Review: Alqueria Restaurante + Chocolateria

If there is something I can eat everyday, it’s Spanish food. Growing up with my lola around, I got used to the smell of Paella, arroz ala cubana, croquettes and salpicao in our home. Since then, Spanish food always made me feel like home and reminds me of my lola’s cooking. 

Sometime last week, I accompanied the husband in SM Megamall for his passport renewal. As soon as he’s done, we went around the new wing in Megamall to look for a place to eat. Then we saw Alqueria. It is a Spanish restaurant that serves my favorite foods. After checking their menu, we hurriedly went inside. 

Good choice. And good thing we went around before settling with other restaurants. 

Here’s what I have to say about Alqueria. Alqueria 7Food

Churros con chocolate is always a favorite in our family. When I found they have it, which they should since it is a Spanish restaurant, we ordered one. You can go for three, five or 10 pieces of churros. Then choose between white or dark chocolate for the dip. They also use Valor for their chocolates, which is like Nutella but from Spain. 

Churros con Chocolate with Dark Chocolate dip
Churros con Chocolate with Dark Chocolate dip

Aside from churros, we ordered Salpicao, Rib-eye and of course, Paella Valenciana. A trip to a Spanish restaurant will never be complete without this, don’t you think? 

Let’s start with Salpicao. The yummiest restaurant-served Salpicao I ever tasted was from Dulcinea. When I tasted Alqueria, I could say this is so much better. You could taste the effect of garlic on it, which is really good. The meat is also tender and easy to chew. I even enjoyed dipping the bread on the salpicao sauce. 

Salpicao, P368.00
Salpicao, P368.00

The rib-eye is good too. I appreciate food with liberal amount of garlic on it and this one didn’t fail me. The meat is so tender and flavorful, you don’t need a knife to cut it. I particularly loved how the beans were cooked. It was crunchy enough and not saggy. 

Filette de Carne con Ajo (Angus Rib-eye), P998.00
Filette de Carne con Ajo (Angus Rib-eye), P998.00

Here comes the paella. It’s not the same as my lola’s paella but I still enjoyed eating it. What I like most about this dish is that the ingredients are not tipid. As you can see, the dish is full of seafood and chicken above and underneath the rice. Really, really good.  

Paella Valenciana  1-2 pax: P398.00 3-4 pax: P768.00 5 and above: P1,488.00
Paella Valenciana
1-2 pax: P398.00
3-4 pax: P768.00
5 and above: P1,488.00

Too bad I wasn’t able to try their hot chocolate. The weather is too hot to get that drink anyway. Maybe next time.  

Ambiance

I prefer eating in restaurants outside malls because of the home-y vibe. Except for the noise from the outside, I like Alqueria’s ambiance. It exudes a posh although a bit intimidating vibe, an almost open kitchen with wines and other ingredients on top and sophisticated-looking seats. Alqueria 5I wasn’t able to check the rest of the restaurant, though I noticed there are a lot of executives going inside. Looks like it is a good place for client meetings and lunch/dinner with friends. Alqueria 6Overall service

Service is one thing I am always particular of. I don’t like eating in restaurants with bad service and rude waiters because who wants that, right? Thankfully, Alqueria didn’t disappoint. The service was fast, we waited for five to 10 minutes for the food and the servers are the nicest. I really appreciate restaurants who train their staff well when it comes to dealing with customers. 

Price

Now the price. Since it is a posh-looking restaurant that serves Spanish food, you expect it to be a bit expensive. As expected, the paella and rib-eye prices are expensive. Thankfully, there is no scarcity of ingredients, which could make up for the pice. However, the rest of the food have reasonable prices. For me, it is a bit cheaper than the other Spanish restaurants I’ve been to, which is a good thing. 

Will I recommend it? YES. If you are in Megamall, sick of lining up in Yabu or Ippudo and want to give your palate a Spanish taste, then I recommend Alqueria. 

Alqueria Restaurante + Chocolateria is located in 3L, Mega Fashion Hall in SM Megamall. For more info, check out their Facebook page.

21 Comments

  1. Fully Housewifed! (@fullyhousewifed)

    May 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    My mom likes cooking paella and it’s such a hit to all of us. I guess I wasn’ t aware of how expensive spanish cuisine can be because I was too young then to even care about who’s paying when we went to restos. I forgot about it and have not considered eating spanish food until now.

    1. Ayi

      May 11, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Try mo ulit mommy πŸ™‚ I got addicted to Japanese food lately and when I saw the resto, I told my husband, “This is where we’ll eat” :))

  2. Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    May 12, 2015 at 6:29 am

    I agree that the price is on the pricey side but I would love to try that Filette de Carne con Ajo (Angus Rib-eye). πŸ™‚

    1. Ayi

      May 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

      It’s actually good. No fancy flavoring since the meat itself is tasty already πŸ™‚

  3. Michelle Martinezι‚±η’§ηŽ‰ (@xoxoMrsMartinez)

    May 12, 2015 at 7:22 am

    You got me at Churros and paella. Now I want to visit this restaurant too!

    xoxo
    MrsMartinez

    1. Ayi

      May 12, 2015 at 7:35 am

      Try it out when you’re in the Megamall area πŸ™‚

  4. Alarcon Alfonso Noel Ruth

    May 12, 2015 at 8:20 am

    The price is not bad at all huh? I’d love to try this resto when we visit Megamall the next time.

    1. Ayi

      May 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm

      Yes, for me reasonable na πŸ™‚ Other Spanish restos are even more expensive eh πŸ™‚ Except for their paella and steak, that would be a bit pricey πŸ™‚

  5. rollcoastermom

    May 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    We were just in Megamall less than two weeks ago! Sayang, I didn’t know about this restaurant then. I love Spanish food!

  6. katjrod

    May 13, 2015 at 2:34 am

    We’re honestly going to try it there this Saturday, haha. The churros, hmmm..

  7. Darlina

    May 13, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    i should bring my husband there on his birthday… he loves Spanish food too!

  8. Maria Teresa Figuerres

    May 14, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    We’ve eaten at Alqueria, too, and we enjoyed their Churros so much. We’d love to go back to try that Salpicao and Paella

    1. Ayi

      May 15, 2015 at 12:22 am

      I think the kids really enjoyed Churros πŸ™‚

  9. Emiliana Sison

    May 14, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    The Angus rib-eye and Paella Valenciana of Alqueria Restaurante Chocolateria looks yum!

    1. Ayi

      May 15, 2015 at 12:21 am

      It is πŸ™‚ Just the right amount of flavoring πŸ™‚

  10. Mecheel Casenas (Singlemommecheel)

    May 15, 2015 at 3:22 am

    Foods looks tasty, that chocolate dip and all of it, in general is sumptous…

  11. MissKeenReviewer

    May 15, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Hmm..this made me hungry. Love to hear about this restaurant so thank you for sharing. -Macy

  12. work@homeMillie

    May 16, 2015 at 4:41 am

    The Angus and Paella looked delish!! We swore not to go back to Megamall, but because of this, we might reconsider. πŸ™‚

    1. Ayi

      May 16, 2015 at 12:24 pm

      Why? I rarely go to Megamall too because there’s too much people! :))

  13. Amethystine (@Amethystine)

    May 18, 2015 at 2:57 am

    Adding Alqueria in our to-try list. Craving for Paella, yum! πŸ™‚

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