When you think of spending some time off from work, initially you would think of a comfortable place to go to. When you just want to enjoy your own company and contemplate on how your life has been, you look for a place that’s quiet.
If you know this restaurant called CASA RAP, you would not have a hard time thinking and searching for that destination where you could nestle for an hour or so.
The Birth of Casa Rap
Casa Rap had its soft opening in January of 2001 when it was first introduced as a clearing house for environmentalists. After realizing the need for a revolving source of income to sustain the life of Casa Rap, it was formally launched as a restaurant in January of 2003.
The proprietress, Sis. Emma Alday, is a known advocate of environmental protection. How she cares for the environment is reflected in the interiors of the restaurant. Sis. Emma personally designed the place through the help of her sister.
A Haven for Artists and Environmentalists
You wouldn’t believe how Sis. Emma came up with such ingenious decors all made from scrap materials. An artistic soul lives in her. And the passion for arts combined with her being an environmentalist materialized in the interiors of Casa Rap. “You can beautify your home without spending much,” exclaimed Sis. Emma.
There are too many interesting pieces to marvel at inside the restaurant. If you have the interest for reconstruction and remodelling of old pieces into a new favorable piece, Casa Rap is where you can draw inspiration from.
The Organic Restaurant
Casa Rap had been featured in the country’s leading newspapers, in lifestyle television programs such as Rated K, Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, and Ang Pinaka, and in various blogs and websites. What made this restaurant popular? Because the food they serve are produced through organic farming.
They grow their own products without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Another interesting thing in Casa Rap is the concept of being a “slow food cafe”. So if you’re used to dine in fastfood restos, you have to take note that waiting will be part of your dining experience in Casa Rap. Why? Whatever you want to eat, they would only prepare and cook it upon your order. With this you are assured of freshly cooked meals to enjoy.
Casa Rap became known for their special halo-halo. Instead of using ice, they use buko sherbet that’s why if you have tried it, what you thought was ice was so soft and pleasing to the mouth. Casa Rap serves favorite Pinoy dishes such as kaldereta (beef or goat), crispy pata, and lomi. Satisfy your craving any time of the day as they serve breakfast, lunch, snacks. If you want to have dinner here, you have to make early reservations though.
Must-try foods in the menu are crispy shrimp, hilaw na lumpia (oh, this is not the fresh lumpia that we know), salad, and their grilled sandwiches.
Casa Rap is currently undergoing expansion as Sis. Emma decided to have a massage room for customers who would want to enjoy a couple of hours to relax and dine in.
The restaurant is open for reservations if you want business meetings, birthday parties, and other intimate occasions to be held here. Casa Rap is not just your ordinary restaurant. This is a place where you can feel blessed. A place where you can feel one with the world. Casa Rap is another destination that will remind you of your constant responsibility to take care of the environment.
On Our Casa Rap Experience
As I step in to the stunning place of CASA RAP cafe, I began to recall all my beautiful moments with the dearest people in my life. The place is so wonderful and breathtaking because of the natural ornaments which really made me feel secluded from the stress of busy life in the city. Mixed with the sweetness and humbleness of Sister Emma, Casa Rap is the perfect relaxing place to make yourself free from all your worries and anxieties.
The stay at CASA Rap will be more wonderful if you bring yourself a book to read while eating their best-served ‘halo-halo’. Haha, I think this is weird but if you want to try some of their yummy foods, you can! Miss Dyan Hernandez was with me when I went there, and it was indeed awesome to spend the day at Casa Rap with someone you feel secured with, a friend. We both enjoyed a half-day conversation with Sister Emma, blended with the perfectness of the place. C’mon and try it sometime!
It’s my kind of place. Sabi ko nga kay Sis. Emma, I felt at home nung nagpunta kami dun. I want to be in a place where I can just be myself, like how I am when I’m at the comfort of my own home. Sa Casa Rap, simple lang ang lahat. No awkward moments like when you dine in a fancy restaurant. Sabi nga ni Sister, fun dining dito, hindi fine dining. But of course, all the meals they serve are of quality naman.
Favorite ko yung malaking aquarium na gawa sa windshield ng malaking truck. Sis. Emma is very creative at nakakabilib kasi gusto ko yung ginagawa n’ya. Kahit patapon na, nagagawa pa rin n’yang maganda at kapaki-pakinabang. Now, I have found a place where I can go when things get rough for me. Because in Casa Rap, you will be reminded that oh, life is wonderful, and you have be thankful for that.