The Adventures of a Calamari Queen

Filipina Foodie

SARSA

Hello Friends! One of the restaurants we wanted to try during our Vacation in Manila was the SARSA Kitchen (+Bar).  Chef JP (I guess one of the owners too) is always a guest on KrisTV (one of my favorite morning shows!) and his recipes always look so good. So when my family finalized our Philippines trip, dining at Sarsa was a must! I was looking forward to it! The place was big and full, luckily we didn’t have to wait for a long time. Before we we’re even seated, the receptionist already asked us if we can order ahead because cooking and preparation time can be 20-30 minutes. The service was great! You can really tell that the waiters and staff are attentive to their customers and the service was quick ( so rare in most Philippine restaurants, based on our experience). I can’t say that about their food though. Honestly, I was disappointed with the majority of what we ordered. Their mango shake was another story! Oh My! The hubs and myself wanted a mango shake and were looking forward to having a fresh, sweet mango shake to enjoy with our lunch. The mango tasted like it was from a bottle of mango juice (maybe Gina brand) and they put in a blender, and there you go, your Shake! I can’t believe Chef JP would allow that to be in his restaurant. Oh Well! Anyways, it was still a good time with my family. We will probably still go back and try their other dishes, although we ordered most of their “best in town” type of food, so we’ll see.

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SARSA (MOA)

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Their Famous sisig (this was good)

Sinuglaw (a big disappointment); look at how tiny their pork belly is.

Sinuglaw (a big disappointment); look at how tiny their pork belly is.

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Big disappointment in their mango shake (The yellow one), the green mango was OK!

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Kinilaw

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The Pinakbet, another disappointing dish (I think they just blanch or steam the veggies then coated it with sauce). The veggies we’re not full of pinakbet flavor!

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Tortang talong with kesong puti(too much breading)

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Kare-kare sauce

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Kare-kare

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Crispy pata

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Another sisig

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Sizzling Kansi (this was good)

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