Bar Pintxos: From Alabang to Bonifacio Global City (BGC)

Bar Pintxos (from Alabang) now has a second home at Bonifacio Global City, at the Fairways Tower, next to Malcolm's!

I’ll be honest, I’ve still not yet been to the first Bar Pintxos in AlabangI first met chef-co-owner Miguel Vecin at Jim Araneta’s The Bottle Shop in 2012; he was still working for a logistics company then, but he had always been passionate about food. One day, he and partner Martin “Tinchu” Gonzalez (they run Tierra de Espana, which distributes Spanish deli items in the Philippines) had a restaurant business idea (neither have any formal culinary training), and this passion project eventually came into fruition in 2015.

I had heard only good things about Bar Pintxos but I knew it was legit when it came directly from my uncle Alex aka “Demonyo” (go figure) and wine connoisseur Noel Ermitano (who are both also friends with Miguel and Tinchu). You see, these guys are sooooo particular about their food (and wine) that if they like something, you know it’s *GOOD.* Unfortunately, while it had always been on my radar, it was also too far (considering I’d not spent a whole lot of time in Manila this 2016).

So imagine how happy I was when I found out Bar Pintxos had opened closer to home at Bonifacio Global City (more specifically, at the back of Fairways Tower) last December 16! This time around, Miguel and Tinchu have partnered with Carlo Lorenzana and Bobby Tenchavez (both of La Cabrera Manila and importers of Lagarde wines) and Enderun graduate Magsy Concepcion, whose family also owns the building. The space is well-lit, with floor-to-ceiling windows, predominant woodwork, a central bar, a quiet corner (pwede pang first date), with tin posters from Barcelona hanging on the walls.

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Inside the new Bar Pintxos at Bonifacio Global City

With a name like Bar Pintxos, you know that pintxos (bite-sized snacks in Spain’s Basque region) are the stars of the menu. Most of the dishes including their signatures from the Alabang outpost can be found here. And they have all the essentials of a gem restaurant ticked with a check: simple, straightforward, casual, delicious, open for all-day dining, and relatively inexpensive.

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Jamon-Allioli (PHP95/ piece): shredded jamon serrano topped with homemade aioli sauce (*allioli is the Catalan word for it) and parsley
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Salmon (PHP180/ piece): salmon with goat cheese drizzled with truffle honey and topped with caviar
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Bacalao (PHP100/ piece): creamy bacalao smothered with allioli
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Boquerones Uni (PHP170/piece): white anchovy topped with sea urchin and caviar
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Foie (PHP290/ piece): seared foie gras with apple compote and Pedro Ximenez sherry reduction. *This is so delicious but also so absolutely, absolutely sinful and decadent. I made a “mistake” of gobbling a massive piece in one go and felt myself clutch my heart afterwards. It’s so so good but if you have health problems, might be a good idea to share. :)

Bar Pintxos also has a great roster of tapas or small plates. Tip: Order a bunch and share so you can try everything– or I guess if you’re really hungry, you can eat everything yourself 😀

PS I also appreciate their honesty on their menu items, i.e. I’m obsessed with angulas and gulas and will always order every time I see them on the menu. At Bar Pintxos, it’s gulas and they explicitly state it on their description as surimi– a lot of restos (even in Spain!) trick you into thinking that they are= real baby eels! [That’s angulas, and hello, they’re expensive– about the price of white truffles!] *Surimi is paste made from pressed fish; just like how crabsticks are not real crabs. See next photo.

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 Gulas al Ajillo (PHP380): surimi eels swimming in olive oil and topped with garlic. I let my friend Melo Esguerra try it for the first time here and she loved it!
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Chopito Frito (PHP240): deep-fried baby squid served with allioli
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Chorizo Frito (PHP190): fried chorizo Bilbao.. made from Tinchu and Miguel’s Tierra sausages!
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Paella Cordero (PHP330): lamb and mushrooms paella
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They also have an extensive gin selection served in the proper balloon shape glasses they do with gin tonics in Spain! But…
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…they also have their own Pintxos Pale Ale specially created by Crows Craft Brewing Co. for Bar Pintxos!  This, as well as De Puta Madre IPA and Mala Hierba IPA are available by the bottle or on tap, at both BGC and Alabang branches. (And in case you’re wondering, they have a wine list, too.)
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Bar Pintxos BGC partners Magsy Concepcion, Miguel Vecin, Tinchu Gonzalez, Carlo Calma Lorenzana. Congratulations, guys!!! (Photo courtesy of Bar Pintxos)

Bar Pintxos BGC is open daily from 11AM to 11PM. It is located at the corner of McKinley Avenue and 5th Street, specifically at the back of Fairways Tower (next to Malcolm’s).  For reservations, phone +632 810 1307