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Anyway, we found out that Calderon recently launched a new line of menu items so in addition to our family favorites, we also tried those! Check out the dishes we ordered that day :
For starters, we got two of our favourites. Gambas is one of them as we love the perfectly stir-fried prawns with minced garlic and olive oil. It was soooo delicious that I would recommend for you to also order some bread to mop up the remaining sauce. A-I loved this so much and she just kept on raving about it after every bite.
Both Papa and Kongkong are meat-lovers and this tapas was conveniently placed right between them where they enjoyed the tender meat cut into bite-sized portions for easier consumption. I prefer the Gambas more but then again, I've always loved seafood more than meat, anyway.
Mommy loves soup and she enjoyed this warm bowl of creamy tomato broth. I had to skip this one as I can't take pure tomato soup, no thanks to my hyper-acidic tummy. One bowl is good for two to share but if you got 7 other dishes coming, then get the entire family to enjoy a sip or two. Mommy loved the tangy flavor of the soup which she said was very refreshing.
We were initially hesitant to try this as not everyone were familiar with angulas (eel) presented this way. The correct way to enjoy this is to break the runny eggs on top and carefully mix it evenly with the diced potatoes and eel. After having my first serving, I just had to get more. This was a pleasant yummy surprise and I can't wait to go back for more. For those who are not crazy about angulas though, you can have this with chorizo or jamon serrano but I highly recommend for you to be adventurous for this one.
Back when my sister was taking Spanish for her foreign language class, she was tasked to create this dish called Tortillas at home. Of course, we thought that tortillas are those famous mexican flat breads that we use for a burrito or that crunchy yummy chip we use to dip into a bowl of salsa. In Spanish cuisine though, tortillas is like an omelet with potato. Pan had to perfect the said dish so just imagine how many tortillas we had at home then.
Calderon's version was very simple but it was definitely delicious and authentic. Cebollas means onions (sibuyas) so it's basically a thick omelet made with diced potato and onions. A simple dish that's packed with so much flavor.
Then we carbo-load..
Prior to visiting Calderon, I made a placed my order for our favorite Paella Valenciana (Php. 920) which is loaded with shrimps, mussels and veggies. I just realized that they used to add in some chorizo in it but I can't remember biting into any this time. It's fine though, it was still as yummy as I remembered it to be complete with that much loved socarrat (tutong) at the bottom of the pan.
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Up next, we shared several orders of their Bocadillos (Sandwiches).
After 10 delicious dishes, we were all so stuffed! Talk about over ordering but we can't help it. We're in our favorite Spanish place, after all. I'll definitely be back this Holiday season for Paul to try the Arroz Chorizo, the Huevos Rotos and the Bocadillos too!
Calderon Cocina Tapas Y Bebidas is located at 403 F. Calderon, Little Baguio, San Juan. For reservations, call them at 238-2264 / +63 926 - 7279465. They also have a branch in Kapitolyo for all you Pasig folks!