ANOTHER FIRST INDULGENCE

Last Sunday, my wife Tina, our son Gabby and I went to TriNoma mall in Quezon City to have our almost-weekly grocery shopping.  But before pushing those two grocery carts shelf after shelf, we enjoyed our lunch at this small but very charming cafe.

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One thing that I and my family share and enjoy so much is our own passion towards eating good food.   It doesn’t need to be pricey although I personally developed the preference to that flavorful and appetizing dishes;  it must be  deliciously stimulating not only to the palate but to the senses too.  I guess my wife was severely infected.  🙂  I am also bias with good plating and nice presentation of food combined with fair ambiance.  And surprisingly, all of these we found in CAFE MARY GRACE  in TriNoma. 

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It was our first time to dine in this quaint food place and it was far from being unpleasant. I like the homey atmosphere and that very inviting interiors. With the use of well-polished wood furnitures and interesting tables with notes and wonderful comments from diners written in different stationaries and some in colorful cards adorn the glass table tops.  One may easily notice that no table is alike in CAFE MARY GRACE  because of this well-thought-of concept.

3Tina and I were delighted that our preschooler son, Gabby was beginning to feed himself with adult food.  He’s still picky on solid food and usually prefers chicken from Mcdonald’s.   But last Sunday, he asked for two dishes – a soup and a dessert.  So we ordered SEAFOOD CHOWDER, PhP 137 for him…  

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While I had my own plate of  SPICY LEMON SCAMPI,  PhP 268.80.   I  like it,  sarap,  but I certainly wish that they have a BIGGER SERVING to satisfy my HUGE APPETITE.   Nonetheless, it was really worth a try! 🙂

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SPICY LEMON  SCAMPI is made of fresh pan-seared shrimps atop linguini  noodles in a sauce made  of lemon juice, chili flakes, minced garlic and extra virgin olive oil.

I found this pasta so delicious that I can probably eat it everyday.  LOL  🙂  It’s not irritatingly spicy and has the ingredients that I like best – SHRIMPS!!!   My plate was wiped off in a few minutes. 🙂

6Each plate of pasta and starters like salad (which we’ll try on our next visit) and soup comes with toasted bread.  Unfortunately, Tina had preference to her order, and disliked mine.  She had this CLASSIC CARBONARA PASTA, PhP 202.68.

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CLASSIC CARBONARA is a creamy pasta with mushroom and lots of bacon bits. 

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For our drinks, we tried Cafe Mary Grace’s home-made iced teas.  Tina had her glass of PEPPERMINT and FRUITS, PhP 75 and I had RASPBERRY ICED TEA, same price.  

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These tall glasses of iced teas were refreshingly bubbly that made me want to  try their other concoctions – SANGRIA and HIBISCUS soon.

On the list of desserts, Gabby singled out MANGO BENE so we ordered it, but few minutes after, the waiter came to our table, apologetic that he admittedly did not inform us that they ran out of that cake.  Sayang, it looked gorgeous on its picture at the menu.  I appreciated though, the courtesy of the wait staff.  So Gabby settled with his second choice – a slice of CHOCOLATE CAKE, PhP 80. 

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It was perhaps a blessing in disguise that we’ve tasted Cafe Mary Grace’s version of the usual favorite chocolate cake.  It has the right amount of sweetness, with caramel filling and that richly thick chocolate fudgy icing that would make you crave for more.   

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These moments are priceless…

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My family’s showing PDA (public display of affection) @ Cafe Mary Grace…

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Cafe Mary Grace, TriNoma Mall in front of National Bookstore, North Avenue cor EDSA, Quezon City.

10 thoughts on “ANOTHER FIRST INDULGENCE

  1. My wife and I go to Trinoma maybe two or three times a week. We like Gerry’s, Krocodile Grill, Kenny Roger’s, Pizza Hut, Mann Hann, Max’s, Fish and Company, we were very sad when Bubba Gump closed down. I like to try new places and my wife is conservative and likes to stick with tried and true places. Most of the time she is right but once and I while we do try a new place-will give Mary Grace a try soon.

    1. we’re one in wanting to try new food places. i can recommend cafe mary grace.
      i still have to try their famous ensaymada and hot chocoalte 🙂

  2. All those pastas look yummy! I’ve been to trinoma once when we visited Philippines last year but didn’t explore the restaurants inside 🙂 The bubbly iced teas look interesting too. I wanna visit Cafe Mary Grace on my next visit 🙂

    1. they really are yummy! however i have a huge appetite and each plate is only good for single serving, lol (gluttonous grin *-*).
      cafe mary grace also has branch in serendra in the fort, taguig.

  3. I keep passing by this cafe whenever I’m at the TriNoMa but never had the opportunity to dine there. Seeing your post, I think I’d better give it a try soon. 🙂

    1. we’ll be back there whenever possible to try their famous ensaymada, hot chocolate and other yummies in the menu. CMG also has branch in serendra.
      thanks for dropping by. 🙂

  4. tataba talaga ako kakabasa dito sa blog mo, mabuti na lang my husband is not the adventurous type when it comes to food, kuntento na sya sa pagkaing bahay lol.. the place was good ha and the atmosphere and decors and all are very homey..

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  5. Hi Docgelo! Missed replying to this post. Cafe Mary Grace in Trinoma is also my family’s favorite. Try their vongole, really good. My 4 year old daughter also likes their cream of mushroom soup, carbonara and peach iced tea. Am a fan of your blog and my day is not complete without it. Keep up the good work!

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