Alqueria Restaurante y Chocolateria

3/F Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall, EDSA cor. Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila

Alqueria Restaurante y Chocolateria
3.8
4.0 Stars

81 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 18
  • 4 stars 38
  • 3 stars 17
  • 2 stars 5
  • 1 star 3
  • 91 Reviews
  • 255 Recommend
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Category:
Spanish
Business Hours
Reopens: 10:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+6326319102

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Valet, Garage
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
No
Delivery:
No
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
Ambience:
Casual
Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Waiter Service:
Yes
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Phantasm D.
4.0 Stars
3

Upon entering the restaurant, the staff would greet you with a warm welcome in Español. The candelabras, couches, and interior design would also add up to your Spanish dining experience.

Here are the things that we had for dinner:
-Paella Negra. This rice cooked in squid ink, topped with sliced squid and lemon then served on a paella pan also comes with a sauce served on the side that tasted like bangus (milkfish) belly. (I was informed that it was ajo sauce. Just not able to confirm it). This paella can definitely stand by itself. No need for a side dish. Yum!
-Rabo de Toro. Spanish bull tail stew topped with alfalfa sprouts, slow cooked that explodes in your mouth when you eat it. Definitely not for those who are watching their fat intake. It even made me feel a bit dizzy when I tried it, but then it's still very good.
-Salmon al Horno con Salsa. Baked salmon in olive oil, tomatoes and spices. Finally, something safe and healthy for me to eat. The salmon is baked just right as well as the salsa--not too sweet, not too sour.

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Trina H.
4.0 Stars
2

BEST PAELLA IN MANDALUYONG SO FAR! Oh my gosh it was to die for!!

Their salad and Gambas are just okay. But that Paella tho! 128557

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Chrissy R.
4.0 Stars
2

My ratings:
▫️ The Paella Valenciana 1108811088110881108811088
▫️ Gambas A La Ajillo 11088110881108811088
▫️ Jamón Serrano Ensalada with Passion Fruit dressing (not in photo) 1108811088️ - It was ordinary, nothing special!
▫️ Canonigo dessert with Salted Egg dressing 1108811088110881108811088

4/5 stars because service was slow!

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Triggerhappyfoodie C.
4.0 Stars
10

Alqueria's menu was revamped by Chef Sonny Mariano from straight up Spanish cuisine to include Asian influences. We were invited to their soft opening last May and we were able to sample some of their delectable dishes.

My favorites from the night were the Pollo and the Frio Y Caliente. The Pollo was artfully done, presented in such an appealing and appetizing way. The dish was very flavorful. The chicken was moist, the spinach absorbed the flavors, the vegetables were great although the potato strings were slightly oily. It was love at first sight and bite.

The Frio Y Caliente was the perfect way to cap off our meal. A fishbowl containing bananas, miso caramel ice cream, some crunchy crusty stuff and other fruits were topped off with hot chocolate mousse table side. I loved the combination of flavors and varying textures. A dessert like no other.

The Fabada was a thick and creamy soup with chorizo and white beans. I couldn't really taste the beans which was good since I'm not a fan of beans. The garnish was a pretty touch.

I liked the strong garlic flavor of the Sopa de Ajo and pouring the soup table side was a nice experience as well. It was a bit oily though.

The Black and Claw Croquettas were too pretty to eat. It was a crab claw with squid ink mashed potato and crab fat. It was rich but I couldn't taste the crab or crab fat.

The Chorizo Croquettas were beautifully plated. I loved the richness of the filling but I didn't care much for the sweetened roasted bell peppers.

The hefty serving of the Salmon al Neri Paella is good for sharing. It was visually appetizing. The salmon was soft. The rice was sticky.

The Canonigo was rich and flavorful but I couldn't taste the salted egg sauce.

I loved how all the dishes were beautifully plated and I even ended up posting most of them on instagram. I will definitely be back for the Pollo and the Frio Y Caliente. Excited to try the other dishes too.

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Tommy T.
4.0 Stars

Ordered their tapas, pulpo, cooked in red wine served on a bed of potato, chicharonnes, pork belly, herb aioli, spiced vinegar. Valenciana paella, and lengua. Did not expect this spanish - asian fusion resto to serve tasty food. Not a bad dinning experience.

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Yshkael C.
4.0 Stars

Manchego Cheesecake for take out!

Well it was just pretty okay for me. I am not a super fan of cheesecakes to begin with thats why it wasn't that wow for me. But I heard, it was a super best seller.

I super like their staff! Very attentive, very quick, knowledgeable and friendly!

Lots of other good things to try on their menu. I hope to come back soon!

By the way they cater!

