Metro Manila · Alba Restaurante Español
1952 – Don Anastacio de Alba set foot in the Philippine islands with his Casino Español experience in tow. He opened his first restaurant two years after arriving in the Philippines and called it Alba Cocina Española – a restaurant that sat on Peral Street now known as United Nations Avenue.
The cocina was a modest one and only had five tables in its first two years, but because of Don Alba’s expertise in cooking traditional Spanish dishes, his name became a byword among his patrons. Anastacio de Alba then decided to move his eatery’s location from Peral to Maria Orosa formerly known as Florida Street – a street near Luneta Park. During its early years, the cocina became the hottest spot in town with top names in the Philippines being its frequent diners. Opulent tourists from other countries even made it a point to visit the cocina for its authentic Spanish dishes. Among those guests were Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife Sofia, who visited Manila in the mid-70s.
Because of the awe-inspiring popularity of the Manila restaurant, Don Alba decided to expand. Soon, a number of Alba restaurants sprouted all over the metro. Alba’s dream restaurant which he called La Mancha based on Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote de la Mancha was not as successful as the others. It was not because Alba lost his touch but because of the construction of the overpass on Magallañes street where La Mancha was located. The pollution and the noise drove away the Spanish cook’s patrons and also drove Anastacio de Alba to give up all his holdings to be able to move back to Spain with his wife and kids.
It did not take long before Alba came back to the country. Today, the restaurant has a number of branches in the metro, including the classy and very cozy Tomas Morato branch that sits on the corner of Scout Lozano. Alba is regaining its popularity and it seems wherever the restaurant goes, fans of authentic Spanish cooking follow.
Alba's other branches are located at Westgate Center in Alabang, Bel-Air, Makati, and Prism Plaza in Pasay City.
Do you think there is no such thing as a free lunch? Alba currently has a promo where patrons can win a free lunch. Take a look at this link from Alba for more information about this promo.
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Why Megacitizens Should Pay This Establishment A Visit
Although this restaurant is not the original cocina where opulent diners dined decades ago, the history of Alba itself is reason enough to pay this place a visit.
Location & How To Get There
Tomas Morato Avenue corner Scout Lozano,
Tel.: (63) 0 925 1912 or (63) 0 928 7129