Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Even More Reasons to Love SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL CAFE (SKOW)


As young as this cafe may seem, it sure has taken a remarkable spot in the Marikina dining scene. Barely five months old, Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe (now more popularly known as SKOW) continues to update their menu with the most palate-delighting dishes and maintain the one of the coolest playlists for their diners (80s hits, oh yeah!).

I was there again last weekend with my sister and Sweetie, to check out their new menu. SKOW closed for a couple of weeks for maintenance repair and menu updating, and we were very glad to discover that they now also have a menu for Japanese cuisine!

I like this picture a lot, hehe!

As usual, we wanted to try everything, but since we had limited stomach space, we got to try only two items on their Japanese menu:

 Prawn Tempura and the Kani Tempura (130 PhP each) (I am IN LOVE with the Kani Tempura - shreds of crab meat, oh my!)

 Stir-fried mixed veggies (80 PhP)! So fresh and crisp!

This is me devouring the tempura plate. And what is that brown, inviting, beautiful slice of something?

A moist, delicious slice of chocolate caramel cake (75 PhP). This is the first type of cake I've tried in SKOW, and I'll definitely come back for more (specifically, for the Strawberry Shortcake!)

The cake slice's mother, hehe. Anyway, I can't even aptly describe how moist the chocolate cake is!

I am now about to feature the other dishes that we had that night. At the end of this post, you will see SKOW's flag carrier. They say that every restaurant offers a signature dish, and for SKOW, I believe that's the one dish that I can order every single time I go there, and not get tired of it.

On with their other great dishes first:

Our SKOW staple: Tender, sweet and spicy BARBECUED SPARE RIBS (140 PhP)

FISH AND CHIPS (170 PhP). Fish fillet deep fried with its flavorful batter, served hot with their special tartar sauce and French Fries.

 Buttered Prawns with Aioli (180 PhP)

Tell me, WHO CAN RESIST A MILKSHAKE LIKE THIS? No one!! (95 PhP)

Me and Sis enjoying all the great things SKOW has to offer (Thanks for this shot, Sweetie!)

And now, for their dish that stole my heart and relinquished it with so much joy:

SALMON STEAK IN LEMON CAPER SAUCE (195 PhP). The Salmon was moist, tender, flavorful. The Caper Sauce tangy, creamy and silky. The potato salad perfectly complementing the whole dish. This is one of SKOW's best dishes. This is their flag carrier, like I mentioned. 

So, what are you waiting for? Experience these dishes and visit Some Kind of Wonderful Cafe in Marikina today! (Except on Tuesdays, they're closed.)


To view my first ever (and most popular, at that) post on SKOW, click here.
For my second visit, click here.

SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL CAFE (SKOW)
Rainbow Street, SSS Village
(Right across St. Paul Parish, if you're commuting, take the SSS jeep or FX and ask Manong Driver to let you off near Saint Paul Parish)
Marikina City, Metro Manila
(02) 409-1242 / 09282714998
OPEN everyday EXCEPT Tuesdays FROM 12nn to 10pm
Munching Budget per person: starts at 100 PhP


Marikina, aking hirang.

Roni

26 comments:

  1. I'll try this one! mukhang ok yung food.

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  2. W.O.W. the salmon steak looks really good!!

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  3. @rah: yes, okay na okay ang food. and of course, the music. :D

    @sugarhiccupgirl: hello there! the salmon steak is definitely one of their best dishes. do try it when you go to SKOW. :)

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  4. oh no Roni parang ang sarap nga nung Salmon Steak,nagutom naman ako bigla!

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  5. hi Ninx, masarap talaga yung dish na yan. So sorry to have made you hungry :p

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  6. Interesting! Everything looks yummy! I haven't been to Marikina for a food trip. This will definitely be on my list of restos/cafes to hit :)

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  7. hi Yedy! thanks! and they play great 80s music too. :) enjoy your SKOW experience! :)

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  8. ang hitsura nang cake!parang ang sarap-sarap!

