Whether we like it or not, titahood is an inescapable part of life. Sooner or later, all women will find their necks adorned with ginormous pearls and their purses stuffed with tissue stolen from restaurants.
But being a tita surely has its perks. For one, they have a much more developed taste in food and drinks, often seen enjoying fancy things like tapas and wine with each other. Doesn’t sound bad at all, right?
If you’re a full-fledged tita or just starting to evolve into one, here are 7 tapas and wine places in Metro Manila where you can chat, eat, drink, and just be your merry tita selves. Cheers to titahood!
A trip to Spain with your girlfriends is probably on the must-try list of any tita out there. But if that’s far from happening right now, you can always settle for a tita date at Barcino.
Authentic Spanish food is what you can expect in this resto bar, with their specialties lying in tapas. Order up favorites like the Gulas Al Ajillo (sauteed baby eel), the Gambas Con Bacon (fried shrimp wrapped in bacon), and the Calamares a la Romana (deep fried squid).
If you think their tapas selection is extensive, wait ‘til you see their wine list. It goes on and on and on! They have pages and pages of red, white, rose, and sparkling wine sourced from different parts of the world.
Barcino can be found at these locations.
2. Las Flores
If you think you and your tita friends have tried all the kinds of tapas there are to try, hit up Las Flores. They put new twists to classic tapas so it’ll definitely be a new experience for your taste buds!
One of the must-tries from the menu is the Gambas Al Ajillo which Laarni D. raved about in her looloo review: “I have not been in any other Spanish tapas restaurant where they can serve the best and the freshest gambas! The combination of the flavour of the shrimp oil with just the right amount of white wine made that well balanced taste of the famous gambas al ajillo.”
Don’t forget to sip on some of their Spanish or Chilean wine to complete the tita experience!
Las Flores can be found at these locations.
3. Oye Tapas & Grill
Planning an after-work chikahan session with your amigas? Oye Tapas & Grill is the tita place you’ve been searching for! It has the perfect balance of elegance and comfort, making it a conducive place for catching up with friends. They also have delicious tapas and wine that will make your visit that much more enjoyable!
To start off your Spanish feast, order their bestselling Truffled Egg, Potato and Ham. Served in a cup, this appetizer is a combination of smooth, creamy egg, shredded potatoes and ham, and truffle. Other favorites include the Grilled Foie Gras with Pedro Ximenez Sauce, Beef Fillet Salpicao, and Salmon Carpaccio.
Oye Tapas & Grill can be found on the G/F of Uptown Place Mall, 36th St. cor. 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.
If you’re looking for a posh, sophisticated place to bring your amigas to, definitely consider Rambla. Ojie D. was impressed when she saw the place and we’re sure your friends will be too!
She said in her looloo review: “Upon entering , I immediately fell in love with the interior of the restaurant. That high ceiling coupled with hardwood floors, black and white tiles and an open kitchen and bar right smack in the center.”
Of course, it’s the tapas and wine selection here that makes the experience complete. For tapas, you can indulge in scrumptious things like Tuna Tartar with Wasabi Mayo, Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio with Truffle Cream, and Jamon Iberico Baguettes!
Rambla can be found on the G/F of Joya South Tower, Joya Drive, Rockwell Center, Makati, Metro Manila.
Tapas is an ancient concept but at Tapella, you can eat these Spanish appetizers in a chic, modern setting. Definitely the sort of place you can take your tita squad too!
Mae A. praised the look of the restaurant in her looloo review, saying: “The place itself though was very casual and classy at the same time. I liked how clean and white their indoor seating was. Their outdoor seating does set up for more of those casual bonding nights.”
As for their tapas, some of the crowd favorites include the Boquerones (marinated anchovies), the Chopitos Fritos (fried baby squid), and the Beef Carpaccio (thin slices of flavorful raw beef). Their wine selection is just as extensive as their food menu!
Tapella can be found on the G/F of Greenbelt 5, Legazpi St., Ayala Center, Makati, Metro Manila.
6. Tauro Pintxos Tapas Wine Bar & Grill
ICYDK, pintxos (pronounced as ‘pinchos’) are finger food that are typically smaller than tapas and popularly served in the taverns of Basque Country. Luckily for us, we don’t need to fly out to southern Europe to taste them because Tauro serves Basque cuisine!
As you and your fellow titas chit chat about tita things, you can munch on delicious tapas and pintxos like the Salt Cold Fritters With Aioli, Scallop Garlic Butter Gratin, and Sauteed Chorizo With Red Wines Smoked Prawns Tapas.
For drinks, their Sangria is one of the tastiest in the metro! They also have an impressive selection of wine from Italy, Chile, and Australia.
Tauro Pintxos Tapas Wine Bar & Grill can be found on the G/F of Atrium Bldg., Makati Ave. cor. Paseo de Roxas St., Urdaneta Village, Makati, Metro Manila.
7. Trufa Pasta Bar
Obviously, you go to Trufa Pasta Bar for the pasta. But what you may not now is that they also have sections on their menu for tapas and wine and they’re not to be missed!
Their most popular one is the Huevos Estrellados, made up of fried eggs, crispy potato wedges, Ilonggo chorizo, and tapa flakes. Trust us when we say you and your fellow titas will want to come back for more and more of this stuff! Another favorite is the Croquetas De Chorizo, filled with the same crispy Ilonggo chorizo.
When it comes to wine, they’re complete with all kinds of white, red, rose, and sparkling.
Trufa Pasta Bar can be found at Planters Bldg., 109 Esteban St., Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila