Casa Rap: The advantages of sluggish cooking in Batangas, Philippines
The bad Traveler as well as his bad good friend stared at each other as we had our very first spoonful. as well as with the type of smile that cut across our face, we understood having a stopover at Casa Rap for breakfast was totally worth all the time as well as the trouble.
Casa Rap, sometimes called cafe Casa Rap, is a restaurant tucked in a residential area along the highway in San Jose, Batangas. It was not extremely simple to find. None of the people we asked going right here understood about this cafe or where it was found exactly. Armed with info it was found in, we still boarded a jeepney as well as requested the driver to let us understand when we go into Barangay Banay-banay. unfortunately for us, the driver was forgetful. say thanks to God I spotted the inconspicuous wooden signage erected along the highway in spite of it being almost concealed by leaves as well as vines. Wondering whether I saw it right, it took me a couple more seconds before I asked the driver to stop. We had to walk a hundred lawns back.
The inconspicuous Casa Rap signage! watch out for this!
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Six Months Later
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Casa Rap is nestled in a residential garden. The whole location really appeared like an old greenhouse with cluttered tables as well as chairs of diverse shapes as well as sizes. however it was a great type of clutter as it added character as well as a extremely “organic” feel to it. We had to walk almost the entire length of a covered pathway to the cafe, which we did not mind at all as bit vibrant flowers embellished the path. When we reached the place, we discovered ourselves alone. We were the very first clients of the day as well as we were the only ones at the time.
“Slow food cafe” written on the cover of the menu was the very first to grab our attention. The note explained exactly how they value the self-control of sluggish food cooking as well as it handled our expectations. since it was around 8am, we decided to get their breakfast meals. let the waiting begin!
Luckily, waiting proved to be not a difficult thing to do at Casa Rap. There was so much to look at. From the plants that served as the restaurant’s living ornaments to the figurines of angels to the framed broadsheet cutouts of favorable evaluations of the restaurant hanging on one publish to the calming messages published around the area, the restaurant fosters a relaxing as well as positive environment that any type of client will surely appreciate. It was like an art gallery satisfies a greenhouse satisfies a garden restaurant. Heck, even their restroom looked inviting.
Inside Casa Rap
One of the many inspiring messages you’ll discover inside
Wood as well as pebble dominated the general ambience of the floor. The restaurant ground is strewn with gravel from which wooden posts rise. The location is not equipped with aircon however who needs that when you’re surrounded with nature’s finest airconditioning system — trees! It was a breath of fresh air rather literally. At one point a poultry walked towards us as well as then around the restaurant. It was an entertaining as well as refreshing sight.
After putting our orders, I decided to check out the other parts of the restaurant. I saw their prayer Room, a little open-air corner where clients can spend time in for a moment of peace as well as prayer.
Next to it is a concrete staircase that will lead you along the edge of the fern-fringed cliff that goes deep to the peaceful river below. Believe me when I state it is steep. Going down may be fun however climbing back up may be rather a difficulty for some people. (And by some people I mean myself.)
Stairway to the river!
A little shack by the river at the base of the cliff
The waitress served our hot chocolate first. We were a bit let down in the beginning upon seeing it as it was contained in a rather little cup. The hot choco, however, was phenomenal. It may not be that huge of a serving however it was thick as well as rich as well as delicious.
Thick, rich hot chocolate
It wasn’t long up until our orders were served. I had Tapang Casa Rap, which reminded me of the usual Tapang Taal (P130), my preferred since I was a kid. Unlike most tapas we have right here in Manila, Tapang Casa Rap is pork as well as sweeter. It was fried and, yes, a bit bit oily however the meat was tender as well as truly tasty.
Tapang Casa Rap (P130)
We requested vinegar as well as they provided us that. With these adorable chili peppers. I don’t understand what you phone call this… Cherry Chili Peppers?
