My sister is celebrating her birthday and just like what’s becoming a habit, we troop to Mall of Asia for a dinner celebration. It’s just me, my dad, my sister and her colleague. My mom is attending a former boss’ birthday party in a nearby hotel, and my brother is still preoccupied with law school responsibilities.

We have our meal at Sarsa, the second branch of celebrity chef JP Anglo’s popular restaurant, which serves contemporary renditions of Negrense cuisine. Mostly due to the long lines in its BGC branch, it took me a really long time to try this restaurant, but finally here we are.

It’s a Thursday evening and it’s a nice surprise to find that the place isn’t as teeming with diners as I’ve pictured. Orange lights permeate from the lamps hanging from the ceiling and brick walls surrounding the place. It’s a different look from the BGC branch, which apparently tries to give off a vibe of an ancestral house in Bacolod.

The menu itself is great across the board. The dishes are all comfort food with Western Visayas written all over them with focus on Negrense and Ilonggo specialties. Anglo, who hails from Bacolod, adds touches of modernity and playfulness to basics like inasal, resulting in fares like the inasal sisig.

The dishes are all flavorful and, for the size of the servings, provide great value. It’s the type of dinner that forces you to slow down and appreciate life’s little moments, and make you wish BGC or MOA were just a 10-minute ride from where you live and work so you’ll have more meals like this.

Bugtaw-Bugtaw with Ginamos (PHP 190), Inasal Sisig (PHP 335)
Bangus Belly Salad (PHP 310), Piaya Ice Cream Sandwich (PHP 145)

SARSA KITCHEN + BAR
2/F Entertainment Mall
Mall of Asia, Pasay City
0915 3071426
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