Mario's Restaurant along Tomas Morato, Quezon City

The last time I dined at Mario's was as a little girl. I don't even remember the occasion anymore. I do however remember that I had steak and that the caesar salad is made fresh before your eyes.

Mario's Restaurant Quezon CityLast October 27, 2011 Mario's Restaurant hosted a bloggers' night to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Lucky for me, I had the chance to be part of it! I haven't dined at Mario's in decades and I was pretty curious as to how I'd find the food now that I'm a lot older. Anyhow, we started off with Gambas con Chorizo (pictured above) for appetizer. It's a delicious savory and garlicky dish that I couldn't quite get enough of.

Mario's Restaurant Quezon CityThen we were treated to Oysters Rockefeller (pictured above). The cheesy oysters that were also garnished with what seemed like pesto kept on coming but I only had a couple since we were slated to have a lot more food.

Mario's Restaurant Quezon City There was a huge skillet of Paella Valenciana (pictured above) too. Yummy!

Mario's Restaurant Quezon City

The complimentary bread basket came after.

Mario's Restaurant Quezon CityThen we had Mario's Caesar Salad. It prepared before our eyes. The dressing was made of fresh eggs, olive oil, and some other ingredients that I couldn't identify. It's also topped with croutons and crunchy bacon bits.

Mario's Restaurant Quezon CityFor my main dish, I picked Corned Beef and Cabbage. It's not the usual corned beef you find inside cans in the supermarket. It was two whole pieces of incredibly tender and tasty meat served with equally savory cabbage, potatoes, and carrots on the side.

Mario's Restaurant Quezon CityIt came with a bowl of soup that tasted like the corned beef too. :)

Mario's Restaurant Quezon CityFor dessert, I opted for Mango Jubilee. Like Mario's Caesar Salad, it was prepared in front of us. It was a nice combination of warm sweet mangoes and cold ice cream.

Delicious food and excellent service still characterize this iconic establishment from my childhood days. I would readily go back. :)

Mario's Restaurant
191 Tomas Morato Ave.,
Bgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City

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