After the first half of #CBSTalks, we headed to our first stop for the second day of Cebu Food Crawl. It was my first time to dine at Hala Paella and I felt giddy seeing the resto’s wide variety of Spanish food.
Check out why we thought it should be your choice when craving for Spanish comfort food:
1. Chic, Trendy and Extremely Instagrammable
Located at the Gound Floor of Banilad Town Centre (beside Dimsum Break) Hala Paella is hard to miss with its retro signage and stylish set-up. I know we have always been told not to judge a book by its cover but the resto’s Victorian red brick walls, old English wall lamp and cast iron skillet that decorated the entrance leading to a small indoor dining area gives off a homey ambiance that I just can’t help but judge!
Let’s admit it — in the age of social media, we have been conditioned to put a high value on the visual appeal of everything around us. As much as the taste of food, we’ve learned to put weight on the aesthetics of a dining place. And in that aspect, Hala Paella is a win!
In terms of seating capacity, the resto can only accommodate a group of 10-12 on the inside where large skillets of mouthwatering paellas are displayed. At the same time, there are more additional seats available outside in the open area.
Now, look how instagrammable the place is! It’s even perfect your #ootd shot
It may be lacking in indoor seating space but never in character!
2. Different Paella Varieties to choose from
Hala Paella claims to have the best paellas in town. I am no expert of Spanish cuisine so I’ll let you be the judge.
They offer 6 Paella varieties: Chorizo, Aligue, Negra, Lechon, Valenciana, and Pollo.
If you ask me, their Paella Negra is the bomb! It may be the least appealing among the paellas, but it has the best explosion of flavour! It’s dark, evil and sinfully good.
If you’re the one easily turned off with the black squid ink, I recommend their best selling Paella Valenciana with generous toppings of pork, chicken, chorizo and seafood. If you’re a die-hard meat lover, you can get the Paella Lechon with toppings of crispy lichen skin and lechon meat chunks. if you’re feeling indulgent, you can go for Paella Aligue with pieces of crab meat and fat.
Hala Paella also offers main courses that would complement your Spanish comfort food dining experience : Spanish Chorizo, Calamares, Gambas, Cazuela (Pork Caserolle), Callos (Ox tripe), Lengua (Tongue), Salpicao de Cerdo (Pork Salpicao), and Chuletas (Chops)
If you still have enough room in your tummy, I recommend you try their crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside churros for dessert which is served with a chocolate dipping sauce.
True to its mission, Hala Paella brings a taste of Spain with a touch of Cebu!
3. Serving Portions
Going solo? With a date? Or going out with the whole family? Hala Paella’s serving portions got you covered!
For as cheap as P108, you can already get a hefty serving of a paella in solo size. If you’re on a date, you can get their paella in Grande thats good for 2-3 persons with prices ranging from P208 to P268. When dining with the whole gang, go for the Familia size priced within P408 to P508 which is good for 4-5 persons.
So, you know where to go when you’re craving for Spanish food! They say Olé, we say Hala! ’Til our next chow!
BTC Bldg, Gov. M.Cuenco Ave, Cebu City
Store Hours: 10:00AM – 11:00PM
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