Mad Mark’s is a hole in the wall restaurant in Kapitolyo that I tried about 2 1/2 years ago. It started serving only sandwiches and home made ice cream at ridiculously low prices. They started selling those ice cream at P98 for two big scoops, it’s now increased a bit to P110 (still cheap). Truth be told, we were actually afraid that it might close down since there was no one in sight when we would eat there. Slowly, they revamped their menu to cater to more people and the people came in droves. Visit the Kapitolyo store during Sat nights and its filled to the brim with people waiting for tables outside.
The owners invited me to check out new branch in Glorietta 5, the one with Uniqlo and Cotton On stores on the ground floor. Irene and I don’t even look at the menu when we go to Mad Mark’s, she get the Wings and Fries while I choose from one of their sandwiches, plus 2 scoops of ice cream.
The new branch is gorgeous and so very spacious. It should be at least 3x the size of the one in Kapitolyo. Despite the mall location they’ve managed to keep the ambiance inviting. Ordering is still done at the counter where you can also peruse the available ice cream flavors.
They’ve got lots of tables and it gets a bit cramped when the place is full as we found out on a 2nd visit during Blogopolis 2013. I would suggest a rearrangement of the table setup, probably removing one or two tables to make the flow better.Aside from the indoor air conditioned area, they have a few tables in the al fresco dining area.
My favorite seat is this bar height table with matching red stools. If you are a regular at Mad Mark’s Kapitolyo, you’ll be surprised to find out prices are a bit higher, quite understandable with the more expensive (around P20 to P30) operating costs in a mall. They’ve kept prices at Kapitolyo the same unlike Poco Deli who increased their prices to match their branch in Ayala Triangle (boo!).
I’ve had the Mariner (P340 full/P180 half) before but I usually only order the half portion since all their sandwiches are massive. Breaded fish fillet in between a crunchy roll with lettuce, cream sauce and topped with some bright red tomato cubes. The fish and bread have a nice crunchy texture balanced out by the creamy sauce. Keep it healthier by having the sauce on the side. This is one of my sandwiches choices together with The Man and The Lumberjack.
I actually never tried the steaks in Mad Mark’s until my friends from the Googlygooeys introduced me to it a few months back. I’ve been hooked since and so has my daughter. The prices of the Signature Steak (healthy (150g) P225/ regular (220g) P285/ feast (300g) P395) are also really ridiculously low considering it comes with two generous sidings of your choice (smashed potato and garden grains on the photo) as well as your choice of sauce, I’d recommend the Bootstrap for a hint of tanginess.
For something a little healthy, you should try the Creole Grilled Chicken (P195). They use the chicken breast part which I like while others like Irene do not. The marinade has lots of flavor but with an bit of a spicy kick.
Their ice cream is one of the things people comes back for, I’ve seen groups of people drop by Mad Mark’s after a meal and have it. My ultimate favorite flavor is the Banana Foster, there are few places that makes banana ice cream let alone do it as good as Mad Mark’s. Irene tends to pick the coffee based ones while Lauren likes both the Madagascar Vanilla and Chocolate on Chocolate.
A new dessert creation at Glorietta 5 is The Flying Dutchman (P150). A scoop of Madagascar Vanilla Bean is sandwiched between an English muffin, one side spread with Cookie Butter and the other, Nutella. I’m not really a fan of both Nutella and Cookie Butter so I would probably enjoy this more if they had spread marshmallow puff instead. I’ll still to my scoops of Banana Foster.
Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats2/F Glorietta 5 Office Drive cor. Parkway Drive Ayala Center, Makati City Philippines Telephone No. – (632) 949-7591
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