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18 April 2016

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Cocina - Most Affordable Eat All You Can Buffet in Marikina City.

I Love Tansyong's Best Bite Goes to Cocina in Marikina City to experience the affordable Buffet.


It is our second week attending zumba session in Marikina Sport Center every Sunday. Indeed, it is our routine also to eat after the intense dancing. This week we will aim to satisfy our gastronomical craving by giving a try on this buffet restaurant within the vicinity of Marikina.

Cocina by Kusina ni Kambal is an eat all you can buffet restaurant located at ground floor Kapitan Moy Building. J.P. Rizal Street ,Sta Elena, Marikina City. It  just a walking distance from the Public Market. 


Cocina by Kusina ni Kambal also accepts catering services for various events.  


OPENING HOURS:

                          Breakfast                        Lunch                Dinner

Monday     -7:30 AM to 9:30 AM,   11 AM to 2 PM,  7 PM to 10 PM
Tuesday      -7:30 AM to 9:30 AM,  11 AM to 2 PM,  7 PM to 10 PM
Wednesday -7:30 AM to 9:30 AM,  11 AM to 2 PM,  7 PM to 10 PM
Thursday     -7:30 AM to 9:30 AM,  11 AM to 2 PM,  7 PM to 10 PM
Friday         -7:30 AM to 9:30 AM,  11 AM to 2 PM,  7 PM to 10 PM
Saturday     - 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM,  11 AM to 2 PM,  7 PM to 10 PM
Sun day        7:30 AM to 9:30 AM,  11 AM to 2 PM,  7 PM to 10 PM

Ok! Let us start to review this restaurant. 


Design : 

Personally, I was amazed of the design because it is very old. The concept of the facade is based on Spanish pre-historic. Since the said restaurant is inside the Capitan Moy Building – they truly maintained and renovated the place to make it functional despite of the oldness.  


Nancy noticed the ceiling fan in the middle of the place. It is made of old abaniko - An abaniko (from the Spanish word abanico, meaning fan) is a type of hand-held fan that originated from the Philippines. The abaniko, together with the baro't saya, is a part of a lady's attire. Various ways of using and holding the abaniko may convey different meanings. For example, an open abaniko that covers the chest area is a sign of modesty while rapid fan movements express the lady's displeasure.

She took a picture of that eye-catching ceiling fan.

I also love the lightings of the place. It is quite dim, and you can feel the calmness of the area.  Attached on each post is a white tree made of UWAY with series lightings – it gives a dynamic effect to its dull spot.

An old concept of restaurant is incomplete without antiques. On the other corner of the resto is an old piano which truly adds up the detailed design of the place.

On the right side of the room is where the window located at. They did not open that portal hence they put some old antiques like, painted plate, drinking glass, lamp shade and some photos.


There is also Sungka - Sungká is a popular traditional board game. The board is a carved length of wood called a sungkahan and the game involves moving shells or pebbles around the pits carved into the board.


Restaurant: 

To sum it up, upon sitting the dinette set, it will truly bring you back to the Spanish era. It seems that you are inside Intramuros City.  It feels like you’re visiting grandma in the province and she prepared you foods. The homey and classic place will let you remember our history when we were colonized by the Spaniards. 

It is also air-conditioned place, so even how hot outside, you can’t feel it from inside.  There is also background music which ironically playing Justin Beiber music.
In fairness, the place is clean which a huge factor why customer patronizes this resto.


Ok! Let us start eating and review the foods.


With its reasonable price, no one can afford ignoring this EAT ALL YOU CAN BUFFET compared to those buffet resto which are located inside the mall.

Majority of the foods they served here are Filipino dishes. Philippine cuisine (Filipino: Lutuing Pilipino or Pagkaing Pilipino) consists of the food, preparation methods, and eating customs found in the Philippines. The style of cooking and the food associated with it have evolved over many centuries from their Austronesian origins to a mixed cuisine of Malay, Indian, Spanish, Chinese, and American, as well as other Asian Indian cuisine adapted to indigenous ingredients and the local palate.

