Sapphire Bloc: Cazuela (Spanish Colonial Cuisine)

Press Release
25 July 2016

Cazuela Serves Spanish Colonial Cuisine

The cazuela is a clay pot used in cooking, it serves as a vessel for combining ingredients to make sumptuous dishes.

Executive chefs Mon Urbano and Day Salonga had a similar idea for their newly-opened Cazuela restaurant. “We want diners to experience the flavors of the different countries colonized by Spain. We aim to go beyond traditional Spanish fare and want to showcase dishes created because of the Spanish galleon trade,” says Chef Day.

Sapphire Bloc: Cazuela

Adventure in a bite: sunny-side up quail eggs, alfalfa and sautéed mushrooms served as an open-faced sandwich. Yum!

“Spanish Colonial Cuisine is the result of using local ingredients from the various countries to produce Spanish flavors,” explains Chef Mon Urbano. For better understanding, a spread of their most popular items was served to an intimate group of media guests during a recent lunch.

Sapphire Bloc: Cazuela's Baby Squid al ajillo

Baby Squid al ajillo (P235) – very tasty baby squids in garlic sauce. It comes with bread and cute wooden two-pronged appetizer forks.

The Ox Tail Estofado is a marriage of Spanish and Latin American. The Pan-seared Mackerel and the Orange and Crispy Duck Salad show shades of Spanish, Filipino, and American. The Veal Caldereta and Baby Squid al Ajillo are heavy with Filipino influences, while the Rancho Burger is a blend of Filipino, Mexican, and Spanish tastes.

Sapphire Bloc: Cazuela's Clams and Chorizo

Clams and Chorizo (P264) – another tapa in the form of sautéed Manila clams and homemade chorizo in olive oil. Served with bread, use the lemon to cut through the spiciness.

Other best-sellers are the Tuna Ceviche, Gambas al Ajillo, Callos, and Paella Negra. All best washed down with Sangria, of course. For dessert, there is Kesong Puti Cheesecake and Gel Salonga’s Brazo de Fernando otherwise known as Gypsy Cake, which was part of Inquirer Lifestyle’s Best Desserts 2015.

Sapphire Bloc: Cazuela's Gambas al ajillo

Gambas al ajillo (P328) – well-cooked shrimps bathed in piquant garlic sauce. Although it is served as a tapa, you’d be reaching for a cup of rice.

Veering away from the traditional makes Cazuela stand out from the other Spanish restaurants in the metro. It also allows for a more flexible and extensive menu to satisfy the wide range of diner preferences. Every member of the family will feel welcome with the options available.

Sapphire Bloc: Cazuela's Callos

Callos (P389) – stewed ox trip in tomato sauce. Delicious and flavorful enough for another cup of rice. Good for one hungry tummy or for two who want to sample other dishes.

Prices are reasonable too. The average check per person is between P350 and P500. Those who are always on the lookout for special deals will appreciate Cazuela’s P799 Wine-All- You-Can promo, which runs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:00pm to 12:00 midnight. Sangria lovers should drop by every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9:00pm to 12:00 midnight to get 50% off on their 2nd pitcher.

Sapphire Bloc: Cazuela's Paella Negra

Paella Negra (P365) – paella in squid ink, served not in a paellera but in a cazuela. Instagram-worthy and so scrumptious, you would not care if it turns your teeth black.

From 10:00pm onwards, guests can order after-party chow of Angusilog (made from certified Angus beef tapa), Brown Rice Arroz Caldo, Homemade Garlic Chorizo, and Tapang Waterbuffalo (Carabao).

Sapphire Bloc: Cazuela's Kesong Puti Cheesecake

Kesong Puti Cheesecake (P220) – So rich, so gooood! Must. Not. Miss.

The mood of Cazuela is vibrant. Bright paintings adorn the walls and patches of colorful Machuca tiles can be spotted here and there – as creative enhancements for the floor-to-ceiling wine shelves and as embellishments on the cement-based finish of the flooring. The wrought iron chandeliers with wine bottle lamps add a little whimsy to the venue while the black leather couches and orange curtains contribute to the coziness. “This was a collaboration of the owners with interior designers Vince Subeldia and Louie Khan,” shares Chef Mon.

The restaurant’s indoor and outdoor seating can accommodate a total of 60 persons. Events and exclusive functions are welcome. Cazuela can also bring the party to you through their cocktails and tapas catering service.

Cazuela is managed and operated by Cazuela JV Corp which includes Atty. Gener Sansaet, Marissa Ebdane, and John and Ces Manalo. All the recipes were developed by chefs Mon and Day with the assistance of Chefs Andre Espiritu and Cristina So.

Check out the full press release here: Cazuela Serves Spanish Colonial Cuisine

G/F The Sapphire Bloc,
Sapphire Road,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City
Phone nos.: (02) 590 5460 or (0995) 5510424.
Store Hours:
MTW: 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight
ThFS: 10:00 am to 2:00 am
Instagram @cazuelamanila.

***Photos were taken using iPhone 6

Jayce Cairo

Jayce is a linguaphile who speaks four languages and currently works as a translator to finance her various interests. Scoring very high on “Openness to Experience” on the Big Five Personality Test, she is an avid globetrotter who aspires to retire at 35 and travel for the rest of her life.

One Comment:

  1. Oh wow. I’m a huge fan of Spanish cuisine and these look amazing. Yum!

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