers are modern drop lights that lend a more modish, upbeat vibe.
Painted paelleras (depiting a matador, classic winery and a Flamenco dancer) provide a colorful facet to stone walls. These paellaras were painted by Maya, daughter of Chef Miguel de Albla, President of Alba International Incrporated and General Manager of Alba Restaurante Español and wife Cachelle. A mural of Segovia, a neighboring city of Avila, the hometown of Don Alba, serves as backdrop of the kitchen-island-type buffet table, just above the postres, as if the drawing guests into the sweet heart of Spain right here in Manila.
Alba Resaurante Espanol is the biggest among all its branches. A 170-seater with different rooms for private functions. On the wall is written: Reunrise, from the Spanish word “reunir.” “It means to meet, assemble and get together,” explained Chef Miguel.
I first discovered Alba Restaurante Español at the Prism at Mall of Asia in 2015 and it’s still the most authentic Spanish restaurant I’ve been to.
Its famous Paellas are worth every peso. I’ve tried three out of the eight Paellas from their menu and they’re all good. I’m sure the other five as good as these three – Paella Filipina (Paella with sisig made in pork ears, suckling pig, and cochinillo), Paella Negra (Black paella with stuffed squid and shrimps), and Paella Cordero (Lamb paella).
Alba Restaurant is also famous for its Carnes: Lengua Sevillana (stewed ox tounge), Callos a la Madrilena (stewed ox tripe), Caldereta de Vaca (beef stew), and its centerpiece Cochinillo Asado (oven-roasted sucking pig).
There are also about fifty-five choices of tapas such as chorizos, jamon, gambas, champugnon, Pamplona, mortadela, mortadela, salchichon, mahi-mahi, and Pa amd tomaquet, among others. Perfect with a glass or two (or more) of red/white wine or sangria.
If you can’t decide what to order, Alba offers lunch daily at all its branches. Dinner buffet is available for Morato, Prism and Estancia branches. Check their website – www.alba.com.ph to get know more about the restaurant and its flavorful history. Follow them on Facebook – FB/alba.restaurante.espanol and Instagram @albarestaurante_ph for promos and updates.