ALBA Restaurante Español Opens New Branch at Estancia Mall

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ALBA Restaurante Español Opens New  Branch at Estancia Mall

Are you craving for some  tapas, paellas, lengua, or callos? Then here’s a good news for you as ALBA Restaurante Español opens its 5th and newest branch at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons, Pasig City!

“Reunirse” at ALBA Estancia Mall

Aiming to please the palates of lovers of traditional Spanish food, ALBA just opened its doors at Estancia Mall in Capitol Commons leading to its flavorful food and heritage wall and interiros cradling the rich history of Spanish cuisine.

ALBA Restaurant

ALBA Restaurant Opening (from left) Jaime Ysmael, President of Ortigas & Company; Linda Salvador, wife of the late Jaime Salvador, business partner of Alba; Atty Dianeth Valencia, Pasig City Administrator; Dolora de Alba, wife of the late Señor Alba; Miguel de Alba, President and General Manager, Alba Restaurante Espanol



Located at the 2nd floor, North Wing of Estancia, is the new 170-seater Alba Restaurant. On the wall is written: Reunirse, from the Spanish root word “reunir”.

“It means to meet, assemble and get together,” explained Chef Miguel de Alba, President of Alba International Incorporated and General Manager of Alba Restaurante Español. “This branch is envisioned to be a bigger and more celebration-centric venue for families and friends in the nearby residences and corporate offices within the Capitol Commons township,” he added.

Since “Reunirse” means to gather, then Alba’s feast of flavors—steeped in tradition for over 65 years—is the perfect celebration of life in one meal.

Alba Deli Bar

Deli Bar and Tapas Bar adorned with beautiful Mediterranean-patterned tiles

Buffet Aeea

Buffet Area

Enter its doors and be greeted by a bigger (tapas) bar adorned with beautiful Mediterranean-patterned tiles. This corner is for young corporate groups who want to unwind and spend happy hours with liquors and tapas.

A deli bar, also by entrance, is for those who want to bring home Alba’s delicious chorizo, other Spanish cold cuts and the newly-introduced chorizo burger patties and frozen, ready-to-heat dishes. Beside it is a dessert bar/coffee corner where mallgoers can have a cup of coffee with Alba’s famous postres like Canonigo and Tarta de Santa Teresa.

ALBA Estancia

We love the natural light in different room!

Walk further inside and the spacious function rooms, named after Spanish cities, beckon. Alicante, with modern blue couches combined with red-colored chairs can seat up to 60 guests. Further to the left is Andalusia, another function room for 30 persons. Inside, a heritage wall that feature memorabilia of its founder, Senor Anastacio de Alba, tugs at the heartstrings.

At Segovia, Alba’s main dining room that can accommodate up to 50 guests, one cannot miss the larger-than-life sepia photograph of Don Alba, serving his friends and guests in one of his restaurants. Painted on the wall is a Spanish quote by Don Alba “Todo lo que yo deseo desde el momento que llegan que le sirvan con esmero,” that means “All that I desire from the moment you arrive is to serve you with care” which is the heart of the restaurant’s philosophy.

ALBA Estancia Mall

ALBA Estancia Mall

Capitol Commons

Troop to Capitol Commons this Weekend!

Home of tTaditional Spanish Cooking

The mere mention of Alba Restaurant conjures up images of Spanish chorizos and cured meats, its Carnes: the stewed ox tongue, Lengua Sevillana; stewed ox tripe, Callos a la Madrilena; beef stew, Caldereta de Vaca and its centerpiece Cochinillo Asado, oven-roasted suckling pig.

Alba is also famous for its authentic Paellas such as the house specialty, Paella Valenciana that has everything on it…. chicken, pork, chorizo, seafood, and vegetables. Other popular choices are Paella Negra (with squid ink and shrimps), Paella Marinara (seafood), Paella de Bacalao (dried salted cod fish and potatoes) and Paella de Verduras for those who prefer vegetables.


Start with some salad!

Chorizo Fritos

Chorizo Fritos

Spanish Cuisine

More Spanish Cuisine!

