If you are craving for Spanish cuisine, the newly opened Azucarera is the place to be in Bacolod City. It has an extensive menu of well loved Spanish dishes.
Azucarera is located at C. L. Montelibano Avenue right beside the Total Gas Station in the exact location of Brick Pit before. The restaurant is a sleek modern two stories building. Art works adorn the establishment. It has a cozy feel despite the restaurant being full house.
There are more seating on the second floor.
For starters, there is a complimentary bread basket with some nice dips. One could request for an extra set at P 50. Enjoy this while waiting for your orders. Some dishes take long to prepare.
For tapas or appetizers my friends and I had Croquettas de Jamon and Chorizo Hecho Por Dos Mestizos.
The Croquettas de Jamon is ham and béchamel croquettes. The creamy béchamel filling oozes when it is sliced. I like this.
The Chorizo Hecho Por Dos Mestizos is homemade Spanish chorizos. This is nice. It is not so dry which is typical of Spanish chorizos.
Next to be served is the specialty of Azucarera, Paella. Azucarera has five kinds of Paella: Paella Valenciana (meat and seafood), Paella de Mariscos (seafood), Paella de Pollo (chicken), Paellla Verduras (vegetarian) and Paella Negra (black squid ink). There are three sizes, small, medium and large. We ordered Paella Valenciana in medium size. This dish is so good. The rice alone is already very tasteful. There is a mixture of meat, seashells, squid, beans, peas and hard boiled eggs. The medium size was perfect for our group of five ladies. The Paella is already a meal on its own. Next time I would like to try the Paella Negra. It is highly advisable to pre-order Paella before going to the restaurant since it takes time to prepare and cook the dish.
I love the Salpicao de Vaca. This is USDA beef cubes in garlic marinade. So tender, juicy and tasty.
The Pollo Al Ajillo is quartered chicken sautéed in garlic and sits on a bed of very savory thin potato slices topped with fried garlic crumbs. To make it more flavorful, squeeze into the chicken the roasted garlic clove. The chicken was a little bit dry but the dish is still nice.
To finish off our dinner, we had coffee and for dessert we had Mini Pavlova and Sinful Chocolate Cake.
The wait staff were very attentive.
Azucarera also has a deli section and a good selection of beer and wine. Sangria is popular among the diners which comes in a glass or pitcher.
Reservations is highly recommended because Azucarera is always full. You may contact them at (034) 445 2867. Business hours is 5 pm – 10 pm Tuesdays to Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.
Azucarera is a good place for family dinners or as a hang out place among friends. Sharing good food in the company of the best of friends makes a perfect evening.