There are plenty of Spanish restaurants in the neighborhood, but not as many as Japanese or Chinese eateries. They often fall into one of two categories: tapas bars or cozy eateries serving traditional Spanish food in a family-style setting. Introducing La Picara menu, a vibrant restaurant at One Bonifacio High Street that serves both tapas and Spanish meals but doesn’t quite fit into any of the categories or any other category, for that matter.
According to owner Isabel Calvo, La Picara is Spanish meaning cheeky, and this humorous disregard for convention is evident throughout the whole establishment, including the decor and the cuisine. According to Calvo, the cuisine is 95% Spanish. The cuisine is not what it appears to be since they toyed with the Spanish tastes or the presentation.
Below, you’ll find the updated list of La Picara menu prices.
|Menu Items||Price (PHP)|
Caliente! Caliente! From the Sea
|Salsa Verde Lapu Lapu||780|
Caliente! Caliente! From the Ground
|Glazed Iberico Pork Ribs||1290|
|Patatas con Morcilla||340|
|Waffletilla de Patata||340|
|Sisig Pibil Tacos||340|
|Gambon Al Ajillo||470|
|Siomai de Carrillera||380|
|Callos A La Manilena||490|
|Jamon Iberico Altadehesa||890|
|Chorizo Bellota Pedroches||580|
Fresh and Cherry
|Baby Eggplant Salad||390|
|Ensalada De La Casa||420|
|Tartare de Salmon||590|
|Chili Crab Paella||890|
|Truffle and Mushroom Paella||1190|
|Bone Marrow Meloso Rice||620|
|Iberian Pork Fideua||980|
|Japanese White Rice||65|
|Brown Rice from Kalinga||80|
|Pan Con Tomate||190|
|Arroz Con Leche||280|
|Pina Y Chocolate||320|
|Puto Flan De Queso||380|
|Granizado de Café||290|
|Matsu el Picaro||1450|
|Matsu el Recio||2695|
|Matsu el Viejo||5990|
D.O La Rioja
|Musica en el Camino||1495|
|Beronica Gran Reserva||3790|
|Cerro Anon Crinza||1390|
|Marques De Caceres||1690|
|Macan Clasico Vega Sicilia||5300|
|Cuatro Pasos Rosado||1180|
|La Vie en Rose||1650|
|Two Hands Sexy Beast||1460|
|Bread and Butter||1990|
|Vergamonte Reserva Organic||1790|
Red Wine by the Glass
|Matsu el Picaro||370|
|Protos Ribera del Duero||420|
|Emilio Moro Finca Resalso||390|
White Wine by the Glass
|Casado Valle Vinho Verde||340|
|Mica Vinho Verde||380|
Sparkling by the Glass
|Cepa 21 Hito||2050|
|Alexander vs The Ham Factory||5590|
|Finca Resalso Emilio Moro||2200|
|Corimbo Bodegas La Horra||3100|
|Alion, Vefa Sicilia||9990|
About La Picara
Isabel Calvo, a Spanish expat, is one of the primary architects of this trendy eatery. She underlined throughout the interview that the road wasn’t as simple as pie for her. She said that when people suggest that if you work hard enough, your goals will come true. Four years ago, Isabel moved to the Philippines to start a job at Instituto Cervantes. She fell in love with this nation and decided it was time to go forward and build a restaurant after a brief stint selling some traditional Spanish foods at the Salcedo and Legaspi weekend markets. She was aware that there was a preconceived image about what Spanish restaurants were all about, therefore her idea was rather original.
She encountered two additional foreigners along the road, Felipe Diaz and Ben Arnold, and a Filipino entrepreneur named Shav Halley who helped the restaurant become more than just a pipe dream. Together, the four of them worked on every little detail. Isabel created the whole cuisine with the assistance of their head chef, Bernardo, a Spanish expat. You’d be astonished to learn how they were able to reimagine their menu items while being a Spanish restaurant.