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

[Take 2 since Alqueria is 10084️]

If I love the food and the service, I'll be back. It's that simple. If one's missing, it'll take me forever to go back. But everything was pleasant with Boqueria when I had lunch there last month so I visited it again with my good friend of 21 years (yes, I'm proud of how long we have been friends).

Hello again, Alqueria!

I gave A the decision on where to eat as long as it's not X1 or X2 restaurants.(Oooh, blind items!) But she was okay with any as well as long as it's not a Filipino restaurant so I recommended Alqueria. Plus we were too famished to explore further.

When we got the menu, I noticed that there were price changes. Some of the dishes became more expensive. The staff, however, clarified that the serving got bigger to justify the price changes. (There was an average of PHP200 jump from last month's.

Since we will bowl and drop by Cafe Juanita after lunch, we decided to keep it "light" with the following dishes: Albondigas con Foie Gras(PHP288), Pollo con Salsa Mango (PHP298), Paella Marinera (PHP368), and two glasses of Mint Iced Tea.

We didn't really notice the time as we were busy catching up and trying to figure out the single person we forgot from our batch.

A enjoyed the Mint Iced Tea as it was very refreshing. It wasn't too sweet and the added coolness of the mint made it a great thirst quencher.

The Albondigas con Foie Gras was pretty much like your typical meatballs. I couldn't taste the duck liver that much as the sauce was too overpowering. Slightly tangy but delectable nonetheless.

I really enjoyed the Pollo con Salsa Mango or simply chicken roulade in mango sauce. The chicken breast, my favorite part of the chicken was cooked well. It was tender and juicy. The mango, onion and tomato bits added texture to the dish while the sweet mango sauce added sweetness.

The Paella Marinera was topped with generous serving of seafood (shrimps, squid bits, and clams). Drizzle it with a bit of lemon juice and magic happens. It was too heavy though for two so we didn't get to finish it.

Overall, it was yet another pleasant lunch with Alqueria. I'll probably try the pork belly next time.

#12Days

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

When you get older, it's so hard to schedule a regular lunch date with your friends. There will always be someone who would be busy, someone who has to cancel last minute, and someone who's too in love to meet the friends. But when we do meet, we talk like there's no tomorrow with a few breaks to chew our food. I'm usually the resident PRO so I schedule the meet ups and this time, we decided to block one Saturday and explore the Fashion Hall of SM Megamall.

Since we didn't decide on where to eat, I took the liberty to decide for us. I've been targeting Boqueria (now Alqueria) for quite some time but my mom wanted burger (thus a trip to 8 Cuts) during my first trip to the new hall and I saw a new Japanese place (Osaka Ohsho) the second time I went. So, third time's the charm I guess. ;)

The place wasn't packed when I arrived and managed to get a table right away. They seem to have a shortage with menus though as the server asked if he could borrow my menu for a while. He returned it in less than 5 minutes though.

I browsed the menu long enough to make me look less of a loner and decided to get the following: Pulpo a la Gallega (PHP280), Salpicon de Mariscon (PHP198), Cocido de Madrilena (I forgot to take note of the price), and a glass of Apple Iced Tea.

Since I was already hungry, I started getting a few bites off the appetizers but I try to spread the food to make it less obvious. The baby octopus was delicious! It wasn't as chewy as squid and I just love munching it. One order is good for two but I can finish it myself. (It's the glutton me talking here.)

I was caught red-handed by my friends though when they arrived. My plate was... greasy.

The Salpicon de Mariscon is your usual kinilaw but I love that dish and I ended up not sharing... much. The shrimps were fresh and were slightly sweet despite the vinaigrette. I just hope that they included more bread.

The Cocido de Madrilena was love! It was tangy because of the tomato sauce and the meat was cooked well. Tender and juicy! Think afritada on a cute small clay pot. (Okay, perhaps I got carried away with the "cute" clay pot.)

B and K ordered pinchos or open faced sandwiches each that cost around PHP60 per slice. They got salmon and sardine. I got a bite of the salmon and it was yummy. Okay, I'm biased. I love salmon too much.

M on the other hand ordered the Paella Valenciana (PHP368) and Chocolate Churros (PHP308 for 5 pieces).

The paella was great. There was a generous serving of seafood and chicken. The three girls finished it off while I focused on my orders.

The churros on the other hand wasn't as good as I expected. It was too sweet. Drizzled with sugar, I hesitated to dip it in sugar. I think it'd be a sin to do so. Still, Dulcinea takes the top spot for churros.

Overall, the lunch went well. We just had to ask the server to turn the air conditioner down as it was too chilly in our area. I'd go back for those baby octopus and Cocido de Madrilena. I'll skip the churros though.

