RURAL KITCHEN of Liliw, Laguna by Chef Justin Sarabia

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RURAL KITCHEN is a Filipino hole-in-the-wall restaurant by Chef Justin Sarabia, specializing in the heirloom recipes of Fidelidad Polistico–Chef Justin’s Lola–from Liliw, Laguna. This is the Makati restaurant from the same owners of the famed Mio Cucina in Los Baños, Laguna.

Here’s what we like at Rural Kitchen…

RURAL KITCHEN of Liliw, Laguna
104 Rada St., HRC Centre Legazpi Village, Makati City
Telephone: +632 779-8073
FacebookRural Kitchen of Liliw, Laguna

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Part of Rural Kitchen’s charm is finding it hidden beside the 7/11 store along Rada St. (near De La Rosa).

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The ambiance, designed by architect JC Pererras, was inspired by the lights, mirrors, chairs, and utensils used in the family’s ancestral house.

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A painting by Jun Domingo, showcasing the ancestral home and the town of Liliw in Laguna.

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They serve the famous bonete bread sourced all the way from Liliw.

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Make sure to ask for their signature inalamangan santol dip with the bread.

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✮ Crispy Squid (P285)

We love this sweet, crispy squid appetizer. Guaranteed to be gone in seconds.

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Oxtail Kare Kare (P580)

The Kare Kare has a good nutty sauce and stays true to its traditional recipe, served with bagoong (shrimp paste).

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Mechado (P480)

The meat of the mechado is very tender and absorbs the sauce.

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✮ Pork Adobo (P340)

I like the Pork Adobo, which is served dry with sauces on the side. This is a favorite of Iza Calzado too.

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Lamb Kaldereta (P580)

The lamb meat is sweet and tender, best eaten with rice. 🙂

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Ginataang Mais (P110)

We didn’t like this. I already can’t remember how this tastes.

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Bread Pudding with Ice Cream & Banana (P150)

End your meal with their signature bread pudding with banana a la mode. A favorite of Patty Laurel.

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Congratulations to Chef Justin Sarabia and his proud mom, Lorna Sarabia for the Rural Kitchen concept!

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We love the hidden charm of the resto and their signature dishes–Bonete with Santol dip, the Crispy Squid, and Pork Adobo

The Kare Kare, Mechado, and Lamb Kaldereta were also good but they tasted like they were prepared in Mio Cucina in Los Baños. 

The serving sizes of the main dishes are good to share family style. Budget P500/head.

RURAL KITCHEN of Liliw, Laguna
104 Rada St., HRC Centre Legazpi Village, Makati City
Telephone: +632 779-8073
FacebookRural Kitchen of Liliw, Laguna
Instagram: @ruralkitchenofliliwlaguna

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Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of Chef Justin. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.  

P.S. Chef Justin graduated from the Culinary Institue of America and worked in the US before deciding to come home to Manila and open Rural Kitchen.

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