Definition of Sarap:
A tagalog word that can describe something as delicious or feeling good.
Photos by NANETTE WONG
The Sarap Shop is a Filipino-American food truck and catering company by Kristen Brillantes and JP Reyes. They embrace the dual meaning of the word "sarap" by creating comforting menus with something for everyone, and equally comforting experiences that make everyone at the table feel loved.
In addition to their truck, JP and Kristen also host kamayan pop-up meals. All pop-ups are served on communal tables covered with toasted banana leaves, and no utensils but your hands. JP and Kristen celebrate this traditional way of eating "kamayan" (to eat with your hands) because of its ability to enhance your connection to the food, and to the people beside you. They are also proud to be the first ever to host a fully vegan kamayan experience
JP is an excellent chef and a fantastic host. Highly recommended. It was the best Filipino meal that I've ever had, vegan or omnivore. The food was well-presented with a thorough explanation of the ingredients.
— Joaquin C.
I try new restaurants all the time, but have never experienced something so unique. The flavors were deliciously complex and I loved how playful the whole experience was -- from the presentation, to JP's service style, to the casual and cozy company. I always appreciate a variety of textures in my food, but eating with your hands takes that appreciation to the next level!
— Jessica C.