#12Days

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Xyberdoc M.
5.0 Stars

We ordered the Unlimited sangria wine or beer plus tapas for P358 /pax. The tapas were terrific! We loved the sisig eventhough i dont like it, each one was a delight... And since we came after 630 and the unlimited drink was until 7pm, we only had 2.5 glasses of red.

The paella was great but the churros was the best ever we've tasted it wasnt airy like the others...

Our bill was P1,100 that is with 2.5 glasses of wine each! Im glad the Japanese resto beside it was full and i'm sad those sad creatures waiting at the Jap resto aren't aware what they are missing...

Service was excellent .

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Rins P.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Diana L.
5.0 Stars

Their churros were good but not that great. But the seafood paella was awesome! Will definitely come back

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Rins P.
5.0 Stars

Manchego Cheese Cake (bottLed fLan with meLted manchego cheese) 100841008410084 Oh my!! I aLmost forgot my name 128513 Yumminess 128076

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Marjorie G.
5.0 Stars

Alqueria, formerly known as Boqueria, is one of the latest ventures of the SumoSam Group of Restaurants also known as the group where local actor, Marvin Agustin is one of the founders. Alqueria in Spanish means “farmhouse,” so I was sort of expecting the place to look like a farmhouse. What I came to though is a posh-looking space that uses dark hues, pale lighting, and gold-tinged wallpaper, and plush seating arrangement. There is an open kitchen where you can see the apron-clad crew busy wielding some gastronomy magic.

One of Alqueria’s specialties is the tapas. I was able to sample three of them starting with Gambas Al Ajillo (PHP375), it’s a fresh white river shrimps sauteed in olive oil, garlic, red pepper flakes, and paprika finished with white wine and butter. Shrimp makes me thankful I am not allergic to seafood, in short, I love shrimps.

Salpicao (PHP445) is cubes of sautéed imported tenderloin marinated with garlic, Spanish paprika, and olive oil. I picked and gobbled a piece and thought, so this is how Salpicao should be like. I couldn’t count the times I had the same dish before and couldn’t distinguish it from adobo. Apparently, Salpicao should be generous in garlic and it should be swimming in olive oil not soy sauce.

Pulpo a la Gallega (PHP288) is Octopus gratin topped with mashed potatoes and manchego cheese. You read that right, octopus, and I swear I didn’t know that octopus could taste this good.

For the bistecas category, I was able to try Prime Ribs Solo (PHP1,499). It was cooked medium rare so you could see a tinge of pink in the meat. I personally prefer my steak cooked well done so I wasn’t able to fully appreciate this dish.

We were served two kinds of paella, first one is the Paella Valenciana Grande (Small: PHP560/Medium: PHP910/Large: PHP1,480); simmered rice in saffron-infused stock topped with clams, mussels, shrimps, and chicken. Paella

Paella del Carne (Small: PHP480/Medium: PHP715/Large: PHP1,150) is simmered rice in saffron-infused stock topped with chorizo, chicken, smoked bacon and pork spareribs. The chorizo flavor is strong in the aroma and the taste of this paella. This may appeal more to the meat lovers but to compare it with Valenciana, I personally favor the latter.

If you love lechon you will definitely love Vientre Extra (PHP905). It’s pork belly (slow roasted for four hours) and fork tender meat topped with gremolata served with a side of fresh greens.

Caldereta Cabrito is the least noticed dish on the table, just because we were already full. I still managed to taste it a little bit and I wasn’t disappointed. The sauce is very rich and the meat is so dainty, a hint of effort given during its cooking.

And there’s the very refreshing Mango Shake, which I find to be a bit insipid and watery. Given the fact that the food that we had weren’t shy with flavors, I was able to appreciate the Mango Shake.

Apparently, the Spaniards know how to make delicious desserts. Let’s begin with their most famous offering, the Churros (Classic: PHP158/Chocolate: PHP198) served with valor chocolate.

Crema Catalana (PHP138) is a classic Spanish dessert made with custard and caramel sauce. To describe, it’s kinda like the uncondensed version of crème brulee. There is something distinct about the taste though, which I figured to be mint. So those mint leaves on top of this dessert isn’t merely meant for presentation purposes.

And the best dessert of the night goes to, Canonigo (PHP218). It’s a Filipino version of the French dessert ‘ile flottante or oeufs a la neige, baked meringue with caramel and candied bananas. It’s like brazo de mercedez without the custard filling. Normally, I have issues with desserts that cost more than a hundred bucks but for Canonigo I’d gladly make an exemption. It is light and fluffy and melts in the mouth. Quite delightful and unforgettable. You must order this for desserts when you visit Alqueria.

