The La Lola Group’s Spanish-themed restaurants sate the taste buds’ cravings as easily as their name rolls off the tongue
In 2003, Sergi Rostoll, Dani Aliaga, and Uri Singla decided to bring true Spanish cuisine to the Philippines. Bringing with them their exprience in tourism and hotel management, they first opened Barcino, where they offered good wine and food at an affordable price. After three years, they found that the Philippines was ready for something different. The result: Las Flores, a cocktail and tapas bar. Since forming the La Lola Group in 2006, the three have launched two other restaurants that give a Spanish flair to local dining.
This contemporary Spanish restaurant focuses on four key elements: service, interiors, music, and of course, food. With its wood accents and patterned tabletops, Las Flores’ interiors exude rustic charm. But while the welcoming staff and the cozy setting can lure a diner to come in and have a seat, it is the food—a wide range of tapas, salads, and cheese platters—that makes them want to stay and come back.
Served on a wooden tray, their Salmon & Salmon is marinated salmon topped with salmon caviar and ricotta cheese, served on a bed of baguette and drizzled with truffle oil vinaigrette; it is the perfect start to a Las Flores meal. The dish is intended to be shared, but don’t be afraid to scarf down every last piece. Pair the food with one of the restaurant’s cocktails such as the Moscow Mule, a mixture of homemade ginger vodka, calamansi, cherry blossom flower, and ginger beer served in a copper mug and garnished with slices of ginger.
Named after a street in central Barcelona, Rambla is a cocktail bar with an open kitchen concept located at Rockwell in Makati City. Its main feature, the aforementioned open kitchen, is how patrons get to see their food being prepared as well as interact with the chef. Although this restaurant has some obvious Spanish touches, its cuisine has a decidedly broader Mediterranean scope, taking influences from French, Italian, and Greek dishes. Spanish flavors aren’t left out, however, with their selection of paella, from the Paella Negra with Squid and Salmon to Fideua, a pasta-based dish with Butifarra sausage and cuttlefish.
Try the Octopus Carpaccio with Hummus and Sweet Paprika, and wash it down with a Baquira Daiquiri, a refreshing blend of gin, aperol, watermelon, cilantro, and lemon. As any meal won’t be complete without something sweet, cap off your Rambla dining experience with their Dessert Platter, featuring a selection of churros, chocolate ganache, tiramisu, chessecake, and passionfruit sorbet.
The newest addition to the La Lola Group, Tomatito combines the aesthetic of an ’80s Spanish bar with a more contemporary appeal, its vibrant patterned wallpaper matching the aroma of delicious food wafting from the semi-open kitchen.
Located in the bustling city of Taguig, it is a place for after-work drinks and even lunch break meals. The menu lists a variety of Spanish tapas— and cocktails to match—such as Salmon TNT, Montadito de Gambas, and Croquetas de Trufa y Pollo, which is their version of grandma’s truffle and chicken croquettes. From their cocktails, try the Trinidad Mule, a mix of aged rum, homemade ginger beer, lime leaf, fresh pineapple juice, and cherry syrup. •