for three days in a row, for some reason, the hubby and i ended up eating spanish food. one evening, we drove to alabang, i can't remember why, and because kanin club was full, we settled on alba's. and got serenaded by the guitar-toting trio (and when they ask if we have any request, we always say bruno mars hehe):
the next night, the hubby wanted me to try cova tapas y sangria, which he got to eat at with some friends while i was away. more on that in a bit. then on the third night, we treated my family to our birthdays dinner (our birthdays are four days apart) at manolo's, a small home-based, home-cooked restaurant. a separate post on that.
so back to cova. it has interesting interiors with a ceiling and wall treatment that makes you feel like you are inside a whale. just google inside a whale, you'll see what i mean.
seeing that it's a tapas bar, they have a very short menu with the usual tapas fare, like gambas, bacalao, croquetas, patatas, etc. but that's where the "usual" ends because each dish was artfully presented and sometimes too pretty to eat! so what do you do? instead of saying grace before meals, you take pictures! (for each dish, you have a choice of the smaller tapas portion good for two, which we had, or the bigger ración portion)
chupitos de croquetas: croquette shots with jamon iberico, crab salad, truffle mushroom (P260)
gambas al ajillo: fresh prawns, paprika, roasted ilocos garlic, parmesan crisp (P125)
patatas bravas: fried potato, spicy brava sauce, alioli (P80)
ravioli de rabo de toro: ox tail, foie gras, shiitake mushroom, ox tail jus (P240)
and to wash it all down: cova red sangria (500ml, P499; 1 liter, P999—they should've just said half-carafe and full carafe. easier to understand for us numbers-challenged types):
the verdict: although this is stylized tapas, we liked the food, it was good, albeit a bit on the pricey side.. considering in spain, whence tapas originated, tapas are often served free :-)
cova tapas y sangria, 22 jupiter st., bel-air village, makati city, tel 478-9700