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A Nostalgic Revival

May 21, 2014

Casa Marcos / The Bread Bag

Any longtime Manila resident will remember the original Casa Marcos, a Spanish restaurant established in the 1940s and much beloved by locals until it sadly shuttered in 2000. It was only in 2008 that the grandson of its previous longtime owner, Ben del Rosario, opened up a pandesal bar serving sandwiches ‘Casa Marcos style’, and thanks to renewed interest and much local support, Casa Marcos was reborn in full a few years later – an evolved iteration paying homage to the original in both atmosphere and authentic Castilian fare.

The homey, two-storey space features earthen floor tiles, rustic wooden furniture and exposed brick walls, from which the chef (the last chef at the original Casa Marcos, no less!) plates up a menu of former favourites like the squid ink-soaked paella negra, the tenderloin tip salpicao, and the spicy garlic shrimp tapas. It’s all but customary to pair the hearty fare with a carafe of white or red sangria, a more vibrant alternative to the list of classic cocktails. Meanwhile, downstairs the in-house bakery and ‘bread bar’ The Bread Bag heaves daily with carb-hungry locals. This Casa certainly is su casa!

F121 / Forbeswood Heights / Rizal Dr / Bonifacio Global City / +63 2 552 3781 /