New Restaurant Alert: La Maripili at Alabang, Muntinlupa
The perfect space to enjoy churros.
G/F Alabang Town Center Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Friday) and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday to Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) An afternoon spent at La Maripili is how we imagine languid days in Spain to be—cortado in one hand, a fresh churro in the other. Metro Manila’s newest churreria opened its doors very quietly in April and it is the first of many eateries to open in this brand-new building. In the fierce competition for churro attention, this charming spot certainly ups the ante when it comes to ambience and flavor.
A sweet space to enjoy a sweet treat
It is easy to be smitten with La Maripili. During sunny afternoons, natural light streams through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows; the crisp interiors and cool breeze make this spot perfect for whiling the time away.
Plain and simple
The menu is pretty straightforward: churros, toasts, sandwiches, and coffee. We immediately make a beeline for the savory churros. The Jamon Serrano (P60/piece) is chock-full of thinly sliced ham sourced from Spain while the Chorizo Honey (P60/piece) is a medley of sweet-spicy-tangy flavors. The ingredients they used to make the chorizo are sourced from Spain, but made locally.
In fact, most of La Maripili’s ingredients are sourced locally (like organic cherry tomatoes from Silang and chocolate from Davao). Owner Nuki Balaguer enjoys working with local suppliers and tries to source most of her ingredients as close to home as possible. She lived in Spain for several years and returned to Manila only months ago. Nuki likes experimenting with both Spanish and Filipino flavors. It’s a taste of both her homes.
You can see this fusion in the toasts. A typical breakfast found in Northern Spain, the open-faced toasts are filling enough for a light lunch or perfect for an extra hefty merienda. The French Melt (P180) uses local kesong puti with mozzarella, cheddar, cherry tomatoes, and oregano, while the Pinoy Catalan (P200) utilizes spicy tawilis atop the tomato-covered bread.
Gourmet Ham and Cheese
La Maripili's showpiece, however, are the churros, which you can enjoy any time of the day—and we're sure they're one of the reasons people will keep coming back. Always served fresh, the crunchy-on-the-outside-pillow-soft-on-the-inside Classics (P60/six pieces; P120/12 pieces; P180/18 pieces) are tasty on their own, but, as everybody already knows, they're best paired with Hot Chocolate (P110). The "dip" is neither too thick nor too thin; neither too bitter nor too sweet. Go ahead and drink it.
Dulce de Leche
It's very clean and rustic at the same time
Don’t pass on the sweet-flavored churros either. Our favorites? The Catalan Cream (P60/piece), which is essentially crème brulee custard inside a churro, and the not-too-sweet Dulce de Leche (P60/piece). The Chocolate Coated Churros are indulgent must-tries—with knockout prices to boot. Choose from Dark Chocolate (P40/piece), White Chocolate (P40/piece), Hazelnut (P55/piece), Strawberry (P55/piece), or Mango (P55/piece). Each handmade piece uses premium ingredients that further elevate the flavor.
“Bueno, bonito, barato,” Nuki says, translating the words to "good, pretty, and cheap." “This is a concept that’s big in Spain right now, and it is something Filipinos are appreciating as well.” It’s a winning combination, and precisely what makes La Maripili so appealing.
Photos by Majoy Siason