A welcome addition to Marikina’s sparkling food scene is Marrod’s, the restaurant that serves Filipino and international dishes such as French, Italian, Spanish, American and other Asian food. Housed in a bungalow, the décor has touches of Paris, a favorite travel destination of the couple who own the restaurant.
The couple wanted to serve only French dishes in Marrod’s, which started operating in August 2016. But friends advised them that it would be a big risk to focus on just one cuisine since Filipinos have varying tastes when it comes to food and that they always look for Filipino dishes after tasting all the other international flavors.
So they decided to offer Filipino, American, French, Italian, Spanish and Asian dishes, a decision that paid off. Bestsellers include miso glazed salmon, pan fried salmon in herbed cream sauce, beef and tuna salpicao, Asian spiced pork belly, Chef’s fried chicken, creamed mushroom chicken and crispy pork binagoongan.
Of course, there is paella ala Marrod’s for those craving the famous Spanish dish, sandwiches (tuna, grilled cheese, shrimp, Hungarian sausage), pasta (spaghetti with meatballs, liver pasta, shrimp aglio olio and truffle). For appetizers, it has buffalo wings, gambas al ajillo, truffle fries, nachos and tacos.
Ed Fabella, a CPA by profession and the husband-owner of the restaurant, gushes about its steak and salmon.
“We are very proud of our steak. It’s pure, unadulterated black Angus prime from the United States. We have porterhouse and rib-eye steaks,” says Ed. “A lot of our customers also love our salmon. It’s very fresh and very tasty.”
Unlike other restaurants, fine dining or otherwise, Marrod’s does not offer cakes and other types of desserts. It only has two – choco lava and pudding ala mode. We tasted both the choco lava and pudding ala mode and they are simply to die for and go well with coffee (black or not) and the conversations about art, food and Paris.
It also serves wine and beer for those who want to unwind after a long day’s (or week’s work) and match it with the food.
Surprisingly, despite its fine dining ambiance, prices are reasonable. Servings are generous too and can be shared by up to three persons. Ed says its dishes, except for the steak, range from P200 to P300.
Apart from families, Marrod’s has become a favorite place for holding small, intimate events such as weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and corporate meetings.
The air-conditioned restaurant can accommodate up to 50 people, while the gazebo outside, where diners cans smoke, can sit up to 20 people. Tents can also be set up at the garden to sit more guests if necessary.
Bacolod St., Marikina City
(02) 949 0192
Close on Monday
Tuesday to Thursday – 11:00am to 9pm
Friday and Saturday – 11:00am to 10pm
Sunday – 11:00am to 9pm
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