I heard about Mad for Garlic from a church friend who have been raving about it over and over. Due to that, I had this thought that one day, I will try out their food to validate the good review.
I live near the area. Whenever I pass by the restaurant, it would reminded me that I need to set some time to finally devour the garlicky food that Mad For Garlic serves. So when friends asked me where to eat for dinner, I suggested we all try out Mad for Garlic. To my surprise, everyone haven’t tried it! We were all first-timers!
There are two things I noticed when we entered the restaurant: wines and garlic! Usually, restaurants have one section where they showcase their wine selection. This is different for Mad for Garlic as they used most of their decorative space for Wine bottles! It actually looked very slick!
The garlic lamps displayed on brick walls showed personality to the place. It sets the expectation that Mad for Garlic is all about garlic. I was getting excited but I wondered how the restaurant came about.
Wondering if the garlic they used on their lamps are real? They aren’t 😛
Upon research, I found out that Mad for Garlic is actually a popular food chain in Korea. Mad for Garlic doesn’t serve Korean food though. The cuisine they serve here was inspired by the many travels of the owner to Italy. However, there will always be that Korean touch and we can taste it with the spices that Mad for Garlic used.
We asked the waiter for recommendations as we only knew two dishes that are popular in Mad for Garlic. Being good children (haha!), we followed the advice.
- Dracula Killer (Php 195)
Soft Garlic Bread Served with Garlic cooked in Olive Oil and Anchovies.
This must be the most delicious garlic bread I have ever tasted in my life so far! Thanks to the yummy garlic spread! The garlic was so soft that you can spread it around the toasted bread to eat together. The spices were just spot on! This is a must-order! Don’t miss ordering this at Mad for Garlic!
- Garlic Snowing Pizza (Family – Php 545, Personal – Php 325)
Mad for Garlic Special Sauce topped with Shrimp, Pineapple, and Fried Sliced Garlic.
My friend who was raving about Mad for Garlic caught up with us. Guess what? He even ordered this pizza for take out! I guess it was that good, huh? For me, the garlic snowing pizza was just okay. What I especially liked about the order is that they grate the Grana Padano cheese right in front of us. This made quite a difference with the overall experience in eating the pizza.
- Old Ham & Sausage Pizza (Family – Php 495, Personal – Php 295)
Creamy Pizza topped with sausage, ham, bacon, and black pepper in Mad for Garlic Special Sauce.
Among the 2 pizza dishes that we ordered, I liked this the most. I guess I’m just a super meat lover, haha! Oh, another thing that I really enjoyed with Mad for Garlic pizza is their dough. It’s thin just the way I like it!
- Grilled Chicken and Mushroom (Regular – Php 450, Single – Php 275)
Risotto cooked with Spinach and Three kinds of mushroom topped with grilled chicken.
This is what I call a perfect harmony between two distinct dishes: grilled chicken and mushroom risotto. The flavours were just perfect, al dente! I think I would want to devour this all by myself next time.
- Dancing Salsa Rice with Steak (Family – Php 395, Single – Php 245)
Garlic Rice served with Wine-Marinated beef, topped with Fresh Bean Sprout and Fried Egg.
We got this dish for free. Apparently, Mad for Garlic provides a free garlic dish card for paying customers that we can use for our next visit. The card is good for one month. I think this is a good bonus for us even though they don’t really need to convince us to come back 🙂 The food speaks for itself.
- Arrabbiata (Regular – Php 475, Single – Php 285)
Three kinds of Chilis with Bacon slices in Homemade Tomato Sauce.
Last but definitely not the least is the Arrabbiata. This tomato-based pasta was made with different kinds of chilis and slices of bacon. There’s no argument that any dish with bacon taste good. Enough said.
Mad for Garlic definitely didn’t disappoint! Oh boy, would you believe we finished all the dishes that we ordered in less than an hour? And take note, no leftovers! We were all super satisfied and happy with the food that we ate.
I have to commend Mad for Garlic for their innovative style in preparing the dishes with garlic. I don’t think it’s as simple as putting garlic in all their dishes. Especially with the dracula killer, I felt that the chefs did their research. They may have mastered the art of preparing garlic in so different ways!
I will be back for sure!
Mad for Garlic – Italian Wine Bistro
W Global Center, 30th St cor 9th Ave., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, Philippines