Calderon is one of my favorite restaurants who serve home-cooked Spanish favorites. I met Marmi and Arvi Perez about 3 years ago during an Oktoberfest celebration before all the booze took effect that evening. Haha! The restaurant also came highly recommended by one of my mom’s friends so we decided to check it out. Then, we discovered that it was very near our area, located near P.Guevara. It’s nice to know that they have already expanded to 2 more branches in Kapitolyo and Salcedo.
From the beginning my ultimate favorites have been the pollo Iberico (Php 1,000), which has to be ordered a day in advance, the salpicao (Php450) and the lengua. So when I finally visited the Kapitolyo branch and Marmi said I could order what I wanted and I did.
The lengua con setas (Php580), tender slices of ox tongue with mushrooms in cream sauce is what I crave most of the time. I remember telling my table mates B’ley Villones, Cy Ynares and Donny Elvina how I would normally ask for bread and wipe the plate clean of the sauce.
We were the noisiest table consisting of four people with big appetites. We had everything the other table did except that they were 10 people and we were 4. Hahahaha! The newest items on the menu started out with my favorite, tortilla de patata y cebollas (Php 200). Its pretty much like a potato and onion omelette.
We were also able to try a new appetizer called huevos rotos (Php 250) or “broken eggs” with three variants: chorizo, gulas or jamon Serrano.
Angulas are European baby eels that is normally priced at €1,000 and up per kilo. Most people settle for a more affordable alternative of angulas called gulas. These mock angulas reffered to as gulas is a made of Pollock fish and only costs around €4 in stores.
The sopa de tomate, also new to the menu would be good with their boccadillos or sandwiches. The new bocadillos have 3 kinds of filling, the cubano (Php360), chorizo y huevos (Php280) and jamon, manchego y pimiento (Php280). Calderon has also added Arroz Chorizo into their menus which is like a chorizo fried rice served in a paellera in three size: 24” – good for 4 pax (Php650), 34” – good for 8 pax (Php1,200) and the grande – good for atleast 20 pax (Php2,350)
Also added into their menu are the tarta de limon (php120/ slice or Php960 whole), carrot cake and canonigo (Php80 / slice or Php640 whole). One taste of the tarta de limon and I knew instantly that my mom would like it. So I brought her home a slice and true enough, she loved it. She only tasted a bit that evening to save the rest for our dessert after lunch the next day. Haha!
Vamos a comer and try the new dishes at Calderon!