February 24, 2016

Sarsa Kitchen and Bar BGC

I've been meaning to try Sarsa Kitchen and Bar for sometime now and I'm still baffled as to why it took me a while to be able to check it out once and for all.  There was too much hype about it during its early months of operation and the long queues or waiting time might have put me off a bit. But when I was thinking of where to take a friend of my sister and I from the US (who's visiting the Philippines for the first time) for dinner, I don't know why, but for some reason I immediately thought of Sarsa. 

I guess probably because Sarsa doesn't only represent a regional Filipino type of cuisine (which is Negrense) but also dishes that are all-time Filipino favorites which includes offerings of a variety of famous Filipino street foods and other pica-pica. Sarsa  also serves Filipino dishes with contemporary touches which I thought wouldn't shock the taste buds of our friend who also happens to be an All-American chef. 

I love that the tables are arrange in clusters that somewhat makes them look like long tables which gives you that idea that most of the clienteles that go there are families and large group of friends, co-workers or acquaintances. Nothing too fancy or intimidating. Plus the menu written on the chalkboards hanging on the walls reminds me of how humble eateries would display their menu offerings for the day. 

The only downfall is the location of the restaurant. It is situated in an area of BGC where not most public transportation would pass. We even got lost going there and entered a one-way street and got pulled over by  a BGC traffic Marshall. LOL!

So here's what we ordered:

Pritchon Pancakes - this is one of the best-selling appetizers at Sarsa. It's their version of spring rolls with chopped or flaked roasted pork and is best paired with hoisin sauce. It was good and we all liked it.

Tortang Talong with Crispy Sardines and Kesong Puti - This came with Sukang Pinakurat and Chili Banana ketchup. I like my tortang talong dipped in ketchup, but since this one had fish in it, it tasted better with the vinegar. I find it weird though that a kalamansi must be squeezed on it. Didn't noticed the kesong puti that much yet the entire thing had the right saltiness though. It was a great twist to the ordinary tortang talong but I would probably prefer the traditional one. 

Sarsa Kare Kare - My sister actually was the one who requested this but Sarsa's version uses beef meat instead of ox tongue or ox tail. The sauce was served separately with the meat and the veggies. Their version of sauce was fantastic though. the sauce had the right consistency and had enough peanut flavor in it, but it wasn't something that I can truly rave about. TBH, it was ok good. 

Chicken Isol - This is deep-fried chicken tail or chicken butt LOL! Our American friend was the one who ordered it out of curiosity. His somewhat first experience with Filipino "street food" if we can call it as such. I was surprised that it wasn't as greasy as I would imagine it to be the breading and coating was super nice too. It was best paired with the vinegar that came with it.


The price of the food at Sarsa might be quite expensive for some, but it is located in BGC so it came as no surprise to me. I applaud though the good customer service and how fast our orders were served. Though the long line has subsided, it is always better to call for table reservation, just to be sure. 

Well, I would say it was a great dinner. I'm glad that I was able to finally try the dishes at Sarsa  Kitchen and Bar and that it was a good choice for our friend to ease in to our local Filipino cuisine. 

Sarsa Kitchen + Bar
Unit 1-7, Forum South Global, 7th Ave cor. 25th St.,  
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines
Store Hours: Monday - Sunday  11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Contact No: 0927-7060773

For more information and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Sarsa Kitchen + Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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