MARINA Oysters * Seafood * Grill:
25 Years of Great Ilonggo Specialties!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Marina has been a very memorable place for me. Ilonggo cooking is pretty close to home since my family hails from Bacolod. A close friend of mine who I always meet in their MOA branch years ago passed away already and when I hear their name, I honestly remember the times we drank a couple of rounds of beer in this awesome restaurant. 

Locally known for the best Oysters in town, this aphrodisiac friendly place is just something people have frequented in the last few years because of what they have in store. The usual isn't really what you think it is because you have to see it, taste it before you can pass judgement on the dishes served in this restaurant by Ross and Madame Marina Luz Gorriceta. This is the 25th year since the restaurant was established and the longevity proves why they have been patronized.

The Food

Kare Kare done their way is quite different. The peanut sauce on this version is actually okay to go even without the addition of shrimp paste. This and the unlimited rice they have plus bottomless ice tea is just amazing! Doing so would also be nice because they manage to ship things from Iloilo. Raw ingredients or condiments, they all got that taken cared of. Without you having to go to Iloilo yourself.

Sinigang na Hipon isn't just Sinigang in their books because they don't use powder. They don't even use Sampaloc because as in Iloilo we actually use a different thing to do that, the "BATUAN". The batuan is like a fruit but it provides more of a fruity kind of sourness and not that sharp kind that tagalog sinigang usually has. You've got to try this!

They ship these guys every day to replenish what they have in store. These are fresh Oysters and they prepare these in different ways. Baked, steamed or just fresh it's something everyone loves on their menu. Guess what they will be doing on their 25th year... if you order this dish on OCTOBER 25, they will only charge you 25 PESOS for each plate (limited to 2 plates per table). THIS IS NOT A JOKE! So if you are around a MARINA branch near you make sure you drop by on this date and be with them to celebrate 25 YEARS of MARINA OYSTERS * SEAFOOD * GRILL.

HUGE and TASTY this slab of meat isn't really meat but a slice of heavenly BLUE MARLIN. Marina will be the next big thing to serve these ocean giants presented as is but marinated with their own secret concoction and grilled to perfection on both sides. 125 per 100 grams, isn't that just amazing?? Now you can have it your way, visit any Marina branches nationwide to get this one on your plate as soon as you say FISH!

For meat lovers like me, something like Crispy Pata won't spoil our day. The crunchy skin and meat on vinegar is just bliss! I just asked mine to be Ilonggo Sinamak which is our own kind of spiced vinegar and it's one of the things they use in cooking. Just ask for it and they'll gladly do it for you!

This ginormous fish which is dwarfing my phone (so you can see how big it is) is called the MANAGAT. It's something that drawed oohs and ahhs because of obvious reasons. Had a taste of it and this together with sweet soysauce and some local sinamak over hot steaming rice is just oblivious!

Marina has this, Marina Seafood Soup. It had everything you love in it. The thick soup was reminiscent of clam chowder. This would be perfect for rainy days and cold nights. Something you definitely should try.

To end the meal, I had 2 scoops of Gold Rush which is sweet Vanilla Ice Cream with caramel. This was quite nice. There are different flavors, just ask for the Ice cream flavor menu and they have almost every basic ones plus some fancy selections.

Two words, Leche Flan. Loving all the choices and the various items in the menu. Plus this thing to end the meal is just super! The only thing is, their specials for OYSTERS for 25 PESOS will only be on OCTOBER 25, so if you guys don't get that deal that they are offering just for that day it'll be your loss! 

Another one is their BLUE MARLIN steak which they will cut 50% off every Monday until November 26. It's all out there, you just have to choose to go at your nearest MARINA branches nationwide!

For more information about their promos

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MARINA Oysters Seafood Grill

Or visit their branches!

Marina Market! Market!
Fiesta Market, Market! Market!
Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila
Contact Person: Ms. Josie Salontoy
Mobile No.: 0922-879-6744
Tel. No.: (02) 729-0344
Marina Metrowalk
G/F Metrowalk Mall
Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City
Contact Person: Mr. Arman Unisa
Mobile No.: 0922-879-6732
Tel. No.: (02) 687-2881

Marina SM Mall of Asia
116-117 Veranda North Wing
Entertainment Building, SM Mall of Asia
JW Diokno Boulevard, Pasay City
Contact Person: Ms. Mauriel Tattao
Mobile No.: 0923-280-0800
Tel. Nos.: (02) 556-4224 / (02) 556-0718

Marina SM Sky Garden
SM City North EDSA, Q.C.
Contact Person: Ms. Hope Dayaday
Mobile No.: 0922-8796741
Tel. No.: (02) 332-3462

Marina Timog-Panay
No. 79 Timog Avenue corner Panay Avenue
Barangay South Triangle, Quezon City
Contact Person: Ms. Maileen Balanquit
Mobile No.: 0922-879-6735
Tel No.: (02) 332-4174

Marina Magallanes
Oakridge Plaza Block 4 Lot 7
Paseo de Magallanes, Brgy. Magallanes
Makati City
Contact Person: Mr. Dan Espinola
Mobile No.: 0922-8796755
Tel. No.: (02) 851-4204


Forum Robinsons
Marina Forum Robinsons
Level 3 Food Loft, Forum Robinsons
Boni Avenue EDSA, Mandaluyong City
Contact Person: Marjun Pama
Mobile No.: 0922-879-6751
Tel. No.: (02) 569-8099
Marina Iloilo
Marina Iloilo
Diversion Road
Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Tel. No.: (33)320 1230



ZaiZai said...

HUGE nga ng blue marlin! Pwede ng coaster ng teacup! Yummy seafood btw! :)

Elmer B. Domingo said...

Nakakagutom naman yung Lech Flan at Kare-Kare :)

web said...

marinas bat city. 1st and last time we will eat in this place.. flies , cock roaches and the only fresh seafood they have is oysters. only one entre` made it to the table and it was half cooked frozen blue marlin. akkkk over priced. no wonder the place was empty at lunch time.