Spanish Restaurant ‘Tomatito’ Introduces New Chef Ivan Fernandez and His Dishes

The 30-year-old chef, who was born and raised in Madrid, Spain, recently introduced his selection of Spanish dishes, heralding the flavors that Tomatito is known for.

It was in December of 2016 that chef-restaurauter Willy Trullas Moreno's fun and sexy Latin concept 'Tomatito' found its way to Manila. Tomatito ('little tomatoes' in Spanish, and is also the nickname of an iconic Spanish Flamenco guitarist, Jose Fernandez Torres), was originally based in Shanghai under the El Willy Fun F & B Group (headed by Chef Willy) in affiliation with Bistronomia — the same folks that brought to Manila modern Spanish dining experiences in Rambla, Las Flores, and La Lola Churreria.

Tomatito is located at BGC Corporate Center, 11th Avenue, Taguig

'El Willy' was recently in the Philippines to introduce the restaurant’s new Spanish Head Chef, Ivan Fernandez. Born and raised in Madrid, Chef Ivan trained and worked as a sous chef in Tomatito Shanghai for over 9 years, and is now in Manila to relive the Tomatito Spanish tradition with his new creations.

Chef Ivan Fernandez of Tomatito Manila
Bistronomia's Dani Aliaga and Sergi Rostoll with Chef Ivan

Aside from the new mainstays in the restaurant's updated menu, the chef will be featuring limited edition monthly specials for the guests to enjoy. Chef Ivan shares that whenever he does Spanish food, he wants it to be 'food that people can recognize as Spanish, but always with a little bit of something interesting to it.' 

Tuna TNT: this 'two fingers, one bite' tapas by Chef Ivan is a pop in your mouth treat with spicy and sour bloody mary explosion — a must try!
Another 'Two fingers, one bite' appetizer is this Mini tacos de trufa y setas: Crispy Mini Truffle and Mushroom Tacos bursting with flavor and texture of shiitake and manchego cheese
Another must-try by Chef Ivan is this monthly special item which we wish would be a mainstay on the menu: Paella de Mole Mexicano, a twist to the traditional chicken paella, with its special Mexican-influenced mole dry rice using local chocolate
Crema de Queso con Manzana Verde: Chef Ivan's 'Apple Liquid Cheesecake' with green apple compote and cinnamon crumble

Aside from savoring the new flavors of Tomatito with the introduction of the restaurant's new Spanish chef, guests can still enjoy the top sellers and crowd favorites, like the Salmon TNT, Ham Bombs, Fried Baby Squid, and Filete a la Parilla.

Salmon TNT: Balik smoked salmon explosion with honey and truffle
Ham Bombs (Bombas de Jamon): Profiteroles with cream cheese, Iberian shoulder, paprika, and truffle oil
Fried Baby Squid: Chipirones a la andaluza, Andalucia-style with lemon aioli
Filete a la parrilla: 200g premium tenderloin steak with mashed potato

Tomatito is located at BGC Corporate Center, 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Call 805-7840 for inquiries and reservations, and follow Tomatito Manila on Facebook (/tomatitomanila) and Instagram (@tomatitomanila) for more information.

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