Already well known to oft traveling foodies & beloved by residents in the Concepcion Dos area, Qizia Cafe has been a staple Marikeño option for in-city dine-outs for quite some time. Poorly located to passerby cars, this restaurant is situated inside the SDS Hospital compound. I should know: It took me a couple of drive-arounds to find it the first time when it was recommended by a friend.
The place can pack a large number of diners with several tables inside & out. A friendly tip though, If you happen to come there at dark, I’d suggest you wait out the line for the A/C tables. The outside area can get a bit… pest-y as it is dimly lit & has pot plants all over. The photos I embedded on this post are from most recent & perhaps already my 7th or 8th return to Qizia. Yes, I am a fond patron of this gem of a resto, which makes it a bummer that except for this last one, i failed to take photos of all other meals we’ve had here previously. Hopefully this post of mine will peak your interest enough.
Qizia is a mixed cuisine resto, meaning: their food ranges from Filipino, Italian, American & Mexican, with their menu being capped off with plenty of desserts, cakes, drinks & coffee (Afterall, it’s named Qizia Cafe). I obviously have tried several of their listed items, & even though not everything is great, none have gone below solid, which is quite significant, considering how affordable the prices are.
Their pizzas are perhaps what I most like on their menu. They’re cheap at around PHP 155 – PHP 200, serves around 2-3 persons, & taste-wise, are very good. I’d easily recommend the Qizia’s Special (supreme) & the Four Cheese. I have no clue what exactly are the 4 that consist of this flavor, but I can say that they’re indeed “topped” there. Best to be eaten immediately after serving, the freshly melted cheeses are a delight to the taste buds against the thin yet solid crust. Definitely one to order for cheese lovers.
NICE CLUB, HOUSE.
This is my least favorite of this Qizia feature as I had better tasting clubhouse sandwiches before & would rate this as pretty average. The usuals are all present: egg, ham, tomatoes, lettuce & bread which was toasted nicely. At a measly PHP 95 though, ordering this as an additional dish won’t really hurt. The included side of generic potato chips does add a bit of value too.
The German franks on this menu item are as meaty & tasty as sausages can get. At PHP 145, I initially thought of this as a slight reach for such a simple breakfast meal but boy, did I ate my words afterwards… along with the rest of the egg & garlic rice of course. If you’re into morning food or just in need of a rice meal when in Qizia, this one’s the choice to make. This is how breakfast should be: Premium, heavy & hearty.
ANOTHER Q FOR US IN QIZIA.
If you’ve followed my other foodie write ups, you’re probably thinking now: Quesadillas again?? Yes, SO & me (more of her really) just love those Q’s. This Q of Q-izia isn’t the best of all that I’ve tried, but it’s right there on my list. A bit more of a traditional or common style Quesadilla, the chicken bits & cheese went very well with the white sauce & toasted tortilla. A solid meal yet again made very much worth ordering as a side or as an appetizer because of its budget friendly price.
A HARDY BRAVO.
I’m not the biggest Brazo De Mercedes fan, but I loooooooove custard. Whenever i do get to indulge on one though, i always wish it was a little less jiggly & not foam-like. Whether it was simply overdid or really intended, the one we had at Qizia was more solid that it was actually bit chewy which I did enjoy (SO didn’t). Another plus was that their version was a layered one & not the usual roll which allowed more room for custard fillings (yey!).
Approx. budget for 2: PHP 350; Facebook: Qizia;
Address: SDS Medical Center Compound, Katipunan Extension Corner Pio del Pilar Street, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City
Originally written July 15, 2016