Led by the former chef of Lolo Dad’s restaurant, Chef Ariel Manuel ventured into Taperia Poblacion and 2 other Restaurants in one building with 3 different concepts. Taperia Poblacion, being the Spanish traditional cuisine expresses his noble experience and knowledge adding his own take to make it familiar to the locals. More so, the restaurant’s interiors gives you a comfortable vibe lets you feel at home.
We got the Pinxtos first which costs for about 55-65Php each and they were prepared differently using only the best ingredients. The ones we tried were the following: Fried Jamon and Manchego Cheese, Sautéed Angulas and Shrimp, and Smoked Salmon and Egg Pimiento. These small breads with toppings are already filling and what I liked most is the Smoked Salmon and Egg Pimiento.
Some enseladas were also served such as the Smoked Salmon Crepe Ensalada, a plate of smoked salmon and lettuce rolled crepe with anchovy dressing and the Machego Cheese and Fresh Pear that consists of shaved cheese and fresh pear tossed in walnut dressing.
The best sellers from the Tapas menu were served starting with the Gambas with Almonds where they smoked the shrimps served with garlic and olive oil. There is the Callos which is a traditional spanish dish with braised ox tripe and beef tendon. One of my favorites, the Chipirones Adobo where they used baby squid cooked in balsamic vinegar and garlic. Also notable dish, the US Prime Rib Eye Salpicao in mustard and garlic that is very tender and flavorful. They also served Costillas De Cerdo or barbequed pork ribs but with glazed apples to add balance and lastly, Lamb Aceitunas where they cooked the lamb breast with tapenade or pureed olives.
We would not miss some of their specialties from the Arroz and Pasta menu. The classic Arroz Valenciana with tomato, saffron, chorizo and chicken is one heavy meal. The Arroz En Su Tinta consisting of squids, shrimps, mussels and scallops is really good as you can really taste the flavor of the squid. A Spanish twist from the pasta dish, Espagueti A La Bolonesa which they add in some chorizo and tomato stew.
You can also order food from the 2 other restos in the building, the Sippery and Bistro Manuel and have them served whichever resto you are in. Overall, the food were superb, having Chef Ariel Manuel’s own twist added more value and inspiration to make the customers experience a glimpse of Spain. Kudos!