May 10, 2016

Alba Restaurante Español: Home of Traditional Spanish Cookin in Manila since 1952!

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  • Spanish cuisine has long been loved by Filipinos, and it’s all thanks to one restaurant that has been the Philippines’ home of traditional Spanish cooking for more than five decades: Alba Restaurante Español.

    AUTHENTIC SPANISH CUISINE. Alba Restaurante Español single-handedly introduced Filipinos to Spanish cuisine./ IMAGE Philippine Primer

    Alba Restaurante Español has been in the country since 1952. It has been lauded by some of the country’s top names in the food industry, including Chef Sandy Daza, a Filipino-Canadian veteran gourmet chef. The restaurant was founded by Señor Anastacio de Alba who is an origin of Avila, Spain. He is the man behind the famous Spanish restaurants, Patio de Alba, La Mancha, and Casa Colas. 

    What makes Alba so special that it stands out amongst the crowd of Spanish restaurants is the owners’ burning passion for culinary arts. Señor Anastacio de Alba and his son, Chef Miguel, always ensure that their food is uniquely Alba; indeed, they’ve proven their culinary craft and artistry to many families in the country. The father-and-son team’s culinary passion is reflected in the taste and flavors of cuisine that has been perfected through the years.

    PAELLA VALENCIANA (Php 580)./ IMAGE Philippine Primer

    Their most sought-after dish is their paella. With 16 varieties ranging from the classic Valenciana (with chicken, pork, seafood, and vegetables), to the distinct Paella Filipino (with sisig and cochinillo), their paella is definitely one for the books.

    A trip to Alba won’t be complete without sampling their tapas menu. Whether it’s from their Calientes (hot appetizers) or Frias (cold appetizers), you’ll surely love this start to your meal.

    GAMBAS AL AJILLO (Php 370)./ IMAGE Philippine Primer

    CHORIZO FRITOS (Php 350)./ IMAGE Philippine Primer

    The best way to enjoy Alba’s food is through their Spanish buffet. Showcasing their entire regular menu, their lunch and dinner buffets give everyone a chance to enjoy Alba’s best without having to break the bank.


    For reservations at their main branch, you may call 02-896-6950.

    Note: Last updated on May 25, 2017


    Recent Comments

    But I didn’t know we Filipinos never knew about Spanish cuisine until Alba “single-handedly introduced” it to us; this despite the fact that we were colonized by Spain for three hundred years, and we already have Spanish influenced dishes at least in the 19th century. Thats what the photo caption said.

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