Marikina – a city not in our map, as it is very far from where we live – Binondo. A visit here was made due to an invite of a friend who raved so much about this restaurant. It is located along Lilac Street, a new eat street in the city. The restaurant might be quaint in size, but their servings offer quite the opposite.
Our food trip began with an order of Sisig Surprise. It is sisig with mashed potatoes on top, resulting to a creamy and chunky texture. What was surprising was the use of lean meat yet it was still flavorful.
Most, if not all, of their dishes were served with rice, but then again, they were best eaten with rice. Here are some of the notable dishes we tried:
Valenciana Rice with Chicken
The highlight of this dish was the whole roasted chicken it came with. The chicken was tender and the quail eggs and sausages added flavor. This is a complete meal all by itself.
Crispy Giant Baby Back Ribs
This large plate of ribs topped with béchamel sauce was something we have never thought that will work. The fork-tender meat plus the creaminess of the sauce gave a unique taste that explodes in your mouth.
Mandi’s version of this classic favorite is a deconstructed one. The pork belly strips were thinly sliced and fried to a crisp. It is then dipped on the sweet-savory peanut sauce while eaten together with the vegetables. Together, it provided a complex flavor and crunchy texture that would leave you craving for more. As it is best eaten with rice, the dish came with a Bagoong Rice. Yummy!
Growing up Chinese and eating lauriat often, we grew tired of eating Pata Tim. However, here at Mandi’s, they serve it differently. The pork knuckles were grilled and glazed with their signature rib sauce, and served with apple chips. We instantly fell in love with their version, especially since the meat was so tender.
A smart innovation from the classic Chicken Inasal. The shrimps were slightly de-shelled and basted with an authentic inasal sauce. It was paired with Aligue rice, which complemented and brought the flavors of the sea.
Spicy Shrimp with Three Kinds of Mushrooms in Hoisin Sauce
Grilled Salmon Belly
Grilled Adobo Ribs with Egg
Mandi’s Grill Grub brings people closer through food. The price is very affordable. What we love about them is that they continue to improve and innovate Filipino dishes, releasing new dishes almost every month. Now that’s worth going back for.
Mandi’s Grill Grub is located at the Ground Floor of Bennt II Building, 73 Lilac St., SSS Village, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City. They are open from 11AM-11PM and closed during Mondays.