Geekend Destinations – Some Kind of Wonderful (S.K.O.W.)

Taken From SKOW's Facebook Page
Taken From SKOW’s Facebook Page

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, the entire Geekend Gladiators team (Gino, Phoebe, Raffy, and Denise) went to the “First Food Festival” on Lilac Street in Marikina, and while there the Gladiators munched at “Some Kind of Wonderful” or otherwise known as S.K.O.W. to the locals.

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, S.K.O.W. is an 80’s themed hole-in-the-wall. If the name sounds familiar, than you probably heard about the 1987 movie of the same title. S.K.O.W. offers various dishes ranging from your American dishes to Japanese food. Odds are, they’ll have something to satisfy your appetite.


FOOD


Gino’s take:

Truth is, I’ve already tried out their food before and if there’s one thing that makes me go back every single time is their Cheeseburger. 

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To properly describe the cheeseburger, let me borrow the wise words of Marshall Eriksen: “that first bite—oh, what heaven that first bite is. The bun, like a sesame freckled breast of an angel, resting gently on the ketchup and mustard below, flavors mingling in a seductive pas de deux. And then…a pickle! The most playful little pickle! Then a slice of tomato, a leaf of lettuce and a…a patty of ground beef so exquisite, swirling in your mouth, breaking apart, and combining again in a fugue of sweets and savor so delightful. This is no mere sandwich of grilled meat and toasted bread, Robin. This is God, speaking to us in food”.

If that didn’t get you salivating, then I don’t know what will. But in all honesty, every time I order and munch on their cheeseburger it makes me forget about everything around me, every worry goes away and in that moment, its just me and the burger, together stuck in that particular space and time. Exaggeration you say? Nope! That’s the truth.

Aaaand It's Gone!!!
Aaaand It’s Gone!!!

As you can see from the picture above, that is one HUGE burger! I could barely take a proper bite out of it. The beef is perfect and tender. And by the way, you are always guaranteed to have it served fresh.

Gino’s Score: 5/5

Phoebe’s take:

Like Gino, I’ve been to S.K.O.W many times before. The first time that I was there, I was with Gino, and apparently we both fell in love with their Cheeseburger. During my subsequent visits though, I decided to try something else from their menu, and their Sausage Pasta in Red Sauce caught my eye.

It was pasta perfection. The sauce was comprised of tomato sauce and this great sausage. The sauce itself is great, it was what sweet and tangy, the way red pasta sauce should be. The sausage that was in there, was a bit spicy but not too overwhelming, it compliments the sauce perfectly. I was busy munching it down that I forgot to take a picture of it, but I guess you’ll have to go there to see/taste what I mean.

Phoebe’s score: 5/5

Raffy’s take:

I’m a S.K.O.W. first timer and I tried to pick out one of there specialties from the menu (The Pac-man marker for best-seller was a nice touch). Eventually, I decided on the  Salmon Steak in Lemon Caper Sauce.

No! Not Sal the Salmon!
No! Not Sal the Salmon!

It was pretty good. The fish was cooked to perfection with the subtle, creamy sauce neutralizing the fishy flavor of the salmon with the capers providing bursts of saltiness when needed. My only gripe with it is that it came in a meager serving size despite it being one of the priciest dishes on the menu. That being said, it was a good dish. I just really wanted more of it.

Raffy’s score: 4.5/5

Denise’s take: 

It was my first time at SKOW and I was looking for something heavy cause I was already starving at that time. My initial choice was Barbecued Spareribs but it wasn’t available that day according to the friendly staff who was assisting us. So, I asked her for some suggestions and she told me to try the Salmon Steak or Hungarian Sausage. Raffy already picked Salmon Steak so I ordered Hungarian Sausage instead.

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To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much. The serving time was fast and sausage was big enough for me to share with Raffy. All in all, I didn’t find anything special about the dish but it’s good if you’re looking for something affordable.

Denise’s score: 3.5/5


AMBIANCE


Gino’s take:

S.K.O.W., as earlier described, is a hole-in-the-wall in the food district of Marikina. Being a hole-in-the-wall, the restaurant can seat around 20 people at a time. Small? Sure, but if you do get to eat there you’d realize just how cozy and homey the place is. With posters hung around the walls of different 80’s-90’s pop culture icons, and those collectible toys, you’d get that feel that you are transported back in time. The ambiance also gives you that intimate, laid-back feel that many restaurants fail to provide.

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Even The Flash stopped by to take pictures

Gino’s Score: 4/5

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Phoebe’s take:

Upon entering the restaurant the first thing you’ll notice, other than the cake stand, are the decorations on the wall. It gives off that “hippie” vibe, with all the 80’s and 90’s movie posters. Every time I went there it seems like there’s something new and different on the wall. The kids would love to dine there too because of the toy that is lined up along the wall. As evidenced by the picture bellow, even the big “kids” are enjoying the toys.