A visit to the restaurant also means partaking of Tapas Calientes and Tapas Frias, bite-sized appetizers that are big on flavor. There are about 55 choices of tapas such as chorizos, jamon, gambas, champignon, Pamplona, mortadela, salchichon, mahi-mahi, and Pa amb tomaquet, among others.

One cannot truly say they relished a savory meal without having one of Alba’s decadent desserts such as delectably fluffy meringue cake, Canonigo and another bestseller, Tarta de Santa Teresa, a cream-filled sponge cake with almonds and yema balls.





Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

And if you can’t decide what to order, Alba offers lunch daily at all its branches. Dinner buffet is available daily for Morato, Prism and Estancia branches.

Spanish Design elements

The ambiance of the restaurant showcases Spanish influences with modern accents for a more contemporary yet cozy feel. Side by side with charming Spanish chandeliers are modern drop lights that lend a more modish, upbeat vibe.

Painted paelleras (depicting a matador, a classic winery and a Flamenco dancer) provide a colorful facet to stone walls. These paelleras were painted by Maya, daughter of Chef Miguel and wife Cachelle.

Spanish Interiros

Spanish Interiros

A mural of the castle of Segovia, a neighboring city of Avila, the hometown of Don Alba, serves as a backdrop of the kitchen-island-type buffet table, just above the postres, as if drawing guests into the sweet heart of Spain right here in Manila.

The man from Avila, a trip down memory lane

The story of Alba Restaurante Espanol started when Senor Anastacio de Alba set foot in the Philippines in February 1952 to train the cooks of Casino Espanol.

He fell in love with the country and opened Alba Cocina Espanola, a 5-table modest eatery at Isaac Peral (now UN Avenue) and later transferred to a bigger location near Luneta in Florida Street (now known as Ma. Orosa). Affluent Filipino patrons (lawyers, politicians, businessmen cabinet members) and tourists from the USA, Europe, and Asia frequented the restaurant. News spread that even Spain’s Prince Juan Carlos and wife Sofia dined at Alba when they visited the Philippines.

Home of Traditional SPanish Cooking

Home of Traditional Spanish Cooking

The phenomenal popularity of his restaurant encouraged Don Alba to expand. 9 years later, he opened two more fine dining venues offering his exquisite Spanish cooking: Alba Restaurant and Supper Club (along Dewey Boulevard) and Taberna Gitana (in Quezon City).

A few years later, the Alba chain of restaurants was born to include La Parilla and Patio Flamenco, both in Roxas Boulevard; Jardin de Alba in Greenhills, Alba Patio de Makati, now also known as Alba Restaurante Espanol. He also added a unique and opulent nightspot called Las Cuevas, and finally one that he considered one of his greatest prides, La Mancha.

“Papa came to the country to do one thing: to understand the Filipino palate and please it by introducing traditional Spanish comfort food,” Chef Miguel recalled.

Paella Negra

Paella Negra

ALBA Tapas

Deli and Cold Cuts!



Alba Branches around the Philippines:

Main office:
38 Polaris St. Bel-Air, Makati City
1209 Metro Manila, Philippines
+63 2 896 6950 or 51
Restaurant capacity:  G/F seats 70 pax, 2/F seats 40 pax

Tomas Morato cor. Scout Lozano, Quezon City
+632 925 1912, +632 928 7129, +632 901 3431
Restaurant capacity:  100 pax, Outdoor seats 20 pax
Westgate Center, Filinvest, Muntilupa City
+632 771 2178 or 79
Restaurant capacity:  G/F seats 50 pax, 2/F seats 30 pax, Outdoor seats 20 pax

4th Level, Prism Plaza
TwoEcom Center Building
Bayshore Avenue cor Harbor Drive
Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
+632 808 2326, +632 808 8210
Restaurant capacity:  150 pax, Outdoor seats 30 pax

Level 2, Estancia Mall
Capitol Commons, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
+632 2534953, +632 2538272
Restaurant capacity: 170 pax

Visit the Alba Restaurant website , Instagram albarestaurante_ph and on Facebook at alba.restaurante.espanol.

ALBA Estancia

ALBA Restaurante Español Opens New Branch at Estancia Mall

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Congratulations to ALBA Restaurant in Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons! I think I know where to bring the family this weekend!

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