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Casa Armas Tapas Bar y Restaurante
132 Jupiter Street Bel-Air 2, Makati City Philippines +63 (2) 897-3605 Cuisine: Spanish
He said: 5 tongues Coming soon!
She said: 5 tongues Hands down, it's the best Spanish restaurant I've ever been to. I'm sure I'll change my mind if ever I have the good fortune to go to Spain, but until then this is the best for me.
Boy oh boy, what do I start with? The gambas al ajillo (sauteed shrimps in olive oil and garlic) is something you should start with, among other things. The shrimps are sitting nicely in the olive oil with crunchy garlic all around it. I had to stop myself from eating it like popcorn and remind myself that I'm in a fine establishment and that I should behave accordingly! Paella Valenciana (paella with pork, chicken, seafood, and vegetables) is a staple for me everytime I'm at this place. The best part about the paella is the socarrat, which is the burnt crust at the bottom of the pan. Once you scrape the socarrat and mix it in with the rest of the paella, it adds a fantastic burnt flavor to the whole dish. Surprisingly, I cannot find any Spanish restaurant here in New York City that will make sure there is socarrat in the paella. Maybe they're afraid of the clean-up??
But the star of the show has to be the Cochinillo al Horno (roast baby pig). This is a piglet that they've roasted to crunchy perfection. It's so crunchy that they chop up the pig with a plate! The video is attached - I know, it may not look that appetizing but trust me, the taste is out-of-this-world.
I also love the whole ambiance of Casa Armas. The old world look with the walls that look like you're in a fort add to the romantic and mysterious appeal of the place. And of course like everything else in Manila, service is top-notch.