Rice may be a dish everyone omits from their diet but it is the centerpiece at Arrozeria. They celebrate the rice here using a local variety close to the Spanish Bomba and goes beyond the run of the mill paella and introduces diners to a wider world of Spanish rice dishes like meloso, caldoso and more. Located in Century City Mall where the parking is a breeze and getting there is just a quick elevator ride to the top.
Ever since I visited ArroZeria, it’s been my go to place for every paella craving. They recently added more items to their soft opening menu and simplified ordering for diners who are easily confused.
Manchega (P295) A light salad with assorted greens, manchego cheese, apple and dried fruits.
Albondigas Con Champinones (P375). A plate of meatballs with button mushrooms and roasted potatoes. They use a mix of beef and pork for the meatballs but the flavors were nothing special so I suggest getting another appetizer.
Lengua Frita (P380). Slices of beef tongue coated with bechamel and deep fried, served with tartar sauce.
Pimineto Rellenos (P295). 5 pieces of innocent looking peppers that might not have been given a cursory glance. Each piece is stuffed with flavor bursting braised ox tail. I must have eaten 2-3 pieces of this one.
Remolacha Y Trigueros Risotto (P250). This is one visual treat of a dish that delivers in flavor too. Even though it’s a vegetarian dish, I would gladly eat this beetroot and asparagus risotto paired with melted local cheese any day.
My favorite of the new bunch is the Chorizo Y Gambas Arroz Con Costra (P750/ 2-3pax). A paella finished off with a crust of egg, shrimps and chorizo provide the umami flavors to complement.
Cerdo Adobado Y Boletus Meloso(P790/P1530/P2320). My other favorite of the day is the paella with marinated pork and porcini mushrooms. An earthy and meaty flavor for this hearty meloso (saucy paella). Cauliflower, bell peppers and asparagus are strewn on top for an extra dose of veggies and color.
Abanda Paella (P790 (12″)/P1530 (15″)/P2320 (18″)). Looking for a meatless option, this paella with boneless fish and seafood would be the choice.
If you want something other than rice then you should try the Callos Fideua (P500/P950/P1450). Thin noodles replace rice but the cooking method is the same in a fideua. This one has pork, tripe and garbanzos.
Finish off your meal at ArroZeria with 3 new desserts.
Tarta de Chocolate (P195). Chocolate lovers will gravitate towards this dish of chocolate tart topped with whipped cream and chocolate crumbs.
Tocinillo Del Cielo (P250). Light and smooth egg yolk flan that was just right in sweetness and not like memories of the sugar bombs of my youth. The flan is paired with a raspberry foam that was a bit too sour that I’d gladly omit it from the plate.
Calamansi Semifrio (P225). A light calamansi ice cream cake that is a good way to cleanse the flavors of the meal. It’s paired with mango jelly and mint jelly cubes and crisp cookie sheets.
These new dishes expands the menu at ArroZeria which makes a visit there even more of a conundrum on what rice dish to order. Bring a group and order as much as you want and just enjoy rice and its many flavors.
ArroZeria ManilaLevel 4 Century City Mall Kalayaan Ave. cor. Salamanca St. Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City Contact No.: (632) 894-1796
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