Marina Grill, or simply, MG, a new casual dining restaurant in the heart of Cubao, Quezon City had a lot to live up to considering it sprang from the well-loved Ross and Marina IloIlo Seafood Grill, their famous flagship in Manila. The team behind Marina Grill did not waste time in doing so, appealing not just to seafood lovers but also business lunch crowds flocking to the restaurant for some delicious yet affordable comfort dishes.
MG has developed its own identity, focusing more on “Combo Meals” and approachable yet thoughtful breakfast plates. In my opinion, the beauty of this approach is that rather than committing to one starter and an entree, diners can nibble their way around the menu, trying everything from grilled chicken to tinapa rice meal, and roast pork belly.
Their breakfast plates are priced at Php99 sided with either a cup of coffee or a glass of iced tea. You can choose from Tapa, Bacon, Tinapa, and Longganisa-stuffed Squid. Honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of their breakfast plates but I highly recommend the Beef Tapa with Rice Meal. I don’t know how they make it super tasty but I promise you that each beefy bite is jam-packed with flavor.
Apart from the breakfast items, Marina Grill also offers unlimited serving of either Roast Pork Belly or Roast Chicken for just Php149. Yes, no kidding. All-you-can-eat roast chicken or pork belly for the price of an ice blended coffee drink. I have tried both but the super crispy pork skin stole my heart so I am partial to the roast pork belly. No matter what you order, it will be a feast fit for a king or queen.
At a time when nearly anything can be eaten at a fast food restaurant, it’s hard to say just what counts as comfort food. Is it a burger? A fried chicken? A sundae? Yes to all. But when you want a filling meal, something with more sustenance, a hot, freshly-cooked breakfast while preparing for the day ahead, nothing beats Marina Grill’s dishes. They don’t skimp on ingredients and they give you generous portions so you will get a lot of bang for buck.
As always, Marina never disappoints. When you are in Araneta, Cubao and looking for a good spot to have breakfast, lunch, or even dinner, this is the place to go. Enjoy! You will see me there and I will probably have a fork in my hand and a smile on my face. Cheers! *winks*