Di’ Mark’s Pizzeria- T. Morato, Q.C.

There’s no stopping  us when craving attacks. I admit I succumb to temptation sometimes;  like the smell of just-out-of-the-oven pizza is irresistible. The proof to that is when Baloogs  and I went to Tomas Morato one rainy afternoon and drove through the flooded streets just to chow down Di’ Mark’s famous Mad Scramble Pizza.

The cozy interiors made me forget it was raining outside. The nice acoustic music and the dimmed lights, plus the checkered table and the brick walls just gave a calming effect on me.

What makes this pizza place different from other restaurants is their home-style quality of food. They make their own dough from scratch. They only use homemade processed tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, oregano and authentic olive oil.

Here’s what was served on the table:

We had our usual drinks… iced tea and lemonade.

We had Caesar Salad (lettuce, bacon bits, croutons, parmesan cheese with homemade Caesar dressing). It looked plain and not that appealing. I wished they added more parmesan cheese and dressing. BTW, the homemade dressing tastes good.

Now, here’s the drool-worthy Mad Scramble. It’s an overload of toppings including :Italian sausage meat, pepperoni, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, garlic, black and green olives, chicken and tomatoes. YUMMEEEH!!!

The flavors exploded in my mouth in ecstasy…. i just love how the crunch of the thin crust and the tons of toppings filled my mouth. Be careful with adding hot sauce…it’s HOT… but it’s damn goooooood!

Experience pizza goodness at Di’ Marks’…it’s a clap clap clap.   🙂

Di’ Mark’s Pizzeria

Tomas Morato Branch: 181 Tomas Morato Ave., Q.C.- Contact #: 376-2828 / 376-5858

Manila Branch: 2646 Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila – Contact #: 404-0683 / 525-5354

Commonwealth Branch: Royale Place Mall, Don Antonio Ave., Commonwealth, Q.C.- Contact #: 932-5888 / 932-7888

Mandaluyong Branch: 589 Wack-Wack Road, Mandaluyong- Contact #: 723-5008 / 723-6008

Makati Branch: 3/F Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati- Contact #: 757-2888 / 7573888

Web: http://www.dimarkspizza.com


R. Ma Mon Luk Restaurant- Quiapo, Manila

While waiting for my siopao, mami, and siomai to be served, I read a few articles posted on the walls of the restaurant. That’s the only time I get to know who Ma Mon Luk is. I find his life story interesting; coming from China and moving to the Philippines, poor Mr. Ma Mon Luk had to peddle chicken noodle soup for a living. Also, he used to be a teacher before entering the world of business…a parallelism with my life (just a thought).

As he became popular among Manileños, he decided to open his first restaurant in Binondo, Manila and still continued to peddle his wares on the streets. Two of the five restaurants he owned remain open, Quiapo and Quezon Avenue branches.

Even with the tight competition in the market, Ma Mon Luk maintained the same ambiance of the resto like it was so antique.  What’s the reason behind it? They wanted the same atmosphere like it was the 1950’s.

Too many facts on the wall…let’s get to business.

On the table:

I was enjoying my hot chicken noodle soup a.k.a. Special Mami with a dash of pepper until my friend told me that squirting siopao sauce will make it taste better. It’s not too late though, with my bowl still half full, I added some siopao sauce until it gets brownish in color. It was more flavorful, indeed! Priced at Php 95, this big bowl of mami is to share.

The siopao is bigger than a fist… i’m not kidding. I was surprised to see a siopao that’s so huge. It has generous fillings; so savory that you barely need to put sauce on it. The special siopao is priced at Php55.

Note: Peel the paper and outer covering of the siopao (just for sanitary concerns).

I’m a fan of dumplings but sad to say Ma Mon Luk’s siomai failed to please my palate. Though they claim they use their own secret sauce, I’m still not impressed with their own version of siomai. It was chewy, the texture of the filling was crumb-like and was a bit dry . Ordering this was a disappointment. I find it pricey at 2 dumplings for Php40.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience eating at Ma Mon Luk. It reminded me of my Lolo since their siopao is one of his favorites. I was able to taste the “Original Chicken Mami” with siopao sauce. And… I felt good reading Ma Mon Luk’s success story.    🙂

Ma Mon Luk

Manila Address: 545 Quiapo Blvd, Quiapo Manila

Contact #: 7337596

Quezon City Address: 408 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City

Contact #: 7123560/ 7328756

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