CHECK IT OUT: Mad Mark’s at East Capitol Drive, Pasig City
Don’t be fooled by the logo. Mad Mark’s offers more than just great sandwiches.
23 East Capitol Drive
Tel no. 342-6802
Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) When thinking up the concept of Mad Mark’s, owner Mark Isidro was inspired by a Bay Area mom & pop place that sold delicious ice cream. Entering the resto (located, naturally, in Barangay Kapitolyo in Pasig, a neighborhood that’s fast becoming a foodie haven), you’re immediately struck by the homey-slash-D.I.Y. feel.
"Our philosophy is that we put all our money in our food," says Mark. And what food it is. The signature Man Sandwich (P300) is a solid, no-holds-barred meatfest: grilled chicken and beef slathered with melted mozarella cheese and garlic chips, packed inside a slab-we hesitate to call it just a "loaf"-of Italian bread. The supersized sandwich can easily feed two or three.
Another excellent pick is the Mariner (P270), a sandwich of white river cobbler fillet with a spicy mayo sauce. Size-wise, both the Mariner and the Manwich (er, the Man Sandwich) are comparable, but the Mariner is distinctively lighter on the belly. Cough up some dough, too, for the Parmesan fries, an excellent, tangy siding to the sandwich fest.
Mad Mark’s, though, has one last secret up its sleeve: the made-from-scratch ice cream (P68 per scoop). The surprising thing is that Mark, a young-ish business major who claims no experience in cooking at all, has crafted an ice cream so good that it made converts out of the non-ice cream lovers on the SPOT.ph staff. The Javan Hot Chocolate and Dark Roast Sumatra are robust and full-flavored, and the Madagascar Vanilla Bean is no slouch, either. Come for the sandwiches, but definitely stay for the ice cream.
Photos by Warren Espejo