Tapella

G/F Greenbelt 5, Legazpi St., Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila

Tapella
4.1
4.0 Stars

23 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 9
  • 4 stars 8
  • 3 stars 5
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 0
  • 24 Reviews
  • 0 Recommend
  • 23 Reviewers
Category:
Spanish
Business Hours
Open: 11:00a - 11:00p
Phone
+6327572710

Hours

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

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Menus:
Lunch, Dinner

Most Recent Reviews

Mae A.
5.0 Stars
10

Whenever I think of Spanish Cuisine, wine and tapas always come into mind. Of course, paella and sangria is a must to try at any Spanish Restaurant. It’s always a grand and cozy experience when it comes to this cuisine. Tapella, which has been open for a couple of years now in Greenbelt, has been welcoming its diners to not only that kind of dining experience but also a royal one at that. The place itself though was very casual and classy at the same time. I liked how clean and white their indoor seating was. Their outdoor seating does set up for more of those casual bonding nights. During the tasting event, I got to taste the dishes below.

Tuna Ceviche - Not totally sure on the price but according to the chef, that whole platter only cost P75. I am totally unsure on this but if that’s true, then that’s a steal price! Whether it’s priced at a higher fee, it would totally be worth it as the Tuna Ceviche just tasted wonderful. It doesn’t have this slimy or raw fish taste.

Beef Carpaccio (P195) - I’ve never had raw meat in my life. I don’t recall having eaten one so I was curious when this was served. This one was marinated with pepper and sliced very thinly. It had some olive oil (I think that’s olive oil) topped with some Manchego Cheese and a caper. It didn’t have this raw taste but more of a peppery one. The slice technique aided in somehow masking that raw taste. I found it to be one lovely dish.

Ensalada Mediterranea (P295) - This was served with their inhouse Caesar’s dressing which I really liked. Their version of their dressing wasn’t cloying at all. It tasted very light and fresh. I wouldn’t mind pouring it over the whole salad.

Boquerones (P350) - I found this to be one good starter too. These are marinated fresh anchovies which tasted very light. They do ensure that the anchovies are fresh so this one actually is a seasonal order. We were quite lucky to have had this on that day! It didn’t have this egg taste despite having a generous amount of it on top.

Chopitos Fritos (P250) - I would love to have more of this! These deep fried baby squids had this light crunch to it yet retaining that squid taste. It paired well with the aioli dip which wasn’t overpowering.

Pasta con Chorizo (P495) - Can I have some more of this pasta please? I really liked the rich taste of this pasta dish. I liked the flavor of the chorizo, and how the other components blended perfectly on this pasta dish.

Paella de Marisco (P700) and Paella Sobrassada - Ah…paella! 10084 This is not yet the real main and star dish from this restaurant. But for me, I would be happy having just a plate of this. Haha. Their Seafood Paella (Paella de Marisco) was quite good though I preferred their Paella Sobrassada more. The latter had chorizo and asparagus. It was meant to have this herb sauce poured over which ignited the flavor more. I found it be a different paella from the usual one. And the flavor was more powerful and on point.

Chuleton Villagodio (P475/100 grams) - Now, this is the star dish of this restaurant. The beef is a Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib. It’s seasoned lightly but all the taste is coming from that clay plate. The clay plate is seasoned lightly too with some salt. The flavor was absolutely delish! The beef was so tender. I liked how there weren’t so many additions to complicate the flavor. It’s very simple. The real secret is in that clay plate where all the flavors just mold in. I think I had a couple of bites of this that yeah, I was pretty happy and in heaven that day. 128512

I wasn't able to try their Sangrias that time but that only means a repeat dining experience. Yes, their dishes is a mix of the pricey and affordable ones though they gear towards the pricey spectrum. Still, you'll expect quality dishes that's worth every peso.

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Anna d.
5.0 Stars
2

Certified Angus Beef Prime Rib grilled Villagodio style - 1008410084100841008410084

Arroz Sobrassada - 1108811088110881108811088

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Darlene M.
4.0 Stars
2

Tried the Paella Negra for a night out with friends together with a bottle of red. The black paella (squid ink) also had squidlets and crab with mayonnaise on top and served with lemon. It was really good and tasty. The rice is also tender and not dry.

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AAA M.
3.0 Stars

Went here for drinks, sadly they close their kitchen at around 11, so no tapas or anything else avail at all. Such a shame though coz we wanted to really try the tapas. My sangria was good, a little too sweet though. Reminder for you guys out there whose bottle last all night but ends up eating all the tapas, this ain't the place for you hahaha

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Dominique E.
5.0 Stars

If you're a fan of Spanish food, you must try Tapella! The menu is pretty impressive and my family ordered 8 different dishes, all of which we loved! Recommend especially to try the Chistorra Vasca and Calamares el Bulli for the tapas, and Paella Negra and Chuleton Villagodio for the main course.

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Pia I.
4.0 Stars

Paella 10084

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Motorman W.
3.0 Stars

Good and bad for this spot. The good is obviously the location (quiet end of the greenbelt 1 restaurant strip). It's got a great outside bar for perching on and watching the shoppers walk by. The wine list is good enough and value for money especially during the fixed price wine and buffet deals they run.

The bad is the food. Some people like it, I don't. If you can judge a Spanish restaurant on their Croquettas, this place is an epic fail (versus nearby Pia y Damaso which is a win). Go for the wine and an outside chit-chat, ignore the promise of the menu and save yourself from over prices microwave style dishes.