Longganisang Hubad (P130)
My good friend Celine ordered Longganisang Hubad (P130) as well as she was kind sufficient to share some with me. The taste of the garlic wastruly strong, which I loved, as well as there was not much fat (unlike what I was utilized to). Both of us, however, had the exact same decision — it was as well salty for our taste. We just type of required ourselves to surface it.
For dessert, we had that legendary halo halo. different from the usual halo-halo we see in the streets or those served in metropolitan restaurants, this halo-halo did not have much ingredients. In fact, it only had three major components — macapuno, pinipig, as well as leche flan. as well as yes, ice as well as milk, of course. however they were sufficient to make it the most mouthwatering, most unforgettable as well as the best-tasting halo-halo I have tasted anywhere ever. as well as you shouldn’t take my word for it. Drive to Batangas as well as try it for yourself.
The world-tasting halo-halo. At least for me. Haha. (P80)
I had always wished to come back to Casa Rap since the moment we left the place. There were just so many products on their menu that I discovered interesting. Unfortunately, we had so bit time at the moment so we had to split right away. I guaranteed myself to come back with more good friends this time around as well as try a few of the other dishes that failed to satisfy my poor, always-rumbling tummy.
Six Months Later
Only six months after my very first see to Casa Rap, I discovered myself at its doorstep again. This time, with more friends.
After over 30 minutes, lunch was served. very first to find was the kalderetang baka (beef caldereta). It was not really our very first choice. We originally desired pork humba but, apparently, one needs to phone call in advance for it. Upon the suggestion of the waitress, we settled with kalderetang baka. It was a excellent decision! Unlike some caldereta versions that we were utilized to, Casa Rap’s was almost lacking sauce for it was somewhat absorbed by the meat. The tender beef pieces were completely covered with its super rich sauce that it was almost impossible to drip. Our group agreed that it was, hands down, the very best beef caldereta that ever graced our tastebuds. as well as the chili garnish (which appeared like a strawberry) was a excellent eye-candy, too!
Kalderetang Baka (Beef Caldereta) by Casa Rap
Next to be served was the casserole of sinigang na hipon. There were only three or four shrimps in that serving (I can’t recall the precise number however I keep in mind that none of us had more than one piece). It was completely cooked however there was truly nothing remarkably spectacular about it. Nevertheless, the perfect mix of the seafood flavor as well as the sourness of its soup did not disappoint at all.
Ginataang Tilapia by Casa Rap
Sinigang na Hipon by Casa Rap
But disappoint was precisely what the ginataang tilapia did. While the fish was soft as well as cooked just right, the coconut sauce tasted dull as well as as well thin for my taste.
The plate of miki-bihon, however, brought it back to positive town. Of all the kinds of pansit, I just like miki-bihon the very best since I like the combination of the tasty miki as well as the smooth bihon. Casa Rap’s version had lots of carrots, beans, as well as cabbage, which retained their natural crisp even after cooking. The poultry liver brought protein as well as iron to the mix. मलाई मन पर्यो। It was served with calamansi.
Miki-bihon by Casa Rap
Fruit shakes (avocado as well as cantaloupe)
Tempted to drive to Batangas for a delectable dining experience at Casa Rap? inspect out their menu. This includes the costs as of June 2012.
Casa Rap Merienda Menu
Casa Rap Lunch Menu
Casa Rap dessert Menu
Casa Rap breakfast Menu
NOTE: This article was published in 2012. I am not sure if Casa Rap is still operational today.
How to get there: If you’re commuting from Manila, take the bus to Lipa City as well as alight at the Lipa Bus Stop. There you can take the jeepney going to San Jose. Casa Rap lies a kilometer before the San Jose Y junction. watch out for KM 90. If you’re driving, take the star Tollway as well as exit at Tambo. Go directly ahead up until you reach Brgy. Banay-Banay in San Jose. Casa Rap is on your right.
Km 90, Barangay Banay-Banay, San Jose, Batangas
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