Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Weekday Brunch at Vask's Tapas Bar

Brunch takes on a homespun, comforting and traditional vibe at Vask's Tapas Room with its featured selection of authentic Spanish tapas...

Chef Chele Gonzalez shares the distinct flavors of Spain and the Basque region in a unique all-day Weekday Brunch with the featured menu priced at P 450 per dish, great for sharing for 3-4 diners. Hearty, homey, and traditional flavors at reasonable prices, and the only all-day brunch in the metro offering authentic Spanish cuisine for a whole new brunch experience...only at Vask's Tapas Room.  

Chef Chele Gonzalez draws inspiration from cherished family recipes and traditional Spanish and Basque cuisine with a new range of flavorful dishes for a comforting Weekday Brunch at Vask's Tapas Room. The menu and rates differentiates the Weekday Brunch from the usual brunch options for a whole new way of enjoying brunch.

The uniform pricing for the featured Weekday Brunch menu is patterned after the traditional set price menu in most tapas bars, and this just makes brunch so much easier to manage. Simply select a dish, or all the dishes, and you still have a pretty accurate idea of your bill, with no surprises. The set prices also makes the Weekday Brunch more accessible and a lot more fun, allowing you to enjoy more dishes. Our brunch at Vask's Tapas Room began with a selection of Pintxos, with Gambas Aioli, Bacalao Ajoarriero, Jamon Parmesan Mousse, Sous Vide Tuna, and Roast Beef with Peppers. Each offers distinct and unique notes, little bites that's big on flavor, perfect when paired with the red or white Kalimoxtos, the Basque country version of the Spanish sangria.

After the Pintxos, we picked up the pace as we sampled the other featured dishes in the Weekday Brunch menu, like the Calamares Tempura, fried squid with tempura batter served with spicy mayo. The light and crisp tempura batter contrasted with the soft and tender squid for a play on textures, with the creamy spicy mayo rounding out the flavors.

No brunch would be complete without eggs, and Chef Chele Gonzalez offered his own take with the Tortilla Chorizo, a hearty dish with eggs and potatoes topped with thin slices of Spanish chorizo. The delicate flavors of the eggs and potatoes are punctuated by the sharp notes of the chorizo, combining for balanced flavors.

The Weekday Brunch menu at Vask's Tapas Room also includes two rice dishes, the Arroz Meloso De Chriozo Y Txipirones, soft and fluffy Tinawon rice with Spanish Chorizo and baby squid...

...and the Arroz Con Pollo Judias, another comforting rice dish made with Tinawon rice, tender chicken, Baguio beans, and bell peppers. The heirloom Ifugao Tinawon rice serves as the perfect base for both dishes, absorbing all the flavors of the rich and moist meloso style of preparation.

The rich flavors of slow-cooked dishes are highlighted next with the Estofado De Ternera, slow-braised beef simmered in red wine with vegetables. The beef is perfectly tender, easily managed with a fork, releasing a burst of bold flavors with every bite. 

The homestyle feel is felt even more with the next dish as Chef Chele Gonzalez recreates his mother's old recipe, the Manitas Con Salsa Bizkaina, tender pork knuckles with Vizcaina sauce, chorizo, Iberian ham, onions, and Choricero dried peppers. The tender pork just falls off the bone, draped in a rich and flavorful sauce. This one's a personal favorite. With Chef Chele Gonzalez at the helm, you just know each dish will be special (for more on Chef Chele Gonzalez and Vask, check out my previous post here at 

Chef Chele Gonzalez then served the remainder of the new dishes and joined us at the table, sharing stories behind each dish. The rich and authentic flavors, and the relaxed and casual vibe at the table combined for a memorable brunch, making an otherwise ordinary weekday even more special. 

The all-day Weekday Brunch at Vask's Tapas Room is available from Mondays to Fridays, served from 11:30am to 5:30pm. Rate is set at P 450 (plus service charge) for all menu items, with each dish good for three to four. Try something new for brunch, only at Vask's Tapas Room's Weekday Brunch...

Vask Modern Tapas & Gastronomic Cuisine is located at the 5th Floor, Clipp Center, 11th Avenue corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City or call 0917-806-5292 for inquiries and reservations. For more information, visit their FB Page here at

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