Happy 40th Anniversary to one of my favorite restaurants! I became familiar with Mario’s through blogging and even struck up a friendship with Fil Benitez (Hi, Fil!). After my first Mario’s experience, I became hooked and went back several times sans events. I came back again when they celebrated their 40th year.
Served that night were the following: Oyster Rockefeller, Gambas con Chorizo, Mario’s Caesar, Paella Valenciana, Mango Jubilee and assorted cakes from the cart (I chose Toffee Sansrival which was sooooo good!). For main entree, there were four choices: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Bacalao a la Vizcaina, Salpicon de Mar Y Tierra, and Glazed Pork. I picked the latter because but it was overcooked so I requested for a new one which came out better. Still, I much prefer how Santol Chutney Glazed Pork Chops was served before.
Chef Anton Benitez talked about Mario's future plans
Mario’s is still very much in demand so there won’t be drastic changes in the future. Why change what ain’t broke, right? Chef Anton said that they might come out with new dishes but their priority is to make Mario’s more accessible and their online presence felt.
Fil Benitez rekindling funny Mario's tales
Fil Benitez is less hands-on now. He has entrusted the Tomas Morato branch to his younger brother Anton.
the secret's in the sauce...este dressing
freshly prepared Mario's Caesar
Gambas con Chorizo
the best Toffee Sans Rival in town!
Congratulations, Mario’s! May you have more customers and regulars in the years to come.
Fil and dementia
191 Tomas Morato Ave corner Sct. Gandia, Quezon City
(02)372-0360 and (02)442-7445
Still a continuation of my Davao Food Appreciation Tour (DFAT) experience. I’ve been hearing about Lachi’s from other bloggers for years. They all rave about the sans rival which of course piqued my curiosity. The night of Day 2, we headed to Lachi’s with empty and aching stomachs from the day’s activities. Lachi’s was full so we had to wait before we got in but once we were seated, we didn’t have to wait long for food to arrive. I was very much ready to try what Lachi’s can dish out.
The staff packed our table with new and old Lachi’s dishes: Unforgettable Grilled Pork Ribs (P132), Chinese Pork Belly in Red Sauce (P152), Tinik-less Daing na Bangus (P70 for half/P120 whole), Home Style Beef Tapa (P100), Breaded Pork Cutlet (P95), Laing, Pork Marinara Pasta (P95), Chili con Carne, The Ultimate Calderata (P190) and much much more. The Davaoenos surely knows good food and they flock to Lachi’s even if it’s out of the way and in a remote place with hardly any public transport. (more…)
Take part in an overnight food feast on November 12 as UP JPIA opens the door to their Calle Bistro Event.
Calle Bistro is a revolutionized food sale that would bring together local and foreign cuisines in the metro catering to young professionals and food enthusiasts to unwind, socialize and explore the rich oriental and western flavors. This UP JPIA project aims to assist budding food retail brands and enterprises in promoting their products and to provide a one of a kind food socialization experience where people from different walks of life can get a slice of the world right on their plates. This is a night of food adventure made more special as live bands serenade the visitors as they indulge in Calle Bistro. Games and raffle draws would also make it a night of fun and excitement for everyone.
Proceeds of this project will benefit the UP JPIA Long-term Educational Assistance Program (LEAP) scholarship fund and will provide financial support for UP JPIA’s other socio-civic activities.
UP Junior Philippine Institute of Accountants (UP JPIA) is a multi-awarded organization. They take pride in being the sole Hall of Fame awardee and three-time recipient of the most coveted “Gawad Chancellor Award for the Most Outstanding Organization” in the University of the Philippines. They are also branded as the “Most Outstanding Local Chapter” by the National Federation of JPIA three times. Some of the projects that have put them over the top in recent years include Project Activate, a health-consciousness campaign, representing them in the regional finals of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations in the country; TikTakbo, an annual fun run with over 800 runners annually and the Accountancy Students Seminar and Extra-curricular Training (ASSET), a three-day seminar for the top 50 senior and graduating accounting students all over the Philippines.
Calle Bistro will be at the Eastwood CityWalk 2. The event will start at 6 PM and close at 3 AM. Admission is FREE!
They say that with age comes wisdom. Twenty-Three years should make one very wise and this was proven to be true when I dined at Melo’s. The pioneer of certified US Angus beef in the Philippines has perfected the art of preparing, cuts, and cooking steak and they have the laurels to prove it. As said by Paul and Carolina Santiago-Macasaet, the husband and wife team behind Melo’s Alabang who invited me that night, Melo’s strives to provide personalized service to all their clientele. They get to know each guest and find out his dietary habits then come up with meals which suit them.
Paul and Carolina Macasaet
One of the times I went to Konbini Store, I noticed the Fruiteamix Milk Tea Shop beside it. I decided that I’ll try it after leaving Konbini. After having my fill with Konbini ramen and kani cream, I moved to the neighbor to try their milk tea.
Fruiteamix is a small shop but it looks bright and cheerful. I don’t know when they opened but their service was very slow when I went there and there were only a few customers there. (more…)
I don’t like soups nor ramen but I get a craving from time to time. When I’m craving for ramen, I head to Konbini Store in Greenhills, San Juan. Konbini Store is only 20 minutes from my place in Pasig, that is if there is no traffic.
Konbini Store is a Japanese grocery. It sells candies, chocolates, junk food, instant noodles, ingredients, beverages, ice cream, and more at exorbitant prices. If you want to shop Japanese food, go to Little Tokyo instead. The groceries there like Sakura and Chotto Stop are much much cheaper and has much to offer. Even though Konbini is pricier, folks who live in San Juan shop there because it’s more convenient. The Greenhills residents are rich too so the price probably doesn’t matter much to them. (more…)
You still have some time to savor traditional Cantonese fare concocted by Chefs Wong Kam Chung and Ng Wing Fu, both flown in from YUE 1525 in New World Shanghai Hotel to add their creativity to Jasmine Restaurant’s already impressive list of Cantonese dishes. I was there last night and got to meet Chef Wong and Jasmine’s mainstay Chef Choi and taste the restaurant’s latest offerings. (more…)