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Monday, April 9, 2012

Cafe Mary Grace: Ensaymadas, Tsokolate and More

Mary Grace has been known to offer ensaymadas which are to die for. And although it has been around for quite a while, I haven't had the chance to actually try their sweet goodies. Good thing the pastry business had already expanded and put up Cafe Mary Grace, an easily accessible café carrying breakfast items, sandwiches, pasta dishes and pizzas, along with their famous pastries.

Cafe Mary Grace chandelier Cafe Mary Grace table ornament

Among the eight Cafe Mary Grace branches currently scattered around the Metro, the beau and I got to try the Greenbelt 2 café for an afternoon snack. I've already passed by a few Cafe Mary Grace branches before, but never did I imagine the place to be very quaint and cozy, and filled with vintage trinkets. There were a ton of frames with old photos, books, candles and whatnots. The ceiling was also filled with paper lamps of various sizes.

Cafe Mary Grace chandelier

We got tables on the mezzanine and I can't help but be in awe of everything I saw. Just merely staying in the café gave me a sense of comfort. But of course, since we're actually at Cafe Mary Grace to grab a quick merienda and not just to gaze at its interior, we asked for a menu and ordered a pasta dish for sharing.

Spanish Sardines and Olives Pasta

We had the Spanish Sardines and Olives Pasta (P212) which is an aglio olio dish with Spanish sardines, tomatoes and mushrooms for that extra zing. Although I'm not a big fan of spicy dishes, this didn't fail to impress me. The Spanish sardines gave off a spicy, savory flavor to an already-beautiful blend of garlic and olives. The fettuccine was also cooked al dente which made eating this Spanish Sardines and Olives Pasta more enjoyable.

Cafe Mary Grace Classic Ensaymada

Being in a café famous for their pastries, I made sure to order a piece of the Mary Grace Classic Ensaymada (P73). Honestly, I find this ensaymada expensive, but I have to admit that this is the biggest ensaymada I've had in my entire life. Dusted with some sugar and a generous amount of grated Parmesan cheese, the Mary Grace Classic Ensaymada was light, soft and buttery. It was quite a mess to eat, but I came to understand why this ensaymada is famous. Yes, it was really good!

Mary Grace Hot Chocolate

Aside from a glass of free lemon-infused water, I also had a cup of the Mary Grace Hot Chocolate (P110) to go with the ensaymada. For a small cup, I can definitely say that Cafe Mary Grace's signature hot choco is expensive. However, I can attest that it's one of the most lovely cups of hot chocolate in town. It was thick, rich and oozing with sweet chocolatey goodness.

Mary Grace Traditional Tsokolate

My date on the other hand, went for a cup of the Traditional Tsokolate (P90). Unlike my cup of hot choco, the traditional version had a denser and silkier texture to go with its bittersweet flavor. It was very rich and quite overwhelming to sip on its own. But when taken with the sweet and buttery ensaymada, I'd say they make a pretty good combo.

Mary Grace Hot Chocolate Mary Grace Traditional Tsokolate

THE VERDICT

Everything we had at Cafe Mary Grace was very good comfort food. Prices may be on the expensive side, especially on the case of their hot chocolate beverages. But taste-wise, I say Cafe Mary Grace definitely hits the spot. With lovely flavors, cozy interiors, good service and free Wi-Fi, I'm sure we'll be back yet again for another afternoon snack.

Taste - 4/5
Ambiance - 5/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 3.5/5
Overall Value - 4/5

Café Mary Grace, Greenbelt 2
Greenbelt 2, Ayala Center
Makati Cty, Metro Manila
Philippines
(02) 501-3089
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55 comments:

  1. I like the interiors so much especially the hanging lamps,it is a cozy place.And the hot choco and ensaymada are really worth trying for.

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  2. I love Mary Grace but havent tried their cafe yet. Love their velvet cake + brownies! And that tsokolate looks so yummy!

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  3. I've never tried to dine in mary grace.. Laging takeout lg from their booth.. The place looks really comforting and relaxing :)

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  4. Perfect ambiance, eh? Hehe must visit =))

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  5. Wow I love the interiors the place looks so cozy! A bit pricey but considering the location and the ambiance I think it's a must try.

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  6. i like their ensaymada but as you said, their prices are a bit expensive.

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  7. i wanna try their pasta too!! i don't eat sardines but that aglio olio pasta looks so delish! Mmmm!!

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  8. Funny but even if I've had Mary Grace ensaymadas lots of times I've never set foot in their cafe. Looks good judging form your post, should try it some time. :D

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  9. I love the place. Ang cozy, very relaxing.
    I just don't like the prices. Kinda expensive. :(

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  10. I love ensaymadas. <3
    Gusto ko din sa mary grace un cake nila :)

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  11. I used to frequent Mary Grace @ Rockwell Business center in ortigas and i like it there. :)

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  12. I love their Hot chocolate in Mary Grace.. saka di naman sya masyadong mahal so okay na rin.

