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.
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 is less hands-on now. He has entrusted the Tomas Morato branch to his younger brother Anton.
Congratulations, Mario’s! May you have more customers and regulars in the years to come.