Pablo Bistro: This Neighborhood Restaurant is a Must for Spanish Food
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Pablo Bistro: This Neighborhood Restaurant is a Must for Spanish Food

Pablo Bistro: This Neighborhood Restaurant is a Must for Spanish Food

Food & Entertaining | June 22, 2022
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From traditional paella and tapas to innovative dishes like tartare and carpaccio, Pablo Bistro serves up Spanish food unlike any other.

We Filipinos are no stranger to Spanish cuisine. With influences dating back many decades ago, Spanish elements, techniques, and ingredients have made their way into our country’s repertoire of dishes. Take for example the well-loved adobo or the party favorite: lechon. Those are just some of the many dishes you can find on both local and Spanish tables, but with mild differences in name and flavor.

Spanish cuisine in its purest form, however, makes use of three mainstays: olive oil, herbs, and an abundance of garlic. And while it too has evolved over time—with additions like tomato, potatoes, paprika, and peppers from American influences—it features a taste that is closest to Filipino cuisine.

And much like our very own cuisine, it has a rustic charm of its own. In fact, American food historian Charles Perry refers to Spanish cuisine as “an existential sort of cuisine with a tough, dogged, living-on-the-edge character.” But for us? It’s a borrowed but familiar and nostalgic taste from a country far away.

Salad GoldGoat Cheese, Mixed Greens fried goat cheese, and honey balsamic vinaigrette

Bringing Spain to the Philippines

Located within the heart of Salcedo Village, Makati City, is Pablo Bistro. A cozy destination that takes you down the cobbled streets of Spain with its contemporary interiors, warm lighting, and chic European decor, this neighborhood restaurant features intimate pockets of space that give diners some much-needed privacy.

And by seamlessly bridging both indoor and outdoor spaces, Pablo’s alfresco Quadrants and Parklets along the sidewalk introduce a novel and pandemic-friendly urban dining experience.

Whether it’s a hearty brunch, a power lunch, a business meeting, a small gathering, or even an intimate dinner date for two, Pablo Bistro offers a unique experience—not only with its traditional and contemporary Spanish dishes but also with the overall dining experience.

Pablo Bistro’s service welcomes you with familiarity, as all servers call you by your name and remember the many little details about your food and drink preferences. From the cocktails that you enjoy to the dishes you order every time, the team is sure to give its guests a sense of place, a feeling of belongingness, and the promise of consistency.

Pablo Bistro on Authentic Spanish Flavors

Since it first opened its doors in 2014, Pablo Bistro has made it a goal to constantly innovate and improve its portfolio of dishes. While the restaurant adapts to the ever-changing trends and palates of its guests by experimenting with new dishes, it continuously offers its bestsellers. Take for example staples like the Thin House Paellas, Prime Steaks, and Seared Pork Tenderloin Iberico—a meaty and hearty dish that showcases tender pork, herb sauce, and fries on the side.

Paella Negra and Paella Valencia. Thinly spread over the pan for that satisfying mix of soft rice and crunchy socarrat (or what we know as “tutong”).
Seared Pork Tenderloin Iberico—a meaty and hearty dish made up of tender pork, herb sauce, and fries on the side.

But what is Spanish cuisine without its signature tapas? Feast on favorites like the Gambas al Ajillo, Tenderloin Beef Salpicao, Croquetas, and Fried Calamares—best for sharing and best paired with your choice of wine or sangria. And for more adventurous guests, the Fire Grilled Octopus Carpaccio and US Tenderloin Pintxo are definite must-haves!

Gambas al Ajillo—a classic Spanish tapa featuring shrimp cooked in an abundance of garlic and olive oil.
Croquetas—deep-fried potato-based niblets served with a creamy dip.
US Tenderloin Pintxo—a tender morsel of beef atop a crunchy piece of bread.

Wine and Dine in Style

In the spirit of creating a lively and vibrant dining scene—one that Makati is best known for—Pablo Bistro hosts a curated event every Friday. Dubbed “Destino Pablo,” this eclectic musical experience features the top DJs in the Philippines as they play their sets from 9 PM to 12 midnight.

What’s more, music enthusiasts can listen to and stream their favorite songs through Radio Destino Pablo on Spotify, which features a curated collection made in collaboration with DJ Jed Dario—one of the purveyors of lounge and electronica music in Manila.

Good company, good food, and good music. A place to meet new people and keep in touch with old friends, Pablo Bistro’s ambiance and service add to the dining experience—one that you’ll revisit time and time again.

Salmon Tartare is one of Pablo Bistro’s newest offerings. Diced salmon cubes, crunchy chips, and a tangy sauce make up this delicious appetizer.
Bittersweet, indulgent, and a good way to end the meal. Pablo Bistro’s Chocolate Soufflé is made from 65% dark Malagos Chocolate, topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

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