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  13. @leira: I find the Mary Grace Hot Chocolate quite pricey because of its size.. ^^ Ang liit ng cup! I dunno if it's only in the Greenbelt branch or if it's really their standard size.

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  14. The interior design is nice, the lamps hanging from the ceiling make the place romantic. Sis, you sure know where to find good restaurants!

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  15. i love that place! i wanna try their pasta. ang natry ko pa lang ensaymadas and cakes :)

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  16. Ilang sip lang ubos na ang P110... :)

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  17. @Thirdy Lopez: True, true! Super tinitipid ko yung hot choco para tumagal.. :))

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  18. wow, the place looks cozy, and the food looks yummy...'would love to dine there soon.

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  19. I love Mary Grace din!!!! The food, the service.. plus the ambience! Worth every penny :)

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  20. mas masarap siguro yan sa ensaymadang malolos :)

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  21. I really enjoy the churroz at Mary Grace. The chocolate is almost the right blend of sweet and bitter. :) Haven't tried their pastas yet but generally, I like sardines with olives. :)

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  22. The next time I stop by Greenbelt 2, I'll definitely eat at Cafe Mary Grace.

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  23. i looove mary grace! my favorite is vigan longanisa with kesong puti! i'll definitely visit greenbelt 2 next time! ganda ng interior!

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  24. I love the salads and the pasta at Mary Grace. I remember having my first plate of salad at Mary Grace Alabang and I was instantly a fan! :)

    I love quaint and out-of-way shops. There's something so "underground" about them that makes them special. Great post, Sumi!

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  25. The hot choco looks really rich! :)

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  26. perfect place, i love ensaymadas, hmmm..

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  27. I have tried Mary Grace's pastries but I have never eaten in their restaurant...hmmmmnnn, will be trying it out.

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  28. sounds very interesting & relaxed place..;)

    Tasty Appetite

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  29. Tsalap naman! Ganda ng interior ng Mary Grace! Hindi pa ako naka try kumain pero since ni recommend mo mag try kami one of this days sa Mary Grace na malapit sa amin ni kuya!

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  30. I wanna try this.. the pics you;ve taken looks lovely.. seems like the place really got a nice ambiance.. the food also looks yummy.. Thanks for sharing this.. There;s a Mary Grace nearby so i guess i'll visit sometime this week

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  31. Good interior decorations and from the looks of it the food really taste delicious..:)

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  32. i like their ensaymada indeed! hmm hot choco plus ensaymada... i'm craving now :P

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  33. I've always wanted to try Cafe Mary Grace, but heck, that is one expensive ensaymada. XD

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  34. I always love Ensaymada :) That classic ensaymada looks good and unique in my eyes . Wanna try that one!

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  35. I haven't been to any of their cafes, but I buy a lot of their cheese rolls! :) I'd love to try their hot choco!

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  36. What a lovely place!

    Ensaymada is one of my fave treats since I was a kid. I'm salivating now.

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  37. Based on what you've posted about this Cafe Mary Grace, checking it out will be worthwhile and trying their specialties is definitely a treat.

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  38. Everything looks soooo delicious! And the place is lovely, too!

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  39. Ensemada and hot chocolate! I'll be trying those soon! : ) nice blog Sumi!

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  40. awww... sarap! i like ensaymada even the cheapest one... hehe!

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  41. You really take such wonderful shots, Sumi! <3

    But anyway, what I love most about Mary Grace are their pastas! :) And their cakes too.

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  42. ang ganda ng place sumi!! but expensive ung ensaymayda. lol!

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  43. I love Mary Grace's coffee and ensaymada. That is what i always order! :)

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  44. I love the ensaymada and cheese rolls sa meary grace kasi gusto ko talag yung queso de bola eh. But, I'm surprised ganda pala ambiance ng cafes nila. I should try their hot chocolate and ensaymada there nga cute eh

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  45. Love your blog! And I also loooove Mary Grace! :)

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  46. I was just there last Saturday but only had the Hot White Mocha. I need to go back and try more.

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  47. the one in trinoma also looks lovely, kaso lagi sila puno :)

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  48. One of the food I miss most is ensaymada...can eat that 24/7 lols! A close friend of mine blogged about Mary Grace's too...it surely is a place to try!

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  49. Hey Sumi! I would have to agree about their food being uber good, especially their ensaymada! There's actually a Cafe Mary Grace in Trinoma but I haven't tried eating their. I guess reading your post is already a big big sign! :P

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  50. I love Cafe Mary Grace! It is a tad bit on the pricier side though! You should try their other pasta dishes! They're really delicious!

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  51. My Kid's Love ensaymada...I love to try this Cafe' Mary Grace!

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  52. Reading your post, just made me crave for their ensaymada. It is one of the best i have tasted though its really expensive compared to the others. I just guess i can treat myself to this goodness once in a while.

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  53. Grabe ang ganda naman ng place na ito! Yes it is true that medyo mahal ang ensyamda pero masarap!

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