Filipinos’ love affair with rice could have been caused by the many years we were colonized by the Spaniards. Until now, Spanish cuisine is one of the well-loved types of cooking that many enjoy. Let me introduce to you a Spanish stall that I recently love, La Barra: House of Paella.
But first, trivia time: Paella is a Valencian rice dish that has ancient roots. Its modern form originated in the mid-19th century in the area around Albufera lagoon on the east coast of Spain, adjacent to the city of Valencia.
La Barra recently opened in October 25, inside a new food park called Tableria in Marikina. La Barra keeps it simple. Their menu is not that extensive but they have you covered with the basics.
For this food tasting session, and third stop of our Marikina Always Hungry Food Crawl, we were able to try their take on Paellas and a couple of their appetizers. First to come out were classic tapas: the flavor filled, well-cooked shrimps, Gambas (Php 180) and garlic instensied tender beef, Salpicao (Php 180).
The stars came our next, kicking off with Paella Negra, a squid ink and mixed seafood classic (Solo Php 190, Medio Php 370, Grupo, Php 560). Our team also had a treat with their Paella Valenciana, a combination of sorts including seafood, chicken, and pork(Solo Php 180, Medio Php 350, Grupo, Php 530). Both were cooked on point, tasty and topped with abundant toppings.
Tableria is also near the Marikina River Park, so you can take a stroll after eating or maybe watch the sunset if you wish. It’s exact location is at 313 J. P. Rizal St., Marikina City. They are open from 4 pm to 1 am.