I've been having this unexplainable craving for paella for days now and so on our typical Saturdate with Cyril, we decided to go to a restaurant that served paella. While walking along Ramos st, we found Ipar's restaurant and knew we had to go in. After all, you don't call a Spanish restaurant authentic if they don't serve paella, which is a signature Spanish dish.
It was our first time to dine at Ipar's, and the moment we got inside, we were smitten by it's simple yet stylish and cozy ambiance. The funny moment came when we sat down to check the menu, and found that Cyril and I could not have the paella not only because the price was a little high, but because the serving was too much for just the two of us (serving was good for 4-6 persons).
|all things Spanish|
|while waiting for our food|
We could have wanted to just get out of the restaurant pronto, because we couldn't find anything else other than paella. Heck, we were unsure what the other dishes were since they were in Spanish. Good thing, the waitress was helpful enough to suggest something that was just right for our appetite and budget, of course.
As per the waitress's suggestion, I ordered the Chuletas de Cerdo al Ajillo (Php180), or porkchop sauteed in garlic. The dish also comes with rice which you can have either plain or with garlic. I love how the garlic sautee meshed perfectly with the meat, the taste was not overpowering of garlic and it helped bring out the meat's flavor. I'm pretty certain they used olive oil to sautee the garlic, it's light and never greasy at all.
|Chuletas de Cerdo Al Ajillo|
Cyril's dish was even better. He had the Pescado en Salsa Verde (Php300), or fish fillet smothered in parsley sauce. How the fish melted in my mouth was just pure heaven, I couldn't help but fork on his plate again and again.
|Pescados en Salsa Verde|
I may not have satisfied my craving for paella, but I sure did have a muy delicioso dinner at Ipar's.