Saturday, December 7, 2013

Afternoon Tapas at Calderon

A glass of Calderon's Sangria Rojo and a few tapas. All the makings for a cool afternoon...

And with December's cool breeze, there's no better way to spend an afternoon. Start with Calderon's Esparragos en Aceite de Oliva with a glass of Sangria Rojo, a light vegetable dish with asparagus, ham, and cherry tomatoes cooked in olive oil.

Bandeja de Jamon, Chorizo y Queso, an assortment of premium Spanish ham, chorizo and cheese, topped with olives, grapes, shaved almonds and herbs served on a wooden tray, perfect with another round of Calderon's Sangria Rojo.

Calamares Fritos, crunchy deep-fried squid rings sprinkled with herbs. the crisp outer layer and the tender squid provide contrasting textures complemented by the rich dip.

Gambas al Ajillo, a true Spanish classic, with plump and juicy shrimps cooked in olive oil, peppers and garlic. Rich, with a subtle sweetness from the fresh shrimps, and a delicious snap in every bite.

Chori-Gambas al Ajillo, a savory combo with plump shrimps and savory chorizo with peppers in a rich sauce. Rich, intense flavors from the chorizo play with the subtle sweetness of the red peppers and fresh shrimps, and don't forget the sauce. Ask for some bread to mop up the sauce, seriously good.

Almejas en Salsa Verde, succulent clams in a rich green sauce topped with peppers and herbs. a light dish that pairs well with Calderon's Sangria Blanco.

Chorizo Fritos, fried chorizo in olive oil, simple and rustic, packed with bold flavors.

Salpicao, tender beef sauteed in olive oil with garlic, lots of or crunchy garlic. Classic tapas, and a perfect afternoon at Calderon. For more on Calderon's signature dishes, check out my previous post here at Stay tuned for more  updates on Calderon's new dishes, coming soon...

Calderon Cocina Tapas y Bebidas is located at 403 F. Calderon Street, San Juan, Metro Manila or call 238-2264 for inquiries.

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