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March 22, 2019

Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons

Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons

Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons

One need not fly to Spain to feast on good tapas, paella and Sangria. 

There is one restaurant that foodies know when it comes to indulging in delicious, authentic and traditional Spanish cuisine - Alba Restaurante Español.  




The story of this well-loved restaurant started in 1952, when  Senor Anastacio de Alba set foot in the Philippines to train cooks of Casino Espanol. He fell in love with the country and opened Alba Cocina Espanola, a 5-table modest eatery at Isaac Peral (now UN Avenue) and later transferred to a bigger location near Luneta in Florida Street (now known as Ma. Orosa). 

Now, Alba Restaurante Espanol opened its fifth branch in Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons, Pasig. In the North Wing of Estancia sits a new 170-seater Alba Restaurant. On the wall is written: Reunirse, from the Spanish root word “reunir”. “It means to meet, assemble and get together,” explained Chef Miguel de Alba, President of Alba International Incorporated and General Manager of Alba Restaurante Español. 

The new Alba Restaurante Espanol is bigger with different sections perfect for gatherings of families and friends.

Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons
Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons
Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons


Brick walls, beautiful Mediterranean-patterned tiles. charming chandeliers and modern furniture pieces spell a festive mood of the new restaurant. There are function rooms for more intimate gatherings. Alicante, with modern blue couches combined with  red-colored chairs can seat up to 60 guests. Further to the left is Andalusia, another function room for 30 persons. Inside, a heritage wall that feature  memorabilia of its founder, Senor Anastacio de Alba. While the main dining hall Segovia, can accommodate up to 50 guests,

Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons


It seems that every inch and corner of the new Alba Restaurante Espanol has its own story to tell evident with memorablias and photographs of owners serving their guests. 

It is good to know more about the history of this restaurant as we enjoy the festive offerings such  authentic Paella Valenciana with chicken, pork,  chorizo, seafood, and vegetables. There is also Paella Negra (with squid ink and shrimps), Paella Marinara (seafood),  Paella de Bacalao (dried salted cod fish and potatoes) and Paella de Verduras for those who prefer vegetables. 

Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons
Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons
Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons
Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons

Alba Restaurante Espanol serves 55 choices of tapas such as chorizos, jamon, gambas, champignon, Pamplona, mortadela, salchichon, mahi-mahi, and Pa amb tomaquete. One can also buy these Spanish cold cuts straight from the Deli Bar. 

Then of course, do not miss to take a serving of Cochinillo Asado, roasted suckling pig with its perfect crisp skin.

Don't forget to cap off your meal with fluffy meringue cake, Canonigo and another bestseller, Tarta de Santa Teresa, a cream-filled sponge cake with almonds and yema balls.

It was really a festive night at Alba! I can't wait to go back


Alba Restaurante Espanol in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons
Enjoying my Sangria.
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Alba Restaurante Espanol 
Level 2, Estancia Mall
Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
+632 2534953, +632 2538272
Restaurant capacity: 170 pax
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www.alba.com.ph