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The Whimsical Mary Grace Cafe

Belated happy mama’s day to all mamas out there! To mine, thank you for being my mama. I wouldn’t be who I am today (and I’m not so bad) if it weren’t for her (this message is not from a card, promise!).

Although my photos leave much to be desired, I just had to write about Mary Grace Cafe. I have to settle with these grainy ones I took with my phone when one afternoon, my mama and I decided to have a quick bite at their SM Aura branch. The cafe is but a tiny area on the ground floor of the mall, but what they lack in space, they more than make up for in food and decor.

Handwritten notes and quotations give you something to read and think about.

Mary Grace’s whimsical theme draws you in to the little cafe. The walls are wooden and give off a warm vibe, the ceiling glows a mystical green, lamps that twinkle merrily hang from above, and providing steady ambient noise are a bunch of mechanical birds squeakily flapping their metal wings. All of it feels so magical that you’d half expect fairies to come flying out and sprinkle you with fairy dust, I know I was (but then again, I’m a child at heart and attention span). Although adorable during the day, all the elements that make Mary Grace quaint while there’s people around would most likely make the place creepy eerie when empty.

Mechanical hanging decor creak merrily as you eat.

The dining area fits in perfectly with the magical theme. The wooden tables are inlaid with handwritten quotes and notes from guests or from Mary Grace herself, hand knitted doilies make for dainty coasters, and pastel tinted seashell bouquets serve as pretty table top decor. Since it’s a cafe, entrees are limited to pastas, salads, and sandwiches. But the food they have is delicious and well-made, although the servings are a much smaller than ideal, even for my mom who has an unusually small appetite. They serve it so cutely that it’s easy enough to forgive.

The Chorizo Perfect Plate with Wild Mushroom Soup (p361 + p70 for the soup)

The Chorizo Perfect Plate is a mix and match of a variety of noms- chorizo & green olive pasta, local greens with chili daing dressing & crunchy garlic, wild mushroom soup, and slice of cake. If ordered with a drink, this particular plate will set you back about five hundred bucks.

It’s a little expensive for a daily meal for a struggling yuppie like me, especially because the portions are extra petite (except for the slice of cake that comes with it, which is regular sized). By petite, I mean anyone with a normal appetite would probably need at least half a serving more. Mary Grace isn’t where I’d go when I’m starving, it’s a place I’d go to when I want to spend an afternoon with a good friend to have a deep conversation with over light dinner or a heavy snack.

As is the food, the decor is warm and homey.
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