TAPELLA: Tapas, Paella and more by Gaudi

White Garlic and Almond Soup

I was just excited about hitting up a Tapas & Paella restaurant a couple of weeks ago. That week, I had my first, authentic tapas and paella meals. The Cuisineuer was privileged to discover this Spanish rice recipe for Paella when I was invited to join a blogger’s event in Tapella. I, Rizza, Jim, and sissy Peachy walked into a quaint, charming restaurant located at Ground Floor, Greenbelt 5 Ayala Center, Makati were the crew led us to the restaurant’s al fresco.

Chef Alexandra Cacho preparing Paella Manchego

The  executive  chef  of  Tapella,  Chef Alexandra Cacho demonstrated how Paella Manchego, Cojonudos and Sangria are being prepared. First, she introduced us to Paella Manchego using the freshest and tastiest ingredients such as saffron, calrose rice, prawns, chicken breast, broccoli, asparagus and Manchego cheese.

 Paella Manchego

Cojonudos is made of Quail egg, Jamon Serrano, Pimiento (redbellpepper) on top of Sliced fluted bread


Tapas  and Paella are mouth-watering traditional cuisine which is quintessentially  Spanish.  This  classic  dish  is  a  hearty meal that is perfect for large numbers. Paella Manchego takes a while to cook, of course, so to keep us bloggers occupied and happy Chef Alexandra put together some Spanish treats  to pass on trays.

Camembert with Caramelized Onion on Fluted Bread

The restaurant specializes in tapas and paellas plus a wide range of appetizer, salad, pasta, soup and dessert. It is open daily from 11am until 12mn, the restaurant attendants are trained to expertly explain each exciting recipes of the dishes that guest wish to know about.  Wine all-you-can paired with tapas is served every Friday from 6pm to 9pm while Beer all-you-can paired with tapas is served every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm. Dinning at Tapella comes with complimentary WIFI.

Octopus with Paprika, Salt and Virgin Olive Oil 


Calamari with Black Ink Batter 

Beef Tenderloin Salpicado with White Beans


The Sangria is a mix of orange juice, redwine, brandy, liquor, and soda in a cocktail glass full of ice  garnished with the slices of lemon and orange. The happy ending is plate of dessert consists of Apple Pie, Cheesecake, Arroz con Leche, Oreo Cheesecake, Rum Cake and Tocino del Cielo.

Apple Pie Cheesecake, Arroz con Leche, Oreo Cheesecake, Rum Cake and Tocino del Cielo.

For more information or reservations, call 7572710 and 7572711. 

Baragatan sa Palawan 2011 - Amos Tara!

If the Philippines has 7, 107 islands, 1,780 islands can be found in Palawan where every island is an adventure. I am from Palawan and I never had a chance to explore all of its islands and islets. My province has the highest immersion of islands and one of the largest provinces in the country geographically speaking. The capital, the only city in my province, and the cleanest city in the Philippines is Puerto Princesa. It  has the lowest  crime rate compared to other cities in the Philippines where the World Heritage Site, Puerto Princesa City Subterranean River National Park can be navigated. Known as the the Philippines' last ecological frontier, Palawan is rich in natural resources both flora and fauna, it is home to exotic and endemic species of animals that roam freely in its verdant hills and plains. Isn't it great to be a Palaweno? I am proud to be one!

On June 13-23, 2011 we will be celebrating the 109th founding anniversary of my province. You are hereby invited to join us. From the Cuyonon dialect, we call it Baragatan which means "convergence". People will be coming together from 24 municipalities to bring their songs, dances and music together.  We will present all these aspects of life through cultural presentation, trade shows, exhibitions, float parade and street dancing. Amos Tara! 

The penguin shines across the loving hydrogen.