Quick and Yummy Steak Lunch at Mad Mark’s, UP Town Center

I was happy to learn that a Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats branch opened its doors at UP Town Center. While the resto is known for its artisanal ice cream flavors, it caught my heart with its Signature Steaks. At Php330 per serving, you get a 150g USDA flat iron steak (which gives you great flavor because of its marbling), and your choice of two side dishes and sauce.

During my lunch date with my daughter, both of us ordered this dish. My medium-well done steak was accompanied by Garden Grains (Mad Mark’s flavorful version of fried rice) and Corn and Carrots, while hers came with Garden Grains and Smashed Potato. We both opted for the savory Cream Sauce to serve as our gravy.

Both us ordered a glass of Mad Mark’s Homebrewed Iced Tea (Php49/glass) which we found a bit too sweet so we ended up diluting it with some water.

Mad Marks, UP Town Center

Mad Marks, UP Town Center

Mad Marks, UP Town Center

Mad Marks, UP Town Center

It was a good meal in a great location, with bright and colorful homey decor that made us feel right at home.

Mad Marks, UP Town Center

Mad Mark's Creamery & Good Eats Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Check out my review of other steak restaurants:

Want tips on how to cook mouth-watering steaks at home? Check out these books at Amazon.com.


The Cook’s Illustrated Meat Book: The Game-Changing Guide That Teaches You How to Cook Meat and Poultry with 425 Bulletproof Recipes


The Book of Steak


Steak a Fork in It: Mouthwatering Steak Recipes for the Carnivore in All of Us

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Wholesome fare at Kenny Rogers Roasters, SM East Ortigas

While Kenny Rogers Roasters has languished in its home country to the point of declaring bankruptcy, the chain is still going strong in the Philippines.

I guess its signature healthy and wholesome flavors – from its wood-fired rotisserie chicken to its homemade cornbread muffins – have found a foothold in the Pinoy palate.

The fast-food chicken restaurant which was introduced in the country in 1995 already has a location that is quite near to me – SM City East Ortigas.

I’m glad to know that whenever I have a craving for juicy roasted chicken or those hearty cornbread muffins, with a side or mac n’ cheese or corn n’ carrots, I can just head on over to the branch in the nearby mall.

Now if only they’d take care of those shaky tables…

Kenny Rogers Roasters Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato