This month, I went on a food crawl in Antipolo, along with other Zomato foodies (So, am I a foodie now? Haha.). The one that struck with me the most is Marison’s. Marison’s is a homegrown restaurant in Antipolo offering Filipino recipes that has been passed down the owner’s family line. It’s often regarded as one of the best restaurants in Antipolo and a must-stop on food tripping itineraries in Antipolo.
(Did I mention that the restaurant also practices social & corporate responsibility? Hence, their employees are regulars, not contractuals as in most restaurants nowadays.)
Location and ambiance
We visited Marison’s branch in SM City Masinag. The ambiance is modern and bright, with the wood accents giving it a homey feel.
Marison’s offers Filipino food with a unique twist. They use fresh ingredients from the local markets to support the community as well.
For the appetizers, we had Deep Fried Kesong Puti (P315). This is a crowd-favorite in Marison’s. The tangy taste of kesong puti goes well with the fruity pineapple sambal dip.
The Bagnet Chips (P210) are thin strips of deep-fried pork liempo. This is my first time to try bagnet chips and it was really good. It comes with vinegar and aligue dips.
We tried some of the bestselling main courses in Marison’s.
Salmon Belly Sinigang sa Miso (P330) has a flavorful, sour broth with tender slices of salmon. This was one of the first bowls to be emptied in our table. I think I could’ve finished it on my own.
Filipino dining won’t be complete without a plate of Crispy Pata (family size – P750). The pork skin is crunchy, with some parts a little toasted.
For a healthier alternative to crispy pata, there’s Sinaing na Buntot ng Tuna (P450). It’s served with sauce and pork cracklings. At first glance, it doesn’t really look like a fish because the outer layer is blackened out, but appearances can be deceiving. The tuna was cooked properly so it’s tender and tasty.
The Crispy Tripe Kare-Kare (P445) is one of the best items in Marison’s. The stew is done from scratch – it’s made with peanuts and cashews for a perfect sweet-savory balance. Interestingly, it also has tomatoes which we’re told is added as iwas-umay ingredient.
Their Beef Kaldereta (P410) comes with addicting thinly sliced potato chips. It tastes sweeter than the usual kaldereta. We were told it’s because a lot of Filipinos have a sweet tooth.
Lastly, there’s Toasted Alamang Binagoongan (P330). It’s served with eggplant and green mangoes. I find this a little dry especially since I prefer my binagoongan a little saucy, so I only took one bite.
Don’t miss out on the desserts in Marison’s.
We had Fluffy Halo-Halo (P130). I love that it’s in a single-serve cup. Desserts should rightly be served in small or moderate sizes based on the understanding that a customer is already full by dessert time. The halo-halo is just the right sweetness and it doesn’t have beans — which is a win for those who aren’t a fan of beans in halo-halo.
They also have Triple Mais Con Hielo (P120) which has sweet corn kernels and corn flakes, topped with ice cream. How is this different than regular mais con yelos? The corn flavor explodes in your mouth, it’s even in the ice. It reminded me of a chichiria called Sweet Corn.
For the drinks, we had Strawberry-Kamias Juice (P80). I love it, although I’m not sure if it’s for everyone. I love the sweet-sour taste of the fruits, it feels fresh and organic.
My final thoughts
After our lunch here, I’ll have to agree that Marison’s is one of the best restaurants in Antipolo. I was impressed with the food and their modern take on it. Furthermore, I really felt that this is a restaurant that cares about the dining experience they give to customers, as well as the well-being of their employees.
All in all, this is restaurant where I’d personally bring my family or friends over.
Marison’s restaurant currently has 3 branches in Antipolo:
- Vista Mall Antipolo
- Robinson’s Place Antipolo
- SM City Masinag
We dined in at SM Masinag.
SM Masinag branch opening hours:
- Sun – Thu: 10AM to 9PM
- Fri – Sat: 10AM to 10PM
Suggested budget: P800 for 2 people
Disclaimer: Thanks Zomato for the invite! As always, thought and opinions are my own.
Have you dined in at Marison’s restaurant in Antipolo? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments below!