Don Anastacio B. de Alba first set foot in the Philippines in 1952. He worked for the prestigious Casino Español until he opened his first restaurant, Alba Cocina Española, on Isaac Peral, now United Nations Avenue two years after. It was a modest eatery with only 5 tables to accommodate his clients. A year after his first restaurant on Isaac Peral, Don Alba had become a byword among Spanish cuisine patrons, which could no longer be accommodated in the Isaac Peral eatery. He transferred to a bigger and better location on Florida Street, now Maria Orosa, closer to the Luneta. Don Alba was now popularly known as the man with the golden touch. Top names in Philippine officialdom, politics, business, industry and the profession graced Alba’s restaurant. Everybody who was somebody went to Alba. Cabinet members, justices, judges, fiscals and lawyers including students and young lovers, queued up at Florida’s Alba. Opulent tourists from Europe, America and Asia made it a point to dine at Alba, now renowned as the authentic exponent of the best Spanish cuisine in Manila. Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and his wife Sofia dined at Alba when they visited Manila. The overwhelming popularity of his eatery prompted Don Alba to expand — and to incorporate.
Todo lo que yo deseo desde el momento que llegan que le sirvan con esmero.
All that I desire from the moment you arrive is to serve you with care.
Alba Restaurante Español is the Home of Traditional Spanish Cooking in Manila since 1952. For almost 70 years, Alba has remained a household name when we think of authentic Spanish Food and has proven its quality to many families in the country. Alba is not just an establishment. Many say it is already an institution, where generations have come to love.
Founded by Señor Anastacio de Alba, an origin of Avila, Spain, the restaurant continues to serve traditional Spanish fare that is a favorite of discriminating diners. Señor Anastacio de Alba popularized rich Spanish favorites such as Paella Valenciana, Callos a la Madrileña, Lengua Sevillana, Tuhod y Batoc,
Solomillo a la Pobre, Cochinillo Asado and his famous homemade Chorizos and assorted tapas.
He is also the man behind the famous Spanish restaurants, Patio de Alba, La Mancha and Casa Colas. Señor Alba has indeed proven his culinary craft and artistry to many families, businessmen and high profile guests and has been known as the King of Spanish Cuisine in the Philippines. His dedication and passion to share the Spanish culture in the country gained him the Order of the Cross of Isabella (La Cruz de Official dela order de Isabela Catolica), an award given by the King of Spain Juan Carlos I to its citizens, for promoting Spanish Cuisine in the Philippines.
Señor Alba, together with son Chef Miguel are the culinary masters behind Alba-their passion and dedication reflected in the taste and flavors of Spanish cuisine that has been perfected through the years, which generations have come to love.