Kasarap - A Friendly Filipino Newcomer
I have been curious about Filipino food for some time already. I love the Filipino dishes I have tried at Hawker45, and when I heard that a new Filipino restaurant had opened, I was dying to try it. And Kasarap did not disappoint, it offers a welcome and delicious change from your usual fare in the area.
The restaurant itself is a spacious, sparingly decorated locale in Eixample, that draws guests of Filipino origin, adventurous locals and hungry passers-by looking for a tasty lunch deal.
I’m no expert on home-cooked Filipino meals, but this is definitely what I imagine it would be. Vast portions of comfort food, with names I have never heard of before. We began with the Ukoy: crunchy fried vegetable and baby shrimp cakes that were absolutely amazing. We also shared a Palabok, which is rice pasta with a seafood sauce.
As a main course, I bravely chose the Kare-Kare: a huge bowl of oxtail and tripe (!) with a peanut and vegetable sauce. So good and so filling. The Pinaputok Na Isda was also delicious, a fish papillote cooked in banana leaves. Make sure not to miss the different barbecue options, they are a house specialty. We didn’t have room for dessert, but rumors say the Ube cheesecake is sensational.
Kasarap has a broad range of interesting Filipino drinks you’d struggle to find anywhere else and a set of changing specials of the day. The lunch menu is excellent value for money.
The staff couldn’t be friendlier, I really enjoyed our visit, and I can’t wait to go back. This place has just opened, but it feels like the real deal and I hope it has come to stay.
Carrer del Consell de Cent 141, Barcelona (Eixample).