Spanish Experience for more than 50 Years at Mario's Restaurant

June 10, 2022 Phantasm Darkstar 0 Comment(s)

Mario's Restaurant has been around for decades, but it was only recently when I was able to try them. They are known to be consistent with their delectable meals and excellent service for more than 50 years. Their original branch started in Baguio City then they expanded in Tomas Morato, Quezon City. Both branches offer the same menu.
Mario's has gone beyond being just a restaurant. It has become an experience, touching people's lives and helping create their memorable moments. It all started from the idea that a restaurant's first duty is to serve the best from its kitchen.
My foodie friends and I had a foodie meetup for lunch at Mario's and here are the dishes that we tried:

Foremost, for my drink, I had my favorite mango shake. Their mango shake is made with fresh Philippine mango and its sweetness for me is just right.

My foodie friends often eat at Mario's and I understand why they love Mario's complimentary bread. The bread is served warm, moist, soft and fluffy, and delectable. It's also made even better with their butter.

For the appetizers, below are what we had:

The Oysters Rockefeller are nicely baked. The topping tastes mild and it does not overpower the taste of the oyster.

The Salpicao is tender and flavorful. I love the generous amount and rich taste of garlic.

Gambas con Chorizo. Prawns with Spanish chorizo in olive oil. This is a colorful dish that's also very appetizing.

The Calamares is cooked perfectly. The squid is tender and not rubbery.

For the soup, I enjoyed the creamy Clam Chowder. I also love the presentation with the bread bowl.

Sopa de Ajo. Spanish garlic soup. A simple yet comforting dish.

Sopa de Mariscos. Seafood Soup. Made with fresh ripe tomatoes and seafood.

For the pasta, we ordered the Three Mushroom Pasta which was Spanky's favorite. It's tasty and I love the taste of truffle in this dish.

The Caesar Salad is a must-try. It's a classic favorite and best-seller at Mario's. It is made in front of your table, which was entertaining to watch. I love the taste of their homemade dressing and the greens are fresh and crispy. I posted a video of their cesar salad on my facebook page. Watch it here.

For the specials, we started with their flavorful Callos. It's made with ox tripe and sausage that's slow-cooked in tomato sauce.

The Corned Beef and Cabbage is served in an old-fashioned way. The corned beef is best eaten with mustard and horseradish for an amazing contrast of flavors, while the vegetables give a good balance with the beef and is best with the soup on the side.

The Lengua con Setas is my personal choice. The beef tongue is so tender, you wouldn't need a knife to slice it. The mashed potato gives me a nostalgic feeling as its rich and creamy taste is close to home.

We also had the Plain Roast Turkey with Cranberry and Gravy Sauce. The contrasting flavors of the different ingredients make it so interesting. I enjoyed the cranberry jelly a lot, too.

What I like about their Bangus ala Pobre is that the milkfish isn't oily. It's also served with ampalaya on the side which makes the whole dish a healthy preference.

The Filet Mignon was perfectly cooked to our liking--medium. This is also a best-seller at Mario's.

The Paella Marinera was our centerpiece. Absolutely sating with intense flavor and cooked al dente. I even had one for takeout.

For dessert, the Mango Jubilee is a best-seller and the star of the show. The cesar salad was entertaining to watch as it is being made, but the mango jubilee was spectacular. I also love the contrasting temperatures from the hot mango-caramel and ice cream. Not to mention that I have a bias for mango dishes because they're my favorite. Watch my video of the Mango Jubilee here.

And for those who wants a guilt-free dessert, they have Sugar-Free Jello.

The Menu

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