These 8 Restaurants are Worth the Visit When in MarikinaFebruary 24, 2015
- Gela VelascoWords
The far flung location of Marikina can be off-putting to some, but for many Filipinos, this area is home. Like Maginhawa, Kapitolyo, and Aguirre, Marikina’s streets are lined by restaurants that both residents and visitors flock to for a weekend trip or special dinner meal. Here are some places to include if you happen to pass by or decide to have a meal with a friend in the area.
1. Capriserrie Bakeshop and Cafe
Unlike your average neighborhood café, the Capriserrie Bakeshop and Café is known for its decadent takes on various cakes, pastries, and other desserts. Be sure to try Melissa’s Chocolate Cake, their signature dish made of chocolate ganache top and creamy chocolate filling between dark chocolate layers. They also serve unique spins to classics such as a Red Velvet Cheesecake, Macademia Cheesecake, and Strawberry Eclairs. Anyone with a serious sweet tooth will be stumped on what to order.
Address: 42 Gen. Ordoñez St., Marikina Heights, Marikina
2. Mama Chit’s Coffee House
Kris Aquino may have declared Mama Chit’s burgers to be the best in town, but many also swear by the same statement. Before this diner-designed burger joint welcomed crowds on the weekend, Mama Chit only sold burgers and cheeseburgers on their menu. Eventually the menu expanded to other sandwiches such as the Double Patty Cheese Burger, Turkey Sandwich, Peppersteak Sandwich, and pastas such as Sundried Pesto and Creamy Pesto. But the real highlight of this restaurant is the Family Burger, a large sandwich that five or six people can share for just PHP 600. You can enjoy all these orders diner style with soda favorites such as coke or A&W and IBC root beer.
Address: 234 JP Rizal St., San Roque, Marikina City
3. Forget Me Not Café
Neighborhood restaurants distinguish themselves with a laid back, homey ambience that can’t be replicated in commercial areas. The Forget Me Not Café guarantees that with an interior that keeps you comfortable, yet is decked out enough to ease you into the occasion being celebrated. For families that are looking for a good deal on large meals, the café serves buffet menus every weekend for just PHP 250/head (adults) and PHP 150 for kids. Menu items include combinations of pesto, roasted pork, and beef stew or bolognese, pork BBQ, and fish with tofu, just to name a few. Their regular menu must-haves include the Salisbury Steak and Stuffed Chicken Breast with Rice; both orders serve generous amounts of the named viand and side orders of mashed potatoes or rice.
Address: 41 Lilac St., Marikina City
4. Café Lidia
Café Lidia is one of those restaurants worth coming back to. On a weekend or Friday night, expect this Marikina favorite to be jam-packed. You can enjoy all your comfort food favorites at half or even three-fourths of its usual price at other establishments. Kick your meal off with a plate of Buffalo Wings (PHP 170) or Gambas al Ajillo (PHP 285), then share or enjoy a solo plate of the Mixed Seafood Marinara (PHP 185). They also have several cream-based and baked pasta options such as Penne ala Vodka with Bacon and Baked Rigatoni. Even their desserts are just as indulgent: for just PHP 95, enjoy mocha and chocolate ice cream in the Mudpie Madness or their KitKat Choco Attack ice cream parfait.
Address: 64 Calderon St., Calumpang, Marikina City
5. Luyong Restaurant
Luyong is more than just a Cantonese restaurant—it’s one of the oldest establishments in the area, having served locals since the 1950s. It was their Special Pancit with Lechon that put them on the map: the perfect combination of Chinese and Filipino roots in one dish. Apart from their signature lechon kawali, the rest of the menu offers Chinese favorites such as Beef with Oyster Sauce, Yang Chow Fried Rice, Lumpiang Shanhai, Lomi Soup; as well as Filipino favorites such as Pork Sisig and Crispy Pata. All meals are affordable between a PHP 150 to PHP 200 range for small orders, while bigger orders are still a steal at less than PHP 500.
Address: 21 Gil Fernando Ave., San Roque, Marikina City
6. Parikit Inasal
If you’re looking for breakfast in the middle of the day, have a serious craving for chicken inasal, or require the fattiest fried eats with your drinks, then Parikit Inasal is the place for you. This unassuming eatery is open 24/7, letting you enjoy their all-day “silog” fare at any time. Their inasal parts are affordable at less than a PHP 100, and that price already includes rice. Pulutan choices include sizzling dishes such as Gambas, Sisig, Corn and Cheese, and even Pusit w/ Cheese.
Address: 379 De Guangco Street, Santa Elena, Marikina City
7. Tapsi Ni Vivian
Tapsi Ni Vivian is another restaurant that’s open 24 hours and worth the visit come post-inuman time. Unlike other cheaper tapa places, Vivian’s beef is tender and deeply marinated in its distinct flavor. Your post-drunk and pre-hungover self can also munch on the crispy pata, lechon kawali, bopis, and barbecue that’s displayed for everyone to choose from.
Address: 32 Gil Fernandez Ave., Marikina City
8. Yohel’s Bagnet Station
Bagnet is decadent in itself, but Yohel’s Bagnet Station takes it a step further with its various takes on a deep-fried favorite. There’s the Kalderetang Bagnet for anyone craving for more tomato, the Adobo sa Puti Bagnet for an extra savory take, the Bicol Express Bagnet for touch of spice with a creamy coconut base, and the classic Pinakbet with Bagnet. You’ll end up sharing one meal each thanks to their affordable PHP 120 price range per dish.
Address: 59-A Katipunan St., Concepcion I, Marikina