Sarsa Kitchen+Bar

G/F Frabella Bldg., 109 Rada St., Legazpi Village, Makati, Metro Manila

Sarsa Kitchen+Bar
4.1
4.0 Stars

32 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 10
  • 4 stars 19
  • 3 stars 1
  • 2 stars 1
  • 1 star 1
  • 43 Reviews
  • 99 Recommend
  • 32 Reviewers
Category:
Filipino
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+6327549943

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Menus:
Lunch, Dinner
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Yina M.
4.0 Stars
4

There was this one night I was looking to eat and EEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAT. The worse part is not knowing what to eat. I was. Just. So. Hungry. Thank goodness I had friends in the area who were equally as hungry as I was and since someone else suggested Sizzling Kansi, we found ourselves in Sarsa.

Menu reading is fun when you're starved. You want to try everything you see. What's good with Sarsa is they have several blackboards that have the specials and while I haven't seen the menu and my friend was doing the ordering being 50 m away made me want to try their new items.

We ordered their Molo potstickers P280 for appetizer. I was expecting it to be dry but I guess since it's pansit molo, there will still be some soup. It was tasty and delicious but not worth the price.

That Sizzling Kansi was definitely not going to be absent from this dinner. To be honest, this is the first time I've tried this famous dish. I am a big fan of utak but eating sinfully everywhere makes me abstain from the other sinful stuff. Not on this night.

Bugtaw-bugtaw P195 is the Ilonggo version of Gising-gising. These are string beans cooked in gata. It's done a bit differently I think. The gata is not as potent and it's not very spicy that you end up choking on it.

Three different kinds of rice - Ginamos P60, Garlic P50 and Danggit P95. I was not able to try the rest because we all know which one I got! Ssssh, and I got two servings of it! But only finished half. :(

We found that we might get bitin so we ordered the Lechon manok Pancit Canton P225. This serving was full! It had a lot of rekados in it and it had chichacorn. Hello Boy Bawang in my food! Since this cough has been bothering me for a month or more now, I had to stop eating the pancit because it was spicy!!!! The kick was at the end! My gahd it was good but not good for my cough!!
I liked the chicken, it gave more flavor to the pancit but my friends had mixed feelings since they liked the noodles better.

** Bonus? We saw former VP-Binay, too. He has a Firm that's situated in the nearby area.

We walked out there with content stomachs and sleepy heads. Food coma's good when you're really about to tuck yourself in for the night.

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Kitkat G.
4.0 Stars
5

Heavy rains brought us here yesterday. With the terrible traffic and impatient hungry stomachs, Sarsa welcomes you to a homey ambiance. I've read good reviews about this restaurant and it sure did not disappoint.

By the way, fates would have had it as we saw my brother and his girlfriend also indulging in Negrenese cuisine (haha).

The menu was pretty extensive. Selecting our orders took time as everything looks delish. So here's our pick:
Sarsa Kare Kare, Brainy Pork Sisig and Ginamos Rice
My brother gave us their Tortang Talong as they were too full to eat (haha).

SARSA KARE KARE
I like the presentation of this dish. Each ingredient was purposely separated for you to pick out what you like in your kare kare. The beef was tender and I like how everything blended well.

BRAINY PORK SISIG
I've always loved sisig and this is no exception. It was crunchy and truly flavorful with every bite. One of the BEST sisigs that I've ever tasted. Awesomeness.

GILAMOS RICE
Another must try. This rice blended well with our dishes and we were surprised to how good it tasted. Sarap!

TORTANG TALONG
Just A-okay. Nothing special.

Overall, I love the dishes that we ordered. You can bet that we will be back to try their famous "kansi" dishes. The only downside was the mango shake which was blended concentrated juice. The staff was friendly and attentive. And I still can't over the sisig and gilamos rice (haha). Worth every penny.

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Chachi L.
2.0 Stars

We've been wanting to try this place for a long time since it is just near our office. Sarsa offers Filipino + Negrense dishes and is owned by Chef Jayps.

By looking at the menu, I've had a hard time ordering since everything seems delicious especially the Inasal dishes. We promised to come back just in case there is anything that we would want to order the next time. In the end, we ordered Lechon Manok Pancit Canton, Tortang Talong with Crispy Sardines and Kesong Puti and lastly Inasal Sisig. We were informed that 2 of our orders (the talong and the pancit) got a price upgrade but we did not hesitate to still order it.

The verdict on our orders are as follows

Inasal Sisig - Sisig is not sizzling and flavorful maybe because of the inasal flavor. It tastes good but the serving size is good for 1 hungry person or 2 willing to share individuals.

