Tucked in Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City (beside Forbeswood Heights Condominium), Casa Marcos spans generations and is no way a newcomer in the food arena. It finds its roots in the 1940s, when a Spanish expatriate named Marcos de Guisasola opened a restaurant in his name.

Eventually, when SeΓ±or Marcos had to go back to Spain, he passed the ownership of his successful business on to Ben del Rosario. Ben was his close friend and one of the customers who frequented the restaurant. A new branch of Casa Marcos was opened by Ben and his family in 1983, and it was in this place where the popular “Casa Marcos pan de sal” was established.

My friends and I had lunch at Casa Marcos last Saturday and spent more than two hours talking about our life’s recent updates while enjoying the food, especially the unlimited refills of pan de sal. πŸ˜‰

Review of Casa Marcos Restobar (Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City)

Ambiance: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

At first glance, I could never have guessed that inside Casa Marcos Restobar lies gaudy dΓ©cor. The first floor features a bar counter, two small dining sets, menu written on a chalkboards, and a fridge for chill drinks. Walking up the stairs to the second floor, I realized that this place is styled like a typical Spanish-style bar with antique-looking tables and chairs. The atmosphere was cozy and the setup, with brick walls, lights resembling tin cans on the ceiling,Β and colorful posters on the walls,Β was just simple yet beautiful.

Service: β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

The place was quiet with reserved staff to match. I was the first customer to arrive for lunch. This meant theΒ staff wasn’t supposed to be busy; in fact, they were just listening to music on the radio and chatting with one another. Good times, huh. They looked at me as I pushed the glass door, however there was particularly no hi, welcome, how many or anything like that verbally exchanged. In short, the staffs (about four of five of them) were not friendly or inviting.

They also did not bother to hand me the menu or ask if I need anything but let me observe around and do things in my own pace. It was as if I did not exist! One waiter came when I raised my hand to order, when I asked for the bread refill and when it was time for us to pay for the bill.Β Attentiveness passed the test and that’s the only good point noted.

Food: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

The garlicky scent of Gambas (PHp 320) wafted from our table, and we immediately dug into the plump Spanish garlic shrimps cooked Casa Marcos style sautΓ©ed in butter and garlic. The portion was small (almost like a side dish) and might be good for only one person, but we managed to share it, hardly needing all the jazz to appreciate the flavors.

The strong flavor in gambas simply begged for rice. But instead of ordering rice, we opted for Casa Marcos Restobar’s pan de salβ€”and what a good move that was. These babies (so tiny, so cute) were served as a complimentary starter with butter to spread, and the bowl was refilled with more fresh pan de sal by request. The bread was soft and chewy. Allowing any of the gambas’ sauce go to waste is a sin, so we had the pan de sal soak up its glorious juices and ate it. Mmmmm…yummy!

Our single entree, Pollo de Casa Marcos (PHp 320), was ever-so-gently pan-fried in oil and garlic. The chicken breast flesh was perfectly cooked, moist and toothsome.

Price for Value: β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†β˜†

Average price of a course at Casa Marcos is PHp 400.Β I consider this to be really high as we got very small portions of food albeitΒ in nice plating. Also, while the food tasted fine, the ingredients used, the creativity and the uniqueness of the recipes were not really too exceptional or wow-intensive to be worth such cost. But just maybe, the vivid cooking and utter lack of trendiness have their own charms. Will it bring you to Spain? If only you close your eyes and daydream for a moment, that could be possible.

In any case, if you’re planning to dine in with a group of friends or your family, Casa Marcos’ selection of paellas can be worth the splurge. They offer four different types of paella (good for 5 to 6 people):

  • Paella Valenciana (PHp 795) – Hearty rice meal with chorizo, seafood, and chicken seasoned with paprika cooked over a slow fire
  • Paella Marinera (PHp 745) – Classic all seafood paella
  • Paella con Saffron (PHp 895) – Classic Valenciana cooked in saffron, giving it a lighter and more distinctive taste
  • Paella Negra (PHp 795) – A variety of seafood, chicken and vegetables cooked in black squid ink

For those who hanker for long and lingering suppers, feel free to punctuate jovial conversation with glassfuls of bar drinks: beer, gin, vodka, cognac, whiskey, rum, tequila, mixers and fruit juices are all available with prices ranging from PHp 80 to PHp 325.

