Thursday, August 16, 2012
In Manila new restaurants open and close as fast as you can blink. Some restaurants are so popular that they reach their peak too soon and lose business in a year or so. In my opinion restaurants which serve consistently good food stay open much longer. Such is the case with El Cirkulo.
Whenever the question of "where to eat" arises new restaurants are often the first suggestions. But sometimes the best choice is an old time favorite which will always guarantee a full and happy tummy.
Our friend Florence has been dreaming of lechon for weeks so we decided to make her wishes come true by going to one of the best places to get cochinillo (young roast suckling pig), El Cirkulo.
cochinillo asado P5,950 (whole) P2,995 (half)
You need to order this baby pig a day in advance.
The beauty of eating a young pig is it's tender and milky meat and little fat. El Cirkulo always serves their cochinillo with a very crispy and flavorful skin. Eight of us managed to finish only half a pig.
Just to balance out the sinful piggy we ordered salad.
This is only place I've seen that has vegan paella. This paella with only portobella mushroom, whole roasted garlic, asparagus and truffle oil was a delicious as the typical paella with saffron. The flavor was more sublime but equally satisfying.
paella montaña P825
Whatever paella you end up choosing it's all good. Next time I want to try their paella negra, the only variant I haven't tried in El Cirkulo.
paella cirkulo P745
callos madrileña P445
Their beef belly is my all-time favorite dish. I just love the melt-in-your mouth beef with lots of horseradish. I have to order this every time I eat at El Cirkulo. If you eat at El Cirkulo for lunch on Wednesdays an order of the beef belly with steamed rice, soup and dessert is only P545+.
slow roasted U.S. beef belly P875
My friends ordered halo halo from Milky Way located on the 2nd floor of the same building for dessert. This was half an order. They just loved this version. I'm not a big halo halo lover so I just had coffee.
Milky Way's halo halo
El Cirkulo will always be my preferred Spanish restaurant. One day I vow to try their other dishes but it's hard not to order all my favorites. What should I try next in El Cirkulo? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.
Ground Floor Milkyway Building
900 Arnaiz Avenue (Pasay Road)
corner Paseo de Roxas,
Makati City 1200 Philippines