Describe your “happy place.”
Is it a place where you can sit back and relax after a busy workday? Is it a place where you can comfortably hang out with friends and catch up over good food and drinks? Is it a place where you can be adventurous and explore the tastes of new and exotic cuisines?
Well, Alegria Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar could just be your new happy place.
The Spanish word “alegria” translates to “joy, cheer, happiness.”
These are what Alegria Conzinha Moderna & Sangria Bar hopes to bring out in every diner that walks through its doors.
Together with my foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended a Bloggers Night held here and discovered the ways in which Alegria can be our happy place.
One: It’s within easy reach.
Located in the bustling and cosmopolitan Bonifacio Global City, Alegria is easily accessible to office workers and residents of Taguig and Makati. Here, you can meet up with friends for a meal or a drink or two as you while away the worst of the rush hour.
Two: It has a vibrant and colorful vibe that will lift your spirits.
The countries that make up Latin America are characterized by a dynamic culture influenced by customs of indigenous people, the European colonizers as well as those of African and Asian countries that came into contact with Latin America.
This resulted to a culture marked with liveliness and color, which mark Alegria’s premises, from the colorful murals on the walls to the lively beat of the music played in the background.
Here, you and your friends can groove to the festive Latin beat as you dine and shake off the day’s worries.
Three: It highlights the fresh and exotic flavors that make Latin cuisine so unique.
The same vibrancy, color and artistry also characterize Alegria’s dishes which we were able to sample, which included:
Pescado (Php165). Fish, pasilla relish, with a smoky flavor from charred pineapple and corn, and red cabbage to be wrapped tortilla frijol.
Agua Chile de Infladita (Php265). Shrimp, Chile watee, charred pineapple and corn, cilantro chutney placed inside inflated tortillas, resulting into an explosion of flavor with each bite.
Feijoada (Php395). A savory dish of grilled bacon gordita and black bean stew, farofa, edamame, sausage with fruity accents from burnt oranges and smoked grapes.
Fricase de Pollo. Tender and flavorful braised chicken, sofrito, morita, hoja aguacate, potatoes and cilantro served over rice.
Carne de Gaucho (Php1,865). Also known as “the Argentine Asado,” this dish made of 500G USDA prime grade rib eye steak served with corn and zucchini asada, garlic confit served with chimichurri and Pasilla barbecue sauce. Each bite of the perfectly grilled meat is just so tender and buttery.
Cayo (Php205). St. Louis Avocado Ice Cream under an inverted cajeta cona on a bed of muscovado crumble and kiwi slices.
Along with the delicious food, we also enjoyed Alegria’s drinks such as:
Tropical. A refreshing berry-flavored mocktail perfect for those who want to enjoy the night without having to imbibe alcohol.
Basic Sangrias (Php325 each). Sangrias are festive drinks traditionally made with wine, chopped fruit and rhum or brandy. These may be called basic sangrias but there is nothing basic about them in terms of taste or appearance.
Verde (Php300). A refreshing sangria made of white wine, rhum, apple, kiwi and cucumber.
Litchi (Php320). An exotic sangria made of white wine, vodka, eiderflower and flavored with lychee.
Between the happy vibes, delicious food and refreshing drinks here, Alegria sure seems poised to be our new happy place!
Thanks to Denise Liao and the crew of Alegria for the warm welcome and fabulous meal, and to Ojie of PiggingOutOnSundays for extending the invitation!
Spend your after-office hours at Alegria and take advantage of its Happy Hour 5+1 beer promo! Buy five Heinekens or Coronas from 3pm to 7pm on Mondays to Saturdays and get your sixth beer free.
Alegria Conzinha Moderna & Sangria Bar is located at Fourth Floor, Uniqlo Building, C3 Annex, 7th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, open Mondays to Saturdays from 11am to 3pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 945 2647828.
Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant. All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.
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