La Picara Menu Best Seller
Kimchi Croquettas – All wagers on the table are void. The crispy-fried croquettas used in Calvo’s rice foundation are filled with kimchi for a hint of spice and are inspired by salmon nigiri. Salmon that has been smoked on top adds a richer taste. Their variation of nigiri with salmon on top uses croquetas rather than rice and is a popular favorite called Kimchi Croquetas. It literally melts on your tongue and has a touch of fish.
Waffletilla de Patata – This La Picara menu resembles a picture-perfect waffle made of flour. Because of the potatoes, this waffle is lighter than your typical morning waffle, and waffle fans contend that the ridges retain maple syrup and butter better than pancakes. Similarly, you won’t be able to get enough of the Waffletilla and the Sriracha mayo and parsley aioli that are served with it. This is a tortilla that is presented like a waffle and is served with parsley aioli and sriracha mayo. Even though this dish is already rather filling, the extra carbohydrates for the day are worthwhile.
Chili Crab Paella – This one has the crispy, caramelized rice at the pan’s bottom since it is spread quite thinly over a cast-iron skillet. Because it was made with crab, the paella is naturally sweet-briny. The addition of soft shell crab on top, together with the heat from the chili, almost makes this dish exclusive to La Picara. The traditional paella is a must-have for any Spanish pleasure. They provide soft shell crab tempura along with their chili crab paella, which those who enjoy spicy cuisine won’t want to miss. Its foundation is classic Singaporean chili crab cooked with a thin coating of rice to soak up the spice and create the toasted flavor known as tutong.
Mouse Temptation – Given that the cured cheese is perched atop a genuine mousetrap, it may be among the prettiest meals you’ve ever seen.
La Picara Menu Best Drinks
Sangria Picara – This La Picara menu is a red wine beverage flavored with exotic fruits including rambutan, the indigenous lychee, which is one of their best-selling drinks. The addition of fruits gives the traditional drink a delightful touch.
Fresa Colada – Avoid being duped by the Fresa Colada, which at first appearance may like your favorite strawberry smoothie but is really made with Bacardi premium rum.
Chateau Haut Terrasson – The Bordeaux Rouge from Château Haut Terrasson is a very pleasant, light wine that is simple to consume. The vineyard, which is grown in France’s Bordeaux area, is situated on a hill with views of the valley of the Garonne River. This specific wine is a blend of 35% cabernet sauvignon and 65% merlot. A robust, medium-bodied wine is the result.
Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon – Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon has a dark maroon appearance. There is hardly much light coming through. When it is initially poured, it has faint legs. It seemed to coat the interior of the glass better and develop more legs after some air. The wine has flowery cherry blossom aromas on the nose. It has a very fresh aroma and little detectable alcohol. The scent wasn’t particularly strong, and it wasn’t perceptible from a distance.
La Picara Beef Cheeks
These beef cheeks are served with mashed potatoes and saba and are gently simmered in red wine. Cows’ cheek muscles are the source of beef cheeks, a particularly tough cut of meat that requires a lengthy, low-temperature cooking process to become soft. It takes on the flavors of the braising liquid beautifully and is stringy when chopped, somewhat like pulled pork.
La Picara Menu Delivery
From its best sellers and best drinks, you can always enjoy this Spanish restaurant in the comfort of your home. It is not a surprise that most restaurants offer a delivery service for their menu items. However, this one does not. You could only order delivery through Foodpanda or GrabFood.
Social Media Pages
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La Picara menu has an unconventional approach to Spanish cuisine and is welcome in a sea of eateries that excel at doing things the traditional way. You can depend on this vibrant new addition to BGC whenever you want to relax and unwind with creative tapas, paella, and more glasses of sangria in hand. From its walls and lights to its tables and chairs, La Picara’s total appearance exudes a truly cheeky and eccentric feel. Everything appears to be so brightly colored and vibrant that it will subtly but effectively make you think of a tropical lifestyle. Clearly, she is one feisty lady who has established herself in Manila’s dining scene thanks to her uniqueness, genuine love of food, and desire to experiment with tastes.