The Galleria is a unique food and drinks venue since it combines the features of a food truck, a KTV bar and a live band/concert and events place into one. It serves sumptuous dishes, including family meals, breakfast, snacks, bar chow favorites that go well with any drink, and of course, beer and other alcoholic beverages such as frozen margarita.
At night, there are live bands to cheer you up serving rock, ballads, love songs and covers of favorite old time hits by the Beatles, among other artists.
The Galleria has a restaurant run by the owners, all (except one) are from Marikina who share the same passion for food and music, called ChefPunk, with chefs Ian (Adrianne Liwanag, who used to work in a cruise ship) and Punk (Merck “Punk” Alvarez, known for vegan dishes) personally administering the kitchen to make sure that the food will always be at its best.
ChefPunk serves favorite Filipino meals such as steaks (T-bone, sirloin), crispy pata, chicken wings, spring chicken with cabbage rice, tofu steak, lumpia shanghai, squid head, chicken fingers with French fries, grilled squid stuffed with cheese, tomato and onion, crispy dinuguan and a lot more.
There are also tenants that serve their own dishes such as Damputan and Omelette Café.
Omelette Café and Restaurant serves breakfast and opens as early as 6:30 in the morning. It has a breakfast buffet for only P135 that includes coffee and juice with an array of choices – fish fillet, daing na bangus, corned beef, pandesal (with a choice of peanut butter or butter), goto, champorado, fried rice, plain rice, omelette, eggs, fried fish such as dilis, ensaladang talong, longganisa. For the health conscious, there is a salad bar and some fresh fruits.
Damputan serves mostly Filipino meals and bar chow such as fried spring roll filled with pork meat, mozzarella sticks, nachos, green chili stuffed with beef, cheese or tuna, mojos dipped with tartar sauce, fries, green mango with shrimp paste or bagoong, honey garlic chicken, sisig, tokwa’t baboy and many more.
Damputan’s dishes have catchy names, especially in Filipino, such as pork n’ roll (for the fried spring rolls), dinakdakan ni mama (chopped ears tossed in calamansi dressing with onions and chili peppers), anak ng tokwa’s baboy, kalma mare (for the calamares). It opens from 4 pm to 2 am.
Three more outlets are set to open, a Japanese restaurant, ihaw-ihaw (barbecue) stall and a pizza and pasta place.
The Galleria bills itself as The Home of Rock in Marikina. So far, it has lived up to its tagline of being the place of rock and other kinds of music.
Mondays and Tuesdays are dubbed as Marikina Locale, with local bands from Marikina invited to a jam session. It will be their baptism of fire. Wednesdays are for an acoustic boy band that plays mellow music including love songs. It’s the turn of the Cosmic Wall, which plays mostly covers of Beatles hits, to wow the crowd on Thursdays.
Then Maegan Aguilar, daughter of Filipino folk rock icon Freddie Aguilar, takes the center stage on Fridays. Saturdays are reserved for events such as a mixed martial arts tournament.
Lot 20, Block 2, Bayan-Bayan Avenue, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
Contact number – 0917 491 6486
Monday to Saturday – 4pm to 1am
Sundays – 4pm to 12 midnight.
For more, check out its facebook page at The Galleria, Home of Rock Marikina