Location: G/F, Greenbelt 1, Greenbelt Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City
My husband and I were accompanied by three relatives when we were in the Greenbelt area for early Christmas shopping. It was the middle of the afternoon when we all became hungry and they agreed to join me in a sentimental Pinoy merienda at Via Mare in Greenbelt 1 which was one of my favorite casual dining Pinoy restaurants when I was single.
Now, dearest Senior Citizens (SCs), you might ask, why there, Tita S? There is one at Greenbelt 3 and it is newer. I know that, SCs, but this Greenbelt 1 branch is so memorable for me before I got married. Anyway, indulge me, please, ok?
This outlet is open from 8 am till 9:30 pm (M-F), 9 am till 9:30 pm (Sat.-Sun.), and 10 am till 10 pm (during holidays). It is located at the ground floor, opposite National Book Store, a favorite store of mine. Via Mare’s facade and interiors still looked the same and the diners were mostly families or seniors, alone or with a companion.
I can’t help but think that the other seniors also eat there not only for the yummy dishes but recall delightful memories of dining there for years/decades as well. For me, it was way back 1990s.
This outlet offers breakfast, a wide selection of Pinoy merienda treats and kakanin, as well as different soups, main dishes, oyster specialties, vegetables and rice for lunch/dinner.
I was feeling nostalgic when I got hold of the menu and I wanted to order lots of native merienda treats but stopped myself because of eating out too much when I go to Metro Manila.
We ordered only four kinds of merienda items First was BIBINGKA VSP (175 pesos), meaning the bibingka was very special because it had all the toppings possible. It was served warm and soft and its flavor was enhanced by the yummy toppings (butter, cheese and salted egg), accompanied by freshly grated coconut and sugar.
PUTO BUMBONG, with two pieces per order, served with muscavado sugar, quezo de bola and freshly grated coconut (106 pesos), was also ordered. It looked so delicious and we even ordered additional queso de bola for a more delightful combination.
The PALITAW, with three pieces per order and a generous topping of freshly grated coconut, sugar and linga (55 pesos), was served next. It is definitely a MUST TRY, dearest SCs! This boiled, flattened, small, rectangular, Filipino rice cake was so delicately soft, contrasted by the texture of the freshly grated coconut mixed with sugar and linga. We had to ask for an additional order because we couldn’t have enough of this native delicacy.
DINUGUAN AT PUTO (205 pesos), another Filipino favorite, was a satisfying, thick, savory stew, complemented by the small white putos.
Bottomline, we enjoyed all our orders but rave about the palitaw! My younger companions learned to appreciate these Pinoy treats while I reminisced good times in this restaurant with every bite I took. Happy tummies! Happy memories! Happy meee! Happy weee! We will surely go back for more, perhaps for lunch or dinner!
Prices stated were based on charges when we dined in this outlet; they may change. Visit its official website: www.viamare.com.ph for outlets, catering services, updates, etc. You can also call (02) 815-1918. For a quick look at the menu of this outlet: (1) simply type “via mare greenbelt 1 menu” and click on the www.munchpunch.com option, or (2) type www.zomato.com and type café via mare greenbelt 1. View the menu at the bottom of the page.
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