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“Weird take on Spanish food - also overpriced”

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Beso Cucina Vinoteka
Ranked #463 of 609 Restaurants in Taguig City
Cuisines: Spanish
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
96 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Weird take on Spanish food - also overpriced”
Reviewed January 26, 2014

Went here and got the salmon entree and the mushroom tortilla espanola. Our first clue that this maybe was not the right choice for Spanish tapas was that the bread they served was the local Filipino bread (pan de sal - a sugary cakey bread) with olive oil. It was......weird. The tortilla was not a tortilla - it was a very greasy flat frittata. Tortillas are thick and partially baked and served cold. This was 1/2 inch thick and was a greasy omelette, served piping hot and just fried. The salmon was half the size that the waiter told us it'd be, about the size of a deck of cards. The cauliflower puree (all 2 spoonfulls of it) was good, but the weird abundance of raisins mixed in was not. I have had much better Spanish food in Manila, will not be back.

  • Visited January 2014
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“Good for tapas and drinks, but overly pricey.”
Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Everyone at our party had a good time, but no one will write home about it.
Some of the tapas we tried:
1. Beso sampler plate - 12 slices of paper thin cured meats, a table spoon of blue cheese in truffle honey and a taste of manchengo. 695p. Tasty, but nothing was cooked so, only presentation can be credited here.

2.pintxos platter - a variety of cooked meats, flat bread, and cheese. 625p - all grilled very well. Much better option for your money.

3. Tapas Squid ala plancha- a small portion ( half an individual serving) plus 2 slices of toast. 385p the squid was stringy and under cooked

4. Tapas Marinated manchengo cheese- 9 slices of manchengo cheese. 290p (same cheese as the platter, wasted money) i was thinking it would be different since a different description.

5. All meat paella - 6 inch pan of paella. 625p. Tasty enough though quite oily.

6. Gambas sautéed in chorizo, 6 large shrimps in a 485p. Ok im gonna let this rip: Im not an expert on gambas but ive eaten various versions of filo and spanish gambas in my time and when i see chorizo with it i expected some form of spice and flavor.
This had none, after chewing you are left with a bland and overly oily pallet. None of the garlic and chorizo made it to the shrimp in the cooking.

All in all, the staff was kind and the food was fast but very expensive considering local competition. Nothing to write home about here, maybe next year.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Good for chillin & catchin up”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

For a quiet place to catch up with friends, this would be on the top 10 of my list. It doesn't have the loud music or atmosphere of most bars so you can really hear the conversations.

The food is also delicious! I love their paella & various tapas.

They also have promos on beverages like cocktails, wine & sangria. Personally, I prefer monday night drink all you can sangria!

The atmosphere is very relaxing too & the staff is very attentive & polite.

It's a bit pricey compared to other drinking spots but worth the food & atmosphere. Be prepared to spend at least Php1k per person.

  • Visited July 2013
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Manila
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“Great place to unwind.”
Reviewed March 29, 2013 via mobile

It was a bit pricey, but worth it. I love their Sangria and food were delicious enough. So I could go there with my friends if I want to just relax and unwind.

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Manila, Philippines
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Disappointing.”
Reviewed February 20, 2013 via mobile

We purchased a 3-course menu for 2 at Deal Grocer expecting the same treatment that we received from other participating restaurants. However, when we arrived (after confirming our appointment), they were going to sit is outside where there are people smoking. So rude. They didn't even ask us whether we were smokers (we are not). Plus, the restaurant was empty! because we arrived at 6.30pm. Then they seated us at the farthest corner beside the air conditioner and the kitchen and where there were mosquitos. Tsk tsk. So disappointing to be treated this way.
Food: Tasted very good but very slow service.
Service: Soooo slow. And the multitudes of servers, including the manager, were just hudled together and sharing stories.

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