Alba Restaurante Español
An institution in Manila’s restaurant scene, Alba Restaurante Español has satisfied generations of food lovers by serving traditional, home-cooked Spanish fare. We love the warm, rustic ambiance reminiscent of a village in Barcelona at this TripAdvisor-recommended establishment.
A celebration of life, a feast of flavors and a restaurant steeped in tradition for over 60 years—these are just some of the reasons why its loyal following keeps on growing.
Commerce Ave., Filinvest Corporate City
(02) 771 2178 to 79
38 Polaris St.
(02) 896 6950 to 51 (02) 890 4372
Prism Plaza, Pasay
4/F Two E-Com Center, Harbour Drive
Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay
(02) 384 6344
(02) 808 2326
(02) 808 8210
About Alba Restaurante Español
The ‘Home of Traditional Spanish Cooking’, the restaurant was founded by Señor Anastacio de Alba. Hailing from Avila, Spain, Señor Alba’s culinary artistry and true passion for flavor has drawn politicians, celebrities, and anyone who was anyone in Manila to the doors of his earlier restaurants.
THINGS TO LOVE
A celebration of life, a feast of flavors, and warm hospitality steeped in tradition for 60 years—these reasons are more than enough to visit Alba and enjoy a memorable meal.
Authentic Spanish Dishes: You might as well be dining in Spain while you’re at Alba. Have a taste of the very same cuisine Señor Alba has enjoyed in his homeland and the same dishes he brought to the country over 60 years ago. From the homemade chorizo to the callos, generations grew up to his traditional, yet distinct Spanish cooking.
Warm & Attentive Staff: From the moment you are greeted with “Bienvenidos!” until you leave the restaurant with a full stomach, the amiable staff at Alba will look after your requests diligently. Don’t be afraid to ask the staff about their best-sellers or the rich history of the restaurant.
Live Entertainment: Let the musicians serenade you with contemporary Spanish songs that set the mood for an enticing evening.
Generous Appetizers: Revel in warm rolls and butter served as appetizers while the staff prepares your order.
Beguiling Ambiance: The Spanish influence is not only seen in the food, but in the interiors of Alba’s Restaurant as well. Spanish lamps cast their glow on murals that reflect the beauty of Barcelona and on the stone walls similar to the ones found in Avila. Flamenco dancers twirl their skirts on the painted ceilings, while wooden tables grow heavy with food served on plates with Mediterranean hues.
DISHES TO TRY
Alba is very passionate about their food, and you will be passionate about their dishes, too, once you get a taste of what’s cooking in their traditional Spanish kitchen.
Cochinillo: More commonly known as lechon de leche, cochinillo is a roasted suckling pig. At Alba, the meat is moist and tasty—a striking contrast to the most coveted part of this dish, the skin. Upon taking in a mouthful, the cochinillo’s crispy skin will explode in your mouth with a sound that echoes to your ears.
Paellas: Whether it’s the bestselling paella valenciana or the kid-friendly paella de pollo finas hierbas, the paellas at Alba are a gustatory delight. Known as the Father of Paella in the Philippines, Señor Alba has elevated the creation of his paellas into fine culinary masterpieces.
Lengua Sevillana: Several generations have raved about how Alba’s classic signature dish, lengua sevillana, seems to melt in the mouth. Stewed with olives and mushrooms for hours, the ox tongue is enriched with the flavor of a decadent sherry brown sauce. Tender and delicious, the lengua sevillana will make your meal extra special.
DETAILS TO REMEMBER
Those who are craving authentic Spanish dishes filled with soul will find the answer to their longing at Alba’s Restaurant. Find flavors perfected through the years at their four branches at Prism Plaza, Pasay City; Polaris, Makati City; Tomas Morato, Quezon City; and Westgate Center, Alabang.
Freshness: Quite a number of restaurant reviews talk about the small portions displayed in the buffet, but this is done by the restaurant’s knowledgeable staff to ensure the freshness of the dishes. The irresistible dishes are refilled as soon as the ones on the buffet table are consumed.
Spanish Buffet Schedule: The Spanish Buffet is available daily for lunch at 11:30 am to 2:30 pm in all branches. For dinner, the schedule is 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm and is available daily at the Tomas Morato and Prism Plaza branches. The Spanish Buffet dinner is also available at the Westgate branch on Saturdays and Sundays, while the Polaris branch holds it only during Sunday evenings.
Reservation: It can be quite hard to secure a table without a reservation. It’s best to call a week prior to the engagement for important celebrations or a day beforehand for casual dining.
Al Fresco Dining: For those who wish to dine al fresco, outdoor seating is available at the Tomas Morato and Westgate branches.