La Maripili started as a churros shop or churreria but now it’s an authentic Spanish restaurant inspired from the Northern, more Mediterranean part of Spain, Cataluña
The Queen Bee: Greatly-made Churros
If you’ve tasted churros from other resto and already set standards on the quality of their churros but I’ll still give some quick facts on how to determine a well-cooked churro. It must not have spikes on the outer surface and must be a balanced golden brown color, crunchy on the outside and spongy on the inside. Churros must not be too long or too thick because it will just absorb more oil, burn the exterior while the inside is still uncooked. So that’s it! It really requires patience to create tasty churros but Maripili did it well.
They offer flavorful churros with sweet filling from various choices- catalan cream, coconut cream, chocolate and chili mousse, dulce de leche, jamon serrano or chorizo and honey and vanilla cream for 60 php each.
We tried two of their filled churros- hazelnut and the dark chocolate with salted caramel syrup. The latter was superb! It was absolutely heaven. I loved it a lot! Elena, the owner, said that it was for an advanced palette. They also took it out of the menu for it is difficult to do but people still request for it so they brought it back! I wouldn’t wonder why cause I myself will come back for it.
The regular churros come in small, medium and large size but the dipping sauce— OMG! This is something I loved because the chocolate flavor really stands out. It had warm chocolate in the button and cold whip cream on top— dip the churros all the way down and its magical.
The price for small is Php 60 or six pieces, for medium is Php120 for 12 pieces and for large is Php 180 for 18 pieces. Not bad for you’re paying to fill your hungry stomach.
Toasts best paired with aromatic coffee is also offered in La Maripili. They served us two of their egg toasts-the Jamon Serrano and the Filipino Breakfast. Their very own scrumptious La Españolita Toasts is made from grated tomato and olive oil, topped with jamón serrano, which costs for only 250 php.
Their Filipino Breakfast consists of Delimondo corned beef, scrambled eggs, cherry tomatoes and caramelized onion. Honestly, this is one of those instances where bread replaced rice and my taste buds just burst to satisfaction. I know for Filipinos usually we prefer our silog meals but this one did justice to it. It was really good and just costs for 300 php.
We were served one savory and one sweet crepe. The symphony of caramelized onions is made from onions (basically it’s indicated from its name),cherry tomatoes, melted cheddar and cheese for Php 250.
Their sweet crepe named Mucho Mango is to die for. It has this delightful taste of creme brulee, real mango chunks, mango syrup. When I took my first bite, I exclaimed, this is it! It definitely tickles my taste buds. No kidding! The owner laughed since that’s the usual reaction they get. They put three different kinds of mangoes in it, the syrup, the chunks and more — it blends well together. When I saw it, it looked really big and a generous serving. Felt heavy and all but when I tried it, it was actually light and refreshing. I would definitely go back for this.
We also tried 3 of their new pastas which are the flavorful Paquita’s Pesto, mouth savory Mac n’ Cheese and the Roasted Pomodoro Sauce.
Just like how most European cuisine was cooked, this Spanish-inspired restaurant cleverly used popular ingredients of Europe- tomatoes and caramelized onions. They roast their tomatoes for three hours which gives it its fresh and sweet taste— they had it in most of their meals and really, it made A LOT OF DIFFERENCE! These are magical ingredients that create delicious flavor foundations. Oh, wait! Let’s make it three. Their bread tastes undeniably good.
Aside from the assortment of tasty food offerings, La Maripili is a perfect brunch spot. Its crisp and cozy interior gives it a laidback atmosphere. Its clean white painted walls blend beautifully with its old wood and the light seeping through the windows are perfect for photos.
La Maripili Churreria is located at Alabang Town Center Corporate Center, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Open from 11 am to 10 pm (Monday to Friday ) and 10 am to 10 pm (Saturday and Sunday).