The Nook (Harry Potter themed cafe) , Maginhawa

When I heard about the cafe, I immediately wanted to go just to try the butterbeer. I used to be a big Harry Potter fan when I was younger, I used to have a wand set and I probably knew almost everything about Daniel Radcliffe. ( I had a big crush on him back then )

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This is how it looks like from the outside. I would suggest that you come early.

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The chair hanging from upstairs.

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Some hedwig designs

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The daily prophet on the post

The cafe itself had a great concept, the cupboard under the stairs where you could see Harry’s old room, A Quidditch broom hanging above the ceiling, the daily prophet posted outside. Im sure that Harry Potter fans would love the actual concept. I wasn’t so impressed however with their service. I do understand that right now they are dealing with the small space and the volume of people trying to go there but Its such a shame since I saw about almost 10 different customers or so leaving just because they had no place to sit down. Also maybe since they just recently opened they are still very understaffed and service was quite slow.

The menu was very simple, nothing so special yet. I just really went there to try the butterbeer. They had other things on their menu but nothing as special as the butter beer. I found the Goya Zilla quite odd, it was a drink crushed in with goya cookies and mint i think? Im not so sure actually, it was more of crushed ice and mint chocolate. I also had the upsized butter beer but I finished it in a few sips. It tasted kind of like cream soda and popcorn butter for Php 150. The regular sized one will cost Php 100 but I didn’t see much difference with the cup sizes.

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Their bestsellers and the such

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Drinks, food and pastries

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Bacon wrapped chicken, which tasted like honey ham.

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This was the goya zilla. Im still not sure how I should feel about this.

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Here’s the famous upsized butterbeer. Php 150

Im still not sure what to feel about the place, maybe I would come back. I don’t find the butterbeer reasonably priced despite the fact that it tasted like popcorn butter and cream soda.

The Nook

164 A Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

Opening Time: 1pm to 10pm

Facebook: The nook 

Rib city, Maginhawa

Located right next to BPI along Maginhawa is this new restaurant called Rib City. First of all before I start, I would like to complain about the location. The place is fine, in fact it is designed very well and offers a cute concept of building legos and a menu mapped out like a subway station in a city. It’s very cute, but it was so hard to park that the first time that I even attempted to go here I just gave up on parking and went home. It might be convenient for the school right across them but for students from UP or those travelling by car, its not so easy to find a parking space especially around Maginhawa.

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Here’s the menu

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Quesadees Php, 188. What I loved about the quesadees is that it had a lot of vegetables.

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Twin towers Php 368, Ribs with a choice of 2 sides. So i wanted to try their Ribs with the mashed and the corn and vegetables. The ribs like I said earlier was a bit inconsistent and dry on some parts. The mashed was okay and the sides lacked seasoning. It was like eating raw vegetables sprinkled with a dash of pepper.

I expected a lot more from a place with the name “rib city”. Food is okay, not something you would want to go back for twice. My boyfriend and I would always ask restaurants for what the best seller is because well if thats your best then i would wonder what the other dishes would taste like. The ribs were just a little too sweet for my taste and the cook on the inside was inconsistent. Some parts were dry and some parts were good.

Here’s my issue about a lot of restaurants here in Metro Manila. The concept is always half there, what they are missing is probably to create something extra special for people to come back to. Its like Rodic’s Tapa or the bacon wrapped oreos I can’t stop thinking about at Burger company PH. All restaurants need to have that special something to create in order to stand out. But I’m not saying that the food here wasn’t good because i loved their quesadees. They just maybe have to get a little more creative for people to flock by and try their ribs as well with their specials. Then and only then would I probably go back again for some more.

Read more about them on: Rib City Facebook 

Location: right next to BPI, so if you’re coming from CP garcia and take a turn going to Maginhawa street, turn right instead of left. Then you’ll see BPI on the right side right across Holy Family school. Behind BPI is Rib City.

Antonio’s, Tagaytay

Antonio’s is definitely the best restaurant that I have eaten in here in the Philippines. After a 2 hour drive to Tagaytay, my Dad treated us to whats known as to be part of the top 50 restaurants in Asia, known for its great service and good food. It was my first and best long lunch.

