June 24, 2024

Alma in Makati: Bringing Chef Martinez’s Beloved Spanish Cooking from Siargao to Poblacion

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  • Alma in Makati: Bringing Chef Martinez’s Beloved Spanish Cooking from Siargao to Poblacion
  • From Siargao to Poblacion, Alma has come so far after opening its first branch in the surfing capital of the Philippines. Alma, meaning “soul” in Spanish, was born from Chef Luis Martinez’s deep connection to his roots in Valencia, Spain and his love for the ocean.

    Chef Luis Martinez / IMAGE from Terraza Martinez

    Chef Luis’ journey began in his family’s kitchen in Valencia, where he started cooking at a young age. After opening the first Alma in Spain with his brother, Chef Luis took his knowledge to Siargao in 2020 after a brief stay on the island. Despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alma thrived by creating a loyal following among the locals and tourists until it had to close due to the devastation of Typhoon Odette.

    Roasted Smoked Duck Breast / IMAGE from Alma

    After that unfortunate setback, Chef Luis Martinez channeled his passion into a new venture, Terraza Martinez, in BGC. This Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant showcased his dedication to authentic flavors and refined cooking techniques. With the success of Terraza Martinez, Chef Luis reopened Alma in its original home and simultaneously opened a new one in Makati…

    Crispy Black Sea Bass Basquaise / IMAGE from Alma

    Now, Alma brings the flavors of the Mediterranean region to Poblacion. The menu features a variety of delectable Valecian dishes such as paellas, tapas, and plato principales. Complementing its amazing food are a wide selection of cocktails, wine, spirits, and beer.

    Presa Iberico and Sobrasada Paella / IMAGE from Alma

    Whether in Poblacion or Siargao, Alma offers an amazing dining experience that celebrates the flavors of Spanish cooking​. It stands as a reminder of how far one can come, and how food can bridge distances, bringing a piece of home wherever it goes.

    General Information

  • 2/F, 5887 Fermina cor. Enrique St, Poblacion, Makati
  • 0926-031-0098
  • 5 p.m. - 12 m.n.
  • https://www.almaphilippines.com/
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