Spanish Meets Filipino at Caixa


Filipino, Spanish

Crispy Pata (in tapas & main portions), Salpicao, Chipirones al ajillo, Roasted Sea Bass and Grilled Angus Steak

Caixa is one of the biggest banks in Barcelona, Spain; but the Caixa I am talking about is a restaurant that serves Spanish-Filipino comfort food. The name alludes to the group of owning partners, who are mostly bankers and brokers.

Situated in the heart of Metro Manila’s financial district, Caixa offers you a great place to unwind after a long day's work. Although they only opened last August, this Makati restaurant already has plenty of regular customers.

One of the owners, Dondi Santillan, tells us that their food is a marriage of Spanish and Filipino cuisine with a twist. Caixa already has a good selection of appetizers and dishes; the great thing is that they are continuously updating and improving what they have to offer.

Their Chicharron de Bulaklak (P195) is a great way to start a meal, and it also works well as pulutan (bar chow).

Chicharron de Bulaklak

If you don’t know what this is made of -- it is deep-fried large pork intestines that you can dip in vinegar.


Another popular appetizer is their Gambas (P295). The twist on this Spanish staple is that they serve it crispy.

The Chipirones al Ajillo (P225) is another dish worth a try. It is baby squid sautéed in garlic and olive oil.

Chipirones al Ajillo

For the entrees, their best selling items are:

Callos (P250), which is ox tripe stewed in rich tomato sauce with potatoes, chickpeas, Spanish Chorizo, and olives served with rice.


The Salmon en Papel de Aluminio (P350), an oven steamed salmon with lemon and capers in foil.

Salmon en Papel de Aluminio

Salpicao (P295), a staple in every Spanish-Filipino menu. I have to say, they nailed this dish. It is easy to find this entree in the metro, but it is hard to find a place that can cook it right.


You should also try their Arroz con Chorizo (P250), which is a chorizo rice served with a fried egg on top.

Arroz con Chorizo

Caixa also has an extensive list of alcoholic beverages, which I am sure is perfect with any of these dishes. So if you are looking for a place to eat good food, drink, and hang out with friends, head on over to this restaurant. You'll find them in Makati Golf Club at 7232 Malugay Street, Makati.

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