I have always dreamt of going to Spain and to try out the tapas there ever since I saw it featured in a Food channel. I also heard tales from friends and relatives about how amazing it is to go bar-hopping to different Tapas bars in Madrid. It was some sort of fantasy that came true when I was recently invited to taste the tapas of Andele Tapas Bar de Cebu at Mango Avenue. On that night, I was transported to Spain and saw a glimpse of the food that my Spanish ancestors were enjoying. Don Carlos Andres Olano tasted 26 different tapas and enjoyed them like a true-blue Spaniard.
The Tapas at Andele Tapas Bar de Cebu
1 of 26 Albondigas
Meatballs with Bread and Sauce
2 of 26 Allioli
The classic combination of garlic and oil on top of a bread and served with potatoes
3 of 26 Bacalao
Salted white fish sliced thinly served with bread and tomatoes
4 of 26 Calamares
Rings of battered squid with salsa dipping sauce
5 of 26 Beer Battered Calamares
Squid dipped in Beer Batter before fired to a crisp then served with a sweet and spicy sauce
A different version of the calamares as Chef Larry Marshall used beer in its batter. This had a more Asian flair as its crispier and it was served with a sweet and spicy sauce. I liked this better than the other version.
6 of 26 Bird's Nest Chorizo
Julienned potatoes shaped like a bird's nest filled with yummy Spanish Chorizo topped with fried quail eggs, jalapenos, and black olives
7 of 26 Carne Mechada
Tender Beef slow-cooked with potatoes and onions
Another tomato-based dish. The carne mechada had a very pleasant aroma.
8 of 26 Chorizo al VinoSausage slowly cooked in Spanish Red Wine.
This was my favorite chorizo dish of the night. The Spanish red wine made the chorizo more flavorful.
9 of 26 Camarones y Chorizo Pinchos
Spanish Chorizo Slices and Shrimp with aioli on a bamboo skewer
The shrimp and chorizo goes well together. It was an awesome surf and turf tapas on a stick.
10 of 26 Croquetas
A popular dish in bars and homes in Spain made of mashed potato
It was to really pleasant to eat. Many of the guests that night raved about the croquetas. It had a creamy texture and tasted wonderful. The slaw accompanying the dish provided an excellent complement to the croquetas.
11 of 26 Empanadillas
Bite-sized baked pastries stuffed with meat and vegetables
This somehow reminds me of my mom's empanadas. The pastry was crunchy. The filling is really fragrant and I enjoyed the chickpeas. The size was perfect for 2 to 3 bites.
12 of 26 Gambas
Prawns sauteed in spicy salsa
If you like spicy food, you would enjoy the gambas.
13 of 26 Parma Jamon y Queso en Pan
Parma Ham and Cheese on a bread topped with olives.
Since I love ham and cheese sandwich, it was expected that I would have fun eating the Parma Ham and Cheese. Parma ham has always been my favorite when it comes to hams because of its saltiness.
14 of 26 Raxo
Pork seasoned with garlic and parsley with added Spanish paprika
Andale's Raxo was very fragrant.
15 of 26 Setas Al Ajllo
Champignons sauteed with olive oil and garlic
16 of 26 Mejillones Rellenos
Also known as Tigres, these stuffed mussels are very spicy
These mussels were really spicy. It is quiet overpowering to some people, but I was able to eat at least 3 pieces.
17 of 26 Cojonudo
A kind of pinchos, it is made of a slice of bread topped with Spanish Chorizo and quail egg.
This was another variation that included bread, chorizo, and quail egg.
18 of 26 Pincho Moruno
Sticks of spicy meat
This tapas would remind you of barbecue. It would be perfect with some wine, beer, or shots that Andale Tapas Bar de Cebu offers.
19 of 26 Zamburinas
Renowned scallops served in marinara sauce
The Zamburinas was another dish that would make non-meat eaters happy.
20 of 26 Tortilla de Patatas
Spanish Omelet made of lots of potatoes and onions
Andele Tapas Bar de Cebu served us two kinds of omelets. This version is filled with potatoes and onions. I wanted rice with this one.
21 of 26 Papas Con Mojo
Small potatoes boiled in salt water then slightly roasted then served with mojo sauce
I was surprised that potatoes can be transformed into an excellent tapas bar dish.
22 of 26 Solomillo ala Castellana
Fried pork scallops served with onion and cheese sauce
Among the 26 tapas, I would rank this one in my personal top 3. The Pork, onion, and cheese combination just worked for me.
23 of 26 Taquitos
Baby tacos filled with ground beef, special seasoning, onion, shredded lettuce, and cheddar cheese.
For messy eaters like me, the bite-size taquitos would be the perfect size for tacos.
24 of 26 Salmon Ahumado
Smoked Salmon stuffed with Feta Cheese topped with bacon then served on a bread.
This was the most expensive dish of Andale Tapas Bar de Cebu and I understood why. It was a great marriage of flavors and textures. The smokiness of the salmon combined with the fat and crispy bacon, and creamy feta cheese, was a #foodgasmic experience.
25 of 26 Patatas Bravas
Fried potato slices served with salsa brava
26 of 26 Tortilla Paisana
A tortilla (omelet) made with vegetables and chorizo.
Fried long doughnut-style bread that is sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Served with chocolate dipping sauce and whipped cream.
The food tasting was capped with a delicious serving of churros. Eating something sweet bread was the best way to cap a dinner an amazing spread of tapas from Andele Tapas Bar de Cebu. I was surprised that I was there till the end and I went home with a #happytummy.
I was really happy to taste all 26 + 1 dishes at Andele Tapas Bar de Cebu. I had a great introduction to Spanish tapas and I would probably go back there with some friends one of these days. After the food tasting, my desire to go to Spain has increased. I would want to explore the countless of tapas bars there.
If you are looking for different food and drink experience in the Mango Avenue area then I would really suggest that you check out Andele Tapas Bar de Cebu.
Andele Tapas Bar de Cebu
A tapas bar located at Mango Square Mall, Gen. Maxilom Avenue, Cebu CityOpen:
Phone: 032-416-4048 or 0917-6312413
Andele Tapas Bar de Cebu4.5 stars -
"An excellent place for tapas in Cebu."
Carlo Andrew Olano
Try the Salmon Ahumado, Bacalao, and the various chorizo dishes.