Mary Grace Cafe in Serenda Piazza

On our first weekend back in Manila, Paul and I were busy dealing with terrible jet lag. We were up at exactly 6AM and was fast asleep by 9PM. Thus, evening social activities were totally out of the question yet the good side is we get to make the most of our mornings for almost a week and a half. Both wide awake at 6AM on a Sunday morning, we decided to head to Mercato Centrale to check out the weekend market scene. Mommy agreed to join us and off we went to the Bonifacio Global City ready to eat, eat and eat!

It was a very warm Sunday morning and after quenching our thirst with Iced Barako Latte and filling our tummy with Angus Beef Tapsilog, Mommy wanted to continue our bonding session somewhere with air conditioning this time. So off we went to Serendra Piazza where we had an early lunch at Mary Grace Cafe.

It's funny because I frequently buy from the Mary Grace kiosk in Greenhills but I've never dined in her Cafe. My mom, on the other hand, is a huge fan and she was craving for their Chorizo Pasta that day. The menu was pretty simple but the prices were quite steep. Pasta dishes, for instance, averages at P250. With this, my expectations are quite high for Mary Grace's pasta dishes.

mary grace

I love the ambiance though. Each table were adorned with notes of customers written for Mary Grace. Paul was urging me to leave a note but I was just too shy to do so. :) Maybe when I frequent her restaurant more then I'll tell her how much I ♥ her Cheese Roll and Lemon Squares.

mary grace mushroom cream

I got the Mary Grace Mushroom Cream (Php. 262) simply because I was instantly drawn by the phrase "with the essence of truffle". Friends and family know how crazy I am about truffle oil and I would instantly choose this the moment I see this on the menu. My creamy pasta arrived shortly and I can immediately smell the fragrant truffle oil. Ohh..I'm in heaven. I just find the noodles a bit too dry and the sauce too rich and creamy for me. Still, I managed to finished my plate as the serving was just good for one. The truffle oil was just right, not too overpowering. I like it but to be honest, not totally crazy about it. Since creamy pasta can easily fill you up right away, I wish they'd do an olive-oil based pasta with truffle oil instead.

mary grace chorizo

Mom got her favorite Chorizo and Green Olive Pasta (Php. 264). It's a hearty plate of pasta filled with fusilli pasta and Mary Grace's homemade chorizo in olive oil. I tried it and find it very fragrant yet a tad too oily for my taste.

Mary Grace Cafe gives this homey ambiance that it feels like having lunch in your aunt's cozy home. I am excited to go back and to try more of her specialties. :)

Mary Grace Cafe is located at the Ground Floor of Serendra Piazza (fronting Market! Market!)

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