Paella Night with Ditto Lesaca

Eduardo “Ditto” Lesaca of Ditto’s Paella showcased two signature flavors (Paella Valenciana and Paella Negra) last June 23, 2017 at Libertine Bar in Taguig.

I met Ditto along with other 39 food bloggers and his paella did not disappoint. I sat at one table and candidly interviewed him about the short history of his paella. The actual recipe was passed down to her mother, Carmen Guidote Lesaca from his maternal grandfather, the late Alfredo Guidote. He decided to learn his Lolo Freddy’s paella because he doesn’t want the commercial ones available at Spanish restaurants in the metro. With the clamor of the close friends, he decided to have it available for sale to public.

Ditto Lesaca with his famous paella

He makes his paella very special. He would go to the market early in the morning to buy all the ingredients fresh and cook it prior to delivery date. He ensures that his paella is full of love and is generous with condiments and toppings such as tiger prawns, chorizo, clams and other seafood.

Here’s my assessment of the two Ditto’s Paella I tried:

Paella Valenciana

Paella Valenciana

The Paella Valenciana is composed of tiger prawns, eggs, chorizo, clams, green peas, bell pepper and mussels. I like the balance of flavor in this paella. It’s perfectly paired with your choice of red wine.

Paella Negra

Paella Negra

I’m not a fan of squid ink but I really appreciated it in Paella Negra. It’s composed of tiger prawns and squid to name a few. It’s also best paired with a glass of red wine and special white sauce.

If you’re curious to try this famous paella, you can try the Personal size which serves at least 2 people. It is valued at PHP 2,000. If you want to share it with your friends and family, you may opt to order for bigger servings:

  • Cozy (serves 5) – PHP 4,000
  • Small (serves 10) – PHP 6,000
  • Medium (serves 20) – PHP 8,000
  • Large (serves 40) – PHP 10,000

It was a tough call but Paella Valenciana was my favorite between the two. For orders, you may reach out Ditto’s Paella Valenciana & Negra at 09189634886. Alternatively, you may visit their official Facebook page:

The verdict: It’s an ACE!
The Tennis Foodie’s favorite: Paella Valenciana

27 thoughts on “Paella Night with Ditto Lesaca”

  1. My family and I all love paella. So I frequently make this at home, complete with saffron. But I don’t want to work so hard so I have found a short cut. Still works well and everybody likes it. But I’m afraid the chefs would frown upon me. hahaha

    But his paella–oemgee! I would love to try them!

  2. Authentic Paella is so good! This event looks really cool! Awesome you got to meet Ditto Lesaca!

  3. Love squid and everything about this post! One of my most favorite dishes of not just Spain but the world

  4. This is a great guide. I really love how you laid everything out so easily for us to see and understand. Thanks 🙂

  5. Woah! These paella looks really good. I will make sure we visit Libertine Bar in Taguig once we’re back in Manila. I have been missing really a good Paella Negra.

    Thank you for sharing about this. Looking forward to trying Ditto’s Paella.

  6. I have never had paella. I think I need to visit Spain or take a trip to this restaurant!

  7. I have no idea if I even like Paella as its not a dish I have ever made or even tried to date but it looks amazing so think I need too

  8. Mmmm Paella is so good. It’s a family favourite here. I love the story about how he goes to the market early in the morning especially to gather the ingredients. Thank you for the great tips 🙂

  9. I love that you got the chance to interview him before trying out his famous Paella! Family recipes are always the best ones. I’m sure both tasted amazing!

  10. Well, I’m only hearing of Paella Valenciana just now but I’d definitely want to give it a shot now that I’m an adventurous one. It does look appealing to the eye, so will it to the tongue!

  11. This looks incredible, I wish I could try the Paella Valenciana. I have never tried this dish before but would love to if I ever had the opportunity to taste it homemade.

  12. Paella is one of my favorite dishes! I haven’t tried a squid ink one though – it sounds like something I need to add to my bucket list, just for the adventure of it.

  13. I enjoyed reading about the culture behind this and how he said every dish is made with love. It is so great when food is lovingly made.

  14. Thanks for your recommendation on where we can grab the best paella. It is strange that I haven’t encounter this here in Taguig. BTW, we will try your recommendation soon!

  15. I’ve never actually tried paella but really want to! Any dish that combines shrimp and chorizo is ok by me.

  16. I love a good pan of paella shared with family and friends and both these look delicious. My preference for paella is usually one with seafood only.

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