Friday, September 16, 2011

Flavors Of Spain: Top Spanish Restaurants In Tapas Festival

The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) and Fuego Hotels jointly present Flavors of Spain 2011, featuring the country’s top Spanish restaurants in a month-long Tapas Festival.
                
Flavors of Spain has become a much anticipated annual celebration of Spanish culture and cuisine.  The unique dining experience of enjoying Spanish tapas, big-flavored delicacies on small plates, with a glass or two of sherry or beer, comes to diners all across Metro Manila.
                
Starting October 1, four restaurants will offer their finest for the Flavors of Spain Tapas Festival.  El Cirkulo, the stylish restaurant run by the Gamboa family of restaurateurs, participates with a long tapas menu.   Since its opening, the restaurant has collected rave reviews for its overall fine dining experience and Spanish cuisine.  There are several tapas to look forward to, paired with a choice of the chef’s recommended wines and spirits.  The restaurant with “paellas to die for,” as one food critic commented, is a landmark in Arna.


Terry’s Selection, celebrating its twelfth year as one of Manila’s most loved Spanish restaurants, joins the Tapas Festival with its own inventive menu.  Owned and run by Chef Juan Carlos de Terry, the restaurant also boasts of a gourmet store of exquisite wines, hams, sausages and cheeses.  The restaurant has not only been hailed for its authentic cuisine but for great service.  Terry’s has grown over the years with three locations:  Pasong Tamo, The Podium and in Lafayette Square, Salcedo Village. 
               
From a gourmet bar with selected specialties to a deli shop and four wine restaurants, the success of Barcino Wine Resto Bar is one for the books.  Barcino Gourmet began with a bar, a table, wine, cheeses and chorizos and few Spanish delicacies.  Today, with its popularity at a high, Barcino offers gourmands four locations to enjoy its tapas specialties. Diners can savor Barcino at Greenbelt 2, The Fort, Julio Vargas in Ortigas, Greenbelt 5 and Power Plant Mall, Rockwell.


Also joining the Tapas Festival is Tapella by Gaudi, located in Greenbelt 5.  Making waves in Spanish tapas and paellas since it opened in 2009(?), Tapella has been lauded for a number of tapas specialties.  The kitchen is headed by Chef Alexandra Cacho, who uses only authentic Spanish ingredients for the restaurant’s many specialties.
               
For more information on the Flavors of Spain, contact El Cirkulo at 810-8735, 810-2763; Terry’s Selection at 844-1816 (Pasong Tamo), 636-3513 (The Podium), 889-3194 (Salcedo Village); Barcino at 501-3250 (Greenbelt 2), 900-0726 (The Fort), 636-2963 (Ortigas), 756-0965 (Greenbelt 5), 846-9423 (Power Plant Mall); and Tapella by Gaudi at 757-2710.  The Tapas Festival in these participating restaurants is set from October 1-31, 2011.


Photo Courtesy of: breckenridgemusicfestival.com

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