El Cocinero — Tapas Party


El Cocinero by Chef Arnaldo from Wheesper


A taste of Spain just 2 hours away from Manila! A few weekends ago, my wife and I discovered by pure coincidence El Cocinero, by Chef Arnaldo (special thanks to Canyon Cove Hotel & Spa for “encouraging” guests to explore  alternative dining options in nearby Nasugbu). We couldn’t believe to have found authentic Spanish food on a beach day in Nasugbu!

Chef Arnold is a dreamer, hard-working Filipino who, during the 14 years he spent in the Spanish island of Ibiza, mastered the art of cooking some of the best Mediterranean recipes. The menu predominantly has Spanish dishes, but Nasugbu town fellows are well aware of El Cocinero‘s homemade breads, pizzas and calzones (yes, freshly baked!). El Cocinero is a small, basic restaurant that opened 15 months ago. Simple but authentic, as Chef Arnold not only applies original recipes but also ensures that clients taste the freshest ingredients (vegetables delivered from Tagaytay, fresh seafood from the nearby waters). In fact, the food was so good that we went back for dinner on the same day!

The Good: the food is fresh and tasteful (one of the best Spanish paellas I’ve had in the Philippines so far), you feel the personal touch of Chef Arnold on each dish as he really makes sure you are having an unforgettable experience (prepared the dough for the Churros con Chocolate from scratch for us, found some old Alex Ubago songs to play in his iPod…). The Paella de Mariscos was just Authentic, combining the chef’s talent with the flavorful local seafoods!   We also enjoyed dipping the Calamares in the Ali-Oli (or actually the other way around). The bread baked in the restaurant feels like just bought in a Panaderia in Spain, oh, and don’t forget add some of the side sauces (particularly the tomato crashed one).   Chef Arnold added a few more vegetables to the combination of cheese and tomato….what a tasty Calzone!   I know some may disagree…but Tinto de Verano (red wine + ice + lemon + gaseosa/Sprite) is the best get hydrated on a hot day!   Yes, the Chef prepared the dough for the Churros just in front of us!!! What a better way to finish a meal!

The Bad: The restaurant was small, only 5 tables, with a non-Ibiza picture on the back. The wine selection was limited, a pity to accompany such amazing meal.     The salad was just ok, we found the dressing too sweet.   And…The

Verdict: El Cocinero is one of the best Spanish restaurants in the Philippines without doubts. The simplicity of the venue matches the natural, fresh ingredients used by Chef Arnaldo. Order paellas, pescadosand bread! He has managed to shorten the distance between the Philippines and Spain. Now, if I feel homesick, I know that I can find a bite of Spain in Nasugbu.

Where to find it: From Manila drive to Nasugbu thru 1) Tagaytay for a faster way (you may also buy some fruits and Pasalubong in the way back) or 2) Cavitex Ternate-Pico de Loro-Punta Fuego road (for a more scenic sea views along the road). The restaurant is located in Nasugbu’s main street (J.P. Laurel St) just across St. Francis Xavier Parish Church. 164 J.P. Laurel Street, Nasugbu Batangas 0920 295 4612 Open daily 10.30am to 10.00pm

Original post: https://wheesper.com/2015/03/25/el-cocinero-by-chef-arnaldo-nasugbu/


El Cocinero Review by The Peach Kitchen

Should you ever find yourself in Nasugbu, Batangas and wondering where to eat, I suggest you look for El Cocinero By Chef Arnaldo. Because that’s what we did when we were at Canyon Cove.

There weren’t a lot of restaurants in the area except for the usual fastfood. Read: Jollibee, Mang Inasal, and McDonalds. I know the kids would really love some McNuggets and fries and call it dinner but us adults who were tired from swimming, picture-taking, and playing with the kids — we wanted something really good to eat.

El Cocinero By Chef Arnaldo’s Nasugbu branch is just a small restaurant. If you’re gonna judge the book by it’s cover, you wouldn’t actually think they serve really good food because it looks like a carinderia from the outside.

Read full story: http://www.thepeachkitchen.com/2016/04/el-cocinero-chef-arnaldo/


Happiest Birthday Chef Arnold

A great day of feasting as we celebrate our very own Chef Arnold Limeta’s birthday!


You have been a real inspiration to all of us at El Cocinero and to all the people whom your delightful recipes have touched.


Mis mejores deseos en este día tan especial para ti.


A Sip of Digestiff Liqueur


El Cocinero Reviewed by Primer.com.ph

Situated in the heart of Nasugbu town proper and just in front of St. Xavier Parish church is a little Spanish restaurant owned by Chef Arnaldo Limeta. With 14 years of living in Ibiza, Spain, he brought home his own take of the best Paella Valenciana the town has ever tasted. El Cocinero has made quite a name for itself with its high quality food and understated yet refreshing ambiance. The ingredients are all fresh and perfectly mixed together, providing for a mouth-watering experience. They also have excellent tapas, pizcado and paellas, all at very reasonable prices. The restaurant can only seat 20 people, so make sure to reserve ahead of time if you are planning to eat here. If you’re looking for fresh, tasty and Spanish then this is the place to go.


Paella Vallenciana (el Cocinero) – P750.00

Gambas Ala Jillo – P160.00

Original post: http://primer.com.ph/food/cuisines/spanish/el-cocinero-by-chef-arnaldo/


Winners of our 3rd Monthsary Celebration Promo

We’ve finally picked our 3 winners for El Cocinero Molito‘s 3rd monthsary celebration promo!!

You can claim your Php500.00 worth of food voucher from July 29 – August 5 in our Molito Lifestyle Centre branch during store hours. Just bring any valid/government ID and present it to our Restaurant Manager to claim!

See you and enjoy an authentic Ibizan cuisine!


1 of the Best Restaurants to Try out in Tagaytay

Thank you Spot.ph for featuring us in your Top 10 Best Restaurants to try out in Tagaytay!

Reference: Spot.ph

Sumptuous Ibizan Foods from our Kitchen to our Customer’s tables

We are always happy to follow our customers as they enjoy the dining experience we have to offer at El Cocinero.


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Your full tummies are gratification enough from all of us at El Cocinero.

The Best Paella

El Cocinero prides itself of being one of the most authentic Ibizan Cuisine in the Philippines well perhaps starting with the South – Alabang Molito, Tagaytay, and Nasugbu Batangas where our 3 branches are located.

If you are looking for Spanish / Ibizan Cuisine – we urge you to try us out.

Check out these reviews from TripAdvisor


See you soon!

Reference: https://www.tripadvisor.com.ph/Restaurant_Review-g1015976-d7226351-Reviews-El_Cocinero_by_Chef_Arnaldo-Nasugbu_Batangas_Province_Calabarzon_Region_Luzon.html