11 (Wed) June 2014
Angulas a la Vasca
with various Korean WPRO staff and Korean delegates from the NCD Knowledge Management Workshop
Angulas a la Vasca is a Spanish eel dish. Consists of angulas (baby eels)--each about 5 cm in length, about as thick as spaghetti--sautéed in olive oil with garlic, sometimes chilies. Originated in Vasca (Basque), among fisherman. A popular tapa, though increased demand across the world for the eels have resulted in skyrocketing prices and concerns about sustainability.
Cirkulo is a Spanish restaurant. Founded in 1995. Located in Makati. Upscale.
Overall, the food was perhaps the best that I've ever had in the Philippines. The dishes were carefully selected by our esteemed Regional Director, a consummate gourmand who's been to Cirkulo on many previous occasions and so knows what's good. Although I didn't like the texture of the argulas,* felt like slimy noodles, the olive oil base was perfectly seasoned, excellent for dipping bread. The other dishes were fantastic, especially the Slow Roasted U.S. Beef Belly, but I'll save comment for a future post. Without question, I'll be back.
*It's the featured dish for this post because it was the only one that I could get a decent photo of, the RD not very tolerant of shenanigans at the table, like food photography.
Sepia a la Plancha (3.75)--grilled cuttlefish with salt, pepper, and parsley purée, so simple, yet so elegant; in the distance, the aforementioned beef dish.
Milky Way Building, Ground Floor
900 Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road) (corner of Paseo de Roxas)
Makati City 1200
(02) 810-8735, 810-2763
Open 1130-1430 (Mon-Fri), 1730-2200 (Mon-Sat)