I haven't seen my ramen ninja friend Dex for so long, and I was glad to be reunited with him for a quick lunch. We decided to try Alqueria this time.
Alqueria, formerly known as Boqueria (the name change was a business decision, I think feng shui), is a Spanish concept restaurant by the SumoSam Group with modern takes on traditional favorites like tapas, paella and churros.
For appetizers or apertivos, we tried the Albondigas con Foie Gras (Php 328) and Huevos Con Chorizo (Php 218).
|Albondigas con Foie Gras|
|Huevos con Chorizo|
Served in an iron cast pot, the Albondigas con Foie Gras is certainly not for the faint-hearted. A delicious treat that goes well with the Albondigas is the Huevos Con Chorizo, with crispy shoestring potatoes. Dex found it too salty, while I found it otherwise. He must have got a better share of chorizo than I did.
Alqueria serves paellas that can be shared by 2-3 persons, a good thing if you want to try all the paellas too. :)
We shared a Paella Quezo Manchego (Php 398), a paella generously topped with Manchego Cheese and chorizo.
|Paella Quezo Manchego|
It was a delight, especially for cheese lovers like me. However, our tastebuds craved for a different flavor halfway through it. Delicious, but we could have ordered the Valenciana or the Del Carne instead.
For dessert, we didn't miss out on trying the Churros (3 pcs for Php 168, 5 pcs for Php 248) with dark chocolate dip.
I loved the long, non-greasy churros we had, but I wish they would be more generous with the dark chocolate dip.
Overall, I liked our dining experience in Alqueria. The service could still be improved (we had a hard time calling the attention of the servers), yet the food was delicious and the prices were reasonable enough. I would love to go back for the churros, the sangria and probably try other paellas.
Alqueria Restaurante Y Chocolateria
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