LIST: 10 Foolproof Tapas and Pintxos Bars Around the Metro
When we talk of Spanish cuisine, croquette, tortilla, and paella usually come to mind first. But beyond these classic Spanish favorites, the cuisine has more to offer in the form of tapas and pintxos.
These small, but incredible snacks generally mean the same thing except for a few distinctions. Tapa is usually a small serving of a common Spanish dish, while pintxo is a finger food commonly served on top of bread with a cocktail stick or toothpick.
If you’re looking for Spanish snacks to munch on, here are 10 restaurants that offer tapas and pintxos around the Metro!
Las Flores’ Salmon & Salmon / IMAGE from Las Flores
Established in 2012, Las Flores is a modern day Spanish restaurant that puts a contemporary touch to classic Spanish dishes which includes modern tapas. Two of their most recommended dishes are the Salmon & Salmon and the Paella de Marisco.
Address: G/F One McKinley Place, 25th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Also read: Las Flores in BGC offers contemporary Spanish flavors
Tomatito’s Ceviche de Atun
With an interior that immediately transports you back in time, Tomatito offers a taste of classic Spanish dishes served in a typical Spanish bar in the 80s. The restaurant is also fondly dubbed as a “sexy tapas bar”.
Address: G/F BGC Corporate Center, 30th St. cor. 11th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Also read: Tomatito Manila in BGC: Of colors, flavors, and fun, the Spanish way
Tapella Tapas Bar and Restaurant
Tapella’s Chuleton Villagodio / IMAGE from Tapella
Tapella Tapas Bar and Restaurant is located at Greenbelt 5 in Makati City. The restaurant has been the go-to place for modern Spanish dishes and wine since 2009.
Address: G/F, Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati City
Also read: Tapella Tapas Bar and Restaurant in Greenbelt
Donosti Pintxos y Tapas
Donosti Pintxos y Tapas’ Jamon Iberico / IMAGE from Donosti Pintxos y Tapas
Donosti Pintxos y Tapas’ name was inspired by the city of Donostia from Basque in Spain. Despite its name, the restaurant’s menu was influenced by dishes from all over Spain. Aside from tapas and pintxos, it also serves Spanish cold cuts.
Address: G/F NAC Tower, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Also read: Donosti Pintxos y Tapas
Tauro Pintxos Wine Bar & Grill
Tauro’s Piparade with Chili Espellette and Bayonne Ham Pintxos / IMAGE from Tauro Pintxos Wine Bar & Grill
Tauro Pintxos Wine Bar & Grill does not only offer a menu inspired by the Basque cuisine and French cooking but the wine bar also boasts a wide array of spirits and wines to choose from.
Address: G/F Atrium of Makati Bldg., Makati Ave. cor. Paseo de Roxas, Makati
Also read: Tauro Pintxos Wine Bar & Grill, Makati: The flavors of Basque cuisine
Bar Pintxos Tapas y Mas
Bar Pintxos Tapas y Mas’ choices of pintxos
If you’re looking for a solid after-work place to hang out with friends, Bar Pintxos Tapas y Mas might just do the trick. The restaurant serves both authentic Spanish dishes and local Spanish beers, a sure-fire combination after a long, hard day.
Address: G/F Paseo Parkview, San Agustin St., Salcedo Village, Bel-Air, Makati City
Also read: Bar Pintxos Tapas y Mas in Salcedo Village, Makati
MÁS Tapas’ Salchichon and Quail Eggs Pinxto / IMAGE from MAS Tapas
Speaking of after-work drinks, you might also want to look into MÁS Tapas in Greenhills. After all, who doesn’t like a tall glass of cocktail with a side of unlimited Spanish tapas and dishes?
Address: 18 Missouri St., Greenhills, San Juan
Also read: MÁS Tapas: Unlimited Spanish Style Food and Cocktails in Greenhills, San Juan
Taperia’s choices of tapas
Poblacion has proven that aside from a fun night out, it can also offer solace to foodies and food lovers, alike. And for those looking for a taste of Spanish cuisine, Poblacion gives you Taperia. The restaurant offers authentic Spanish dishes ranging from tapas and pintxos to carvings and rice meals.
Address: 2/F Six Axes Center, 4347 B. Valdez, Makati
Also read: Taperia Poblacion: Tapas, pintxos, and other Spanish favorites
Rambla’s Pulpo, Hummus, and Sweet Paprika
Rambla serves up sophisticated Spanish cuisine focusing largely on authentic Catalan dishes. Despite being a fancy restaurant, it offers a cozy ambiance thanks to its casual dining set-up and two open kitchens.
Address: G/F Joya Lofts and Towers, Joya Drive, Rockwell, Poblacion, Makati City
Also read: Rambla in Makati: Sophisticated Spanish flavors
Calderon Cocina Tapas y Bebidas
Calderon’s Pan Con Tomate / IMAGE from Calderon
There’s no place like home and Calderon‘s traditional Spanish home-inspired interior will make you feel like you have come home. Aside from its comforting interiors, it also offers a taste of authentic Spanish cuisine that is both flavorful and colorful. Calderon currently has three branches in Metro Manila: Little Baguio in San Juan, Kapitolyo in Pasig, and Salcedo Village in Makati.
Also read: Calderon
Which of these tapas and pintxos bars are your usuals? Which would you like to give a go? We’d love to know in the comments below!
Sources: Travel for Food Hub, Travel Meets Food, & Lingua Schools