Weekends are best spent close to home.
And my home is located east of Manila, where traffic jams abound and going to the overcrowded malls is sometimes too much of a hassle to be worth the effort.
This is why I #LookToTheEast for new destinations, foodie or otherwise. Because why brave the metro’s streets when you can find what you want right where you are?
Recently, I discovered another reason for us Eastern foodies to not venture far to satisfy our food cravings.
In the suburbs of foodie-friendly Marikina, away from the hustle and bustle of busy highways and malls, is a new and exciting foodie destination: Swig & Nosh Kitchen + Bar.
A hidden gem in a quiet Marikina neighborhood
The brainchild of Mario Mendoza, one of Marikina’s homegrown culinary talents, Swig & Nosh takes its name from the British colloquial terms for “taking a drink” and “eating a snack,” respectively.
Located in a remodeled bungalow along Mt. Pleasant street, Swig & Nosh is geared to be the place for Marikina locals and visitors to enjoy great-tasting comfort food along with their drinks of choice.
Mario took his cues from the house’s original architect (who also happens to be his dad) and furnished the space with comfort in mind. Ceramic tile-topped hardwood tables bring splashes of color while also accommodating large groups of diners. The chairs are also ergonomically-designed; they adjust when the diner leans back, giving back support that facilitates comfort for resting or conversing with companions after eating.
A well-stocked bar is situated in one of the inner rooms with mixologists at the ready to pour out spirits or concoct cocktails for the guests.
Diners also have the option to take their meals in the garden outside; this will become the location of choice when the cool weather sets in by December to February.
Nosh on fusion of American and Filipino cuisines
Together with my foodie friends from #WeLoveToEatPH, I was able to sample some of Swig & Nosh’s signature dishes.
Apple Pie Salad (Php220). A healthy combination of sweet and savory flavors made withmixed greens tossed with apple compote, streusel crumbs and cheddar with a cider vinaigrette.
Pork Cubes and Watermelon (Php230). Fork-tender cubes of pork belly tossed with watermelon cubes and hoisin sauce.
Calamares sa Bawang (Php210). Garlic-flavored battered squid rings served with tarragon vinegar and lemon.
Gambas Aligue (Php305). The shrimp and garlic appetizer hyped-up with the inclusion of crab roe balanced with orange bits.
Bacon Benedict (Php335). The hyped-up version of Eggs Benedict with special pan de sal, homemade bacon jam, spinach, bacon, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Wagyu Bacon Royale Burger (Php350). Wagyu patty, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and bacon jam in a buttered brioche bun served with spiced ketchup.
Tinapa Rice. Fried rice flavored with smoked fish.
Dry Rub Chicken with Truffle Honey (Php295). Chicken leg and thigh covered with the house-recipe dry rub and truffle honey then fried to a crispy golden brown and served with cole slaw and ranch dressing.
Prime Rib (Php392/100g). Tender and perfectly grilled grilled steak made of Black Onyx Australian Angus beef.
Choco Chip Cookie Dough Milkshake (Php170). Made with vanilla ice cream and milk with balls of edible cookie dough, topped with whipped cream in a candy studded glass and served with a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie.
Brownie Mocha Milkshake (Php175). Made with chocolate ice cream and milk with bits of brownie, topped with whipped cream and chopped nuts in a candy studded glass and served with a freshly baked brownie.
These hearty and tasty comfort food, all meticulously prepared and prettily presented, are suitable for discerning foodies in big celebrations, intimate get-togethers or even solo food adventures. The milkshakes, in particular, were a treat to both the eyes and the sweet tooth.
Take swigs of refreshing drinks and cocktails
Wash down these delicious viands with your choice of drinks – alcoholic or non-alcoholic – from Swig & Nosh’s well-stocked bar.
House Blend Iced Tea (Php185/liter). Swig & Nosh’s own signature flavor of iced tea. A raspberry-flavored variant is also available at Php175/liter).
Atomic Cat (Php130). A mocktail made with lemonade and grenadine.
Long Island Iced Tea (Php170). A cocktail made with rum, vodka, gin and other spirits mixed with cola and lemon juice.
Tequila Sunrise (Php180). A cocktail made with tequila, orange juice and grenadine.
Amaretto Sour (Php190). A cocktail made with amaretto, lemon juice, egg whites and bitters.
Blue Lagoon (Php170). A cocktail made with vodka, blue curacao and lemonade.
So if you find yourself in Marikina, know that you have somewhere to go for good eats and drinks.
Many thanks to the management and crew of Swig & Nosh for the warm welcome and great food, and to EJ of I Love To Eat PH for extending the invitation!
Swig & Nosh is located at No. 6, Mt. Pleasant Street, Bgy. Santa Elena, Marikina City, open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11am to 11pm. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 28 2801298.
Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant. All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.
Check out my reviews of other bars and watering holes in the Metro:
- Alegria Cozinha Moderna & Sangria Bar, BGC
- Moonshine Pub, Ortigas Center
- HidN, Tomas Morato
- Tiyo Craft Kitchen & Bar, Tomas Morato
- Alchemy, Poblacion
- Vitto’s Wine Bar & Restaurant, Tomas Morato
- The Nautilus Whiskey Bar, Tomas Morato
- Sabor Bar de Vinos, Cubao
- Don’t Tell, Tomas Morato
- INT.bar, Cubao
- Wyld Kitchen x Bar, Tomas Morato
- Pied Piper Gastrolounge, Ermita
- Tap Room, Ermita
- Versus Barcade, BGC
- Mimi & Bros, BGC
- i Darts Dash, BGC
- Brewery at the Palace, BGC