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The big baby is enjoying… 🙂

Phoebe’s score: 4/5

Raffy’s take:

Loved the decor. As previously described: a quaint little space a ways off Lilac Proper filled with brick-a-bracks, knick-knacks and 80’s memorabilia. I do detect a need for additional seating and tables as the restaurant has already developed quite a following. They need to be able to seat and serve more people because as it stands the queuing/ waiting system they have exerts pressure on the people currently seated to hurry up with their dining to make room for the newcomers.

Raffy’s score: 4/5

Denise’s take:

I like how they decorated the place! It was vibrant and cozy at the same time. My only concern was the limited space. It was a bit crowded for me and even though I wanted to stay a bit longer in the cafe, I wasn’t able to do so because I was conscious of the number of people waiting for their turn to be accommodated.

Denise’s score: 4/5


SERVICE


Gino’s take:

When we went there, we noticed that the place was understaffed due to the on-going food festival. So we couldn’t really fault the place for that. However, based on prior experience, the service here is really good. Food is cooked upon order and the prep time is incredibly fast. In fact, even during the food festival, with a packed house, the kitchen was able to chug out the food at a reasonably fast pace. Kudos to the kitchen crew for accomplishing their tasks and maintaining the quality of the food. And as a bonus, we were even given a complimentary cookie! Thanks S.K.O.W. for that!

Gino’s score: 4/5

Phoebe’s take:

Service is fast, the kitchen staff is efficient. The service crew were polite, courteous and friendly.  The food quality didn’t change since the first time that I was here. Service time is between 10-15 minutes.

Phoebe’s score: 4/5

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Raffy’s take: 

Same as above. Understaffed but understandable. The wait time for the food was not long at all, which is very much appreciated. It does take a little while to get the wait staff’s attention for the bill and such but nothing too drastic. Also thanks for the cookie!

Raffy’s score: 4/5

Denise’s take:

The staff helped us in deciding what to order. She was polite and she tried her best to explain properly why some items in the menu were not available.

Denise’s score: 4/5


AFFORDABILITY


Gino’s take:

I’m going to rave about just how affordable the place is. Want to know how much I paid for Phoebe’s and my food? It cost me just PhP350.00. Right?! It’s sooooooo affordable, it seems like a crime having to eat that quality of food and pay for it in a fraction of how much it SHOULD cost. If your on a budget but looking for really great food and ambiance, I highly recommend this place.

Gino’s score: 5/5

Phoebe’s take:

Every time I went to the place I always get free food, well free in the sense that I don’t pay anything because someone else does the paying for me (read: Gino ^_^). Kidding aside, for guys (or girls) who wants to impress someone but is on a budget, they can bring their significant geek here and impress them with the ambiance of the place and the food they serve.

Phoebe’s score: 5/5

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Even The Flash had fun!
Even The Flash had fun!

Raffy’s take:

Upon browsing the menu, everything seems reasonably priced. With my particular dish, at first glance, I feel like I could’ve gotten a bit more but biting into it the dish was a flavor powerhouse. So I can’t really complain can I?

Raffy’s score: 5/5

Denise’s take: 

I spent less than Php 200 for a complete meal! Need I say more? (Plus they gave us a free cookie!)

Denise’s score: 5/5


GEEK FACTOR


Gino’s take:

The place is riddled with memorabilia from the 80’s and 90’s and instantly induces a nostalgic effect on the patrons. With movie posters, album art and even vintage toys such as the Tonka vehicles, and Star Wars toys, it passes the geek factor easily. I even geeked out when I was able to pair my Lego toys with their displays and even got to take some few cool toy shots. I believe you could also play with the Rubik’s cube on display. Totally a haven for vintage collectors.

Gino’s Score: 4/5

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Phoebe’s take:

Toys! Lotsa toys! Despite the fact that you cannot play with most of them, but who cares, seeing them is enough to bring out that child in you. Oh what would I give for that Storm Trooper bubble head. (SIGH!) Definitely a geeky place to be with your geeky friends, family and loved one.

me taking a picture of Gino taking a picture of Flash taking a picture... PICCEPTION!
me taking a picture of Gino taking a picture of Flash taking a picture… PICCEPTION!

Phoebe’ score: 4/5

Raffy’s take: 

If you’re a fan of 80’s pop culture, you are sure to love this place. Movie posters, trinkets and even the menu, hail, borrow from or reference the awesome era.

Raffy’s score: 4/5

Denise’s take:

If you’re a movie geek then you will definitely love this place!

Denise’s score: 4/5


THE VERDICT


The total score: 21.5/25

The name already says it all, it is some kind of wonderful! Definitely a must see and must dine in restaurant!

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SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL is located across St. Paul Parish, Rainbow St., SSS Village, Marikina City.


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

Raffy Leynes is a geek of all trades (master of fun).He loves videogames, comicbooks, movies, cartoons, wrestling, science and art. Lately, he’s been liking his geekery with a dash of “Indie”. He doesn’t know what the f*ck musings are but he is told he does them on his InstagramFacebook and Twitter.

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