Tortang Talong with Crispy Sardines and Kesong Puti - from the reviews and the menu, it seems that this is a best seller or recommended however I would like to disagree. From all the dishes that we've ordered this did not satisfy us. There was nothing extraordinary about this dish

Lechon Manok Pancit Canton - It tastes good as well the lechon manok is flavorful and the pancit is not overcooked. There were some vegetables and carrots and even chichacorn. However, the presentation is not that enticing enough. It felt like I was eating pancit from a carinderia

I honestly do not think I would ever come back. Yes 2 of the orders that we've made taste decent but from my stand point I feel like it was just ordinary. Filipino food are household dishes and if the taste and presentation of a dish would not exceed or even be at par with how it normally is then there's nothing really special about it that I would keep coming back for.

But maybe if I try the Kansi on my next visit since I heard that it's their best from the menu. Or maybe not

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Mye D.
5.0 Stars
9

Sarsa is one of our go-to places for yummy Filipino comfort food including desserts. I enjoyed our last visit. Everything we ordered was spot-on, except for the inasal baticulon (gizzard) that was rubbery.

Service was fast & friendly128522

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Wiljohn M.
4.0 Stars
2

For my second visit to Sarsa I tried the chicken inasal and the fried crispy hito in gata.

The chicken was good. It was tender, flavorful and moist despite coming off the grill. The oil that oozed out of the meat made it more delectable and tasty. Perfect with garlic rice.

I love hito because the fish has a distinct taste. But when the fish is fried, and breading or flour is added, the fish becomes bland and drab. Sarsa was able to put some zest back by adding coconut sauce. The hito was perfectly crisp with a pleasant sweetish taste. Very nice.

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Jeremy Paul D.
5.0 Stars
3

I thought it was just like any ordinary filipino cuisine resto. Apparently, they serve unique and I would their own versions of filipino dishes. Since we were only two, we got two, which were lechon kawali and their super Kare Kare. I'd to give credit on their karekare especially the sauce is served separately. It meat was just so tender and flavorful. The sauce bears the taste of the peanut that we normally look for in a kare kare dish! it was very nice experience and adding to that it their excellent customer service despite a fully loaded night for them:: must try and definitely recommendable!

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Unisse C.
4.0 Stars
3

Friday's usually mean I have to wait until the coding is lifted, so it's either I hit the gym, or I pig out. 128055 Well, I'm writing a review, I chose the latter. 128514

Iza B just started working in Makati so we decided to meet up and have dinner. One of my officemates recommended we try Sarsa, so here we are.

When we arrived, the place was still quite spacious since it was only 6PM. People started to come in after 6:30PM. It was a good call to come in early! 128077🏼

KANSI (BULALO) SOUP
128173 I'm a soup person, so I always want soup. 128517 We got the bulalo cos I'm also craving for some meat. The soup arrived first from our orders, even before the rice! So it got a little bit cold already when we started to eat. Some people prefer having the soup before, but I use the soup on my rice. Almost 99% of the time. 128514 There wasn't anything that stood out from the dish, but maybe it's just cos it wasn't hot anymore.

INASAL SISIG
128173 Yum! Since we had beef already, we chose the "healthier" meat for the sisig. It was still a good choice since the chicken was still crispy and that egg just made me drool as well. 128584 It's best eaten with rice, because on its own, it might be a bit salty.

SARSA KARE-KARE
128173 Their kare-kare is quite different. They serve the meat and veggies separate from the sauce! The beef they had tasted like crunchy corned beef! Put some kare-kare sauce and some bagoong and hmmm!! 128523 They served the kare-kare with twalya as well. I'm not sure what the English of it is. 128517 I don't normally eat it because it's so chewy but here, I enjoyed it because it was a bit crispy! Good with rice! Almost all Filipino dishes are best paired with rice!

GARLIC RED RICE
128173 For a semi-healthy option, I ordered the garlic red rice. It was well cooked and it had this crunchy-pop like texture when you bite into it. I wasn't able to taste much of the garlic though.

It was a good first experience at Sarsa. I was too full to order dessert so maybe next time! 128540

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Kristin A.
4.0 Stars

Came here with my aunt right after the lunch rush, we ordered the crispy tilapia and kilawing tangigue. Both are ok, but aunt was thinking the tilapia was rather bland. The tangigue was ok but the pork bits were a bit tough.

We were first seated at the table right across the double glass doors. We had to move further inside because of the heat coming in whenever the door opens.

Service was ok and the staff were friendly, I remember when I ordered only a couple of items, the waitstaff was no less accommodating than when I dined in.

