I finally get to use my Max Restaurant GCs today. So with the usual suspects we had a nice lunch at the Max`s SM Masinag branch before watching the watching Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them.
Max Restaurant is a very familiar place for us, My father loves it because it is familiar. Our family`s favorite branch was located at Banawe QC before the mall branches started popping out all over the place.
Raffy ordered the standard set meal. Jarod and I decided to go ala carte.
A few weeks ago, I got a invitation to attend a foodie event at the newly opened MARIQ Cafe + Restaurant at Dragon Street Marikina City. Duh! They got me at the Dragon Street! lol
Raffy, had a Filed Planner Launch at Bonifacio High Street that day, along with the yearly Blogapalooza Event at Novotel Araneta Center Cubao. To cap the day, we headed to MARIQ. I frequent the Gil Fernando Area near San Roque coz my son Jarod has been doing his Speech and Occupational Therapy. MARIQ is a 2 month old cafe + restaurant walking distance from the main road. It is relatively easy to find even if you commute, located behind BDO and DBP Banks.
Menu on Display
MARIQ Cafe + Restaurant is a fresh-casual modern Filipino diner that has Markina City`s very best food products as their center pieces. According to its operations manager Cindy Dolera, who grew up in the shoe capital the restaurant`s name came from the old name of Marikina. A bit of trivia Mariquina is also the name of a beautiful, virtuous, polite and intelligent lady named “Maria Cuina” who was savvy business woman, a traveler came to the town and asked for the its name, a resident replied “Maria Cuina” thinking that what was being asked was the name of their admirable lady. Since then, the story spread throughout and the town was known as “Mariquina”.
Delicious cakes on display
MARIQ offered delicious Filipino dishes with no additives or ASG. The main features of their menu are dishes originated from Marikina City. Like the Everlasting (Meatloaf or Embotido), Piniñyahang Manok and Hamonado. They also have a great selection Filipino Desserts; cakes and pastries available. Check out the display above! Raffy lingered in front of this display when we first came inside.
Main Dinning area
The atmosphere is coz, the interior is minimalistic with clean lines, They can accommodate up to 50 people, you will notice that the tables and chairs are movable, they are open for special events. The mezzanine can occupy around 18 people. They also have an Al Fresco Area.