Located at Manglona’s Market a few meters near the Shell gas station in Susupe, the Bistro Marianas lure diners to come in and enjoy delicious food and the homey atmosphere with its combination of native and modern decorations.
We checked out the place at past 12 noon yesterday and were immediately drawn to the comfortable ambiance that gives the impression of dining in your own kitchen.
We didn‘t waste time but immediately fell in line to try some of buffet selections which included Chamorro beef steak, dinuguan (pork blood stew), fried chicken, fresh vegetable lumpia (spring roll), kare-kare (pork hocks cooked in peanut butter), and crispy lechon (roasted pig) — all Filipino favorites specially prepared in celebration of the Philippine Independence Day yesterday.
Bistro Marianas serves a sumptuous Sunday fiesta lunch buffet that includes assorted seafood, beef and chicken dishes, lechon and bottomless iced tea, all for $7.50 per person.
Sisters Nancy Sarmiento and Theresa Trasmano, who run the restaurant, said they will soon include international cuisines on their menu.
“We’re going to serve Japanese, Korean, Chinese and other international favorites very soon because we want to make Bistro Marianas a favorite hangout for everybody,” Sarmiento said.
Bistro Marianas had a soft opening on May 8. Since then, it has been steadily gaining a regular flow of customers including clients from as far as Kagman.
On regular days, Bistro Marianas offers a variety of dishes at very affordable prices.
Among the favorites at Bistro Marianas are dinuguan, lechon paksiw (roasted pig in liver sauce), sautéed Baguio beans with pork, sweet and sour pork, fried fish, “fritada” which is beef or chicken stew simmered with spices and tomato sauce, “papaitan,” a soup made from cow or goat innards, steamed tuna, spicy pork hocks, Tagalog beef steak and chopsuey, “laing” — a popular taro dish, “bopis” which is a spicy dish of pork lungs and heart sautéed in tomatoes, pepper and onions, fried chicken, noodle soup and more.
“We vary our menu from day to day and we can prepare whatever dish our diners want to order,” Sarmiento said. Meals on regular days start from $3.50 for two choices plus a serving of steamed rice.
Bistro Marianas also accepts catering services for weddings, birthdays, parties and other occasions. It also do home deliveries.
“We offer hassle-free party packages. Just give us a call, tell us what you want and we will do the rest,” Sarmiento added.
She said that they are also planning to turn the restaurant into a place where local bands can enjoy happy hours.
“We have so many talented bands that we can utilize to entertain our diners as they feast on barbeque, “liempo” (grilled pork belly), and other favorites over bottles of their favorite drinks,” Sarmiento said.
Bistro Marianas can accommodate up to 50 persons and opens at 7 a.m. for breakfast, until 9 p.m. every day. Only cash is accepted for now. For reservations, call 287-4628 or 287-6658.
(This article was originally published HERE)