Our ‘abuelos’ and ‘abuelas’ (grandfathers and grandmothers) relate old Spanish food to their childhood. During their time, food in the country are not global yet compared to our generation now. Home-cooked foods were recipes they learned from ancestors or from their provinces, depending on where they grew up. Limited types of cuisine in their homes. Spanish food resembles itself to a classic cuisine in the Filipino culture. It was the “sosyal” and “in” food before. Now that we are more immersed into various cuisines from left to right, I’d say Spanish cuisine didn’t lose its demand in the Philippines. Until now, Spanish food is still known as a classic favorite passed from their generation to our generation.
My visit to Rastro backtracked me to what our grandparents used to eat much like Paella, a traditional family favorite. I love the fine presentation of every Spanish snack and main dish. I noticed a little tweak of 21st century way of cooking into classic Spanish cooking that worked to achieve the Spanish style Rastro is aiming for.
Paella Catalana (Small - Php 490; Medium - Php 950; Large - P1,350) - Who wouldn’t want those burnt edges of a traditional Spanish Paella Catalana? I always target grabbing a spoonful of burnt Paella portions. This Paella was pretty ‘ok’ for me. I couldn’t say great because the edges was not necessarily that burnt, as I was expecting. Also, I’d be wanting more seafoods mixed on my order.
Paella Negra (Small - Php450, Medium - Php850; Large - Php1,200) - Take one big bite into your mouth and expect a grungy look when you smile. :D The squid ink stains after every bite. It is one of my favorites at Rastro because of its twist of lime, seafoods and aioli sauce on top. However, I don’t recommend eating this during a meeting or your first date. Make it to a point you have a napkin right beside you to wipe off those black ink that stains your lips and teeth. Think twice before ordering Paella Negra.