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…
We love this sweet, crispy squid appetizer. Guaranteed to be gone in seconds.
The Kare Kare has a good nutty sauce and stays true to its traditional recipe, served with bagoong (shrimp paste).
The meat of the mechado is very tender and absorbs the sauce.
I like the Pork Adobo, which is served dry with sauces on the side. This is a favorite of Iza Calzado too.
The lamb meat is sweet and tender, best eaten with rice. 🙂
We didn’t like this. I already can’t remember how this tastes.
End your meal with their signature bread pudding with banana a la mode. A favorite of Patty Laurel.
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.
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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.