Spanish Food in Manila and Fangirl Moment at the Alqueria Restaurant in SM Mega Fashion Hall!

A Spain trip is on the works for me soon this year hehe. And from what I've heard, Barcelona alone already promises a culinary adventure and a week may not be enough! What more the other neighboring cities?! While waiting, I dropped by Alqueria Restaurant in SM Megamall for a taste of Spanish-inspired dishes from the SumoSam Group of Restaurants :) We're no strangers to paella and all other dishes initially borrowed from Spanish influences. I thought I'd only have tapas and churros but I was a bit speechless with the special company of one fellow Pinoy travel blogger that I admire from afar. Hehe. Hopefully, I get to visit an actual alqueria in Spain and have awesome company who loves travel as much as I do and who I can learn from like this day... :)


For tapas, we had Gambas Al Ajillo (P375). This can be a meal in itself with all that garlic (just order rice hehe). But we had to make space for the mains.


They have a weekend promo now (2pm to 7pm) at P498 with unlimited Sangria or beer and Tablon de Alqueria (a mix of their 10 best tapas)!


J likes his sangria (spiked) while I had a refreshing seedless grape shake.


They brought out the Pollo Iberico (P395), which was a slowly roasted quarter leg chicken with chorizo, bell peppers in olive oil and white wine.


The Prime Rib Solo (P1499) is best eaten hot with that addicting and tangy chimichurri sauce... 


For meat lovers, there's Paella del Carne (P480 S, comes in M/L) with chicken, chorizo, smoked bacon and spareribs.


Before I could eat my top 2, I watched the seasoned travel writer and photographer set up the Cochinillo Belly with gravy (P888) for a shot hehe. He took his time and it served as a wakeup call for me and my photography skills for my travel blog haha. As a collector of inflight magazines, I could only look forward to his next adventure article before. Now that I met him, I'm looking forward to travelling with him and being friends... Stalker much haha. I was super inspired to look for better angles for food. Hehe. If you're wondering who I'm fangirling about, it's Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap also known as the EazyTraveller ;) And cochinillo is actually our lechon (this one roasted suckling pig) - a delicate farm-to-table dish served in Spain since the olden times.


I hope the bright colors of this Fisherman's Paella (P885) shot brings out how much seafood was in there (even with just the rice) which is one of the things I loved about this dish. The rice is infused with saffron and pomodoro with shrimp, mussels, squid and fish of the day. I even went for seconds and thirds haha.


A slice of Alqueria's Manchego Cheesecake (P230) can satisfy many tummies, esp. mine that can't eat chocolate... That's one loaded cheesecake drizzled with melted manchego and cream cheeses. 


You might want to dig into their Pudin (P160) too. It's a chocolate pudding made from Valor chocolates and topped with ice cream.


I think of Disneyland and theme parks when I see churros and it's the only time I care for cinnamon.


They have Churros with Valor chocolate dip (P158 for 3 pcs, P198 for 5 pcs, P298 for 10 pcs) in Alqueria.


Then for me, there's classic churros in cinnamon and sugar (P138 for 3 pcs, P158 for 5 pcs, P228 for 10 pcs).


Do check out Alqueria with the fam for a Spanish food trip!