Olé Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant now in Iloilo City

Olé is a Spanish word often used as an exclamation of approval during bullfighting. It is one way of saying “bravo” or “well done”.

I for one can say “olé!” after tasting some of the food selections that Olé Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant dishes out for Ilonggos in their branch located at the 3rd floor of Robinsons Place Iloilo.  Olé Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant serves Mexican, Spanish and Cuban fare.

Mexican Platter - burrito, taco, quesadillas and nachos for only P420

Their Mexican Platter is highly recommended. It holds a mix of burrito, taco, quesadillas and nachos for only P420 and ideal for a group of 3 to 4 persons.

A burrito is a Mexican food wherein beef, beans, vegetables and cheese are wrapped in a wheat flour tortilla. A burrito looks like those bedrolls that are placed on the back of a donkey (burro), thus its name. Meanwhile, a taco consists of a folded corn tortilla with meat, vegetables and cheese as filling. Their meat choices are ground beef, chicken, fish and grilled shrimps. The quesadillas has similar fillings but inside a folded wheat tortilla.  Choose among these fillings - chicken, shrimp, black beans, asparagus and goat cheese. Nachos are corn tortillas, usually triangular in shape and topped with meat, cheese and vegetables. Some prefer eating nachos by breaking the corn chips into smaller pieces using their fork and mixing these with the toppings.

For salads, try their Ensalada de Ole (lettuce, ham, cheese, bell peppers, onion, tomato and egg) or Ensenada del Caesar (lettuce, bacon, parmesan, cheese and caesar dressing).

If you like pasta, some options are Espaguetis Marinera (spaghetti, mussel, squid, clams, white wine and parsley), Espaguetis Bollonesa (spaghetti, beef and tomato sauce) and Espaguetis de Ole (spaghetti and shrimp with butter, lemon and garlic sauce).


Egg lovers may try out their selection of Huevos y Tortillas (eggs and omelettes) such as Tortilla de paisana (eggs, potatoes, mushrooms, ham, bell peppers, garlic, onion, bacon and chorizo).

An Olé feast will not be complete without their tapas (appetizers). Check out Tabla de Salchichon (spanish salami), Tabla Jamon Serrano (smoked dry Spanish jamon serrano), Table Ole Especial (chorizo, sardines, olives, asparagus, jamon serrano, Spanish manchego cheese, and salami), Albondigas (meatballs in red wine, and tomato sauce), Champinon al Ajillo (mushrooms pan fried in olive oil, garlic, chopped chili and garlic), Gambas al Ajillo (pan fried shrimp in olive oil, garlic, and chopped chili fingers)

They also have Cuban dishes such as the Cuban Sandwich (grilled pork tenderloin, ham, cheese, mustard, and pickle in baguette bread), Palomilla steak (tenderloin steak, onions, parsley, grilled in olive oil, with fried banana and black beans), and Fricasse de Pollo (chicken, onion, bell pepper, tomato sauce, olives, and potatoes).

Another thing I appreciate about Olé Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant is that they also provide vegetarian dishes. So, those who shy away from meat can have fun dining out with their meat-eating gang.

I long for Spanish and Mexican dishes that are affordable. In the past, we only have Spanish buffet specials offered by hotels but they are quite expensive for a simple girl like me, and then they were offered for only a period of time. With Olé Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant – you can have your daily dose of Spanish, Mexican or Cuban feast.

So, if you happen to be at the city proper area, grab a bite at Olé Spanish Tapas Bar and Restaurant at Robinsons Place Iloilo. For reservations, call 033 300-1484 or 033 300 1362./Kathy Villalon

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