Consistently great Spanish food in Manila – Las Flores, Bonifacio Global City

There are lots of good restaurants in Manila, but few are as consistent in delivering great food and excellent service as Las Flores, serving upscale Spanish cuisine in Bonifacio Global city! We have been a few times and it is an upscale restaurant that’s perfect for special occasions and I’m sure we’ll be back to!
A lot of new restaurants in Manila utilize the help of consultants or famous chefs when they start: They deliver great food when they open, but unfortunately start to slide after a few weeks. Not so Las Flores – it has been consistent ever since they opened!
On our most recent visit during the (cooler) winter months, we selected a table outside. Despite the street-side location, there isn’t a lot of traffic, making it a nice setting. The hostess had us seated quickly, with menus in hand. Las Flores has an extensive menu, with hot & cold appetizers, served tapas style, platters of cold cuts, soups & salads, as well as a selection of paellas, main courses and appetizers. The wine and drink menu is just as extensive, with some very nice wines from Spain, as well as other countries around the world and interesting cocktails.
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We ordered a selection of tapas and main courses to share, asking them to be delivered in a specific order. And while that seems like a small thing, many restaurants in Asia, even expensive ones, have a hard time pacing food courses properly. Las Flores did great, our Spanish Tempranillo and water arrived first, with the Tuna Tartar following shortly after. It was served as a large portion, great to share,  with a Calamansi Mayonnaise for a local twist and thinly sliced, toasted/grilled bread – we enjoyed it. Next up were the Croquetas de Chorizo and Trio of Chorizo (yes, we do like Chorizo).
MNL LasFlores - 2The croquetas were a little crispy on the outside, soft and steaming hot inside and had just little bits of Chorizo. They went perfectly with the three kinds of chorizo (Spanish sausages) in the white wine sauce and enough spice to it!
MNL LasFlores - 3We also ordered a favorite from a previous visit again, the Mulwarra (Australian) beef tenderloin. It’s a great quality steak, expertly prepared medium rare and served with mixed vegetables and potatoes. We had saved enough room for dessert and selected the Churros – deep-fried, crispy dough sticks served with warm chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream – delicious, if not necessarily the healthiest dish on the menu!

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It was another memorable meal at Las Flores, with friendly and competent service throughout. While the prices are relatively high for Manila, the food and service are well worth it and I’d consider it good value in Manila – and a bargain compared to similar restaurants in the US or Europe! I’d recommend to try it for a special occasion and I’m sure to go back!

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