Monday, May 25, 2015

First bite at Industriya Marikina

Place: Spacious, elegant, and classy. What we like is the decor: a mixture of classic furnishings, modern fixtures, and trinkets of Marikina culture (molds for shoes, shoe leather as chairs, etc.).

Food: Generally delicious. Industriya has a packed menu, offering Japanese, Italian, American, and Filipino dishes. And because we have limited and small stomachs, we ordered only those that caught our fancy.

By the way, while waiting for the dishes to be served, the restaurant serves complimentary Adobong Mani that is sweet, salty, and delicious!

First, a plate of Chicharon Bulaklak (Php 298). Each piece is crispy and perfectly fried. The taste is clean, with just the right amount of salt. The dish is served with a spicy and sour dip that is a mixture of vinegar, soy sauce, onions, and chili.

Then we have some Truffle Cream Pasta (Php 220) just to have a gastronomic glimpse of their pasta fare. It's a cream-based pasta dish with hints of that satisfying truffle flavor. One has three choice for the noodles: penne, fettucine, and spaghetti. The noodles are al dente and well seasoned. The sauce's flavor is punctuated. Also, it's truffle component is not overpowering. It comes with a piece of the restaurant's own foccacia that is a little too soggy and a bit bland.

Now, time for some Filipino classics (We're in Marikina after all!). First off, the Kare-Kare (Php 495). Industriya's Kare-Kare uses ox tail for its meat. The vegetables are fresh, the meat, tender. And the sauce! One of the most delicious out there. The meaty taste blended well with the peanut flavor, resulting to a very flavorful sauce. Warning: this dish will make you eat CUPS of rice.

Then, Crispy Pata (Php 695). Crispy enough on the outside, just a tad dry on the inside. It has hints of herbs and ginger, quite different from the ones we commonly eat (which usually garlicky). It comes with the same dip as the Chicharon Bulaklak.

For dessert, we have a slice of the Mango Crunch Cake (Php 175): vanilla chiffon cake with crunchy biscuit bits, and lots of cream. The cake is a little soggy. We like the texture contrast provided by the crunchy bits. What is missing though is the mango flavor; we can barely sense it. There's crunch, there's cake, but almost no mango.

With the cake, we have a cup of the Café Mocha (Php 99). It has good thickness and velvety consistency. But the taste is more that of very milky hot chocolate than mocha. The coffee component is too subtle.

Price: Considering food quality, serving size, and taste, food here is a just a little overpriced (We can think of other places that offer the same dishes for much lower prices).

Service: Service is OK. Waiters are amply alert. And they look neat and cool. They just need to work on their pronunciation. And they need to brush up some more on the food they offer.

Industriya Marikina is at 23 M.A. Roxas St., Calumpang, Marikina City.

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