Alba Restaurante Espanol

Westgate Center, Alabang-Zapote Rd. cor. Filinvest Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila

Alba Restaurante Espanol
4.4
4.5 Stars

16 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 7
  • 4 stars 9
  • 3 stars 0
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 19 Reviews
  • 6 Recommend
  • 16 Reviewers
Category:
Spanish
Phone
+6327712178

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Price Range

₱190 - ₱870

Most Recent Reviews

AlwaysHungryPh P.
5.0 Stars
5

Let me tell you about this recent gastronomic experience I had during one of my recent food trips in the south. It’s quite a distance from where I am, but it was worth all the miles. I had too much smiles while I had Alba at Westgate.

If you are on the lookout for authentic and reliable Spanish cuisine in the metro, this brand is it. This semi-fine dining restaurant has other outlets in Tomas Morato, Poblacion and Mall of Asia.

Alba has a very cozy atmosphere, giving off this old-fashioned vibe to it as if you are having a cookout in your grandparents’ place. For those who plan to go out on a date, this place would provide you the ideal setting for a romantic dinner with your special someone.

I would have to say that Alba’s offerings have flown me and my tastebuds right off the bat to Spain. Set before my eyes were dishes that made my tongue explore the beauty of España. Alba’s chef whipped up some of their bestsellers that were made from the finest ingredients.

Prior to having any appetizers or entrees, the waitstaff will serve you with a basket of soft rolls with butter. Then, for starters, I had their Jamon con Mangga y Arugula (Php 400). This homemade Spanish cured salty ham with sweet mango and bittersweet arugula was a refreshing treat to my palate. I liked the irresistible combination of multiple taste and textures.

Another thing that piqued my fancy was their Brandada de Bacalao (Php 350). This serving of codfish croquettes with roasted pepper sauce is actually an ingenious creation by Alba. It’s something I haven’t had elsewhere. It’s fishy element was fresh and it complemented with a bit of spicy kick.

Then there was the Gambas al Ajillo (Php 370). This classic seafood dish is made up of luscious shrimps, sauteed in olive oil, garlic, and fresh raw green chili. It had a pleasant yet bold garlicky taste to it. This was my favorite here, best paired with Paella.

You also have to take note of their Chorizo Fritos (Php 350). This homemade sausage is one of Spain’s staple tapas, which is usually paired with bread, or a serving of fried eggs to lighten its striking seasoning.

Alba’s bestsellers, which is their Paella Valenciana (Php 580) finally came. It was cooked the traditional way, just how paella should be, and Alba took a step further with overflowing toppings. It had pieces of tender meats of chicken, chorizo, shrimps, fish, and fresh colorful veggies. This paella was moist and very aromatic. The Paella Valenciana was extra moist and it gave off a rich aroma of flavors. Below the pan also gVe you the forgiving burnt crunch.

We were also served the usual Paella Negra (Php 650). This one was crafted with squid and its ink, and shrimps which could have use more of to bring out its full potential flavors.

If you are a meat lover, you must have Alba’s signature Solomillo ala Pobre (Php 620). This value for money grilled tenderloin steak is cooked naturally in olive oil and loads of garlic. This hearty dish came with a serving of good, old mashed potato and side vegetables.

Another classic creation was their Callos ala Madrileña (Php 420). This small bowl was packed with Spanish love of ox tripes and garbanzos, swimming in rich, thick tomato sauce.

This quick food trip to Spain wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t get to have a taste of their roasted pig, or Cochinillo Asado (Php 750). You can tell from its taste that it was marinated and seasoned well, as it tasted perfectly on its own, even without putting any sauce or gravy to it.

Best thing to cap off all these meals was their meringue cake with vanilla custard sauce or Canonigo (Php 150). It was too sweet, and soft, and it was the kind of dessert that melts in your mouth, just like an ice cream would. Oh they also served Tiramisu in cute little cubes. Must have dessert as well.

So who is up to go South for some Spanish goodness? I am again and again.

Thank you catchingcarla.com for some of the photos.

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Chili G.
5.0 Stars

Alba is our default Spanish resto and hubby just loves it. Last Sunday we had a meryenda Cena despedida party for one of my former coworkers. Loved their sangria which had a lot of perfectly sized apple and orange cuts. They removed the orange rind which is great because some restos don't do this and you get a nasty bitter surprise when you chew on it!
Bathroom situation has improved so plus one star 128077service was good too even though is was sleepy time at about 2-3PM.

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Chili G.
4.0 Stars

Was finally able to try the lunch buffet a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty good! For php695 you have cochinilla, lechon kawali, paella, lengua, a chicken dish and a seafood dish. There was also pasta and soup. I especially liked the appetizers 128513 loved the different kinds of Pâté, cold cuts and cheeses. There was also a small dessert spread.
Service was good, the servers were alert and accommodating.
Less one star though cos the bathroom was kind of a mess compared to the ambience of the resto.

