Before the surge of modern Spanish concepts, Alba Cocina Español was the place to be for the cuisine. The restaurant opened on Isaac Peral (now U.N. Avenue) in 1952, and became such a hit, founder Don Anastacio B. de Alba opened several more restaurants and clubs. His locations were playgrounds for Metro Manila’s elite, as well as opulent tourists. After some ups and downs, the restaurant chain has now re-surfaced as Alba Restaurante Español. They continue to proudly serve traditional Spanish cooking, staying true to the vision of its predecessor.
As a sort of ode to the generations before us who are still loyal patrons of Alba (and those who love lengua), we hacked their signature Lengua Sevillana—stewed ox tongue in sherry sauce. We think our version cuts it pretty close. Although we couldn’t quite get the color, the taste and consistency are spot-on. Try to make it for your next family lunch. We’re sure your lolos and lolas are gonna love it.