Gather Up the Titas and Head to Calderon

by - Friday, January 11, 2019

It may have been days after the new year's, but it seemed that my holiday eating was far from over as my friends and I arranged for an after-work, catch-up dinner at this small restaurant in Makati.

Calderon is a Spanish restaurant that opened its first branch in San Juan in 2014. It is a home grown restaurant that serves authentic Spanish favorites based on perfected family recipes. 

Bandeja de Jamon, Chorizo Y Quezo P620
A sumptuous spread of Spanish ham, chorizo, cheese, sliced almonds, grapes, and olives that we paired with our sangria over a series of post-dinner discussions. The plate looked small to me at first, but it really wasn't since we failed to finish the whole thing. 

Calamares Fritos P300
It's easy to impress me with calamares. I just like it crispy and soft (not rubbery and chewy), but the calamares fritos from Calderon tasted different from the Filipino calamares I'm used to, especially with their in-house aoili dip.

Chorizo Sisig P300
We were a bit reluctant to order their chorizo sisig at first, but then we gave it a try and we all liked it. It was the first plate we finished that night. It was as flavorful and a lot similar to a regular, Pinoy sisig, except that they use chorizo instead of pork. 

Croquetas Pescado P280
Having croquetas with ham is pretty basic, but one made with sole fish? That's fairly new to me. I feared that it may taste bad and fishy, but thank goodness it didn't! I love that it's crispy on the outside and made with just a thin layer of batter, which also made it soft and very easy to cut. 

Gambas Al Ajillo P310
Fresh, medium-sized suahe cooked in olive oil, lots of garlic, and spices. 

Beef Salpicao P490
These chunks of marinated tenderloin cubes cooked in olive oil and garlic are insanely delicious! It's my absolute favorite! It was tender, perfectly cooked, and had a special flavor that just hits all the right spots. It's a must-try!

Paella Negra (good for 4-6) P780
While waiting for my friends, one of them already advised me to order the paella since it takes a long time to prepare. We ordered the paella negra, which is a savory seafood paella cooked in squid ink sofrito, and mixed with morsels of squid. It is then topped with mussels, prawns, and aioli. Finally, a few squeezes of lemon slices should do the trick and make this paella incredibly good.

Sangria Calderon P150/glass
I'm no expert when it comes to alcoholic beverages, but I really like the sangria Calderon. It's really fruity, with just a hint of alcohol in every sip.

We had such a great time at Calderon that we stayed there until closing time. It's a place where good food and great conversations meet. So gather up your friends and head to Calderon now!

My Scores:
Pricing - 3.5/5
Service - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Taste - 5/5

Hungry for more,

Address: G/F Classica Condominium, 112 H.V. Dela Costa St., Salcedo Village, Makati City. Check out other locations here!
Operating Hours: 11am to 10:30pm Daily
Contact: (63) 905-520-4250; (02) 894-1606; (63) 998-800-8284 
Budget: from at least P500 per person 
Parking: Street  Parking
Instagram: @calderontapas 
Facebook: @calderontapas 

(Date of Visit: January 4, 2019)

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