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  9. thanks Ate Glow! masarap nga ang cakes nila :D

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  10. thank you Roni, for recommending the Salmon Steak. It's the best and AFFORDABLE we've had in Manila.

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  11. you're welcome Benjie! :) glad you enjoyed the Salmon Steak. bestseller talaga nila yan!

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  12. Just a heads-up guys, we were at SKOW last sunday. The owner (Dennis) said, that they will be closed on wednesday until friday (june 17). They will re-open on Saturday (June 18). The reason for the 3 day closure, chef owner Graciela is going to Seoul for a 3 day seminar. If you're planning to go to SKOW this week, sorry guys, Sat pa open nila!

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  13. hi Andrea! thanks so much for the heads up! :) i wish chef Graciela a bon voyage!!

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  14. hi Roni, thanks for all the work you're pouring on featuring places in Marikina. More power!

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  15. thanks King! :) my pleasure. Since you commented on this post... just curious if you've been to SKOW? ;)

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  16. kinda dissapointed sa food ng skow. highly recommeded din kasi ng friend ko. toppings of pizza are falling of the crust. the crust of the pizza are breaking when we picked it up from the plate. so so yung taste ng meals. i orderded the hamburger, pero for parang bland at mas masarap pa yung mga champ ng jollibee.

    my kids would not like to eat there again.

    suggestion lang, hope you rate the foods numerically i.e 1- 5 stars para medyo objective and can be compared sa iba. thanks!

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  17. hello there! so sorry to hear about your experience. :( most feedback (even by bloggers way, way up there than I am) are favorable, so again, i'm sorry you didn't have a great time at SKOW. maybe you can give them another visit? :) try their other dishes and their shakes.

    as for rating the foodie spots, I am so sorry but I don't think I will ever do that. :( like I specified in the "About" section of this blog, I write food features, not food critiques. I personally feel na wala akong "K" to rate food (hehe) because I don't think I am as well-rounded as the veteran food bloggers out there. :) But I do love to eat, take pictures, and I love Marikina and support its local places so voila, this blog was born. thanks so much for visiting and for your feedback! :)

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  18. No need for apologies Roni. We love your blog and we believe in your advocacy. People who can give comments without divukging their name is not worth believing. We love SKOW and i think it is still one of the best or the best hole in the wall resto in Marikina. Roni pabayaan mo na lang yang nagkokomento na yan, not worth wasting your time. Malalang sa malamang kalaban lang ng SKOW yan! Haha

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  19. sorry correction "divulging"

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  20. hi michelle! like they say, different strokes for different folks. still, i do believe there's a reason why SKOW is still one of the top hole in the wall restos in the city along with many others ;-) Marikenyos need not go out of Marikina to experience great food!

    I wanted to drop by SKOW last Sunday pero napuno na ng mga tao from St. Paul --- I totally forgot it was Palm Sunday, haha :-)

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  21. Yup Roni, everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I guess people who visited your blog has spoken, SKOW remains to be the most viewed resto in your blog. Just do what you have to do, you're doing us marikenyos a big favor. Don't mind those nameless detractors, pretending to be unsatisfied customers! It's just so sad that some people has to go to that extent (using your blog) just to bad mouth and de-fame their potential competitors.

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  22. Yup Roni, everybody is entitled to their own opinion. I guess people who visited your blog has spoken, SKOW remains to be the most viewed resto in your blog. Just do what you have to do, you're doing us marikenyos a big favor. Don't mind those nameless detractors, pretending to be unsatisfied customers! It's just so sad that some people has to go to that extent (using your blog) just to bad mouth and de-fame their potential competitors.

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  23. thanks Michelle! Let us all continue to support Marikina's local foodie spots :-)

    I wish everyone a blessed week!! XOXO

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  24. Guys share ko lang this link, Cheers to SKOW!
    http://www.juice.ph/dining/features/coded-cuisine-revealed

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  25. Hi Roni :-) I finally tried their famed burger..reminiscent of Dayrit's back in the 80's...yummmmy! thanks!

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  26. wow, I am so happy to hear that. thanks so much for the feedback crissy! i haven't been to SKOW in a while... must go back ;-)

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