I still savor the memory of the most magnificent meal I had last week. Spanish food is something I don’t eat everyday and when I do, am reminded of my dream to be in Barcelona, imbibing good food, wine and music. Glad I don’t have to go too far because there’s Cova Tapas Y Sangria in Jupiter St., Makati.
Just in case you wonder why the picture looks like the one above, Cova means cave in Spanish. Am certainly impressed by the artisan workers who cut and carved pieces of wood to achieve the restaurant’s look.
The ambiance at Cova is ideal for intimate gatherings with friends (hence, it often comes alive at night) but the food is simply to die-for, not to mention reasonably priced. It was nice to be acquainted with the Cap I Pota, a stew similar to callos that’s composed of uber-tender wagyu cheeks, ox tripe, jamon & blood sausage, among other heavenly things. There was flavor in every bite!
Because it’s a Spanish restaurant, expect only the best paella. They have a version of paella negra which has a topping of assorted delectable seafood, including soft shell crabs. A serving costs P900, good for 3-4 persons.
Something I didn’t know: the Spanish have a paella that consists of noodles instead of rice. It’s called Fideus (P650) and has toppings of squid, clams and the house’s own delicious alioli.
A house bestseller is the huevos cabreados (P299). If you love French fries, level up your taste with this Cova specialty of oh-so-crisp, deep fried shoestring potatoes topped with fried egg, chorizo and alioli or garlic mayonnaise sauce.
The cochinillo or baby lechon is still to be placed in Cova’s official menu and we were glad to be among the first to try it.One word: heaven! As you can see. Pork is perfectly golden… order this on your next big celebration at Cova
We were also served a few pitchers of their sangria that night and I believe I only managed a few sips as I was driving later on. But I promise to enjoy their bar offerings next time. The large selection on display is simply too tempting
COVA is now open for lunch! Have a fill of their Spanish specialties for only P299-499 per head. On offer are such well-loved dishes as lengua con setas, cap i pota, arroz de gambas, fish & chips & US tenderloin steak frites.
Find COVA at 22 Jupiter St.
Bel Air, Makati City
Tel. No. 478-9700