8 of the Best
Spanish Fusion Restaurants
in Metro Manila
By Tynne De Leon
The Spanish has the biggest impact on our culture. Of course, 300 years under Spanish rule will do that to you. One of their best influences? Food, of course!
Maybe they remind you of your lola’s cooking, but we love digging into Spanish cuisine from time to time. They’re also good when mixed with other cuisines like Mediterranean, Italian and of course, Filipino food!
Here are some of the best Spanish fusion restos in the metro that takes Spanish cuisine to a new level:
8. Toni and Sergio
Toni and Sergio is a restaurant where Italy meets Spain—they serve pizzas, pastas, along with risotto and paellas. Their must-tries include carne paella, six cheese pizza, and vongole pasta which are all perfect for sharing! Located at Venice Grand Canal in McKinley Hill, it has a posh setting that will give you a European vibe.
7. Ilustrado Restaurant
Conveniently housed within the historic walls of Intramuros, you’ll keep coming back for this resto’s Paella Illustrado and Pasta Espanyola. Their desserts like New York Cheesecake are to die for!
6. Café Enye
Upon entering Café Enye, you’ll be welcomed by its refreshing interiors that are very Instagram-worthy. Have a taste of their lechon carbonara, churros with dulce de leche cream and Burgerizzo. They also serve wine and cocktails; try Ñ, their specialty blend. The place is open from 7 a.m. to 1 am., making it a perfect spot not only for work lunches and after-work grub but for both night shifters and morning people.
5. Fino Deli
Fancy a wine night? Fino Deli has a wide array of wine selections perfect for date nights or a chill night out with the squad. They even offer unli wine for a limited time! Pair it with their delectable dishes like Cinco Queso, Truffle Mushroom Pasta or Tomahawk Porkchop.
4. The Black Pig
Whether you prefer a cozy indoor dinner or an intimate al fresco set-up, look no further than The Black Pig in Alabang. It’s a charcuterie, bar, and restaurant all under one roof! Their name was inspired by Spain’s black Iberico pig, and their extensive menu will satisfy every pig lover’s taste buds. Their Spain’s black Iberico pig is the bomb!
3. Mateo’s Restaurant Cafe
This house turned restaurant serves Spanish and Filipino dishes,. Try their baked oysters and spinach and mushroom quesadillas. Their take on seafood paella will surely tickle your taste buds! Invite your family here, as Mateo’s also host birthday parties and small gatherings.
Tortuga is not your typical fusion restaurant in the metro. Their place will remind you of your favorite food spots in surf towns. It’s like you’re in an island getaway! They offer an eclectic mix of Spanish, Asian and Caribbean food that you’ll go gaga for. Try their pork belly, the Jungle Pumba, and Jerk! Chicken.
1. Oye! Tapas and Grill
More than a simple fusion of Spanish and Filipino cuisine, this newest restaurant in Bonifacio Global City offers a youthful take on food that has never been done by other restos.
Try their specialty tapa dishes like Spanish Style Chicken Barbecue with Majada Sauce and pair it with their chicharon rice. Heavenly! They also serve lengua, chorizo, and cheesecake with unique and tasty twists. Pair your meal with the famous La Puñeta, a perfect drink to end your day. On your next visit, don’t forget to ask for their secret menu that will surely blow your mind!
Have you tried any of these restos? Which was your favorite? Share with us in the comments section below!