Old but beloved Filipino recipes get a new life in Epic Warehouse Grill that’s keeping Marikina’s Gil Fernando Avenue sizzling day and night.
Epic serves Filipino and international dishes, but the owners say old-time Filipino favorites remain the star in the restaurant that opened in October last year.
“We have Japanese like sushi. Those who like Italian, we have pizza and spaghetti. We have burgers. Our bestsellers are mostly Filipino favorites like sisig, sinigang, inihaw. We have large bowls for serving soups like molo, which is good for up to five persons,” says Vincent Medina, one of the partners of the firm that put up Epic.
Another hit among the customers is the pansit sisig, which is canton bihon topped with sisig and eggs. Good for four to five people, it’s a steal at P360.
Its “manyaman sisig” recipe is from Pampanga, where the now popular dish in the country originated, and the home province of another owner, Michelle Calubaquib. Manyaman is the Kapampangan word for delicious.
“Our sisig is not the typical crispy version served in most restaurants in Metro Manila. Ours is grilled. All the ingredients are handmade,” says Michelle, whose husband, Dennis, a businessman, is also a partner in the restaurant.
Epic best describes the restaurant. It occupies a big lot, 1,000 square meters in all, and the restaurant can easily accommodate up to 300 people. It has a spacious parking lot, something that restaurants in Marikina don’t have.
The food, of course, is epically fabulous, particularly the taste and the portions, which are good for sharing by two to three people. The prices are epically affordable too. While the place may look expensive, Michelle and Vincent say it’s not. A meal for two to three will cost only around P700 including drinks.
The place where the restaurant was built used to be a warehouse for construction equipment because Dennis is into the construction and waste management business. The fully air-conditioned restaurant can sit up to 100 people, while the dining area outside can accommodate up to 50. Then there is the second floor, where a band plays on weekends, that can take in 150 people including the long bar.
The band plays at the second floor and customers can choose whether to sit at the long bar or at the music lounge.
Epic serves wines, beers and other alcoholic drinks that go well with its Pampanga original sisig and its tender and juicy hickory smoked pork ribs, smothered with its sweet and tangy barbecue sauce.
Block 4, Lot 6, Gil Fernando Ave., Marikina City
(02) 967 6096
Monday to Sunday – 10:00am to 12 midnight, though on weekends it stays open up to 1:00am to accommodate late night diners and drinkers.
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