Here at Geekend Gladiators, we are not only passionate about our comic books, TV shows, movies and video games, we are also insanely passionate about our food! In this edition of Geekend Destinations, Gladiators Gino and Phoebe went out and tried “Mad Mustard”, a specialty restaurant in Marikina City.
As with every Geekend Destination review, ratings are divided among five categories, with five points each and totaling 25 points, namely: food, ambiance, service, affordability, and level of geekiness.
As a brief background, Mad Mustard is a hot dog joint specializing in different types and combinations of hot dog/sausage sandwiches. It offers its customers the freedom to choose the type of sausage they want and the add-ons/toppings to go with it, thereby creating a hotdog sandwich concoction that they can call their own.
Maybe a week before eating at Mad Mustard, I was already craving for a frankfurter, and this hotdog joint was a godsend. The joint has a huge array of sausages and add-ons which you can choose from. I chose to go with the supreme bratwurst for the frankfurter and added some Swiss cheese with it. The resulting beauty of a sandwich is this:
The sandwich was elegantly prepared, with the relish and the dressing neatly applied together with the cheese. Its amazing that very little to none of the toppings fell off or made it difficult to devour. The wiener was perfectly fried and was served fresh off the grill. It was tender and tasteful as well. The dressing, relish and cheese gave that sandwich that extra oomph needed to make it stand-out. The bun was perfectly toasted and crisp, as a hot dog bun should be.
For my beverage, I chose to go with the root beer float, and this is to think that I rarely drink root beer. The float was served in a mason jar and was chilled perfectly. Topped off with 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream to make it extra special.
Gino’s score: 3.75/5
I was actually planning on getting their Chicken ala Cubana sausage but opted for their Supreme Beer Sausage instead, and since I love lots of stuff on my hotdog, I topped it with caramelized onions, sauerkraut and jalapeno. Sounds weird huh, but nope, it wasn’t. Actually as I started biting into it, everything made sense. The caramelized onions was sweet, as it should be, but not in the sugary way, the sauerkraut was tangy enough to cut through the sweetness, and the jalapeno gave it that hot zing that I was looking for. All of those flavors together, sweet, tangy, salty and spicy, on top of an awesome wiener and hot bun, is perfect.
Their sausages is not your average store bought ones. It has a natural casing which gives it that SNAP that you look for in an authentic sausage. You can taste the different spices mixed in the sausage and because of its natural casing, its moist and juicy. The sandwich was served simply on a small tray, because good food tastes better when served simply.
For my drink, I also got a root beer float, because why not.
Phoebe’s score: 4/5
We can all agree that the ambiance can be a major buzzkill when it comes to the dining experience, especially when it is a specialty joint. Mad Muster held its own in the ambiance department. The place has that manly feel to it to match that manly hotdog sandwich. While the floor area may seem a bit small, it suffices as such, because really, how long would it take for a customer to eat a hotdog sandwich.
The joint also has that food truck appeal to it, it may even have been inspired by the food truck concept. The seats also added to that manly ambiance as several of them were mostly refurbished barrels, with a cushion placed on top of the barrel. From the interiors to the facade, the joint is simply meant to attract foodies.
Gino’s score: 4/5
The place is literally a hole in a wall. It’s small enough to comfortably seat at least 10 people, good thing is they have additional seats outside. But, despite its small size, it’s interior is actually comfortable. It’s walls were painted with flaming wieners, probably depicting how hot and awesome their product is. The place is like a cross between a biker’s pub and a food truck, and it gives off a fun vibe. I just wish that they have a bigger place, to encourage more diners.
Phoebe’s score: 3/5
Service was efficient and great. The crew were courteous, attentive and fast. The whole process from ordering to having the food ready and brought to your table took about 5 to 10 minutes, which is fast. Additionally, being that fast, the food was served fresh and hot.
Another good thing about their service is that they automatically provide the utensils, condiments and paraphernalia that you would use (eating gloves, table napkins) to eat the sandwich. And did I say that they were friendly as well?
Gino’s score: 4.5/5
Service was fast, although the crew could use some more smiles. Yes they were courteous and attentive, but if only they could smile a little bit. I understand that they were probably tired after hours of working, but there were just a handful of diners present when we got there. Other than that, service was great.
When we sat down, there was already a box of eating gloves on the table, the utensils came with the food and drinks. But honestly, who needs a knife and fork when eating a hot dog sandwich? I mean the only utensil you need when eating an awesome hot dog sandwich is your hand.
Phoebe’s score: 4/5
Budget-wise, this is a great place to eat and hang-out. With the basic sandwich costing you roughly around PhP100.00 to PhP170.00, and add-ons from PhP20.00 to PhP30.00, you could basically have a filling sandwich with PhP250.00. Not bad considering the quality, taste and overall experience that Mad Mustard provides.
Gino’s score: 4/5
The Beer Sausage alone, with the usual condiments of mustard, mayo, ketchup and pickles would only cost you Php 150 for the regular and Php 170 for the supreme. The add-ons ranges from Php 20 to Php 30. They also offer a sausage-fries combo, if you add Php 50 to your classic sausage, you can have fries and a choice between moringa juice or ice tea. For my Beer Sausage I only paid Php 245, not bad considering its size and taste.
Phoebe’s score: 5/5
For those looking for that frankfurter food truck feel, this is the place for you, not to mention those who have a hankering for good, quality hot dog sandwiches with a twist. This is literally the place to go if you are in the mood for some hot dog sandwiches.
Gino’s score: 3.75/5
This specialty restaurant really IS a specialty restaurant. It cooks one type of food and cooks it well. If ever you found yourself craving for some authentic sausages in the middle of the night (or day), look no further, ’cause Mad Mustard is here to save the day.
Phoebe’s score: 4/5
Being a specialty joint, Mad Mustard really knows how to deliver big when it comes to hot dog sandwiches. By offering the ability to customize your sandwich with a wide array of sausages and add-ons, Mad Mustard aims and hits the target when it comes to customer satisfaction.
We give it a: 20/25.
Mad Mustard is located at 60 Sapphire St., SSS Village, Concepcion Dos, Marikina City, Philippines.
Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and Comic Book reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making at day and full-on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek.
Phoebe is a lawyer wanna-be by day and moonlights as the Gladiator’s all around girl. She dabbles in arts and crafts and loves writing about the dark side of the moon. #Awesome