Outside Antonios. It is like a household converted into a restaurant. Tons of nice pictures and statues inside the house.

Outside Antonios. It is like a household converted into a restaurant. Tons of nice pictures and statues inside the house.

The quality of food was exceptional. We got the truffle baked oysters as recommended by my dads friend. Their oysters are flown every morning from Negros because the chef is from Bacolod. The waiters were top class and knew everything there was to know about the food they were serving. If you ask them to show you the ingredient, they will even bring it to you to show at your table. All you need to do is pick and Entree and it comes with everything such as the salad and soup. I could not describe to you how impressed I was about everything.

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Truffle baked oysters for a starter. Wow it was so good, did not taste at all like the sea. You could tell that they use good oysters.

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Fresh organic salad with rosemary. Very light and had good flavors.

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My mom had the Roasted duck breast, Php 1800. And it was topped with pan seared foie gras with braised red cabbage, mashed potatoes, mixed berries and chilean cabernet sauvignon jus.

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Ravioli Veal Cheek, Goat cheese and mint Php 1450. This is what I ordered and it was served with creamed tartufo. It was so soft and just enough to make me full.

I won`t be showing everything that we had here in Antonio`s. I will just be giving a good preview of the things that I like that we had. Here are my favorite desserts. Which also came together as a set meal with the entree, the soup, salad and also with a choice of coffee or tea.

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Dark Chocolate Souffle with Cardamom Creme Anglaise, This was what my dad ordered. It was heavenly.

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Lime Panna Cotta with Citrus Broth. This is by far the best panna cotta that I have ever had. I don`t think that I can see panna cotta in any other way anymore.

I have nothing much to say about the place because the pictures speak more than what I could say. I hope that you could all schedule and reserve a lunch there. It would cost you about Php 2000-3000 per person at least but I will tell you that it will be very much worth your experience.

ANTONIO`S

Facebook them at: Antonio`s Tagaytay

Miao Cat Café opens in Manila, Congressional Ave

Miao Cat Café is located above the Cakes2Go building along congressional avenue. It was a bit difficult to park as they are still working on the parking scheme. I decided however to make a U-turn to KFC and just parked there and crossed the street to Miao Cat Cafe. In the mornings they are allowed to park in a certain area but since i could only go there late I had a hard time with parking.

There are no signs outside of the place but you’ll see a quaint entrance to the left sude of the  cakes2go store. It was a surprise to see that there was such a place in such a small building. They have a set of house rules before entering in the area where you disinfect and remove your shoes. I love the friendly cat jungle they have. They also have outdoor seating and cats just freely roam around and sleep on the floors and chairs and small holes.

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Inside the Cafe

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The cat tree with scratching posts and hanging bridges where cats sleep.

my favorite kitty in the cafe

The sisters Loida and Sam who put up this cat cafe are especially fond of cats. I was quite impressed with their knowledge of cats. I would suggest that you talk to them a lot, it is because of them that my boyfriend can now touch a cat. They go to china every month and they always visit cat cafes, I have a feeling that they are really cat lovers or cat crazy but in a good way. Their love for cats is what  they would like to share with this cafe, they want to convert every cat hater into a cat lover.

Before coming to the place you must set a reservation to either of these numbers 022747937 / 09258777617

For reservation please send a message with the format below

Name:
Date & Time:
Number of guest:
Contact Number:

They are open everyday at 11am-1pm, 2pm-4pm, 5pm-7pm and 8pm-10pm

When I asked them why they close between hours, they said its mostly because they it takes a while for them to clean up. They only alot 15 guests at most within the 2 hours also so that it does not get overcrowded in the place. They also don’t want the number of people to outnumber the number of cats. 15 cats and 15 people, just so that there are enough of them going around.

The cats also went through a “Cat Screening” of some sort. They only chose the friendly and very playful cats. Since there are also some very moody unpredictable cats.

