We went to the Marison’s on the second floor of the Vista Mall in San Roque, Antipolo. The place seems new, but is set up simply. It is well-lighted, with big windows that provide natural light.
Friends who live in Antipolo have been recommending Marison’s Crispy Tripe Kare-Kare (P330), and I’m glad I finally got to try it because it is drool-inducingly good.
It is made from scratch, with no cheats! It is made from peanuts and cashew, and cooked for hours to get that thick consistency. The sauce is sweet and creamy.
Also, the “tuwalya” that is usually boiled in traditional kare-kare gets upgraded at Marison’s. It is breaded & fried, and if you didn’t know better, you’d mistake it for calamari!
Their bagoong alamang is also made from scratch.
The Pork Binagoongan (P310) was also very good. It’s made from deep-fried lechon kawali, which was still juicy inside.
We also had the Sinaing Buntot ng Tuna (P410), steamed and then deep-fried tail end of tuna, topped with pork cracklings. This was also good, and some of our companions scraped it to the bone, saying it was really delicious.
For dessert, we had Marison’s Macadamia Sans Rival (P140 per slice). It has the right amount of sweetness, it’s not oily, and it doesn’t stick in my mouth. It is topped with buttery macadamia nuts!
Marison’s was nice and bright and clean, and looks like a typical, simple cafe restaurant. However, the Kare-Kare is to die for! I really recommend the Crispy Tripe Kare-Kare, especially if you like your Kare-Kare on the sweeter side.
For me, this is the restaurant worth making the trip back to Antipolo for.
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