Believe me, a trip down East Capitol Drive is like a gastronomical journey around the world. Start from the corner of Pioneer you’ll see Nav and Uncle Moe’s which will give you really delicious Thai and Mediterranean dishes respectively. Drive further down and you’ll hit Kainan Au Gusto and Café Juanita located just around the corner for our local Pinoy fare. As you continue with your drive, you’ll see The Three Sisters' restaurant, the place to get really yummy Pork BBQ and Pancit Bihon and my latest fave – Milky and Sunny, an all-day breakfast nook.
Go on another block and you’ll see another line of restaurants like Poco Deli for some cheese and sausages while Lia’s Cakes in Season makes a great dessert stop. Care for some burgers? Charlie’s Grill and Grind is located right across and is right beside Bacolod’s Café Bob’s Manila version – Cab Café. There’s still a couple of restaurant left for me to discover but as you can see, your choices are pretty much endless here.
A couple of weeks ago, I went out for lunch with some members of The Food Club to try Mad Mark’s, another food spot discovered by fellow blogger Richard and his wife Irene. This restaurant specializes in sandwiches, wings and homemade ice cream.
Paul and I ordered a Mariner Sandwich (Php. 220) to share. During our first visit, there were only two types of sandwich available – the Mariner and the Lumberjack. Since the Lumberjack consists of slices of Angus Beef, we opted to try the Mariner instead which has a huge piece of deep-fried fish fillet topped with their house mariner sauce. I love the tender cream dory and most especially the creamy, slightly spicy sauce. We had this with some Herb Parmesan Fries (Php. 50 additional) on the side which was equally delicious too!
To go with our sandwich, we also shared a basket of Wings N’ Fries (Php. 220) which are perfectly coated buffalo wings and Cajun fries. The spicy level was pretty manageable. While I initially requested for them to hold the sauce and to serve it separately, I ended up dipping my wings into the sauce before every bite. The fries was ok but between the two, I love the Herb Parmesan Fries more.
Our first visit was really good that I couldn’t help but rave about the yummy sandwich and wings days after. Of course, a good experience leads to a return and true enough, Paul and I went back to Mad Mark’s with two friends in tow a week after that.
On our return, we were given the chance to try more types of sandwiches which we shared with our lunch buddies. Our meal began once again with the Mariner Sandwich which I truly love (for the second time around). Our companions enjoyed it too despite the slight tingle of spiciness that it gives in every bite.
We also had “The” Man Sandwich (Php. 290) which must be the ultimate all-in sandwich created specifically for the meat-loving diners. A huge sandwich filled with grilled chicken and Angus beef. Paul tried a small piece as he removed the beef and ate it with just the chicken, mushroom and mouth-watering mozzarella cheese. Definitely perfect for the meat lovers out there.
Our third sandwich was the Chicken Firehouse (Php. 260) which had our favorite buffalo wings minus the bones stuffed into one hefty sandwich and topped with grated carrots and radish. I enjoyed this one very much as the spiciness was once again very manageable and the inclusion of the ranch dressing tamed it even further.
We all enjoyed our lunch sandwiches with a basket of Herb Parmesan Fries (Php. 160) which was deep-fried extra crispy making it so fun to munch on. I love cheese and nothing beats this perfectly coated fries with parmesan cheese and parsley.
To cap our wonderful lunch, we each had a cup of Mad Mark’s homemade ice cream. I was able to try four different flavors – Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Javan Hot Chocolate, Half Baked Madagascar and the Chocolate on Chocolate. My favorite was surprisingly the Chocolate on Chocolate which made use of rich dark chocolate. I normally do not like pure chocolate ice cream but this one was extra creamy and was not bitter at all.
What a fun lunch and I’m so happy that Mad Mark’s is located so close to my office making it a perfect lunch out destination. I can’t wait to go back and to try their Rice Dishes and other sandwich options next time.
*photo credit: Paul Ang
Mad Mark’s is located at 23 East Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo in Pasig City.