It’s no secret that one of my favorite restaurants is Mary Grace Cafe.
Actually, utang uta na my family and friends because whenever they are with me, they know we will be eating at Mary Grace Cafe hehe.
What I like most in dining there is that they serve delicious comfort food. Para ka lang nakikikain sa ibang bahay. The ambiance is homey and I am amazed how pretty they decorate the place. Everything doesn’t match pero when they put them together, they match na. Gets niyo? It’s my kind of place.
I think I’ve already tried almost all the dishes in their menu. My favorites are:
- Their Tomato and Herb Perfect Plate. It comes with a smaller serving of the Tomato and Herb pasta, Grilled Chicken & Orange salad with Black Olive dressing plus their cake of the day (Php 395)
- Grilled Ensaymada with Mary Grace Hot Chocolate (Php 216)
- Grilled Cheese Rolls (Php 58 per piece)
- Wild Mushroom soup (Php 148)
- Crispy Cassava Chips with Onion Dip (Php 179)
- Prawn Salad with Mango Papaya Vinaigrette (350)
- Vigan Longganisa and Kesong Puti (Php 265)
- Mary Grace Mushroom Cream Pasta (Php 330) – this is Anika’s favorite too
- Fresh Tomato and Herb Pasta (Php 246)
- Parma Ham and Argula Pizza (Php 472)
- Sangria Iced Tea (Php 90)
And then for the desserts, oh God, where do I begin? You totally have to try these cakes:
- Caramel Vanilla Bean Cake (Php 180 per slice; Php 1,240 whole)
- Strawberry Shortcake Cake (Php 225 per slice; Php 1,480 whole) -Anika’s favorite too!
- Chocolate Truffle Cake (Php 170 per slice; Php 390 mini cake; Php 1,010 whole)
- Limone Santi (Php 140 per slice; Php 790 whole)
- Mango Bene (Php 198 per slice; Php 1,380 whole)
When we were at SM BF the other day, I met up with Alvin and Anika at Mary Grace Cafe. I wasn’t that hungry so we just ordered one dish each.
Prawn Salad with Mango Papaya Vinaigrette for me.
Mary Grace Ceasar Salad for Alvin.
Tomato and Herb pasta for Anika.
Do you want to know interesting facts about Mary Grace Cafe?
- Unknown to many, restaurant owner Mary Grace Dimacali started this business when she was already 44 years old. Although the idea was already planted in her early 30s when she would experiment with different recipes in her own kitchen, the plan of selling to the public outside of the home had to be put on hold when she got pregnant with her first baby.
- The first Mary Grace kiosk was put up when her kids were already in college. She was already 50 when one of her kids decided to help her out after graduation.
- The Mary Grace Cafe name had an interesting story. the two names that comprise it has separate representations. A devotee of Our Lady of Fatima, the name “Mary” holds a very special spot in Mary Grace’s heart. On the other hand, the first letters in each of her five children’s names form the name “Grace”: Gabriel, Raphael, Adrian, Chiara, and (Marian) Ernestine.
Asked what she would give as advice to mothers who also want to go into business while looking after their family, Mary Grace has this to say: “Handle being a mom first, and everything will fall into place in God’s time. Only then can you handle every kind of challenge that go your way, using all your God-given talents.”
This is the first time I extensively wrote about my favorite restaurant and I am glad to be able share it with you =)
Mary Grace Cafes and Kiosks are located in select SM malls in Metro Manila, and is one of over 5,000 partners of SM Supermalls who offer family fun and extraordinary mall-going experiences for all.