F 121, Forbeswood Heights, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
For inquiries, contact (02) 5523781
Date Published: 02/04/2014
11 / 20 stars

Operating Hours: 11AM-2:30PM, 6PM-11PM

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58 Responses

  1. Fernando Lachica

    Pan De Sal is a flexible bread usually partnered with cheese, margarine, and gambas or grilled chicken. You enjoyed your stay for the unlimited pandesal.

  2. Rhea Bue

    Yet another nice place to visit! Buti nalang malapit lang siya sa office.. I can drop by after πŸ™‚ I want to try that Gambas. hihihi πŸ˜€

  3. Apple

    Im a foodie at heart and I think so are you. Thanks for sharing your experience at Casa Marco. Tho the food looks good, I do agree that its a bit pricey considering that they serve it in small portions. But when in Manila, ill try and check this place out for myself. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Mindy

    Wah, i absolutely love the decor and ambience! Too bad about the service though, that would totally put me off from coming to a place! Btw about your comment on my blog, i was just kidding! I mean, traditionally CNY lasts for 1 month (you know, in ancient China) but of course we do not celebrate it for a whole month now hahaha

  5. Kath Rivera

    The first thing that pop in my mind when I saw the name casa Marcos was Spanish dishes. But it’s a bit pricey for a small portion eater person like me but want to try this because I also love Spanish food

  6. Joy

    i was looking at the lightings – unique and i love the wooden tables and chairs, though the food is a bit pricey, maybe i’ll visit them only for a snack and not for a full meal dining hehe

  7. Cheryl Zamora

    The place looks great and the food looks yummy although it’s a bit pricey. But for me if the service is poor even if the food is delicious, I’d still won’t go back. Hahahaha! I experienced that here in Cebu where I have waited for almost half an hour before the staff entertained me. Anyway, love that they serve unlimited pan de sal :p

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Whoa. Haha they must have been really busy! πŸ˜› I just love the unli bread here. As for the other dishes, the tastes are legit but don’t expect anything special.

  8. Nancy

    I almost drooled over those lovely food pictures. Looks so yummy. I wish I had a chance to visit there. Nicely Reviewed Dear. πŸ˜‰

  9. Shekinah

    I live nearby and I agree with you about their service rating. You’re kind enough to give 2. If it was me I’ll give one star for the bad service. I just noticed that majority of the restaurants around The Fort/Global City have a bad staffs/service. -_- Burgos Circle is really nice. Peaceful and cozy. A good place if you want to catch up and dine with your family or friends.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Ohh now I know. Anyway yeah, the only plus is that the atmosphere of the place is very suburban cafe, not a place you’d expect with all the trendy looks in the city but still had a pretty homey feel.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Casa Marcos is definitely a unique addition to the neighborhood. It looks charming enough from the outside, a bar with a bakery kind of concept and a dining area in one.

  10. Aki Libo-on

    I’ve been around BGC lately but I’ve never been to Burgos Circle. I must say that Casa Marcos has a quaint ambiance, and it’s a new thing for me to see a dining place which is known for pandesal. I hope I could find the time to try Casa Marcos. πŸ™‚

  11. nadine | flipinistas

    wow, their menu made me hungry! I can also tell by the pictures that they’re influenced by Spanish style indeed. Glad you shared your experience with them πŸ™‚ Thank you!

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      This is one example of a place where certain things are really good but the prices of items are just overrated. Anyway, it’s okay to have a try at least once! πŸ™‚

  12. NocturnalReader

    Cool! I like the first floor interior especially the bar and the two seats in front of it. A nice way to interact with the dining crew when you’re alone.

    Yayks, the foods are too pricey.

  13. Gelleesh

    Not so inviting staff. They should improve on that one. Filipinos pa naman are known for being hospitable. Would love to try the paella dishes you listed! πŸ™‚

  14. cococute

    The photos made the food looking really tempting and the place is really nice for relaxing in a moment but with the price maybe I can look for other place that won’t hurt my pocket.


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