Images of shoes used to pop up in my mind upon hearing Marikina. But now, I connect the city to food. It is slowly becoming recognized as a destination for people who want to go on a food trip (I even found this directory on the internet), and I, for one, have enjoyed one great Saturday afternoon in a garden restaurant in the city called Rustic Mornings by Isabelo.
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is a family-run garden restaurant owned by the Dee family of Marikina. They offer good food in a great setting – trees and plants and flowers all over the place, stylized dining area with items from the Dees’ collection, ornaments hung on walls – it was like dining in the comforts of your own garden, really.
It was such a lovely place that I instantly had high expectations of their menu. And I wasn’t disappointed, not at all. My brothers were definitely satisfied, too. We ate to our hearts’ content after the waitstaff served each dish – fragrant, fresh, and unbelievably homey.
I didn’t get to explore the other parts of the restaurant (which I am sure are also Instagram-worthy) because there were other diners walking-in, tables were vacated but filled out pretty fast. Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience that I enjoyed with my brothers Louie and Kevin and Louie’s girlfriend Kat, and we stepped out of Rustic Mornings with smiles on our faces.
Check out Rustic Mornings by Isabelo:
11 Isabelo Mendoza St.
San Roque, Marikina City
(Near Marikina Shoe Museum)
They accept walk-ins from Monday to Sunday, 8am to 4pm.
You can also call them at (02) 510 6914.