Gen. Luna St. cor. Sta. Potenciana St., Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila
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I have yet to have a fine dining experience in a star cruise ship. For now I am happy to have found an alternative... on land. Somewhere in Intramuros is this marine-themed restaurant called Bistro Marinero. Before you enter the place, you would see an old helm on the porch; that's the first marine-related piece. Inside there's an old big map on the right wall and glass cases on some corners of the room where life vests, ropes, compass, and other marine paraphernalia are on display.
The chicken-pork adobo a.k.a. CPA (PHP195) was served on a porcelain bowl, underneath is another bowl that holds a candle to keep the food warm. I noticed that it has more pork than chicken (not that I'm complaining). I found it quite tasty down to the core. The meat of the pork and chicken were soft and juicy. It is salty with a little hint of sweetness and spiciness. It was quite oily, but then again that's a given when we talk about adobo. In summary, it is good.
The Sinigang na hipon sa kamias (PHP250) was so divine! It had a generous amount of vegetables and shrimps. This is so great because you see, most restaurants, at least the ones I'd been to, are not exactly liberal with shrimps (shrimps are not exactly cheap).
For drinks, there's the Iced tea, regular price is PHP40, PHP60 if you want it refillable or the sweet and creamy, Mango Shake (PHP75).
For desserts, I tried Blueberry Cheesecake (PHP75). Nothing special about it though, even found the cheesecake too sour, which was intensified by the already sour blueberry syrup on top.
If you are ordering cake at Bistro Marinero then I suggest you take the Chocolate Moist Cake (PHP75). It's a fondant cake that looked plain on the surface but quite heavenly in taste. I swear to you it is one the best if not the most delicious chocolate cake I have ever tasted in my life. The slice is also pretty big for 75 bucks. In fact, I am willing to return to Bistro Marinero just to have another taste of this cake, that's how crazy I am about this. It is soft, moist, and I like it that the chocolate flavor is not too strong. This is coming from a person who is not really a fan of chocolate cakes, so I guess it should mean something.
Bistro Marinero is a great place for casual dining. The place looks decent and neat, the staff members are courteous and polite, and the food is good. They also offer catering services and you can also hold events and parties in their restaurant. So if you happen to find yourself in Intramuros one of these days I recommend that you check out Bistro Marinero. It sits right across San Agustin Church. It would be a great addition to a memorable Intramuros experience.
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They serve well. But the value for money is not really equitable.
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