18 December 2010
Food Trip: Isabelo
November is one of my family’s busy months, primarily because of two events – – my younger brother’s and my dad’s birthdays.
Instead of giving material presents for birthdays, I usually give my fam and closest friends the lifetime gifts of experience — experiences of travel, experiences of good out-of-town or out-of-the-country vacations, and (my fave) gastronomic experiences.
For my Dad’s and my bro’s birthdays, I let them gastronomically experience Isabelo’s.
Isabelo is a hidden personal service garden restaurant in Marikina. I have spent a big chunk of my life in Marikina, but this is the initial time that I get to experience Isabelo first hand. It is a resto garden of an 80-year-old house nestled in the heart of Marikina. Ms. Portia does the cooking herself, and also personally welcomes her guests as soon as guests arrive.
Different dining areas of Isabelo. Dining on wooden tables set on creative mosaic floorings, under dainty vines with hanging flowers while savoring each dish served in large, hand-painted dinnerware or countryside-inspired wooden boards. Note that all ingredients are handpicked and bought daily to ensure freshness in every prepared meal.
It’s now challenging to look for a resto with a great ambience and extremely delish food, as either the former or the latter gets sacrificed. Isabelo’s meets expectations for both. I’ll definitely bring more friends and loved ones to this secret resto garden in Marikina — After making reservations (read: walk-ins are highly discouraged).
Address: Marikina City (book online to receive an Isabelo map)
Telephone Number: +63.2.510.6914 / +63.908.740.1645
Budget: I allotted PHP 3500 for an entire meal good for 5 pax
Open on: Mon â€“ Sun: 6 PM – midnight
Others: Servings are generous in size. Good for 2-4 pax, some at 5-8 pax and even 10-12!
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