If you prefer light flavors, then the Spanish cuisine is not for you, but if the robust essence pleases your palate then the Spanish cooking may just be your next favorite.

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The Food Scout N.
4.0 Stars

Alqueria deserves your attention if you don't mind dousing your get-together with tapas, paella, steak and churros. I don't mind. Haha! The sound of these Spanish cuisines translates to happiness in my tummy! And this is why my fingers are itching to type my Alqueria food diary with you. 

The Food:
Pan Con Quesos (Php 265)
The afternoon brightened, thanks to Pan Con Quesos. Pressed mini sandwiches with manchego and medium cheddar cheese. While waiting for your paella, grilled cheese enthusiast in you should swing by for this sandwich too!

Paella con Mechada
It took a while for me to realize I ate over a cup of Paella Con Mechada. Rice cooked with sofrito and simmered in saffron-infused stock and pomodoro topped with braised shortribs, grilled tomatoes and confit tomatoes. Bad vibes that occurred minutes before our lunch was suddenly erased by the happiness this paella brought. Even if I didn't get burnt edges I was hoping for, the real prize for the tastebuds is the flavor itself. Maybe next time I can request for a pan with burnt edges. 
Churros
You cannot run to your next meeting without taking home Alqueria's freshly made classic Chrurros! Also with Valor chocolate dip, the gorgeous fried crunchy dough pastry strongly competes with other churros in the market. A must-have to wrap up your Alqueria dining.
For more details, visit my food blog! :)

Pray, Eat and Love.
Cheers,
The Food Scout
www.thefoodscout.net

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Yen D.
4.0 Stars

I just had my Churros fill and even got some for take out! This is only Php79.00 for 5pcs! That's 50% OFF! Take advantage of #alqueriachurrosmadness until July 26!

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Yen D.
4.0 Stars

Been craving for paella since last week and this Paella Carne Mechada did not disappoint. Packed with sofrito, braised shortribs, grilled tomatoes and confit potatoes. Flavor and texture... Winner! A must try!

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Marcos B.
1.0 Stars

Lamentable experiencia: cobrarnos con engaño por cada "café solo" el equivalente a 3,70 euros (185 pesos incluyendo el cargo de servicio) es testimonio más que suficiente de la estafa de la que fuimos objeto. Para empezar, es imperdonable que en un restaurante que se hace llamar "español" ninguno de los camareros tenga ni idea de qué es un cortado. En segundo lugar, cuando les preguntamos si tenían "normal espresso" (café solo, vamos) nos convencieron de que sí, para que entráramos. Lo que hicieron, una vez dentro, cuando les pedimos dicho "regular espresso" es servirnos de su carta el café gourmet más caro que hay, pero sin advertirnos de ello, al contrario, asentir al pedir el café solo normal. La sorpresa llegó al traer la factura: al llamarles la atención sobre lo abultado del cobro, nos trataron con desdén, afirmando que ese es el café "normal", como si fuéramos nosotros los que no sabemos lo que pedimos, y sin ninguna excusa, disculpa o explicación razonable. Un servicio arrogante, vergonzoso, traicionero e insultante, tratándonos a nosotros de idiotas, que aún agravó el insulto cuando, tras nuestra queja, nos ofreció rebajarnos el precio de cada café 40 céntimos (20 pesos). ¿Pero es que somos mendigos? ¡Vaya falta de respeto! Por cierto, la paella, que probamos en otra ocasión, estaba totalmente pasada, la sangría excesivamente dulce y con los trozos de fruta demasiado pequeños... y los churros poco hechos. Vamos, que se trata de un "restaurante español" más falso que los billetes de 33 euros. Lo único que es auténtico es el chocolate, porque lo único que hacen es comprar el chocolate Valor en la tienda y prepararlo conforme a las instrucciones del paquete. Como si yo lo hago en mi casa. Para no volver NUNCA por chorizos. Hay restaurantes españoles en Filipinas mucho más auténticos, y donde te tratan como cliente y persona, no como una tarjeta Visa ambulante. Que por cierto, no aceptan tarjeta de débito filipina, y tampoco tarjeta de crédito española. ¿¡Pero qué coj...!? Quién me iba a decir que sería en un país tan pobre como Filipinas donde me tomaría el café solo más caro de mi vida.

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Paula R.
2.0 Stars

The churros wasn't as good as I expected and the dark chocolate dip they charge for P108 wasn't good.

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Tin C.
5.0 Stars

Love their Chicharones and Manchego Paella! It's really good! Happy tummy! 100841008410084

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Andrea S.
4.0 Stars

I'll be back for more hot chocos!

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