A meal of Spanish cuisine is always something I look forward to, and my recent lunch at Tapella in Greenbelt 5 did not disappoint. The place has such an inviting, comfortable feel to it. It was a great place for business lunches before during my banker days. And it still is an apt choice now for enjoyable meals with colleagues, friends and family.
We started with this generous salad of mixed greens with a tasty tamarind balsamic dressing. It also has some of my favorite things-- candied walnuts and goat cheese! The greens and tomatoes are the freshest. It is an appetizing sweet-sour start to a good meal.
Next on the menu is the refreshing Mango Gazpacho. This is a classic Spanish-style cold soup of tomatoes and olive oil, and Tapella's version has crab meat, salmon roe, and mangoes as a twist!
The next starter dish is another must-try! This very tasty sisig is made with eggs, morcilla or blood sausages, and pork over shoestring potatoes. It's very special! I can imagine sharing this with some friends over drinks at happy hour!
Truffle-based pastas are popular these days. Tapella's Truffle Cream Pasta, though, is a real feast for the senses. It reaches you at the table with a heavenly, mouthwatering smell. The use of Spanish jamon as bacon makes it a truly singular experience, delicious yet not overpowering at all. It is a really delightful dish even my picky children will surely like.
Tapella's Maya-Maya fish recipe is a hit with me too-- it is garnished with lots of my favorite mussels and mushrooms! This is indeed a light and pleasant dish with its white wine parsley sauce.
For dessert, chocolate is always a no-fail choice. But this Lava Cake turned out to be one of the best I have ever tried. I love warm chocolate desserts, and this cake is not too sweet, moist and thoroughly warmed just right.
Tapella is offering Christmas set meals til the New Year. Check it out.
Or if your celebrations are at home or in the office, you may call them for catering services. You can choose from set menus or have them customize one for you.
I can't wait to go back for some wine, tapas, paella, and lengua. Here's their menu!
Tapella is at the Ground Floor of Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center in Makati City.
Phone Nos.: (02) 757-2710; Telefax: (02) 757-27-11
Mobile No.: +63917-712-4546