December 09, 2013
RAMBLA is a Spanish Mediterranean restaurant from the owners of LAS FLORES, with Spanish Chef Pepe Lopez as head chef, and named after the famous street La Rambla in Barcelona.
They specialize in Catalan Spanish food with Mediterranean influences. Its modern menu is like VASK, using Modern Gastronomy techniques, plus LU's Mediterranean food.
It was fun ordering something new and exciting. But I think we got carried away trying out all the new dishes and pairing it with wine and their signature cocktail drinks.
Check out RAMBLA this holiday season!
Check out the RAMBLA MENU: Picoteo, Eggs, Vegetables, Meat, Seafood, Desserts
COCKTAIL BAR MENU: White Wine Menu | Red Wine Menu | Drinks for Lunch | Cerveza, Water, Sparkling Water, Soda, Juice, Cafe
This is a unique appetizer -- olives pureed and formed back into big spherical olives soaked in Extra Virgin Olive Oil. They scoop each olive table-side and serve it on a ceramic spoon.
(All the nearby tables were ordering it so we didn't want to be left out. :P)
I like this spanish white wine, very fruity with refreshing lemon flavors and a great name -- Marieta!
The best lemon drink in town with a fresh almond flavor finish! :) My wife doesn't even want to share this with me.
It's like the Tarte Flambe of Wild Flour with very thin crisp bread topped with vegetables. I'm glad we added goat cheese to further enhance the flavors. My vegetarian partner RJ would surely love this. :)
This is one of those few dishes we like closing our eyes to when tasting it. The combination of light foie gras mousse, coffee baileys, and caramelized apple was brilliant!
Make sure you order extra bread and arugula to make it really worth it.
This was highly recommended (i.e. with a "Rambla Man") on the menu. It's like gnocchi with ricotta cheese inside, served with parmessan, mushroom sauce, and hazelnut.
This was a bit different, with wagyu meat on the outside and smoked mashed eggplant inside, shaped into a long cannelloni form.
A nice affordable red wine from Spain.
(I'd like to learn more about Spanish wines. Where's the best place to get educated on them?)
This is an interesting savory version of the chocolate coulant of Las Flores.
The shredded chicken is formed into a dome with Mariscos seafood sauce oozing out when you slice it. My wife liked the shrimp while I liked the chicken with seafood sauce.
TAGLIATELLE "AL NERO DI SEPIA" & SCALLOPS (P595 +10% service charge)
Yummy Black Ink pasta with al dente flat noodles, topped with juicy scallops. Just make sure you go to the rest room after and clean your teeth. :)
Love this chocolate mash-up composed of 7 delectable chocolate:
- Chocolate Ganache with seasalt,
- Truffle Chocolate with truffle oil,
- Chocolate Pistachio brownie,
- White Chocolate Foam with Orange,
- Panacotta with Cardamom,
- Ginger cookie,
- and Chocolate sauce.
I like the ganache mixed with the white chocolate and cookie or brownie for added texture.
The Panacotta with cardamom is not as soft as you'd expect.
Overall, RAMBLA is one of the best places to explore new flavors this Holiday Season. I love the creativeness of their dishes and the availability of a good selection of vegetarian options. I also find their menu exciting and I look forward to going back again to try the other items on the list.
I recommend the Foie Gras Mousse for appetizer, the Marieta and Sicilian Limonata for drinks, and the For Chocolate Lovers for dessert. For the main dishes, we all had different reactions to what we ordered, so I guess this depends on how adventurous you are. It felt like the mains were too creative, with much emphasis on the form rather than on the flavor.
The price of the food is reasonable, but the drinks are expensive. Budget is about P1,500/head for the full experience (i.e. with wine and cocktail drinks).
Congratulations to Uri, Dani, and Sergi for another winning Spanish resto!
Telephone: +632 823-6468
Mobile: +63 926 690-9774
Facebook: RAMBLA PH
Live an Awesome Life,
P.S. Make sure you reserve in advance if you plan on holding your reunions and Christmas parties here. :)