Passing by this restaurant every time we go to SM Marikina stirred our curiosity on what this dining place is like. Patio Vera is a restaurant that is a fusion of Filipino and Spanish cuisine. My hubby somehow got the idea that their food is for group sharing (maybe because of the price) so he wanted to make sure we were more than 2 when we go there. When our lovely friend Christine from Manila wanted to see how Marikina was like, there’s a reason now to invade the place with some of our Friday Fellowship Group (FFG) friends. She reserved a table for us as this restaurant prefers reservation than walk ins.
Our challenge in this place: PARKING SPACE. Gen F. Santos Street was quite narrow. We knew there was a parking lot to the right, just a few meters away from the restaurant. But when we got to that place, it was already closed 🙁 We had to go to the next road to find a slot for the car. We didn’t mind walking though to work up some appetite. 🙂
The restaurant had a vintage feel to it. It had an al fresco dining area but since it was 12nn, we preferred to have our lunch inside.
It used old shoes as designs, echoing of course what Marikina is known for.
Since we were ravenous by that time, we immediately ordered and had their dynamite, which is a chorizo and cheese stuffed jalapeño served with sweet chili sauce, as an appetizer.
Their dynamite got our appetite going (doing its job perfectly).
We got their bestseller, Paella de Mariscos which is saffron rice with shrimps, clams, mussel, squid and fish. It was delicious! The stickiness of the rice was just right and this dish is a meal in itself. However, the serving is just good for 2. Since we were 6 that time with 4 hungry men on board, we had to order cups of white rice for that dining experience to hit the spot.
Their Callos ala Vera is a combination of ox tripe with 2 kinds of chorizo, chick peas in tomato sauce. It was very tasty, the ox tripe was very easy to chew and the tomato sauce was yummy to mix into the paella.
I personally like this because I’ve grown to be a chicken lover thanks to the influence of my husband. Compared to the rest I believe this was the healthier dish since it was chicken breast stuffed with chorizo and cheese served with buttered vegetables. In my food rule, you can never go wrong with chicken breast.
There’s nothing like brewed coffee to end this lunch. Please excuse our empty plates, that’s how much we devoured our orders.
I hope our visitors enjoyed the food as much as we did. It was a yummy Fil-Spanish experience and great for Sunday brunch. But given the price and the serving size, I’d go back here with my hubby and during special occasions only.
70 General F. Santos Street, Calumpang, Marikina City