Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Garden Restaurant (11 Isabelo Mendoza St. San Roque, Marikina City)

PhotoGrid_1370781936979Date visited: June 2013

What we ordered:

Caesar Salad, Beef Ribs and Banana Split


Taste = 4.5/5

–          The Caesar Salad was an excellent starter to our lunch. The lettuce was very crisp and the dressing tasted very good. It actually made us hungrier. When we ordered the Beef Ribs, I thought it was going to be barbecued ribs. When the dish came, it was actually more like Calderetang Baka. When we tasted the sauce and the meat, you could tell that a lot of love was brought into the dish. The sauce was probably the best caldereta sauce I’ve tasted and the beef was very tender. There was a lot of tendon in the meat which I liked but not Lyn. The downsides for me were the small serving size and that it was on the oily side. The Banana Split was large and what made it a little special were the slices of almond which gave crunch to each spoonful.


Service = 4/5

–          All of the tables had a small bell which customers could use to get the attention of the servers. Even if the restaurant was less than half-full, I had to ring more than twice just to have a waiter look at our direction.


Ambience = 5/5

–          If you want to eat somewhere special and secluded but still within Metro Manila, then this is where you should go. The whole restaurant felt magical: you can easily break the ice in this restaurant just by talking about the copper pots and pans hanging above your tables, the empty olive oil bottles that were used to decorate your backdrops, the paintings, knickknacks and several other unique things you can easily find here. Trying to go here is a pleasant journey in itself.


Value for money = 4.5/5

–          The prices of the dishes were a little bit expensive but the ambience was what made this restaurant stand out from the rest. They also had the best comfort room I’ve seen (for a restaurant).

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