LAS FLORES: Modern Spanish Resto by (former) Barcino + Andilana (Spain) Group
LAS FLORES, which means "The Flowers", is a collaboration between the former Barcino owners and the popular Andilana group of restaurants in Barcelona. They flew in a Catalan chef to help create an authentic modern Spanish restaurant here in Manila.
My P&G friend Mon Gloria started the Spanish Wine Bar Resto called Barcino. When he moved to P&G Singapore, his Spanish partners (Uri, Dani and Sergi) took over the business and expanded it to a true Spanish restaurant experience.
If you are looking for a different type of Spanish cuisine from your usual Mestizo Spanish food in Manila, you've got to try Las Flores.
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LAS FLORES Menu: Cold Dishes, Hot Dishes | Salads (Ensaladas), Rice (Arroces), Desserts (Postres) (Note: The Cocktail Menu is still being developed.)
The restaurant ambiance is simple, featuring mismatched chairs and accents of modern chandeliers and empty wine bottles.
(Update 9/18- Removed my personal views about the interiors. I did not intend to disrespect any person in any way. I read the constructive comments based on Elbert's reactions. I apologize for the careless comment.)
Dani Aliaga, one of the Spanish owners, recommended the items in the menu. We ordered all of his favorites, starting with the pasta.
We loved this light serving of pasta salad, which had a little bit of mustard and olive oil. This is a good starter to stimulate your appetite.
This is the only dish that we did not like. Although the sausage was tender, juicy and tasted home-made, I think it lacked the right flavor and bite we were looking for in a good sausage. The caramelized onions were salty-sweet, and the potatoes were soggy. It was not worth P450.
(Better go to Poco Deli for really good sausage.)
We loved the full flavors of our Paella with the al dente arborio rice. Just take note, if you prefer a toasted bottom layer, you have to inform them in advance. The paella is a bit different from the ones we are used to here in Manila.
...And now, the best part -- desserts!
This was a simple dessert: cheesecake with a graham cracker-bottom topped with mixed berries.
I love restaurants that offer a signature dessert to end a fantastic meal. You have to order their chocolate "coolant", which is basically chocolate cake with yummy, melted chocolate inside that is served with ice cream. This is a definite must-try for all chocolate lovers!
You can also pair the chocolate with this sweet nectar dessert wine from Pedro Ximenez. It was sinfully sweet.
(Tip: Better go during the soft opening days when the owners themselves are serving the guests because they want to get feedback and fine-tune the menu.)
Overall, I loved the different and delicious flavors of Las Flores' Modern Spanish Cuisine by the Barcino Group. We recommend the Paella and the Chocolatisimo. :) This resto is an excellent addition to the growing culinary center in Bonifacio Global City!
Let's support these Spanish restopreneurs so that they bring more of the authentic taste of Spain to Manila. :)
G/F One Mckinley Place, 25th St., Bonifacio Global City
(In front of Pacific Plaza, former Dinelli)
Telephone: +632 552-2815
Owner: Uri Singla / Dani Aliaga / Sergie Rostrol
Mobile: +63 916 619-3365
Operating Hours: 11.00 - 2.00pm (Lunch) and 6.00pm - 2.00am (dinner)
There's no nearby parking -- Only valet parking is available.
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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. We paid for our food. The desserts were given complimentary to all the guests on the first day of the soft opening. We are not connected with the establishment or any organization marketing it.
P.S. I'm sure their operations won't be perfect during the soft opening. Feel free to provide your feedback in the comments section of this blog post.
P.P.S. I still don't get why they'd want to call a restaurant "The Flowers". Any guess?