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.
So here's what we ordered:
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
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