When my boyfriend told me we were invited to a wedding in Mindoro, the very first thing that popped in my mind was Casa Marikit. I know. Most girls would think about what they are going to wear, where they are staying, what they should expect, etc., while all I could think about was… food. Haha!
It was on the way to our destination so there was no excuse to miss it. Besides, it was our monthsary! We gotta celebrate before anything else. 🙂
DIRECTIONS: Drive SLEX all the way to the end. Take the LIPA EXIT. Then drive JOSE LAUREL HIGHWAY until you see the Fernando Air Base on your right. The street right after the airbase is where Casa Marikit is, beside a Japanese restaurant.
Upon entering, we were greeted by this spacious outdoor area. It looked like an old house before it turned into a restaurant.
THE AMBIENCE – 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The moment I stepped inside those glass doors I thought to myself, “this place is really perfect for a romantic date, glad I finally get to bring my boyfriend here”. The interior design gave a rustic feel with its natural color scheme that accentuates the wooden charm of the restaurant. It was very warm and cozy with a touch of sophistication.
While I was taking pictures, I was imagining how the restaurant would look like at night. I was pretty sure it’s even more romantic!
THE FOOD – 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We were first served this complimentary basket of focaccia bread with butter, pate and tomato-basil salsa while we wait for our orders. THEIR FOCACCIA BREAD’S TO DIE FOR I’M TELLING YOU! It was a simple herby bread yet very addicting. It went very well with the pate and the salsa together but I liked it plain. It was really tasty on its own!
Zuppa di Cipolle (P295). A classic onion soup wrapped in a large piece of focaccia bread. When we were served this huge bowl we wondered how we were going to eat it, do we remove the crust or do we make a hole in the middle? Such ignorance. Haha!
We ended up doing the latter and tadahhh… Hello there, onion soup! My first few spoonfuls were satisfying as it soothed my rumbling tummy. Only then did I realize that the taste kinda lacked in strength. It was a little bland compared to the onion soup I’ve had in Le Petit Soufflé. If it weren’t for the tasty focaccia bread that gave an added flavor in every bite, we wouldn’t finish the bowl.
Tagliatelle al Tartufo (P670). Tagliatelle in truffle sauce wrapped in prosciutto. If you are wondering what tagliatelle means, it is a kind of pasta similar to fettuccine, long and flat thick noodles. On the other hand, prosciutto is an Italian thinly sliced cured ham that is usually served uncooked.
The first time I tried it left me wanting to have it again the next time I visit coz it was really delicious! I seriously went head over heels in love with it! The strong flavors of the ingredients did not overpower each other. They actually complemented each other very well. Sooo good!
I have high expectations on their pizzas after having tried Rustica (which was nothing short of spectacular!) before. So, I let the boyfriend choose whatever he liked on their wide selection of pizzas. He went for their Little Italy (P490) with mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and bolognese sauce. And oh boy did he choose wrong! Haha! Kidding aside, it was good but it just didn’t complement the Tartufo. It was somewhat nakakaumay. I think it would’ve tasted better if paired with the other dishes.
The prices were reasonable given the serving sizes and the quality of the food, plus their generosity in the ingredients they put in the dishes, especially the pizzas.
THE SERVICE – 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Service was nice. All the staff seemed friendly and warm. They were attentive to our needs, we didn’t have to ask for a refill of water or provide us candles to keep that one fly away from our food. (Don’t be surprised! It’s normal to have flies wherever restaurant you go to). They notice everything before you know it.
OVERALL EXPERIENCE – 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Can I just say that I wouldn’t miss visiting this restaurant whenever I am in Batangas or anywhere near. Actually, I wouldn’t mind at all if I drive myself all the way here from Manila just to satisfy my cravings or simply to bring family and friends and introduce them to this hidden haven of Italian restaurant. I loved it here! We loved it here!
LOCATION: Banay-Banay, Concepcion, Lipa City, Batangas