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Marios Sunday Lunch Buffet

A few months ago, we went up to Baguio with a couple of fellow foodie friends and bloggers to celebrate Mario’s Restaurant‘s 40th year. Throughout our 2-day, 2-night stay, we enjoyed meals in their restaurant in Upper Session Road (watch out for part 2 of our feature). The whole Baguio trip concluded with a sumptuous meal at Mario’s Sunday Lunch Buffet.

Mario's Baguio, located at the Upper Session Road

Since this was an eat-all-you-can buffet, I initially thought that the dishes they’re going to serve won’t be the same as the ones on their regular menu. Most of the buffets we know only serve mediocre food compared to the items on their ala carte menu, but I was pleasantly surprised to know that Mario’s Sunday Lunch Buffet spread will give you a chance to enjoy their delicious regular menu dishes eat-all-you-can style.

Since I usually take a round of photos first before I eat, I initially planned on going to each buffet table armed with my camera. But, when I passed by the meat table, I couldn’t help, but pause my photo-taking. πŸ˜€

Cochinillo - roasted suckling pig

I went straight to get a serving of the Cochinillo, a suckling pig roasted to perfection! They serve this with lechon sauce, but the crispy, thick skin and the meat of the pig are flavorful enough on their own. I had to control myself and not get another serving of this. However, I couldn’t resist to take some from Ken’s plate when he went back for seconds. πŸ˜€

Roast Sirloin of Beef

They also have a big slab ofΒ Roast Sirloin of Beef, sliced as you order and then served with Brandied Peppercorn sauce.

I skipped on some of the dishes, including the Nutty Strawberry Salad even though the fresh greens were very tempting, and the Sopa de Caldillo, which I think was beef stew soup. Having seen the rest of the buffet, I knew I need more space for the meaty part of the meal. πŸ˜€

Mario's Nutty Strawberry Salad and Roast Chicken with Lemon and Garlic

One of the first dishes I tried was the Roasted Chicken with lemon and garlic – very tasty and the chicken was juicy.

Then, there’s Linguine with Lamb and Peppers and Cajun Fish Fillet with Tropical Salsa. I had the fish fillet the night before, and I loved every bit of flavor of the dish. The linguine was nicely cooked too.

Linguine with Lamb and Peppers, and Cajun Fish Fillet with Tropical Salsa at Mario's Sunday Buffet

The other dishes were Penne with Creamy Pesto and Gratinated Vegetable Tian, a mix of onions, zucchini and carrots. πŸ™‚

Penne with Creamy Pesto and Gratinated Vegetable Tian at Mario's Sunday Buffet

Another savory option was the Beef and Mushroom Medley.

Beef and Mushroom Medley at the Mario's Sunday Buffet

To pair with the main dishes, there were various choices: Steamed Pandan Rice, Clams and Cilantro Rice and Rosemary Marble Potatoes.

Steamed Pandan Rice, Clams and Cilantro Rice and Rosemary Marble Potatoes

They also serve Paella Valenciana in their Sunday buffet, a dish we absolutely loved when we first tasted it. This can stand alone and be eaten as your main dish as it’s complete with saffron rice, paprika, peppers, crabs, shrimps, pork, chicken and sausage.

Paella Valenciana

And, of course, you just couldn’t miss the Oysters Rockefeller and Baked Mussels.

Mario's Oysters Rockefeller and Baked Mussels

On to the desserts table. They have a chocolate fountain with fruits, marshmallows and breadsticks.

Desserts table at Mario's Sunday Buffet

And my favorite, their Mango Panna Cotta.

Mango Panna Cotta

It was definitely one hearty lunch. Mario’s Sunday Buffet is a perfect setting for a get-together with friends and family. The buffet is set at Php 675 per person at their Baguio branch, and Php 695 at Mario’s in Tomas Morato – very fair prices considering the dishes they offer in their buffet spread.

Watch out for our next feature on Mario’s as we write about the other dishes on their menu that you must try. They serve straightforward delicious food at a cozy environment in both of their branches, which is why they are one of our favorite restaurants to-date. πŸ™‚

For more information on Mario’s and their menu, you can visit the links below:



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Michelle (aka Mhel / blankPixels) is a social media nerd and works as a Digital Marketing Lead for one of the top online companies in the Philippines. On her free time, she travels, goes on food trip and loves to take photos. She's the main editor of this food blog.



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    What a good excuse to tell Jeff Siy to take me to Baguio haha.

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    I would love to take my sis with me! Hoping to see Baguio for the first time:)

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    I will bring my family along!

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    my love

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    i’ll bring my dad

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    The free meals will be used by myself and my mom.
    My siblings should pay for themselves XD

  • My mother.