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Chili G.
5.0 Stars
3

Hubby was craving for some paella so we checked out Alba. It's been a few years since we last ate here. They actually have a lunch buffet priced at php695 but there was a big party (literal party of about 40) downstairs so we decided to order ala carte and we stayed upstairs. Didn't want to be jostling in line with strangers 128518
After MUCH discussion, we decided to get the paella negra, gambas and eggplant with three kinds of cheese. Our server was super kind and helpful. He even served us soup from the buffet cos he knew the paella would take a while. Leisurely chatted while eating bread and butter.
The gambas arrived first and it was hands down one of the best (if not the best) I've tried! Ugh! Even dipped the bread in the spicy oil! The eggplant arrived next. Not really a fan of eggplant but this dish combined the different tastes of the cheese well without losing the taste of the eggplant.
After a few minutes, the pièce de résistance arrived! We dug in right away! The rice was cooked just right and it was almost swimming in the ink! There were also some pieces of squid and shrimp. Asked for some lemon to round off the taste 128077🏼 after a while I realized that I'm not really a fan of eating black stuff 128517 though it was super good, I just had to stop. And rinse my mouth! Eating this will definitely give you black teeth and a black tongue 128514
5 stars overall - ambience, service, food and waiting time. A bit pricey but worth it IMO.
Total bill was 1700.

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Katherine C.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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YowHans S.
4.0 Stars

There are a lot of good food in their buffet menu but nothing really "off the charts". Its my 4th time to eat in Alba, their menu stays the same like any regular buffet places, and whenever i eat at Alba my food choices are somehow templated - Paella Valenciana, Crispy Pata, Cochinillo Asado, Callos A La Madrileña and Baked Mussels.

But really, what i look forward to is the Flan Al Caramelo, its a milk custard baked over caramelized sugar...in simpler words Leche Flan!

Creamy, soft, not too sweet and a bit tangy (probably because of the sliced oranges on top). Best paired with coffee. #12days

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Jacqui T.
5.0 Stars

We searched for paella that resembles Dos Mestizos’ paella and we almost found it here in Alba. If you haven’t read my review about Dos Mestizo, their place is located in Boracay (Station 2) and they have the yummiest Paella Valenciana for us.

Going back to Alba, as we reached their place, I realized that its interior was almost same with Dos Mestizos as well. Candle lighted on each table and string band serenading customers. They also have a buffet dinner, but we chose their ala carte menu since our main purpose was to try their paella. We ordered their pumpkin soup, fried calamari and the star of the night, Paella Valenciana.

The soup was for hubby and the fried calamari was for me. If you have tried Fish & Co.’s fried calamari, it tastes like one. As for their Paella Valenciana, as what I've mentioned earlier, it was almost similar to Dos Mestizos’ Valenciana. Dry and separate rice and not creamy with flavorful variety of meats and shellfish. I just hope they can add more shrimps on it.

We left the place happy and full, but the search isn’t over yet.

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Jig B.
4.0 Stars

Was able to try the dinner buffet and it was worth your money. Of course there was no paella negra and crispy squid but the other menu options made up for them. The cochinollo of course was superb, also the dessert options which included my favorite caninigo!

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Iya L.
4.0 Stars

Paella Valenciana is so yummy!! 128076

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Albert T.
4.0 Stars

... shining, shimmering, splendid (guess which song that came from?), exactly how the olive oil glows on those gambas and chorizos! This is my take on living dangerously!

Personally, the gambas are close to perfect. Very well cooked with only a slightly spicy salty flavor. The olive oil serves as a good mixing base for all other seasoning. Good sized too and very generous for one order.

The chorizos are as tasty as the gambas. You know these are genuine Spanish Chorizos by their density and color. These were fried just right so they were easy to chew. Typical of chorizos, their spicy mix comes from a concoction of chili peppers, cumin, oregano and lots of garlic! (I love garlic!)

For now, just for now, no diet, no diet! Never mind the fat, live for the moment!

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Andy C.
5.0 Stars

Absolutely fabulous! Their lunch buffet never gets old, and the staff are wonderful beyond compare. Love it.

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Benji B.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Tommy E.
5.0 Stars

Went here for a dinner buffet and they had a nice selection of paella, tapas, lechon, and many more. I particularly liked their Berenjenas al Horno (baked eggplant with anchovies and three cheeses), Paella Filipino (with sisig and conchillo), and Lenguini al Pesto (pesto linguini with tomato sauce). For dessert, the chocolate mousse cake with brownies was simply to die for! For 800 php per head it's really quite worth it. Needless to say all my friends and I enjoyed dining here :) A must recommend!

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Majel M.
4.0 Stars

Love their paellas and desserts! The waiters were really friendly and accommodating. Yummm!

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Benji B.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Peter Peter P.
4.0 Stars

Decent Spanish buffet. Value for money!

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Ria T.
4.0 Stars

At P600/head, their Sunday buffet is a really good deal considering it features "special occasion" favorites like cochinillo, lengua and paella. The paella was excellent - just the right amount of moist and tasty. I enjoyed just about everything from the appetizer dips to the canonigo and everything in between. Service is cordial and attentive. We held my daughter's baptism here a few years ago and our guests were very happy. Don't forget to order some sangria. Cheers!

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Beatriz A.
4.0 Stars

Comforting spanish food 128076bought the buffet for P400+ in deal grocer instead of 600+ and i must say, what a great deal! The paella i had to take 2 rounds of I must admit, it was just really good spanish food! Do try it out even if its not on sale at deal grocer haha

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Janina M.
4.0 Stars

alba's little pizza with chorizo bits 128055

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