Tiyo's Cuisine

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Tiyo's Cuisine became known because of their Pisong Kape.  Yes, they offer freshly brewed coffee for only one peso.  But that is not just what they offer. They do have a lot more.  Marikina is one of those wonderful cities with hidden gems and personally, I think that Tiyo's Cuisine is one of them.  They are tucked along Almond Nut Street in San Roque, almost hidden and hard to find. Well, you know what people say about things that are hidden, they must be good, so they should be discovered.

Tiyo's Cuisine is a family owned business that started in June 2012.  It is located in a compound that used to be just a big simple garden that holds lunch gatherings for family and friends. Tiyo, the owner, as what most of his friends fond of calling him, thought of venturing into food business. Romy is originally from Ilocos but grew up in Calumpang. He met his wife, Erlinda a true blooded Marikeño, also from Calumpang, and started a family.  Their son, Adrian, is the one who is currently managing their restaurant.

Adrian is an Entrepreneurship graduate with Masteral Degree of International Business.  He took Aeronautics in the US for three years and decided to come back to the Philippine to run their family business. When me and my team got a call from him, inviting us to come over, we got really eager and did not hesitate.  Definitely, we could not turn down his offer. Here are just some of the food we had during our recent visit to Tiyo's

Nacho Fiesta (photo above, top left) is a big basket of nacho chips and generous cheese, topped with beans, salsa and meat sauce.  This is your perfect appetizer while waiting impatiently for your entrée.

Rolletas (photo above, top right) is an oven baked Mexican tortilla wrap filled with spices and meat. You can choose from chicken or pork.  Adrian told me it is one of their best-sellers and after tasting it, I never hesitated to think why.  The wrap was perfectly baked  so it is slightly crisp on the outside but moist and tender on the inside.  It goes perfectly with tartar sauce.  Would love to have it again.

Samurai Pizza (photo above, bottom left) is surely one of the reasons why I would come visit Tiyo's again.  I love Japanese food and so I love pizza. Who thought you could have both on the same plate? It has crab sticks, cucumber, mozzarella cheese and some wasabi sauce.  I wished I had requested for more wasabi sauce to get that extra kick.

Twice Cooked Adobo (photo above, bottom right) is a sure hit to all Marikenos.  It is a re-fried dried adobo in big cuts. Adobo lovers sure know that Adobo tastes better when cooked twice. I just love the fresh taste of garlic and red onions.

Molo Soup (photo above, top left) is a stewed ground beef in molo wrapper. It is among my favorite soups of all time and Tiyo's definitely did not turn me down.  It is very tasty and not that oily.  It is mixed with your favorite vegetables to match your favorite meal.

Fried Pla-Pla with Mango Salsa (photo above, top right) is deep fried fish stuffed with fresh mangoes, tomatoes and onions. The crispy skin of the fish blends just right with the mango salsa.  It is a flavorful Filipino dish with that sweet, sour, salty taste.

Dinuguang Bagnet (photo above, bottom left) is your common dinuguan dish but topped with crispy yet succulent bagnet.  Comes perfect with rice.  Kudos and big thanks to the entire kitchen staffs and their very handsome chef for the food that were prepared.  Your food are really great.

A visit to Tiyo's Cuisine would not be perfect without bringing your loved ones to share that special moment with.  The food are not just great but they are also good for sharing. Not to mention their free parking, free wifi and Pisong Kape. Tiyo's Cuisine is one of my top choice restaurants in Marikina. Their food is great, the service was fast, staffs are courteous and the place was just lovely.  Could you possibly ask for more?

So grab your planner now and make that schedule to visit Tiyo's Cuisine located along Almond Nut Street. You can see the full menu and pricing here.  Like Tiyo's Cuisine on Facebook to get more information about them.