I recently went through a Spanish phase… when everything ingested must be birthed from either Barcelona, Catalana, or the subsects of Spain. When such a phase happens, I must head to Terry’s Selection
The branch at the Podium is so convenient from work that the fam usually goes there for some lunch. I like Podium for the grocery style appeal where it feels like shopping in New York or even in Barcelona itself. But this time, I wanted to try something different and headed to the Makati branch… the treasure is found on the third floor
The third floor of the Salcedo branch of Terry’s is somewhat of a hidden gem. It’s two flights up really steep stairs, and not very many people want to climb that high, but that’s where the deli section is, and there are only about 2 tables on the top floor, making it an intimate dining setting amidst bottles of vino, vats of olio, and slices of jamon iberico.
The clincher must have been Julius, who is the most serviceable server I have met. Short of wiping my mouth with my napkin, he was on his toes, in service, all the time. And to think, he had to go back and forth the 1st and 3rd floor to get our wine, bread, blahblahblah… A MUST look to for him and leave a ginormous tip.
I like a good red when taking in Spanish fare, but a nice chilly rose is very refreshing. that bottle was especially nice.
Croquetas w Jamon Serrano & Pollo
But the motherlode of Terry’s, as in any Spanish restaurant, is the Paella. Their Paella Valenciana is the perfect concoction of arborio rice made aromatic by some saffron, plumped up by some seafood, chicken, bell peppers, and seasoned with lemons for zest. I like a runny paella and nothing makes me cringe more than spooning up a nice portion of the rice dish only to find out it has the consistency of cooked brown rice (health nuts, you know what I’m talking about).
I distinctly remember this paella experience… slightly watery and al dente, with a nice crunch from the burnbits at the bottom of the clay dish. Oozing with flavors of seafood, poulty and red peppers, it becomes the ultimate comfort food for those who want to forget their problems with some vino and some overwhelming flavors lingering in their palate.
Sad to say, my Espanyol addiction lasted for a long time, so I went to Terry’s more than once… but this should entice all of you to come follow the madness.
18 ADB Ave.Ortigas Center
Mandaluyong, Metro Manila