The food is not the typical Spanish food, according to Chef Carlo Miguel. Beso gives the Philippines a different take on Spanish dishes. Chef Carlo was inspired by the flavors he was taught when he was young. The dishes on the menu have so much variety, that you can come to Beso for almost anything -- may it be for some tapas and wine with friends, a romantic dinner date, or a family brunch.
Out of all the stuff we tried, my personal favorite is the Chorizo and Chocolate on Toast (P210). Just looking at this dish is very appealing: the colors are great and it tastes just as interesting. It's a mix of sweet chocolate and salty chorizo.
Chorizo and Chocolate on Toast
A popular choice is the Pintxos Mouronos, these are skewers grilled the Moorish way. You may order these per skewer and in different kinds of meat - Shrimp (P250), Pork (P80), Beef (P145), Chicken (P80), and Lamb Kofta (P165).
Another must try is their flat bread, which is very similar to Italian pizza. That day, we had the Manchego, jamon, and arugula flat bread (P440). It was my first time to have jamon served this way, and I have to say it was not bad at all! The manchego cheese adds to the flavor, and the arugula gives it some texture.
Manchego, jamon, and arugula flat bread
The Spanish food experience would not be complete without Paella. Wherever you go, paella is always different, each home or restaurant having their own take of it. The Beso Paella has pork, chorizo, bacon, prawns, squid, mussels, clams and bacon. It is on the wet side, almost like risotto. An order for two to three people it is P580 and an order for six to eight people is P1,280.
For dessert we had the Banana, raisins, almonds, and dulce de leche tart (P250) with vanilla ice cream.
Banana, raisins, almonds, and dulce de leche tart ala mode
There are still so many things I want to try on their menu; I have also heard a lot about their Sangria. If you’re looking to experience a new take on Spanish cuisine, be sure to visit this restaurant at Bonifacio High Street Central.