If you’ve been hesitant to travel to Marikina post-Ondoy, Isabelo is a good reason to change your mind. Isabelo is set in an ancestral house in the heart of Marikina City, a secret passed from one person to another in hushed but gushing tones. From the outside, you will not be able to spot the restaurant: there are no logos, no directional signs, no welcome messages. But when you are granted access beyond the gates, you will !nd a beautiful garden with a tall Balete tree and hanging vines. Inside and outside the house you will !nd conversation-piece accents and décors: bottles and pans, pictures, and other interesting items.The house was ravaged by the typhoon, and many of the old photos, paintings, pots and pans were salvaged by the family from neck-deep "ood water. Isabelo was born out of a dream and is an endeavor anchored on three generations of women: Portia Baluyut, the daughter, who is also the chef and owner of Isabelo; her mother, who tends the gardens; and the matriarch, who is the inspiration for the restaurant’s concept. Portia was actually a part of the advertising industry before she ventured into the food business.The appetizers are "avourful tongue-teasers. Portia’s specialties are dishes that are slow-cooked, pugon-style. There is a wide variety of choices but their prized specialty, the Osso Buco, requires prior reservation.
11 Isabelo Mendoza St., San Roque, Marikina
510 6914 0908 7401645
Mon to Sat: 6pm to 12mn