Friday 24 June 2011

Spices: La Tienda

When somebody asked me where to have good Paella, the first restaurant that came to mind was La Tienda. An institution in Makati that serves one of the best Paella found in the country.

The resto has an old and classy ambiance. Be sure to wear something decent, no shorts and flip-flops. The resto follows a proper dress code when you want to dine there.

Inside La Tienda

Make sure to order your Paella as soon as you arrive, it has to be cooked and prepared for 30 to 45 mins before it is served.  While waiting for our Paella, we ordered Tapas and nibbled on the complimentary bread and breadsticks.

The Spanish Chorizo tasted great, it was juicy and bursting with flavor. I was eating piece after piece of this succulent treat.

Chorizo Frito Php 210

The Patatas Bravas (fried potatoes with tomato sauce) was uniquely delicious. I've never tasted tomato sauce prepared in this manner. When the dish came out, I though the potatoes where squash because of its color. The sauce was infused with different herbs and the most important component, paprika.

Patatas Bravas Php 320

This was my first time to try Gazpacho, a chilled tomato soup. I really dislike toamto juice so I was a little worried on how I would like the soup. The soup tasted like a cold version of the patatas bravs' sauce. The soup might taste weird for some but I liked it. It was refreshing and different.

Gazpacho Php 200

When the main attraction was served, not only did it looked awesome, it also smelled beautifully. The Paella was absolutely fantastic. The rice was cooked perfectly and the flavors hits the right spot. As what the Spaniards say, the Paella was "enso un punto". I was with someone who was recently been in Barcelona and she said the Paella was like the one she had back there, now that's what I call authentic Paella.

Paella Mixta De La Tienda Php 645

La Tienda

La Tienda
Address: 43 Polaris St., Bel-Air Makati, Metro Manila
Tel No: (632) 890-4123 

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