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Sarap transforms into QSR BAon concept

Sydney-raised chef-owner Ferdinand ‘Budgie’ Montoya is delighted to introduce Sarap BAon to London's Brixton Village, which opens today.

Sarap BAon is a reimagining of Montoya's hugely popular Filipino restaurant Sarap, which opened at Brixton Village in February 2020. Having remained closed since the onset of the pandemic, Montoya has been hard at work to create a concept that fits the new normal, inspired by the street food and mega mall food halls of the Philippines.

Transformed into a quick-service restaurant concept, Sarap BAon is a laid back eatery inspired by the street food and mega mall food halls of the Philippines that aims to provide fast, accessible, and delicious Filipino cuisine in the heart of one of London’s most diverse and vibrant markets.

The menu will focus on Montoya’s signature ‘Lechon’ - slow roasted pork belly, rolled and stuffed with lemongrass, garlic, chilli & ginger and served with lechon liver sauce and spiced coconut vinegar, priced by weight for up to 6 people and with the option to add rice & atchara - and Rice Bowls.

Toppings include Fried Chicken Sinigang with a sour tamarind & tomato seasoning & sour sinigang soup and Beef Longganisa with fried egg and spicy cucumber relish, as well as the vegetarian Tortang Talong Aubergine omelette with banana and vegan Celeriac Kare Kare with peanut & annatto sauce and pickled green beans.

'Pulutan’ small plates will offer the perfect grab-and-go snack or appetiser, including BBQ Pork Skewers (Diced pork collar marinated in Soy sauce, 7up, banana ketchup & calamansi), Sisig Scotch Quail Egg (dine-in and takeaway only), Dynamite Spring Roll Spring rolls of whole red, chillies stuffed with a mixed, mushrooms duxelles and Sarap Wings in a banana ketchup, soy sauce, garlic & ginger sauce.

The food menu is coupled with a small and carefully curated drinks list, where the focus lies on low-intervention wines alongside Filipino-branded and local craft beers.

In addition to takeaway and delivery options via Deliveroo/Uber Eats & Just Eat, Sarap BAon will initially offer 8 counter-dining seats with an additional four seats outside the restaurant. The restaurant will only accept card payments and will operate a no-booking policy.

With an aim to put Filipino food on London’s culinary map, Montoya left his mark on Brixton Kitchen’s renowned judging panel including chef James Cochran (12:51) and esteemed baker Claire Ptak (Violet Cakes), proving his readiness to take Sarap to the next level from a popular roaming supperclub to a full-time business in Brixton’s culinary melting pot.