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Craving Spanish Cuisine? Here Are 10 Tapas Restaurants Around Metro Manila

These restaurants all offer something special, so you’re sure to have a unique dining experience each time you visit.
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Indecisive about where to dine? You can never go wrong with tapas. No matter what you're in the mood for, Spanish cuisine will never fail you. In this list, we rounded up 10 different Spanish tapas bars that come with their own specialty dishes to narrow down your choices and give you an idea of where to dine and chat over drinks. You don't have to choose just one; maybe you can even turn that indecisiveness into an excuse to go tapas restaurant-hopping. 

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1| Bueno Tapas & Wine Restaurant

If you're looking for a lesser-known tapas bistro that serves dishes that will have you going for seconds, pay a visit to this little restaurant in The Grove by Rockwell. From creamy oxtail paella to grilled Galician octopus and its special squid croquettes, Bueno has got quite the menu. The Pasig restaurant also offers vegan options for some of its dishes. 

Bueno Tapas & Wine Restaurant branches are located at G/F Retail Row, The Grove by Rockwell; and E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave., Ugong, Pasig.

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2| BCN by Las Flores 

True to its promise of allowing its customers to experience the “other side of Barcelona,” most of BCN by Las Flores' tapas frias (cold starters) share a key ingredient: fish. You can choose from salmon, tuna, anchovy, and caviar dishes to kick off your dining experience. The restaurant even offers a charcoal-grilled “fish of the day,” along with other choices like Spanish-style barramundi, sea bass, and turbot. 

BCN by Las Flores branches are located on 9th Avenue corner 26th Street, G/F Tower 1, High Street Corporate Plaza, BGC; and Level 2, S' Maison, Seaside Blvd, Pasay.

3| Calderón - Cocina Tapas y Bebidas 

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Established in 2012, this tapas kitchen's main branch is located along Calderon Street in San Juan City. However, if you're not from there, don't worry—it has branches in Pasig and Makati, too. Calderóns specialties include roasted bone marrow, lengua in creamy mushroom butter sauce, and salted cod fish simmered in olive oil, tomato sauce, pimiento, and spices, to name a few.

Calderón - Cocina Tapas y Bebidas branches are located at 403 F. Calderon, San Juan, 12-C East Capitol Drive, Bo. Kapitolyo, Pasig; and G/F Unit 3-B Classica Condominium, 112 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati.

4| Gallery by Chele

Gallery by Chele carefully curates the local produce it uses for its multi-course Spanish tasting menus. Its regulars span from the salsa verde—a combination of white snapper, parsley, and sayote—to the huevos con jamon made of local peas, organic egg, and iberico. Of course, there should always be room for dessert; so what will it be—sobao made of butter cake, forest berries, and milk ice cream, or burnt basque cheesecake comprising grated truffle and chantilly?  

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Gallery by Chele is located at 5/F Clipp Center, 11th Avenue corner, 39th St, BGC.

5| Txoko Asador Restaurante

Another venture of the Bar Pintxos Group, Txoko Asador Restaurante aims to weave local ingredients into delectable Spanish recipes to “create a family of food aficionados.” Some testaments to this goal are the terrina de cochinillo confitado, paella de rabo, and cuarto de lechazo, which were all made with uniquely Filipino ingredients. The steak tartare and pulpo carpaccio are also some crowd favorites at Txoko Asador. 

Txoko Asador Restaurante is located at 102 1229 Esteban St., Legazpi Village, Makati.

6| Poco Deli

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Poco Deli fuses together Italian and Spanish cuisines to bring you the best of both worlds. The quattro carne pizza, while made with distinctly Italian mozzarella and pomodoro, is topped with four different kinds of sausages for a Spanish spin. But what this neighborhood deli is truly known for is its selection of cold cut and cheese platters, which allows you to choose your own European cured meats and deli cheeses for maximum enjoyment. 

Poco Deli branches are located at 21 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig and One Parkade, 7th Avenue, BGC.

7| Txanton 

Dubbed as the first jamoneria in the country, Txanton is home to a vast array of high-quality ibérico for you to taste. It also specializes in Raciones de Conservas Premium, or “selected seafood and veggies in brine canned by La Brujula, El Navarrico, and Ar de Arte.” New on the menu is the apologia de la anchoa, which consists of nine different dishes made with codesa anchovies. 

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Txanton is located at 2294 Chino Roces Ave. Extension, 2/F Smithbell Building, Makati.

8| RAMBLA Cocina Moderna 

This upscale restaurant also borrows ingredients from Japanese cuisine to create some of its most iconic dishes. The tuna cones with wasabi mayo, salmon tartar with crab roe, yuca chips, and Japanese dressing, and the gambas with shiitake mushrooms are just some of these mouthwatering menu items. Rambla even serves cochinillo to bring the flavors of Castilla right to your plate. 

Rambla Cocina Moderna is located at Joya Tower, 28 Plaza Drive, Makati.

9| La Pícara Manila

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La Pícara puts a unique spin on classic Spanish food by cleverly combining it with hints of various Asian cuisines. For instance, its croquetas come in kimchi, takoyaki, and adobo variants, while its famous soup is the sopa tom bisque with strong bursts of tom yum flavor—truly embodying what it means for east to meet west. 

La Picara is located at 2/F One Bonifacio High Street Mall High Street, corner, 5th Ave, BGC.

10| Hola Bombón  

Offering a total of 10 different flavors, Hola Bombon's paella is a must-try. Other than the classic paella negra, there's also the duck paella and the paella de verduras, which is a vegan-friendly combination of bomba rice, seasonal vegetables, piquillo peppers, burnt eggplant, and romesco. And of course, what would a Spanish restaurant be without some good old churros? This Makati bistro finishes its churros off with servings of coconut alongside the usual combination of Spanish churros and chocolate. 

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Hola Bombon is located at 5887 Fermina, corner Enriquez, Makati.

 

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