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Here are two restaurants worth vis­it­ing from day to night

Northern Living - - NORTHERN EATS - BY MARAH S. D. RUIZ

MARIK­INA CITY

Break­fast seems to be a lux­ury nowa­days as we con­stantly find our­selves skip­ping it in fa­vor of leav­ing the house early to avoid the morn­ing rush. But there's sim­ply noth­ing like tak­ing time to en­joy a cup of cof­fee with a fill­ing break­fast. If your fam­ily is a fan of al fresco din­ing, Rus­tic Morn­ings by Is­abelo is one stop you can­not af­ford to miss.

Rus­tic Morn­ings by Is­abelo sits in the gar­den of a colo­nial­style home. Pro­pri­etor Por­tia Baluyut de­scribes the 130seat restau­rant as " rus­tic, un­pre­ten­tious, and homey." The space was de­signed by Por­tia's mother, who is an artist. Lamps, shells, bot­tles, and tiles can be found hung and scat­tered all over restau­rant. Ta­bles and chairs are set up on mini gaze­bos, so you can still en­joy some pri­vacy even when the restau­rant is full. Bestsellers in­clude the quin­tes­sen­tial break­fast fares like pan­cakes and waf­fles, so don't for­get to try the two- piece Real But­ter­milk Pan­cakes, Ba­con and Hash Brown ( P220) and the Crispy Waf­fle served with Home­made Pancake Syrup ( P150). Drop by this hol­i­day sea­son to be one of the first to try the newly launched Chur­ros Waf­fle. For fans of omelet, a must- try is the Meat Lovers ( P190), which has ba­con, long­gan­isa, onions, and cheese and is served with bread and jam. For some­thing dif­fer­ent, try the Gourmet Hot­dog Sand­wich ( P240)— hot­dog on a bun topped with chili con carne and a sunny- side up egg. Rus­tic Morn­ings by Is­abelo is open daily from 8 a. m. to 4 p. m. At 6 p. m., it turns into Is­abelo's, a reser­va­tion- only gar­den restau­rant, so book ahead to sam­ple the din­ner menu.

PASIG CITY

If you're up for some drinks and con­ver­sa­tion with friends, head on over to Side­bar, an el­e­gant restau­rant from the 1771 Group.

Side­bar's in­te­ri­ors re­sem­ble a well-trav­eled friend's liv­ing room: red brick walls are decked with orig­i­nal paint­ings and trin­kets from the owner, Ricky Gu­tier­rez’s trav­els. A mix of clas­sic, in­die, and con­tem­po­rary rock mu­sic plays softly in the back­ground. The bright red chan­de­liers give the so­phis­ti­cated bar a splash of color, match­ing per­fectly with the up­hol­stered arm chairs.

Start off your night with a mar­tini, skill­fully mixed by Side­bar's well-trained bar­tenders. For some­thing tangy, try the Ly­chee Mar­tini (P135). If you pre­fer some­thing creamy, go for the Choco Mar­tini (P125). To go with your drinks, have some Sal­ba­cho Pizza (P420), a thin-crust pizza clev­erly named to in­di­cate its top­pings: salami, ba­con, and chorizo. The Pulled Pork Slid­ers (P230) is an­other must-try if you like salty-sweet meat. For the more ad­ven­tur­ous, Side­bar has its own take on ki­lawin— the Sal­mon Crudo (P280), which is Nor­we­gian sal­mon cured in co­conut vine­gar, olive oil, chili, pre­served lemon, and spices. The Pi­noy fa­vorite, sisig, also makes its ap­pear­ance in the menu in the form of the Sisig Wrap (P240). The sisig is wrapped in a thin piece of flat bread and is served with a shot of Bac­ardi.

Side­bar is open from 5 p.m. to mid­night on week­days, and 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Satur­days. It can seat about 50-60 people, but can house a to­tal of 80, stand­ing. The menu changes from time to time, so you are sure to get some­thing dif­fer­ent ev­ery time you set foot in­side this hidey-hole.

Rus­tic Morn­ings by Is­abelo, #11 Is­abelo Men­doza St. San Roque, Marik­ina City. www. rus­tic­morn­ings­by­is­abelo.com. +63(2)510-6914, +63(2)681-2461, +63(917)700-5810. For leisurely morn­ings with fam­ily... Real But­ter­milk Pan­cakes, Ba­con and Hash Brown

Gourmet Hot­dog

Meat Lovers

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