Update: As of March 19, 2017, ArroZeria is no longer operational.
An authentic Spanish restaurant where rice is a hero.
If you love paella, you should check out this restaurant! ArroZeria is touted as one of Manila’s best Spanish restaurants specializing in authentic paella. In Spanish, the restaurant’s name means “house of rice.”
This casual dining restaurant has branches at Century City Mall and BGC, Taguig. The restaurant promotes the significance of rice as they partnered with International Research Institute (IRRI) that has about 80% of their ingredients being locally sourced. With Chef Jose Luis “Chele” Gonzales and Spanish Chef Paco Bermudez, they make their dishes remain done the traditional Spanish way.
The restaurant has a refined artistic setting designed by architect Carlo Calma. Once seated inside, you will see decorations such as the wall painting of La Lltoja de Mercaders. There is also an open kitchen where you see the Chef and the staff preparing culinary masterpieces perfected to be served.
Arrozeria serves not only their signature paella but also other traditional Spanish cuisine such as sandwiches, greens, tapas, meat and fish, desserts, and wines. Their specialty paella can be enjoyed in 5 different ways: the classic paella (al dente and thin), caldoso (soupy), risottos (creamy), meloso (saucy) and fideua (thin noodles).
One of their appetizing dishes is Tabla de Pates (P395), light tapas served with champagne, cochinillo and mushrooms chicken pistachio and seafood terrine and a sauce of three different flavors (black olive, parsley and porcini mushroom mayonnaise) on the side.
Tabla de Pates
Another best-selling tapas offerings are the Gambas Con Gabardina Negra (P395), a perfectly crispy and succulent battered shrimp coated with squid ink served with mojo picon and Lengua Frita (P 380), a slices of freshly-cooked deep fried angus ox tongue coated in béchamel with tartar sauce.
Gambas Con Gabardina Negra (L) and Lengua Frita (R)
One of the best-sellers is the Paella Valenciana (P590 (good for 2 to 3), P1,130 (good for 4-5), and P1,720 (good for 6-8), a comforting, lusciously and pleasantly savory rice dish consists of chicken, rosemary, white and green beans.
Arrozeria is a perfect place for celebrations with family, friends and colleagues. It can seat around 50 people inside and about 16 people outside. It is a restaurant for the finest and perfectly-made authentic Spanish specialties in the metro.
Article by: Adrian Pempena
Edited by: Jastine Valeriano
Photos courtesy of: Arrozeria and Adrian Pempena