And it’s time for the Filipino type of soup to take center stage. As much as ramen noodles complement the rainy season here, nothing compares to a bowl of sinigang or bulalo to ward the cold night off. At this restaurant, it did aim to do just that.
They have other types of sinigang such as Soy Ginger Braised Beef Brisket and Salmon/Poached Shrimp but we opted for this: Sampaloc Glazed Pork Belly. There are a multitude of sinigang dishes out there but nothing beats the sampaloc type. And theirs was just really good. I liked the tangy taste of the soup that melded well with the tender pork belly. I liked the roasted tomatoes on this one too. Gives it this roasty taste
Most would think that this place just serve soup just by the name of the resto (sabaw is the Tagalog word for soup). But my friend pointed out that it’s actually a play on the phrase “sa bao” meaning “in a bowl”. Rightly so, all of their dishes are served in bowls. Clever! So for our first non-soup dish, their Crispy Mochiko really piqued me. It said on their menu that it’s a rice flour battered chicken with spiced honey, sampaloc glaze, toasted sesame, toge, green cabbage and cilantro. It can be served either with brown rice or canton. We chose the former and the whole combination was good. If I would go here alone, I’ll definitely have this all to myself. The chicken wasn’t oily and very flavorful. The mesh of honey and sampaloc gave a sweet and tangy taste to it.
At first, it didn’t dawn on me that this had coconut milk. I only realized it when I came home. Haha. 😀 I kept wondering why the shrimp paste wasn’t as strong as I expected it to be. It was probably due to the coconut milk that leveled the taste of the shrimp paste. It was still very flavorful and good to pair with brown rice.
As we shared and finished these bowls, our tummies were filled with good food at this place. I must say that it’s a bit pricey to dine here on a regular basis. It is good though for team lunch outs or some barkada dinner bonding sesssions. With its colorful ambiance, warm service and delicious food, this restaurant should take a bow and be applauded for they serve good dining experience.
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Valero cor. V. A. Rufino Street,
Salcedo Village, Makati City