I first encountered Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats upon the recommendation of my teammates (my teammates have a huge influence in my eating habits lol). It was the last work day of the year, and only three of us in the team made it to work. We decided to celebrate the year-end by heading to Kapitolyo for some ribs, and initially planned on having lunch at RUB instead. However, the suggestion of Mad Mark’s came up, and, while I was hesitant at first since I was already hell-bent on feasting on the familiar flavor of RUB Ribs, I eventually agreed.
Turns out, Mad Mark’s opened shop in 2011 and started as a sandwich place and ice cream parlor before evolving into what it is today. It gained popularity thanks to its range of artisanal ice cream flavors, with the Half-Baked Madagascar Chocolate on chocolate flavor putting the ice cream parlor on the map.
When we arrived, we found the place packed with diners. We ordered our food during the twenty minutes it took us to finally be seated. I went with the Johnnie Double Black Ribs (Php 265 for the smaller serving) with their version of the mashed potato and coleslaw, called Smashed Potato and Tennslaw, respectively, and a Johnnie Double Black sauce on the side.
I don’t know if I can ever express well enough how much I loved the Johnnie Double Black Ribs. On its own, it’s mildly spiced, but the addition of the Johnnie Double Black sauce starts the never-ending craving for the next bite. It’s tender and succulent, but not exactly fall-of-the-bone quality. I made the right choice going for the Smashed Potatoes instead of rice, because it complemented the strong flavor of the ribs wonderfully. The Tennslaw wasn’t remarkable, as I couldn’t recall its taste or how I felt while eating it, but everything else on my plate was on point.
I liked my meal so much that three hours after, I was back at Mad Mark’s– this time, with my boyfriend, just because I couldn’t stop raving about how good the food was!
A little over a month after, I was back again– this time, with my parents for a pre-Valentine’s dinner. Upon my incessant prodding, mom ordered Johnnie Double Black Ribs. I decided to try the Creole Grilled Chicken with Smashed Potatoes and Grilled Corn on the side, and my dad decided to practice Friday meat abstinence and ordered a House Salad with Fish Fillet.
I enjoyed the Creole Grilled Chicken just as much as I enjoyed the ribs! It offered two huge servings of chicken breasts sliced into bite-sized chunks, all grilled and spiced perfectly. Instead of getting the Johnnie Double Black sauce for my grilled chicken, the server advised me to order Cream Mushroom sauce instead, since it works better with the chicken. Also, instead of getting the Tennslaw, I went ahead and chose Grilled Corn to go with my chicken and mashed potatoes. I regretted nothing on my plate that day, carbs, calories, and all.
More than their grilled dishes, it’s really the ice cream that keeps me coming back for more. They have so many flavors, which makes me feel like I’ll never run out of options (can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it!) They create their ice cream from scratch, which is even more amazing, because it’s even better than most imported ice cream brands I’ve tried. Its thick, creamy consistency is what I enjoy most about their ice cream. My dad prefers to describe it as “gummy,” in a sense that you can actually chew on a tiny scoop of this miracle before it finally melts in your mouth. I’ve only tried the coffee flavors so far, and I’ve already named Sumatra with Chips as my default ice cream flavor at Mad Mark’s.
Some people find the price for their ice cream a bit steep at Php 95 per scoop and Php 180 for two scoops. However, they have a generous serving size for a scoop, so I feel that the price is fair. Plus, you’re allowed to sample the flavors prior to purchase, so you know what you’re getting.
I doubt I’ll ever run out of praises for Mad Mark’s honest ice cream. It’s my favorite ice cream brand to date, and even though I hate the commute to Kapitolyo and avoid it like the plague whenever possible, I would gladly brave the Shaw traffic for a scoop of their ice cream this summer.-HANA
Mad Mark’s Creamery and Good Eats, Kapitolyo
23 East Capitol Dr, Pasig, Metro Manila
Open Monday – Sunday, 11:30 AM – 10 PM
Contact number: (02) 6318148