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Marissa M.
4.0 Stars

Ordered the Calamares, gambas, and paella negra. I was disappointed with the paella negra as it was too moist and not as tasty as the last time I had it here. The gambas though were excellent. The Calamares weren't anything special. Service is ok. Manager is attentive.

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Ruth Q.
5.0 Stars

good and tender salpicao!

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Belle D.
5.0 Stars

after falling in love with a latin american cantina in kuala lumpur, i started looking for spanish, latin american cuisine here in the metro.

tried the callos in tapella today. along with it i sipped some red wine and enjoyed the relative seclusion in the al fresco dining area by the greenway.

after a long week, it was great to feel time slow down. dusk descended in gentle rainshowers and warmth glowed in the red tinged glass. i got lost in the coolness and the heat, and for a few moments, sitting there, i felt far away.

my new hideaway. 127800127800127800

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Ruth Q.
4.0 Stars

octopus appetizer, lighter on the paprika - my kid's favorite! beef salpicao, also on the appetizer, makes a meal for me!

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Mairene M.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Jasmine L.
4.0 Stars

What we ordered:

Mediterranean mixed salad with feta cheese and capers (275php). I wasn't able to take a photo but it was good.

I was supposed to order the black squid pasta but it was unavailable so I ordered the homemade pasta with choriso instead (400+php). It was so-so but a bit sour for my taste.

We also ordered paella (not sure which one), I did not enjoy that though. My mom said that my gradma made better.

The only dish I really enjoyed was their escabeche. It was really beefy. It was prolly one of the best escabeche in town. Not sure about the price though and not sure what its name on their menu is but it was really really goooood.

For dessert, we had molten chocolate cake and mille crepe which were both pretty satisfying.

I am satisfied with the whole experience and yes, I think I'll be back for more escabeche.

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Eribelle T.
5.0 Stars

I dont normaly enjoy Paella, but this was great!!! It was zesy and definitely delicious!

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Diana F.
4.0 Stars

Ambience: We dined al fresco, good idea since ang sarap mag-people watching sa Greenbelt. Nice view and near the bar tender.

Service: Medyo matagal kasi nga nasa labas kami. Minsan deadma yung waiters.

Food Recommendations: Plato de Pintxos Frios; Croquetas Variadas; Tapella Special Salad

Budget: At least P1000.

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John P.
5.0 Stars

Small servings as expected but the food is great there is the black calamares and the paella which were all very tasty

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Gabrielle Alyssa C.
4.0 Stars

My all time fave chill spot. Just because I know all the kuya's here and they're so nice! Haha

Every time I come here it's only for the beer , mainly just to chill. Last time I got the buttered shrimp thingy and something with an egg. Like scrambled or something lol sorry didn't bother with the names or the price. But they were good! A little pricey though for what they give but what can I do.

This time I ordered a shirley temple and the Angus burger for P195 . I would give it 4 stars over all. I mean JUST LOOK AT THEIR FRIES!!!! Looks AND tastes like PikNik -___- come on.

For right now, I'd have to deal. Have a happy lunch everyone!

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Donna M.
2.0 Stars

The customer service is VERY POOR!! The waitress who took our orders was very arrogant and couldn't wait to display how she's such a know-it-all! Her name's JANICE by the way. And the other staff, they look past you even if they see you raising your hand because you need something. They could've just written SELF-SERVICE all over the place because obviously ayaw nilang mautusan! It's a shame because their service charge is 10% of the amount of what we ate. Their food, on the other hand, were not even spectacular to begin with. Their Steamed Barramundi was very bland and "malansa". The smoked sausage tasted like a spoiled longganisa. Their paella was so-so. The only entree that wr likes was the breaded chicken. Very pricey food and no value for money at all! I WILL NEVER GO BACK TO THIS RESTO AGAIN!

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Kido M.
4.0 Stars

Cool take on paella and spanish cuisine. Servings are a bit small for the price.

Pictured: chorizo al vino

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Clifford K.
4.0 Stars

Early in our relationship, Gaudi was one the date staples of my wife and I in the Makati area. Sadly, Gaudi in Greenbelt closed, but still there's Tapella by Gaudi that carries our favorite Chuleton Villagodio, so as we were walking around the area trying to decide where to have dinner, Tapella became our choice for the night.

In our Gaudi days, we would have started with the sinful duck liver pâté, but the version we had the last time we were at Tapella was disappointing, so we decided to try the cold tapas. Too bad it was also a disappointment.

The star of the night was the aforementioned Chuleton. The problem with the dish is that you have to have a certain knowledge of cooking steak to enjoy it, since you basically cook it yourself at the table; fortunately, I do know how I like my steak cooked, but nfortunately, our waitress apparently didn't, and dumped half of the steak immediately onto the plate, making it difficult to get consistent cooking, but still we were able to get a delicious meal out of it.

The ambience of Tapella is quite cozy, so the place was generally full, mostly by foreigners. It's a good place to unwind in a semi-upscale setting.

Overall, the visit wasn't perfect, but knowledge trumped ignorance, and we had a nice cozy dinner tonight, reminiscing about our early romance.

If you're looking for a nice place to unwind with a few close friends or work relations, and don't have too tight a budget, Tapella is a great place to consider for the evening.

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