New Restaurant Alert: Mr. Graham's at Scout Rallos Street, Quezon City
Get your pre-macaron meal: sandwiches
51D Scout Rallos Street, Quezon City
Open daily from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) A year and a half later, Mr. Graham has finally caught up with the missus.
Mr. Graham is easygoing, but brawny, and savory where Mrs. Graham is sweet, the boy-next-door. No, really. Mr. Graham's, the newly opened sandwich shop, is right beside Mrs. Graham's, the macaron emporium. He's generous, too, offering bottomless water on the menu for—get this—zero pesos.
It has two floors, with most of the seating on the second level.
Both places are owned by real-life sweethearts Chris and Anna Graham. His and hers restaurants, if you will. Hey, it beats couple shirts. But if Mrs. Graham's has mastered the art of stuffing cookies, Mr. Graham's trades in sandwiches. Big ones, the kind that doubles as meals, with chips and side dishes.
Mr. Graham's has a small but stellar selection that curates your sandwich essentials, and a bit more—like the homemade Apple Pie Soda (P90), which was unavailable during our visit. The standout is obviously The Cebuano (P290 to P390), a play on the sammie made world-famous by Jon Favreau's Chef. You could say that it's an upgrade, even, Mr. Graham (the person) adds lechon—a Cebu specialty, hence the name—to the classical filling of ham, cheddar cheese, homemade aioli, pickles, and green and yellow mangoes. The Cebuano has become such a crowd favorite that the Saturday we go, the restaurant packed and moving quickly, the kitchen runs out of their usual white bread. Still, the wheat alternative helps take the edge off over the drizzle of lechon drippings.
The Cebuano with wheat bread
Four Cheese? Yes Please
The Four Cheese? Yes Please (P250) foretells the reaction when you learn about the combination of mozzarella, cream cheese, and cheddar in a sandwich cast in Parmesan, then fried. It's like grilled cheese, but buttery and boosted by a homemade bacon jam. It comes with a slightly sweet tomato soup—the perfect match. Forget the spoon, scoop it up with the sandwich.
There are no desserts (yet!), but you can cross-order from Mrs. Graham's next door. That's the beauty of marriage. It's share and share alike.