For those who don't know, The Landmark in Makati is being renovated. One thing I hated about that renovation was that I thought they took out Via Mare, which used to be right smack in the middle of the 2nd floor, for good. It was my and Mom's go-to restaurant when we were so hungry and too lazy to either cross on over to Glorietta or go down to the food court which was at the basement.
I was already prepared to move on and start considering going to the outlet at Greenbelt 1 when suddenly, last Sunday, from out of the shoe racks and people milling around, I saw this:
I couldn't help but feel happy, overjoyed even! Mom loves their Fresh Lumpiang Ubod and super famous Bibingka with coffee. It was Via Mare staple food for her. For me, I really loved their Pork Tocino and their Pork and Chicken Adobo.
Via Mare for me will always be one of the best comfort food ever! When I'm getting sick and tired of the usuals, I find myself looking for Via Mare, specifically the one at Landmark. There's this one waiter, who by the way has been there forever, that I always look for. And although we never got his name, and he never knew ours, when we sit down and order, he gives us this knowing look that says, "Hey they're back!". Our sense of familiarity is what draws us back to this place.
Not only that, this is where we bring our balikbayan relatives to eat when they crave for Filipino food. How they've mastered several dishes is I think one of the qualities that make Via Mare what it is today. And they are managing to make it look more chic and sosyal! Good job!! :)
Thank God for the re-opening of Cafe Via Mare at Landmark. I swear I would've been totally depressed!
The Landmark @ Makati
2nd Floor, The Landmark, Ayala Center, Makati City
Visit www.viamare.com.ph for catering services and other inquiries. :)