October is indeed a month full of celebrations. While you all know that my blog is currently celebrating its first year anniversary, a notable dining establishment also shares the same anniv month. Yes, it's Ilustrado Restaurant in the walled city of Intramuros. And in line with this, they're offering 50% off on all paella orders for the whole October!
I may not be Spanish, but I sure love a good paella dish since it has a bit of everything -- rice, meat, veggies, seafood and even a crispy burnt bottom. And at Ilustrado Restaurant, they understand that one variant is not enough so they're offering not just one or two, not even three, but eight kinds of this famous and well-loved Spanish dish.
Among the eight, I got to try the Paella Negra (P895) which is a rich and flavorful paella item cooked with squid ink and topped with bell peppers and more squid. While this dish can leave your teeth and lips a little stained, I didn't mind it 'cause it was all worth it.
I also got to sample the Paella de Pollo (P1,250) which is more subtle than the previous paella dish yet more memorable for me. It's topped with bell peppers, eggs, peas, and herb & spice-rubbed Pamora Farm free-range chicken which is super moist and tender.
Other paellas you may want to try when you pay Ilustrado Restaurant a visit are the Paella Ilustrado (P850), the restaurant's signature dish with an array of meats and seafood; Paella Marinara (P895), a feast for the seafood lovers; Paella Bacalao, an interesting take on paella as it's topped with dried, salted cod fish and fried potatoes; Paella Verdura (P850), the paella choice for vegetarians; Paella Cordero (P1,400), a lamb lover pleaser since it's topped with a bone-in Australian lamb shank; and lastly, Paella Madrilena (P1,400), a hearty paella dish with chorizo de Bilbao, ox tripe, slab bacon, garbanzos and pimientos.
Again, all eight of these paella dishes are offered at 50% off from October 1 to 31, 2012 as Ilustrado Restaurant celebrates its 23 years of fine dining excellence in the walled city. Now for reservations and inquiries, you can call (02) 527-2345 or (02) 527-3674.
But wait, I have a surprise! Since Ilustrado Restaurant shares the same anniversary month as my blog, we're giving three of you the chance to not only sample your choice of paella dish, but also a P1,000 gift certificate to make your stay in Ilustrado's cozy and timeless wooden dining space more memorable. Feel free to share this fine gastronomic experience with your best friend, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, or other relatives.
Want to read about my previous Ilustrado Restaurant experience?
Prizes: (3) winners of your choice of paella plus P1,000 gift certificate valid for food and drinks at Ilustrado Restaurant located in 744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila.
Guidelines to enter the giveaway raffle:
- Be a Metro Manila resident or someone (even not within Metro Manila) who can actually use the prizes, or have a person you'll give these prizes to in case you can't personally use them.
- Follow the Rafflecopter mechanics below to join.
- Make sure you do the first seven mandatory steps to be eligible.
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The giveaway raffle will run from today until November 16, 11:59PM. The winners will be drawn the next day and will be contacted on or before the 18th. So join now and experience Spanish fine dining within the walled city at Ilustrado Restaurant.