Review of Alba's restaurant , Tomas Morato
Alba's is probably one of the most enduring Spanish restaurants in Metro Manila. They have 3 locations: Makati, Alabang, and Quezon City. We had lunch at the Quezon City location.
Alba's had both a la carte dishes or the buffet lunch. We opted for the buffet lunch. For starters, there was the Tabla de Embutidos which was an assortment of cold cuts. The soup of the day was Sopa de Calabasa (Pumpkin Soup). The buffet lunch consisted of a sampler of their signature dishes: Espaguetis Bolognesa (Spaghetti with meat sauce seasoned with garlic, herbs and olive oil); Paella Valenciana (Rice dish with chicken, pork, seafood and vegetables); Lengua Sevillana (Stewed ox-tongue with mushroom and olives in brown sauce); Callos a la Madrilena (Stewed ox-tripe in a rich tomato sauce); Cerdo Frito (Lechon Kawali); and Cochinillo Asado (Oven-roasted suckling pig). There were four selections of desserts: Ambrosia-style fruit salad; a multi-colored jello dish; Mango tiramisu; and Canonigo (a meringue cake with vanilla custard sauce). Cost of the buffet was Pesos 650 per person.
The lunch crowd was brisk the day we went. Most of the tables had "Reserved " signs; so I would strongly recommend making reservations. The waiters were attentive and courteous. Tomas Morato, the street where Alba's is located is a restaurant row so parking may be difficult. Overall the dining experience was good. We have been patrons of Alba restaurant for a good number of years. I must say that the quality of the food has not diminished. Hard to pass up on delicious homestyle Spanish cooking. I would definitely recommend this restaurant as an alternatives to the fast food chains that line Tomas Avenue.
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