Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is one of the famous and best all-day breakfast or brunch place in the whole Metro Manila. That’s why even there’s a lot of breakfast places as well in Rizal; we drove to Marikina to finally give it a try. We have always planned to have a breakfast date here, but we only got the chance this month. Thank you for all the holidays, August!
HOW TO GO RUSTIC MORNINGS
Paul and I met in Robinson’s MetroEast on a holiday Monday morning. It was drizzling, and 10 AM seems like a little late for breakfast already. We drove along San Roque, Marikina following Waze. We’ve been a few times in San Roque for it houses a lot of food places in Marikina, but this one is somehow in the hidden side of the municipality. We passed by the shoe museum where I did have my field trip back in my elementary days, not knowing that Rustic Mornings is a few feet from the museum.
They have a huge sign outside, but we thought that it’s operational since the green gates are closed. A guard answered to our car horns and opened the gates. The parking is almost full that we have to double park against another one.
A waiter greeted us as we entered and asked us if we wanted to sit in the garden outside or inside the house. The house is jampacked with families, so we settle in the garden. It just drizzled and more romantic anyway. The waiter gave us a beautiful spot with a roof and seashell curtains. I mean the table and chairs and decors are the typical garden ones but together they look so rustic and lovely. The waiter opened the fan, gave us the menus and asked us to ring the call bell if we have decided.
We took our time in picking what to order because they do have a lot in their menu and everything looks good. But we did settle for pasta and a breakfast platter. We used our waiting time to explore more of the place. Including ours, there are three private tables with roof and curtains. Those are my favorite spots. There’s also this huge area that caters large groups because of the long tables inside. There are paintings in one side, rustic bottles hanging above the tables and cabinets of trinkets. Beside it is an open garden with few garden tables which is my least fave spot.
We got a breakfast platter #26, pancakes, bacon, eggs and sausage (P320) and Sardines and Sweet Sundried Tomato Pasta (P330). Their food is as good as it looks like plus the generous serving. The breakfast platter has two of everything and can I just say how good their pancakes are. The pancakes are their original mix, and I almost buy their pancake mix sachet (P170). The bacon is on the crunchy side, the omelette is typical, but the sausage and pasta are heavens.
They have a lot of breakfast meals to choose from: Filipino specials, Pancakes, Toasts and Omelets, American breakfast, and smoothie bowls. But they also cater rice bowls, pasta and pizzas in case you wanted something aside from your breakfast meal.
We finished around 1:30 PM already, and the crowd has already subsided. The parking lot is almost empty. But before we go, I wanted to see what the in-house dining looked. The house is empty when I got in, and the whole place has the expensive-looking blue and white China porcelains. I’m not a fan of it, but everything looks so calming and homey.
IS RUSTIC MORNINGS WORTH IT?
100% YES!! I don’t know if this is the tita inside that is talking, but I love the place. Maybe when I was younger, I would find this place ordinary (and hell expensive). But now, I appreciate how quiet, laid back and a borderline of romantic it is. I love the rustic and homey vibes it got and the excellent food and generous serving. This place somehow made me felt I’m doing something great in my adult life that I’m so chill and deserves a good brunch.
It is pricey, yes, but it is worth paying for the ambience and food. I would come back.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
11 Isabelo Mendoza St. San Roque, Marikina City
M-F 8am–4pm; Sa-Su 8am-9pm
For the full menu, click here
Walk-ins are welcome!
For events and reservations, contact:
(02) 425-8610; (02) 681-2461; +63 917-700-5810