Tapas, unlimited sangria, and brunch at Vask will transport you to the Basque region
It's already a festive September with these new dishes from Chef Chele Gonzalez.
Vask Modern Tapas & Gastronomic Cuisine
5/F Clipps Center, 11th Avenue corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City
Contact: 217-6563, 0917-806-5292
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Monday to Saturday)
(SPOT.ph) We Filipinos have our fair share of celebrations throughout the year, most, if not all of them, involving food. The tradition of having several fiestas all-year round is something we can attribute to our Spanish roots, those feasts that can last for days over shared plates and great conversation.
In keeping with traditions in the north of Spain which celebrates Semana Grande de San Sebastian for one week in September, Manila can get a taste of festive flavors at Vask Tapas Room, with dishes carefully selected by Chef Chele Gonzalez. While Chef Chele says that not all Pinoys may be comfortable with the idea of just hanging out by the bar with some tasty tapas, it's a particularly common sight in Spain that they're looking to replicate with these new additions to the menu.
For all Fridays and Saturdays in September, Vask is encouraging their guests to sample their pintxos bar for a taste of what's happening right now in the Basque region. While there will most likely be no bullfights in sight, there will be much excitement and fireworks of flavor in their five kinds of tapas: We particularly enjoyed every crunch of the Gambas Aioli and the flavorful Bacalao Ajoarriero while sipping on free-flowing sangria. It would be easy to while away the afternoon going on like that, if only we didn't have to go back to the office soon afterwards.
Take your pick from a selection of five different pintxos.
There's unlimited sangria to pair with your pintxos.
Another bright addition to the Semana Grande at Vask is the Tortilla de Chorizo, which is equal parts soft, chewy, and salty with the mix of meat, egg, and potatoes complementing every sip of your sangria. It should easily fill you up as you munch on that enticing pintxos spread, a weekly habit to look forward to for after-work drinks on a Friday or a cozy date night come Saturday.
Tortilla de Chorizo
If you're looking for bigger plates of food, Vask has also come out with a new weekday brunch menu that's already catching on among small groups who aren't against sharing. You'll have two choices for rice: There's the hefty serving of Arroz con Pollo Judias, packed with Tinawon rice, chicken, Baguio beans, and some bell peppers; and the Arroz Meloso de Chorizo y Txipirones, which gives sweet-salty bites of Spanish chorizo and baby squid.
Arroz con Pollo Judias
Arroz Meloso de Chorizo y Txipirones
While the arroz may look like hefty meals in themselves, there's plenty of meat and seafood selection on the all-day brunch menu to keep every person at your table satisfied. The Estofado de Ternera, slow-braised beef in red wine with vegetables, is tender and hearty, a warm reminder of home-cooked meaty stews. The Manitas con Salsa Bizkaina, pork knuckles with Vizcaina sauce, chorizo, Iberian ham, onion, and choricero arrived shiny and bright red on the table, which had guests holding onto their dear hearts upon peeking into the folds of fat and skin in between bone and muscle. The Calamares Tempura, meanwhile, was an instant hit with its perfectly crunchy edges paired with the spicy mayo dip, the batter made with San Miguel beer, Chef Chele notes.
Manitas con Salsa Bizkaina
Let it be now be known that Spanish food need not be just for a select few: The pintxos bar spread and weekday brunch dishes at Vask are each priced below P500, which makes it a steal for the amount of food and flavors you're given. So whether you're out with co-workers on a Friday night or find yourself craving a heavy meal during the day, there's plenty to enjoy at Vask, with authentic food reminiscent of the Basque region and its music, fireworks, and bulls.
Semana Grande at Vask Tapas Room happens every Friday and Saturday, from 6 p.m. onwards this September, and is priced at P395+ per head. The weekday brunch menu is available all day, Mondays to Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is priced at P450+.