Sunday, August 11, 2019

Alba: Now Open at Estancia Mall

Your favorite Spanish restaurant just opened a new branch! 

Love Alba? Well, you'll be glad to know that the restaurant has opened its fifth branch in Estancia Mall! For the longest time, Alba was the only Spanish restaurant I knew, and it still is one of the best ones to go to. It's pretty much an institution.. I mean, who doesn't know Alba, right?

To be honest, I don't usually go to Estancia Mall but after seeing how spacious and bright and welcoming Alba is here, I'll probably be visiting the mall more often. After all, restaurants are more than just their food, it's really about the overall experience, and let me just say, Alba really delivers the whole package - the food, the ambiance, the service - everything was spot on.
At the 2nd floor, North Wing of Estancia, sits a new 170-seater Alba Restaurant. On the wall is written: Reunirse, from the Spanish root word “reunir”. 
“It means to meet, assemble and get together,” explained Chef Miguel de Alba, President of Alba International Incorporated and General Manager of Alba Restaurante EspaƱol. “This branch is envisioned to be a bigger and more celebration-centric venue for families and friends in the nearby residences and corporate offices within the Capitol Commons township,” he added. If “Reunirse” means to gather, then Alba’s feast of flavors—steeped in tradition for over 65 years—is the perfect celebration of life in one meal.
Here's a quick look at some of their most well-loved dishes:

Tabla de Embutidos (P300)
homemade cold cuts: Pamplona, Mortadela, Salchichon

Berenjenas al Horno (P250)
baked eggplant with anchovies and three kinds of cheese

Calamares Fritos (P290)
deep fried squid (MY FAVORITE!!)

Chorizo Fritos (P350)
their very own homemade Spanish sausage

Jamon con Manga y Arugula (P400)Langostinos Thermidor Au Gratin (P600)
homemade Spanish cured ham with mango and arugula / stuffed prawns in creamy white sauce

Gambas a la Plancha (P420)
grilled shrimps

Coca de Pisto y Sardinas (P280) / Coca de Berza y Chorizo (P300)
Majorcan flat bread with Spanish sardines / Chorizo de Bilbao

Rabo de Toro Cordobesa (P550)
braised ox-tail

Conchinillo Asado (one half Php 3,000 / one whole Php 6,000)
tender oven-roasted suckling pig

Paellas (P550-P750):
Paella de Veduras / Paella Negra
Paella Verde / Paella Filipino
If you were to ask for my top three recommendations, they'd probably be the Calamares Fritos (I don't know how they make it so tasty), the Conchinillo Asado (perfect for every occasion!), and the Paella Filipino (which is all about sisig AND conchinillo). These three stood out the most for me, but if you're looking to try a bit of everything, why not just avail of their buffet offerings. It's Php 795+ for lunch and Php 850+ for dinner. Their buffet is open daily so you can drop by anytime the craving hits. ;) 

Dessert is not to be missed as they have items like Canonigo, a soft meringue cake with vanilla custarad sauce; Tarta de Queso (cheesecake); Tarta de San Teresa (sponge cake with cream filling, almonds, and yema balls); and Tarta de Chocolate Al Cointreau (chocolate cake with orange liquor). My drink of choice? The Sangria, of course!
Make sure to visit Alba's newest branch on the second floor of Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Pasig City.
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