Arrozeria, my favorite place to get paella in its many forms recently introduced some quick meal items like sandwiches and breakfast options. Arrozeria BGC opens as early as 8 am so you can hop in for a meal. Their original branch in Century City Mall has shuttered so BGC is the place to go to get your rice fix. They’ve also added a trio of boards filled with meat and seafood for people looking to pair their paella with some protein options.
Crispy Calamari Roll (P375). We got a sampler size serving so we would not be stuffed silly. Crisp and crusty ciabbata with lightly battered squid drizzled with quid ink and white aioli. I always thought calamari was a great appetizer but never imagined it as part of a sandwich. Chef Chele shared with us that this is a traditional sandwich in Spain and is packed in many picnic baskets for a day out.
Chorizo Burger (P390). Homemade chorizo patty with caramelized onions, Manchego cheese, porcini mushroom mayo and crispy jamon. This is one flavor bomb of a burger with the crispy jamon being the bonus. This is not your beach side, sweetish chorizo burger, it’s chorizo burger done Spanish style by Chef Chele.
Cauliflower Casserole (P250). Baked cauliflower with melted cheese and bechamel sauce. This is the best cauliflower dish I’ve ever had. I bet even people who don’t like veggies will wolf this down. Gooey cheese and bechamel cover each cauliflower floret, so so good.
Egg Crusted Paella (P320). Imagine paella topped with chorizo and longganisa topped with scrambled egg. How can one not like this, eggs, rice and meat all rolled into one beautiful dish.
Arrozeria has 3 new sharing boards good for 4 people with a mix of seafood and meat plus rustic potatoes and salad. We got to try the Frito (P1200) which comes with calamari, fried tawilis, shrimps croquettes, and crispy lengua. The Surf and Turf (P2350) had squid, shrimps, chorizo, Angus sirloin and tuna. For me, the frito was the better value and matched paella better.
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Finish off your meal at Arrozeria with some dessert. I like the White chocolate amaretto tart and the carrot and almond cake.
Arrozeria will still be my first choice for paella in Manila but I now have other options to add to my meal.
ArroZeriaU/G C3 Building, Bonifacio High Street Central
7th Ave., BGC, Taguig
Contact No.: (632) 946-3793
Facebook Page: ArroZeria
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