So what did I like from here? Bangus salad is a personal favorite and it wouldn't hurt to try

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Mye D.
5.0 Stars

One of our colleagues from Glasgow came over for a visit. He was wanting to try many Filipino dishes during his one-week business trip so we brought him to Sarsa. Good thing he was quite adventurous when it comes to food & was willing to try everything including Balut128522

He enjoyed everything we ordered including the Batchoy, Isaw & Chicken Inasal Sisig. Winners for him would be the sizzling Bangus ala Pobre (shown on the pic) & the ube ice cream in the Piaya dessert.

Sarsa is consistent in serving yummy Filipino (mostly Ilonggo) dishes. Prices are reasonable. Service is always friendly. I'll definitely go back128076🏻

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Wiljohn M.
4.0 Stars

Nice dining place. The chicken inasal sisig was a welcome alternative to the pork version. It had the same texture but is less fatty with a smoky flavor. The crispy squid in milk was also good. Its like calamari sans the breading. The squid was chewy but tender to the bite. The molo soup was also delicious. The broth yummy with generous servings of wonton and shrimp.

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Renz C.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Rachel T.
4.0 Stars

Late celebration of my parent's 30th anniversary. My mom was raving about trying Sarsa's dilis ever since she saw it on tv. So here we are. We ordered the ff:

*crispy dilis - 5/5 (sweet with a bit of chili, crispy)

*sizzling adobong pusit - 4/5 (serving of the squid is too little and too few for a 350 php order but the black sauce was delicious)

*tortang talong with sardines and cheese - 5/5 (i remembered you Peanut D when i ordered this)

*pritchon pancake - 4/5 (this is like the version of the peking duck wrapped in lumpia wrapper or mesa's crispchon)

Everything tasted good and best if combined with rice.

Sadly one of the waitress that day was inatttentive and needs to be called all the time and moves really slow considering there were only 3 tables occupied (it was a dinner on a saturday). We were seated near the entrance while she was always staying near the register and won't even check on the customers/look our way.

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Faith M.
4.0 Stars

For the Appetizer:

Crispy Dilis (Chili Pineapple Glaze) - Small crispy dilis glazed in pineapple with a hint of spiciness, that's a delicious appetizer. Just bitin because of small serving.

Main Course:

Breaded Garlic Porkchop - This is new on their menu and I'm not impressed. Yes, it's garlicky but it has this "sweet" taste after eating it which I don't like.

Sizzling Kansi - YES! I loved it. This is the star of our lunch since it was my first time to have a sizzling bulalo.

Dessert:

Banana Tsokolate Turon - Kind of disappointed with this. It's not tsokolate, what we tasted was a peanut butter. :( hahaha. But I liked the idea of having a tsokolate inside of it.

THE STAFF:

- May hindi balance na table so yung friend ko pa nag ayos pero after 5 minutes naman of the servers noticed us so siya na nag ayos. They were hard to get their attentions baka kasi panic mode na sila sa dami ng customers nila that time.

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Chili G.
4.0 Stars

Had a dinner/reunion and they chose Sarsa. I immediately perused |ooloo to look at reviews and must try dishes 128513 I love adobo flakes so I decided to try that. We ordered family style so we also got the sizzling kansi, gising gising, sisig, inasal sisig and some other stuff I already forgot 128540 our dinner mates have been to sarsa before so they already know what to order so I just dug into everything!
I was pleasantly surprised by the isaw! At first I was, 'Ang mahal naman nito!' 3 sticks for 185! But it was soooo good! Crispy and very 'clean' tasting! I noticed that they cut it lengthwise so they really cleaned the insides.
Good food but less one star cos kulang Sa smiles Ang servers. Also, a bit lacking Sa info re the dishes, when we ask what they're serving or putting on the table, they'll like squint and say umm double check ko po mam 🙄

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Kathleen Cerla G.
4.0 Stars

The food are good. I liked their litson manok with veggies and kesong puti and mango tuba.

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Yina M.
4.0 Stars

The music turned on when we walked in, it felt like I was entering a club. All we wanted was comfort food and we got it. It seems that the Negrense fare has made its way into the hearts of the Metro Manila market and by golly, there is a good reason for that; it’s for the nth generation of Ilonggos here in Manila to enjoy it and for the locals to also try and love the flavor.

Orders were simple since we wanted to zone in to our cravings.

Liempo-Q P220 – two pieces of skewered liempo with peanut sauce on the side. My cousin and I each had a stick, I found it too saucy for me but the peanut sauce helped give it a better flavor.

Baticolon P170 – three sticks of chicken gizzard, the plate had some achuete oil on it which went well with my garlic rice. I also put some ‘sinamak’ (suka with sili) on it and it was a perfect combo. For a minute there I was stumped with a question. What’s baticolon? I said gizzard. On to the next question, What’s gizzard? Intestines? I had to think for a bit, it’s a part of the stomach of a chicken, the quality is quite tough so it’s hard to cook this.

