When I went to Sammy’s together with my foodie friends, we were able to talk to the owners, husband and wife: Chef Sammy and Dorothy Isidro. I guess it’s safe to say that this venture is their passion project and is very close to their hearts and literally their home (the place by the way is just adjacent to their actual house). The Isidro’s spent 17 and half years of their lives in and around Indonesia as professional show band singers and then for Hotel Mulia Senayan Jakarta.
While doing that, Sammy decided to take action on his other passion: cooking, as he hails from a family of great cooks, thus enrolling himself at the Jakarta Culinary Center for a Diploma 1. On the other hand, Ms. Dorothy her skills as a photographer. After almost two decades of singing professionally in Jakarta, the couple decided to come home and finally settle their lives back here in the Philippines. They chose Cainta as the place of their forever home as Chef Sammy has his roots in nearby Marikina.
Sammy’s menu is greatly influenced by Indonesian cuisine mixed with other South East Asian & Western dishes and personal favorites of Chef Sammy and Ms. Dorothy. What I admire about Sammy’s offerings is that almost all the dishes in their menu has a backstory. Sammy’s cater to brunch, regular and tasting menus. We tried varied dishes from the brunch and regular menu
@sammys.restaurant is very intimate as it can only sit up to 24 people. It’s also designed and decorated by the Isidros using DIY process. It has a rustic-industrial vibe, but the focal point here is the massive tempered glass windows that spans from end-to-end of one side of the restaurant. This lets in a lot of natural light for that dramatic atmosphere.
📍 Location: 14 Raspberry Bend Street Valley View Executive Subdivision Phase 3, Cainta, Rizal
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