There are times when my family and I attend mass at The Block – SM North EDSA. If we do, we usually go to the main building or the Skygarden for lunch. But one Sunday a beautiful cafe near the second floor entrance caught my abuelita’s (grandmother) eye.
That cafe is called Cafe Mary Grace.
I’ve noticed this cafe before and wanted to take my abuelita there but they’re almost always full. And if you have a grandparent with you, they usually can’t stand the waiting game. Good thing, we were there early and there were still a few seats available.
When we got there, the staff were all busy but the manager or supervisor was there and she was very friendly and accommodating. She said she’ll get a table ready for us. In just a split second, the table was ready and we were ushered to our table beside the window. Lovely!
While contemplating on what to order, I noticed that the staff follow a system. When you order, they’ll add it in a tentative receipt. If you decide to add more, they’ll update it again. I honestly think it’s a waste of paper but then it actually helps. In that way, both the diner and staff will be able to keep track of the order.
In terms of serving them, well, our food did take a while to arrive. It wasn’t annoying though because they’re not a fast food chain. After all, the essence of Mary Grace is the GOODNESS OF HOME, where fresh from the oven pastries and good home-cooked meals warm the heart and soul. So expect the food you order will be prepared well and taste great.
I can guarantee that with the dishes we ordered:
SIRLOIN BEEF TAPA: With sunny side-up eggs
SEAFOOD PASTA: A medley of fresh clams, mussels, prawns, squid and cream dory enhanced with herbs, olives and mushrooms.
SMOKED SALMON & CREAM: Smoked salmon sauteéd with garlic cream and dill.
Obviously, there were three of us. But as always I tasted all the dishes! 🙂
Let’s start with the breakfast plate – Sirloin Beef Tapa. This one can be served with scrambled eggs or sunny side-up eggs. You can even choose your rice – Signature Rosemary Fried Rice or Garlic Fried Rice. This taste good with their Signature Rosemary Fried Rice. Furthermore, all their breakfast choices are homemade without preservatives and marinated fresh daily. You can tell that it truly is because the beef is so tender and flavorful.
Next is the Seafood Pasta and Smoked Salmon & Cream. We ordered two different pastas just in case my abuelita don’t like the one she ordered. Lo and behold, she enjoyed her original order which is the Seafood Pasta. It’s a beautiful medley of fresh clams, mussels, prawns, squid and cream dory. What put this dish together is the delightful flavors from the herbs, olives and mushrooms. Oh by the way, their garlic bread is to die for. It’s so good.
Now for the Smoked Salmon & Cream pasta which ended as my lunch was great. I usually go for my favorite Pesto or Carbonara sauce. But my abuelita was for craving for a seafood pasta so we ordered two different seafood ones. I’m happy I had the smoked salmon. The flavor of sauteéd with garlic cream and dill were intensely satisfying. Again, the garlic bread which already tasted good became even better when I dipped it in my pasta sauce.
Cafe Mary Grace really do serve quality homemade dishes. But since their price are quite steep, I would only go here once in a while and during special occasions!
Want to give them a visit?