Since we arrived at the resto at 8AM, they offered breakfast menu to us.

Belone is available; the sweetness is ok to balance the meat.


Chicken Adobo is perfect for us since we came from the extreme workout. “ang lakas makakanin”. Adobo (from Spanish adobar: "marinade," "sauce" or "seasoning") is a popular dish and cooking process in Philippine cuisine that involves meat, seafood, or vegetables marinated in vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic, which is browned in oil, and simmered in the marinade. It is perfect for morning hungry people like us.



Pork Afritada is also one of my favourites. Pork Afritada is simply “Stewed pork in tomato sauce”. This dish is similar to Menudo and Kaldereta (or Caldereta) and is usually cooked with wedges of carrots and potatoes. The Pork is tender enough , perfect for the rice.

Wow Tokwa - perfecr to sa akin lalo na at naghahabol ako ng protina for summer.

Fried Danggit - perfect siya papakpapakin at isawsaw sa suka.

Danggit is the local Philippine name for a fish also known the rabbitfish or spinefoot (part of the Siganus family). Other local names include samaral, taragbago, kitang, or tabago. It can be eaten fresh or dried; dried and salted danggit is a popular Filipino food and is well known as a product of Cebu. When fried, it becomes crispy, and is often eaten dipped in vinegar


Wala ng tatalo sa fried rice sa umaga.


Allan's favorite are the small hotcakes topped with chocolate syrup.




Nancy's favorite is the palitaw. It is a small, flat, sweet rice cake eaten in the Philippines. They are made from washed, soaked, and ground malagkit (sticky rice). After excess water is let out from the grinding process, scoops of the batter are rolled and flattened to a circular shape and cooked by dropping into boiling water; floating to the surface is an indication that they're done. Before serving, they are dipped in grated coconut, and presented with a separate mix of sugar and toasted sesame seeds


Side Orders :

  • Lechon Baka - PHP29,000
  • Lechon - PHP 7,000
  • Lumpia Bar (for  50 pax) - PHP3,000
  • Halo-Halo Bar - PHP60 per head
  • Buffet Canapes - PHP 150 per head
  • Cold cuts - PHP 100 per head
  • Salad Bar - PHP 100 per head
  • Pasta Bar - PHP 100 per head
  • Crepes Bar  - PHP 100 per head
  • Grilled Prawns - - PHP 150 per head
  • Sushi Bar - PHP 150 per head
  • Tempura Shrimps - PHP 150 per head
  • Ice Cream Bar - - PHP 75 per head
  • Dessert Buffet - - PHP 150 per head
  • Puto Bungbong (min of 100 pax ) - PHP 80 per head
  • Puto Bibingka (min. of  100 pax ) - PHP 80 per head
  • Chocolate fountain - PHP7,000


Take note : 


  • 1. Inclusive of Catering Fee
  • 2. Inclusive of EVAT
  • 3. Additional PHP1,500 for below minimum.
  • 4. Minimum of 50 pax reservation within Metro Manila.
  • 5 50% Down payment upon signing the contract, and full payment should be made 3 days before the event.
  • 6. For Out of Town Catarings. 15% Overhead charge for catering venue Alabang, Las Pinas and MuntinLupa.
  • 7. For Out of Town Catarings. 25% Overhead charge for catering venue, Laguna,Cavite and Batangas, Bulacan Minimum reservation of 100 pax (below minimum addtional 10% overhead charge)
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Cocina
By :Kusina ni Kambal 
Eat all you can Buffet

Breakfast PHP120.00 per head
Lunch PHP 200 per head
Merienda and Dinner by Reservation

Tel. Nos. : 682-0561 or 646-4071
Mobile number : 0918-9022957

Location: Marikina, Metro Manila, Philippines
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