Few weeks before I turn 23, I was looking for a place where to celebrate it with my family. Every year, on my birthday, we always dine out since it is more convenient than inviting people over. And this year, I decided to spend it at Isabelo Garden in Marikina. I heard this place quite a few times from my officemates and read about it as one of the best private dining places in the Metro. Of course, curiosity got the best of me. So I booked my reservation for Aug 3, 2014, Sunday before my birthday.
If you’re planning to go to Isabelo, make sure you have a reservation and make sure you have done your research on the directions. It is hidden in the middle of the shoe city and has no signage in the gate (we actually missed the place the first time), so make sure you come in prepared.
Reservations and orders are done thru www.isabelogarden.com
We arrived before 6PM (which is my reservation time) and we were the only people in the garden, so we took advantage of exploring the place.
They have a lot of dining space to choose from, whether you are a couple or a group of 20 barkada.
And for the food.
They have big servings that I didn’t expect. We ended up packing the unfinished beef and chicken.
Isabelo Garden doesn’t accept walk-in customers at night. It is strictly on a reservation basis, which makes it more intimate. The only downside to it that I can think of is, since you also have to order in advance, you cannot make any other additional order on set. Like, we wanted to take out another plate of Spinach Artichoke, but since we only ordered one, that’s all that we get. (BTW, drinks and dessert are available there. No need for pre-order)
But all in all,
Food – ♥♥♥
Ambience – ♥♥♥♥♥
Service – ♥♥♥♥♥
Staff – ♥♥♥♥
Value for money – ♥♥♥♥
Total : 4.2 ♥