A Taste of Spanish at Hala Paella

On the night of my 35th birthday last November 15, I went out with my brother Nathan and cousin John Stephen. We headed out to Hala Paella at the Banilad Town Center. Hala Paella serves Spanish comfort food in Cebu. Grab one or two of their paella special and pair it with one or two of their main courses, and you are good to go.

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Hala Paella in Cebu City, Philippines
Hala Paella in Cebu City, Philippines

Paella Specials 

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Paella is the house specialty at Hala Paella. It's name screams that out for crying out loud! There are six paella varieties available at Hala Paella: Chorizo, Aligue, Negra, Lechon, Valenciana, and Pollo. Chorizo has sweetened ground pork mixed with the rice. Paella orders come in three (3) different sizes: Solo, Grande, and Familia. The solo size is actually a bit generous already as it can serve two (2) to three (3) people.

Aligue Paella has some crab sticks and crab fat mixed in the rice.


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Negra Paella features rice blackened by squid ink and also has some shrimp and squid bits mixed in the rice.


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When you want to have it all, the Paella Valenciana is like the mother dish abundantly sprinkled with clams, shrimp, squid, chorizo, and lechon.


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Pollo Paella has chicken mixed with the paella rice. Lechon Paella obviously has the famed Cebu lechon mixed with the rice. Spanish chorizo paella has sweetened ground pork mixed in the rice.

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Main Courses

Pinoys love to eat their rice with viand. Cebuanos are no different. At Hala Paella, one can order a main dish or two with their paella. Main courses available are Chuletas (or sweetened pork rib), Salpicao de Cerdo, Lengua, Callos, Cazuela (Pork Casserole with cheese), Gambas (Sauteed shrimp in garlic), Calamares (deep fried breaded squid rings), Croquetas, and Spanish Chorizo. 

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Location and Contact Information

Hala Paella is located at the Banilad Town Center (BTC) in Banilad, Cebu City, Philippines. It's stall is right outside Dimsum Break near the vehicle exit at BTC. For take out orders, one may dial (032) 344 4252. You may also like the Hala Paella Facebook page.

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