Bar Pintxos BGC

I’ve been meaning to do a post on Bar Pintxos for some time now as I have enjoyed their pintxos and tapas several times at their original Alabang location. Fortunately or not, every time I go, I enjoy myself so much I forget to take photos.

Just before Christmas, Bar Pintxos opened their second branch at Fairways Tower, BGC and so those who find it difficult to make their way to the Alabang original can enjoy Bar Pintxos creations closer to home. I went three times during the Christmas break and so was finally able to get a few pictures. The last time time I went was with fellow wine aficionados who used to be Manila based but now make their homes abroad. So aside from the food, we also had some awesome wines.

We started with a few favorites. I never fail to order the orejas (crispy pig’s ears) and so that was one of our starters.

Orejas

Orejas

This was quickly followed by a barrage of other pintxos (bread with toppings) and other dishes.

Calamares estrellados

Calamares estrellados

Ham pintxos. Can't remember what it's called.

Ham pintxos. Can’t remember what it’s called.

Fries with chorizo and fried egg

Fries with chorizo and fried egg

Among the favorite dishes not to be missed are the foie gras,

Foie gras

Foie gras

boquerones with uni and caviar, which was a no-brainer with the champagne,

Boquerones with uni and caviar

Boquerones with uni and caviar

and for the red wines, lamb paella and txuleton.

Lamb paella

Lamb paella

Txuleton

Txuleton

 

As for the wines, we started out with 2 bottles of rather fresh and creamy Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs 2000. This is one of my favorite champagnes and it is quite remarkable how it manages to retain its freshness for so long.

We also had some old style Riojas from Beronia, Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia, and La Rioja Alta. The Beronia, despite being over 30 years old (it was a 1981) was still vibrant. I would have guessed maybe something from the late 90s if it were served blind. La Rioja Alta never disappoints and all the reds went quite well with the paella and txuleton. Lopez de Heredia makes a very old-fashioned style of wine that is not to everyone’s taste. However, I do enjoy it and appreciate that we had one this evening.

We also had a 30 year old Wellington Palo Cortado VORS sherry from Bodega Hidalgo but I think we already had too much wine to do it justice.

Some of the wines - Bodegas Hidalgo Wellington Palo Cortado VORS, Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia 1995, Alvaro Palacios L'Ermita 2001, Beronia Gran Reserva 1981

Some of the wines – Bodegas Hidalgo Wellington Palo Cortado VORS, Lopez de Heredia Viña Tondonia 1995, Alvaro Palacios L’Ermita 2001, Beronia Gran Reserva 1981

One particular bottle I promised to bring for my friend who is one of the owners of Bar Pintxos, was the Alvaro Palacios L’Ermita 2001 from Priorat. It’s a fairly expensive wine but I was able to get it on sale so it didn’t hurt too much. Anyway, what better time to drink it than during the Christmas season with friends who understand wine. I was thinking it might not need decanting, being over 15 years old, but one sip from the freshly opened bottle immediately told me some time in a decanter would be beneficial as it was a rather powerful, tannic wine. An hour breathing in the decanter improved it immensely. it turned out to be full-bodied with a lot of black fruit character, but with excellent balance and quite polished and smooth. If anyone has this bottle, no hurry to open it. This will last a long time.

I could not resist taking a picture of my friend Noel Ermitaño with the bottle of L’Ermita.

Noel Ermitaño with a bottle of L'Ermita 2001

Noel Ermitaño with a bottle of L’Ermita 2001

I have a feeling I’m going to be at Bar Pintxos BGC quite often!

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Bar Pintxos BGC is located at the Ground Floor, Fairways Tower, 5th St. corner McKinley, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Tel 8101307