IS­ABELO

ITAL­IAN

Eats - - MARIKINA -

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.

AD­DRESS

11 Is­abelo Men­doza St., San Roque, Marik­ina

CON­TACT NUM­BERS

510 6914 0908 7401645

WEB­SITE

www.is­abe­l­og­a­r­den.com

OP­ER­AT­ING HOURS

Mon to Sat: 6pm to 12mn

PRICE RANGE

P500-1,500/per­son

PAY­MENT MODE

Cash

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