It is widely known that the Philippines was a Spanish colony for 333 years, so it comes as no surprise that Spanish culture had a significant influence on Filipino cuisine with about 80% of Filipino dishes having Spanish roots.
A lesser known fact is that the name La Pampanga was given to our province by the Spaniards in 1571, making it the first Spanish province in Luzon. It is only appropriate, therefore, that we promote our heritage by offering authentic, traditional Spanish cuisine in the heart of Pampanga.
The menu at EL ESPANOL is as rich and varied as Spain itself. More than just Paella and Sangria, we offer a wide range of Tapas and special regional dishes from all across Spain complemented by a variety of quality wines from BODEGAS HIDALGO. We hope our diverse menu and inviting ambiance will provide Pampangueños and visitors a unique and affordable opportunity to explore our culinary roots.
We use only the best ingredients – Extra virgin olive oil, Olives, Saffron, Paprika, Sherry, Garlic, Mediterranean salt – to name a few. Adding the freshest herbs, vegetables, meats and seafood culminates in a superb gastronomic experience. Our Charcuterie list includes imported Jamon de Teruel (carved on the spot), Chorizos and Manchego Cheese.
At the helm of EL ESPANOL’s kitchen is Executive Chef Pedro Carbajal, a seasoned and well-traveled veteran who has served in many countries in Europe and Asia including some high-profile restaurants in the Philippines – Yat’s International, C Italian and D’ Tapas in Angeles City and La Tienda in Manila.
EL ESPANOL utilizes an open kitchen, giving our patrons a glimpse of the magic that happens behind the scenes. Unfazed by the thought of being under the watchful eye of his customers, Chef Pedro welcomes the chance to show the intricate care which goes into the execution of every dish that leaves the kitchen.
EL ESPANOL offers a sophisticated dining experience not often found in Angeles City proper, but without the stiffness of a fine dining establishment. Our Spanish influenced décor and music help set the mood not just for a satisfying dining experience but to define and celebrate our Spanish culinary traditions and customs.