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    I really hope I’ll win this πŸ™‚

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    i’m taking my loving wife, she deserves this more than anyone else.

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    my hubby

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    Definitely going with my Mom!!!! πŸ˜€

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    i’ll bring my mom and yaya…it would be nice to forget the sadness we experienced this past month for the passing of my daddy..

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    my husband!

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    my childhood friend/Β best friendΒ πŸ™‚

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    boyfriend πŸ˜‰

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    This will be for my mom and sister πŸ™‚

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    i will bring my dad here! he will surely love this restaurantΒ 

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    I feel hungry just by reading. O_O

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    I’ll be bringing my hubby along. Β We haven’t had a date since September last year when he moved to Malaysia for a job assignment. This Saturday, he’ll be coming home already.

  • jane


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  • Elmer Sotana

    I will be taking one of my housemates. They will have to do a challenge to join me hehe. That would be fun and crazy. πŸ™‚

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    i’ll bring my husband ….

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    Hoping to win this and I’ll bring my girl to City of Pines and have a great monthsary celebration on this wonderful place

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    I hope ill win this giveaway. My boyfriend and I will be going to baguio next month to celebrate our anniversary. This will be the perfect gift πŸ™‚

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    I’d be taking my sister … since she relocated (with her 2 daughters) up north and with both our busy schedules, we seldom get to update each other with the going-ons in our lives … and this dinner would be perfect πŸ™‚

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    i will be taking my husband

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    I’ll bring my mom with me

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    If I win, I’ll take my girlfriend with me πŸ™‚

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    I’d bring along a friend

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    my sister, cuz her birthday’s coming up soon

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    if i win & if its ok, i’ll give it to my mom & dad, they love buffet πŸ˜‰Β 

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    i will bring my family to enjoy the buffet:)

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    if i win, i’ll be taking Tatay to the buffet because he loves to taste delicious food.Β  i never get to bond with him anymore and this will be a great bonding moment for us.

  • i will take my hubby, a post wedding anniversary date;)!!!

  • Ryan Ferdinand De Ocampo

    I’m taking Tam and the kids πŸ™‚ Β The place looks cool and that sirloin is something that I want to sample for myself! πŸ™‚

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    I’ll bring my family!

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    If ever I win this ,gonna take my loving father so that we can bond at the same time. And I think it’s gonna be a late father’s treat to him since I wasn’t be able to treat him because I am still studying.I only gave him a letter but I think he will be happy if I win and take him there.

  • if win this free gift certificate from Mario’s Lunch Buffet i’ll give it as a gift to my mom and dad

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    I’m bringing my husband with me. πŸ™‚

  • marge88

    My son who share the same passion for food like me

  • Yssa Maunay

    If ever I win this contest, I’ll be taking my super mom with me. πŸ™‚ Another bonding moment for us. πŸ™‚

  • Francis Falucho

    I’m gonna take my mom with me so we can bond and enjoy the food.

  • Rengie Bahia

    Of course I’ll take my loving partner of almost-ten years! Maybe we’ll go on our anniversary in August! πŸ™‚

  • Eloesita Valderama

    Definitely, i will be taking my husband and daughter to enjoy and experience the buffet lunch at Mario’s restaurant…Β 

  • I’d definitely bring our family to Mario’s! It’s been a long time we dined out together.

  • Mike De Guzman

    I’ll bring my mom with me and treat her for a long-overdue birthday/ mother’s day dinner!

  • I’ll bring my bestfriend:)

  • Giemesina

    My husband & I will surely enjoy their sumptous food.

  • Never tried Mario’s before so if ever, it would be my first time (crossing fingers) and I’m tagging along my friend with me!Β 

  • vanepsal09

    my husband, of course! he’s my buffet buddy πŸ˜‰

  • Magnet972

    will be bringing my partner with me.

  • Rachelle Therese F. Gonzales

    i’ll bring my hubby to the Mario’s Sunday Lunch Buffet

  • lheen

    i’ll bring my hubby and celebrate our 5th year Β post wedding anniversary!! hope to win :))

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    I’ll definitely bring my mom. β™₯

  • Alylie Saberon

    I’ll bring my husband and my two little girls.

  • Svetlani

    I’ll be taking my sister with me because I want to share my experience of having a good food with her plus she’s an HRM student so this might be a good idea for her of tasting and discovering new dishes that she might cook in the future.

  • Erlhyn

    I’ll bring my whole family πŸ™‚

  • I’m hungry and craving πŸ™‚Β 

  • Angelica Nery

    I will bring with me my mama!

  • Maricaracuna

    im so excited for this! hehe. sana ako ung manalo para sulit sila sa akin.. no, para sulit ako… hehe…

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    i will bring with me my thin friend :))Β