Spanish cuisine has been engraved within the Filipino culture for hundreds of years. Food, a major cultural icon, has evolved through time, and with it embraced some of Spain’s influence.
One of the dishes that Filipinos adapted and loved is the paella. And Rico Rico, a paellaria located at SM Aura Premier’s Food Hall, has honed their skills in creating quality paella for everyone – making sure that Filipinos can enjoy this wonderful plate of seasoned and beloved rice.
One of the things that makes Rico Rico stand out from the crowd, giving a satisfying paella experience, is the Create-Your-Own Paella! Yes, you can create your own version of their base paellas! You can choose to have add-ons on it, gleefully done by their chefs.
If you want to know where to start, don’t you worry because LoopMe’s got you covered as we tried some of their best-selling base paellas and some other goodies as well.
Paella Negra 2.0
Paella Negra 2.0, the jet-black sticky rice paella topped with pan-search chicken bites, hard-boiled egg, bell peppers, and peas, will fill your mouth with the rich flavor brought by the fresh squid ink, infusing the dish with its taste and essence enhanced by their signature Saffron Aioli. If you prefer a more balanced taste, you can try out their original Paella Negra. You can indulge on these for only PHP 265.00 for solo, and PHP 495.00 for sharing!
A paella inspired by the sea, Paella Marisco is filled with your favorite treats from the waters. It’s a saffron-infused sticky rice base topped with scallops, shrimps, and squid, paired with their saffron aioli. This paella also takes your taste buds dancing with flavors from the sea, held altogether by their saffron aioli to top it all off. Take your taste buds to nirvana and grab a plate for only PHP 320.00 for solo and PHP 595.00 for sharing!
Tapas: Chicken Al Chicken Al Ajillo, The Famous Gambas, and Chorizo Croquetas
Tapas – no, not the beef ones – are what they call their side dishes. Here are some of the favorites:
The Chicken Al Ajillo is a dish served to you crispy and freshly cooked, drizzled over with their Al Ajillo sauce, which brings a fragrant spicy trip without the heat (or you can request yours to have one.) These wings would be yours for only PHP 215.00
The Spanish staple, Gambas, is also available here at Rico Rico. Their twist to this famous dish is this: you can actually have it without being spicy and losing the distinct flavors of this seafood appetizer. Try the classic for only PHP 275.00!
These are the Crispy Chorizo Croquettas. This crispy, bite-sized appetizer is a real treat that costs around PHP 190.00, and it goes really good with their signature drink...
The Rico Rico's Signature Sangria.This cold, refreshing beverage goes well with the other Spanish dishes. Be careful though, it might not seem to like it, but this is still technically chilled wine infused with a variety of fruits and juices. Drink Moderately! Have a glass for only PHP 99.00
You can find Rico Rico Paellaria on the Food on Four, 4th Floor, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. Their operating hours is the same as with the mall’s operating hours.
Head on over there now, craft, and share to the world your own Paella Masterpiece!
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