Get Your Dose of Vitamin Seafood at MARINA, Mother Ignacia Quezon City

Ross & MARINA Iloilo. Oysters. Seafood. or MARINA, is a Filipino seafood restaurant. Its conceptualisation is a family effort among entrepreneurs Ross Paul “RP” Gorriceta and Roland Gorriceta with their parents, Ross and Marina. 

In 1987, they opened their doors in Iloilo that was near a body of water. (Get it? *wink) The seafood restaurant was received well, prompting the brand to open three more outlets in Iloilo City and another three in Cebu City. By the early 90s, MARINA became a well-known brand in the Visayas region.

With the encouragement of family friends, MARINA arrived in MANILA in 2002. They opened two branches in Ortigas Center and one along Jupiter St. in Makati City, which again was a success, leading them to open more branches around the Metro.

As a North girl, I learned about the restaurant from visiting SM North Skygarden. But in this blog post, I will be sharing with you their Mother Ignacia branch.

MARINA at Mother Ignacia

At Scout Reyes corner Mother Ignacia Avenue, you will find a white and orange brick wall building with blue signage that says MARINA against an orange background. When you enter, you find a spacious indoor dining area with warm lights, Capiz shell windows, wood furniture and more orange brick walls.

The ambience is quite lovely as it reminds me of our peaceful ancestral home in Pangasinan. But if you prefer a different setting, MARINA has a spacious covered outdoor area where you can enjoy a lovely feast with family and friends. *Just make sure to follow their health protocols at all times.

Speaking of food, MARINA has quite a selection of native Ilonggo cuisine as well as seafood dishes. For this visit, I was able to try the following:

Krispy Shrimp

Tuna Kare Kare

Sizzling Blue Marlin Steak

Blue Veggie Pa-eya

MARINA Laswa with Egg Drop

Bulalo Batchoy

MARINA Frozen Tea

Blue Ternate Herbal Tea

I must say that all the food on this list delicious. But I have my favourites, and I think you should give them a try. Let’s start with:

Blue Veggie Pa-eya

Yes, it is BLUE, and it looks weird. But hold on. Let me explain. MARINA launched their Tres Paellas Hotbox that is good for 2 -3 persons last month. They have Red Seafood Pa-eya, Yellow ChicBoy Pa-eya and Blue Vegetable Pa-eya.

Each is different, but in the Blue Vegetable Pa-eya’s case, it is infused with blue ternate flowers. There are bits of blue ternate flowers in the dish and I tasted a small piece. It tasted like tea, and it left a light blue colour on my tongue.

Going back, infusing this with the vegetables to make their paella is creative AND delicious. MARINA’s Blue Vegetable Pa-eya is flavourful with the right amount of salt. The rice they used is sticky, but it adds texture and is also tasty on its own. I was surprised by it, and thus, it became my favourite.

Tuna Kare Kare

Kare-Kare is a classic Filipino food, but it was my first time to try Tuna Kare-Kare. Normally you would mix the bagoong, but you don’t have to. MARINA’s Tuna Kare Kare sauce stands out on its own because it is rich yet mild-tasting, and the consistency is perfect – it’s not watery nor thick.

Sizzling Blue Marlin Steak

Oh, I was able to see this Blue Marlin Steak before grilling. And let me tell you, it is THICK! (You can see their kitchen – I’ll post a video soon!) They also dipped it in a special sauce and grilled it to perfection.

Blue Ternate Herbal Tea

After a lovely meal, I recommend drinking a warm cup of Blue Ternate Herbal Tea. Yes, it is the same one they mixed in the paella. When you drink this after a meal, it helps relax the stomach muscle helping you digest.

But how does it taste, you ask? MARINA’s Blue Ternate Herbal Tea is not too flowery plus they added a hint of calamansi. It is a lovely balanced taste perfect to conclude a hearty feast.

Are you ready to try these dishes? They are open for dine-in and take out. Oh, MARINA also delivers! Call them at 0933-8647866. You may also check their Facebook and Instagram accounts for more details.

Marina Seafood
Marina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

My rating: 4/5

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Mother Ignacia, #98 Sct.Reyes cor Mother Ignacia Barangay Laging Handa 1100 Quezon City

Btw, they also have MARINA-in-a-Bottle. You might want to bring home a bottle of their Guinamos (bagoong) Php 125, Sinamak (native vinegar) Php 99, Spicy Vinegar Php 99, MARINAmit Dipping Sauce Php 99 and Atchara Php 99.

Full video on YouTube, Facebook and IGTV coming soon!

Happy eating!

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