For this year’s Valentine’s Day, we decided to pay a visit to one of the most popular romantic restaurants in the metro– Rustic Mornings by Isabelo. We anticipated that people would flock to this renowned ancestral home-turned-breakfast place on the most planned for day of the year, so we went early and arrived at 7:30 AM. Even though we’re thirty minutes ahead of opening time, we were already second in line when we arrived, and it didn’t take long before the number of people in line went past twenty.
The thirty minutes stretched on and seemed longer than usual. Maybe the anticipation is making us impatient, and it didn’t help that one couple cut in line in front of us, pushing us back to third in line. I didn’t want to pick a fight over something so petty, but wouldn’t it be nice if everyone had manners? :))
At 8 AM, we were allowed into the garden, and I chose the table closest to the entrance. It was the best table in the house, and we were lucky that the group ahead of us didn’t head for that table first. Ordering was pretty fast too, since we already had an idea of what we want to order (breakfast and coffee, what else?), but we also added in an order of Spinach Artichoke Dip — our default order when we dine at Cyma.
The Spinach Artichoke Dip is considered a classic dish at Rustic Mornings. On the menu, the item is described as “the dish that started it all,” and “A must-try Isabelo classic.” The dish was rich in flavor, creamy, but not quite as good and as cheesy as our favorite from Cyma. I liked that the serving size was good enough for two people, and their choice of bread is actually a better alternative than slices of pita bread or grilled garlic bread.
We ordered the Corned Beef and Pork Tocino from the Filipino Breakfast Tray, each served with two eggs (cooked the way you want), garlic parslied rice, tomato wansoy salad, and red wine vinaigrette with red onions. The Corned Beef came with a serving of mayo. I have never tried corned beef with mayo, but I found it refreshingly delicious. The vinaigrette did wonders for the tocino, even though the tocino was good on its own. I had my eggs scrambled (because I enjoy the taste of milk in my eggs) and it was smooth and creamy. So even though I didn’t like the parsley mixed in with the rice (at all), the tocino and the eggs plus the tomato wansoy salad made it possible for me to finish everything in record time. Their dishes have huge serving sizes, which guarantees that you’ll be leaving the place satisfied and full.
Ambience: I wasn’t really in a hurry to finish my breakfast. In fact, despite the long line of people waiting for their turn to dine, I didn’t want to leave immediately. I just wanted to enjoy that special feeling of having breakfast in a garden on a Sunday morning, because Sunday morning brunches have a special place in my heart and tummy, and to be able to enjoy it in a beautiful place such as Rustic Mornings makes me a happy little kid.
Will I come back? Definitely. I found the food affordable and delicious, and the ambience even more worth coming back to. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is like a secret (but not so secret anymore!) sanctuary in the metro– a place to rest and relax your soul by enjoying the little things in life. -HANA