Last Wednesday, after spending an afternoon at Sean’s house, we decided to have dinner somewhere nearby. Living near Shaw Boulevard, we thought why not try one of the many restaurant choices in the developing Barangay Kapitolyo? Brgy. Kapitolyo in Pasig is one of the Philippines’ most loved and most sought out food districts. The area is lined up with budget-friendly restaurants for vast cuisine choices.
Among all the choices, Sean and I decided to get dessert at a hole-in-a-wall restaurant called Mad Mark’s Man Sandwich and Frozen Desserts, owned by DLSU-M Entrepreneurship graduate Mark Isidro, along East Capitol Drive. We heard that Mad Mark’s boasts of its homemade “artisan” ice cream and is a definite must try even for non-ice cream lovers.
The store is quite easy to miss with the many other food joints surrounding it so make sure when you get to the more famous restaurant Charlie’s Grind and Grill, look for the sign of Mad Mark’s. Upon arriving in the restaurant, the place looked lovely but pretty small, probably only 8-10 tables available, but luckily, we were seated before the place got jam-packed. Only a few parking space is provided so most likely, one is advised to park somewhere nearby and walk to the store instead. The place was very chill, with its minimalist design, warm lights and air conditioning. The place had this nautical and home-y feel to it with its red, white and brown interiors. The service crew was pretty much limited to 1-2 people but nevertheless, they were nice.
Despite the many other choices in the menu, we came for the ice cream and that was what we asked for. Sean asked for the restaurant’s bestseller, which was the Half Baked Madagascar while I settled for the Chocolate on Chocolate.
The ice creams, though weren’t visually appetizing, were definitely a treat. Sean’s order was apparently Mad Mark’s “cookies n’ cream” with a twist because besides using crushed cookies, the cookies were “half baked”. Although some say that their ice cream is nothing spectacular, it’s still up to you if you choose to enjoy it. I just recommend everyone to not expect so much so one wouldn’t see it much as a letdown. Other flavors include Madagascar Vanilla Bean, Javan Hot Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Salted Sumatra, Mango Sorbet and Watermelon Sorbet.
Unfortunately for us, we did not get to try their sandwiches which they are also known for so we are definitely going back to try those.