Saturday, September 19, 2015
Soothing & Comforting Taste of Sabao Atbp.
Sabao Atbp is a casual dining restaurant located in Valero, Makati specializing in classic Filipino soup dishes that are taken a notch higher by allowing its guests to customize their favorite soup with their choice of ingredients and toppings.
The interior of the restaurant combines elements of Japanese and Filipino design which creates a hybrid between a bahay kubo and a ramen house.
Ordering your soup dish, you can choose from six different broths: bulalo, tinola, sinigang, molo, binakol, and batchoy. The broths are already infused with flavors and seasonings to ensure consistency in taste. It's only upon ordering when the ingredients are boiled in your chosen broth so that meat don't get rubbery and vegetables remain crunchy. If you prefer the classic version of a soup dish, you can request it upon ordering, but if you want to be a little bit adventurous, you can customize your soup by adding toppings of your choice.
In my case, I was craving for sinigang, and I want it in its home-cooked style so I ordered Sabao's classic Sinigang which comes with glazed pork belly (P245.00), sitaw, kang kong, labanos, eggplant, roasted tomatoes and roasted chili. I ordered plain rice with my sinigang. It has the level of sourness I like. However, I noticed that the broth was too clear for my liking. I prefer the broth to be rich in meat flavor which is achieved by boiling the meat in the broth hours. I also find the roasted tomato quite unusual. The roasting caramelized the sugar in the tomato making it rather sweet that sour, and the roasted skin of the tomato added a bitter taste in the broth. I'd probably try their sinigang again with salmon instead of pork and will specify fresh tomatoes than roasted tomatoes.
Edgar on the other hand, had the Batchoy (P300.00) which is loaded with garlicky and savory pork goodness. Egg noodles are simmered in a rich pork-garlic broth and made extra flavorful by adding roasted pork belly and smoked chicharron, soy egg and topped with toasted garlic and spring onions. This one is a really good bowl of batchoy that reminded us of our trips to Iloilo and Bacolod. There's only very few places in Manila that serves authentic tasting batchoy, and we found a spot in Makati right here at Sabao.
Other than soup dishes, Sabao also serves other Filipino snack dishes such as the Sabao Arroz Caldo (P190.00). This rice porridge uses brown rice cooked in a rich chicken stock and topped with roast pork, soy egg, garlic chips, spring onions and chicken skin. This comfort food will surely not disappoint.
Sabao also included baos in its menu. Steamed buns are filled with Filipino meat dishes such as adobo, sisig and longganisa to name a few. During our visit, we tried the Pork Adobao (P95.00), bao filled with pork belly, pickled sibuyas Tagalog, spring onions and adobo glaze; and the Soy Beef Bao (P95.00), bao filled with crispy shortrib with sweet soya, atsara, spring onions and cilantro.
The Ulam Bowls and the Silog gives ore options to those who are looking for a complete, Pinoy-style meals. There's Humba, Bicol Express, Mechado, as well as Tapsilog, Bangsilog and Longsilog. I used to work in the Valero area back in the early 2000's and I envy the millennials working now in this area because there are so much more restaurant choices compared to 10 years ago.
I do hope that Sabao opens more branches around Metro Manila, especially in BGC, McKinley Hill, Eastwood and Ortigas Center. One can easily spend P200.00 in a fastfood or in a foodhall. For the same amount, one can already enjoy Filipino food with a more upscale experience at Sabao. I don't mind eating here everyday!
G/F Signa Designer Residences
Valero corner Rufino Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 8:00am to 10:00pm