Monggo-nisa P190 – an average sized bowl of monggo came to us. Garnished on top was a slice of longganisa and crunchy chicharon which my cousin didn’t like so I ate these portions and enjoyed it. *Crunch*crunch*chicharon*crunch*crunch*

Garlic rice P50 – we each had our own bowl of garlic rice. There was a ton of fried garlic shavings on top and the rice itself already had mixed garlic in it. Super good!! So good that we shared another bowl #girlswhotakeextrarice #noguilt

Definitely going back but I think only with family. I think it’s best shared with family since there is too much comfort and familiarity with the food.

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Maudie V.
5.0 Stars

Clockwise from top left:
1. Monggo-nisa: monggo gisado with longganisa, our tribute to healthy eating but is nothing spectacular... What did we expect anyway, it's monggo! Didn't even notice the longganisa....
2. Gising-gising: sorry, but MY recipe is way better! The only thing good here was the color of the greens, really looked mouth-wateringly fresh! But the gata flavor was nowhere to be found... For someone who has a Bicolano palate, this is a poor waste of gata. We thought the sauce had too much cornstarch or whatever it was that made it creamy but definitely not gata. I will however use their idea of using chinese chili paste for spice (which was also nowhere to be tasted, despite the chili paste) or was it bagoong? Coukdn't really tell... It just added flavor...
3. My daughter ordered lechon kawali, nothing new but pwede na.
4. Sizzling Kansi was excellent.... My brother and my daughter were fighting over it and when it was almost gone, my mom tasted and commented, "Parang may lasang panis" 128563128534. This after they have eaten almost all of it... Anyway, it's been 2 days so I guess it wasn't panis because no one complained of a bum stomach.
5. Chicken and pork adobo flakes with a kesong puti twist -- loved this!!! I will go back for this!!! Can I add fried egg??? 128523128523128523
6. Sarsa Kare-Kare: this dish is worth branding with the restaurant's name! I love et! I don't really like kare-kare (I usually just eat the veggies with sauce and bagoong if no other viand) but this dish's meat was excellent... None of those other cow parts pretending to be meat! This one I will order for takeout then bring home ASAP, mix everything with hot rice then eat selfishly in the comfort of one's home!

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Vanessa P.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Gelai G.
5.0 Stars

Price: We spent 1200 for 4 peeps! Not bad eh?!
Food:
Kare-kare
Tortang talong with fried sardines & white cheese
Pork & Chicken Adobo Flakes
Caramelized Turon
-i loved all the food though the kare-kare in the plantation taste better 128522

Ambiance: Love it! Warm & serene!

Will definitely go back!

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Russel F.
3.0 Stars

Had a catchup dinner with two of my buddies about a week ago and we decided to try Sarsa. I was actually undecided where to eat and couldn't choose between Your Local, Rural and Sarsa; but one of my friends who works nearby (Dela Rosa) told me that he'd love to try Sarsa as many of his friends are raving about it. Well, I aso thought the same so we just go for it! I've also read several reviews and thought that it'd be a good choice since it's much accessible from Ayala avenue.

We got Lechong Manok Lumpia, Sizzling Kansi, Tortang Talong with Crispy Sardines & Kesong Puti, and added Garlic rice and red rice.

Lechong Manok Lumpia (Php 190.00) - This one's really good! A great starter to prepare your palate for the entrées! It's generously filled with everything good in the golden brown-fried wraps! A must-try!

Tortang Talong with Crispy Sardines and Kesong Puti (Php 210.00) - We were uncertain about it when it's served! It's flat and felt like it's not worth the price. Well, it's good in terms of taste but really felt like we're cheated that night. That's when we realized that the serving is small although the staff keeps on telling us that their dishes are good for sharing. Hmmm..

Sizzling Kansi (Php 395.00) - Their own version of sizzling bulao and I find it good! Flavorful, and the meat is really tender! Unlike those I've seen in other reviews, the serving of ours is really small! It feels like it's only good for one person! ☹️

We felt "bitin" even though we already had two entrées and an appetizer for the 3 of us, so we decided to add one more entrée and that's the Crispy Squid in Milk (Php 360.00). It's okay but there's nothing really special - a little dry and that's about it! Not even memorable and not on my reco list!

We spent Php 1,500-ish for everything and felt like it's not worth it. Overall, the food is from okay-ish to good but a bit pricey for its serving compared to other places around. Too much expectations, I guess.. ☹️ I might give this place a second chance, but not now..

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