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Milky chocolate

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Macaroni and cheese

The rates are Php 300 for Adults (Including Food and a drink), Php 150 for kids (with unlimited drinks) You can choose anything from the menu that they have. Their food and drink selection was very simple. I was more distracted with the cats that I forgot to think about eating. I had the yogurt milkshake, i loved it! And my boyfriend got the milky chocolate and mac and cheese. They also have a big selection of cupcakes and cookies that you can try. I also had a potato salad with cheese, really simple and good food.

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The kitty just slept there the whole time

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Many cats roaming around minding their own business.

I love the concept and the interior of their cafe. Its one way to de-stress after a long day at work or in school. They have cats from Arizona, Kazakhstan, Moscow and some were adopted. The place is someplace you would love to come back to, because you could see their love for their cats. To the point that they are even particular with exposing them to sick individuals.

It is nice that they are trying to somehow also make people more accustomed to cats, as there aren’t much cat lovers around the Philippines. If you are not much of a cat lover, coming here might just change your mind.

Miao Cat Café

Facebook: Miao Cat Cafe
Location: It is along Congressional avenue right above Cakes2Go (Same building) accross KFC Mindanao avenue.
Contact number: 022747937 / 09258777617

Project Pie, Eastwood

To pizza or not to pizza? That is not the question. Malamang.

Lately I’ve been feeling a special kind of hunger growing inside my belly as my Instagram feed is bombarded by pizza pies. And of course, where else would everyone be having pizza but at Project Pie. These days, Project Pies are popping out branch after branch, boasting about how they let their customers build their own pizza. Everyone’s been posting about it that I feel like Lina and I have been missing out on something really good.

We were just in Eastwood and I have just finished drooling over a fine Japanese Fountain Pen when we suddenly had no clue on what to have for lunch. We usually have somewhere in mind, but not that day. Enter Project Pie. Considering that we’ve been hearing a lot about it and that it’s pizza (do we need any other reason?), we went for it.

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The place looks so-so. I mean, signs with handwritten fonts, dangling old-looking bulbs, quotes on the wall –not really unique these days. It was lunch time on a weekday and we had the whole place to ourselves.

Instead of building our own pizza (which would not be wise in this case, as we are trying to judge their food), we went for the number 6, which had grilled chicken, red onions, cilantro, mozzarella, gorgonzola and BBQ sauce. We added bacon, because who wouldn’t? It was so good that the only complaint I could think of was that the serving was too small. Naturally, Lina and I finished it in around five minutes.

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For dessert we had the Banana Nutella. I had no idea what it was, all I know is that banana and Nutella were made for each other. When it came, it too was a pizza. With stains of Nutella on our mouths, we could barely speak. Dirty, dirty goodness.

Along with the food, I think one of the best things about Project Pie is the staff. They greet you with a smile and engage you in conversation. Kind of like baristas but for pizza.

Project Pie is a great place to have a great meal with friends, family or even alone. Next time we’ll make sure the get the joey special (two pizzas).

Miguel Gonzales

PROJECT PIE


Visit their facebook page: Project Pie PH
Open from 10am-11pm
Price Range: Php 200-300 per person, depending if you’ll share

The Barista Box, Ateneo de Manila University

These days, everyone’s about coffee, everyone’s a barista. We’ve seen these third-wave coffee shops with their beans sourced from wherever pop up everywhere around the metro. Our Instagram feeds are littered with latte art posts from some hipster café.

Enter Barista Box, a coffee truck parked along the red brick road inside the Ateneo campus. Counters on both sides, menu painted on the wall, messages from friends all over the interior, happy college students making coffee. It’s an attractive set-up,

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Their menu

DSCF5713According to Matt, one of the baristas, the whole thing started with the owner Migs Santiago, who is also a student, bringing his coffee-making equipment to school for his fix. And as all students suffer the fate of having to do their thesis, Barista Box was his. And it seems that everyone’s enjoying it.

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Matt pouring the slow brew coffee

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Espresso with milk, Php 120

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Slow brew, Php 100

I would apologize for both Lina and I as we can’t say much about coffee, but, it we did enjoy it very much so that’s something. I just personally like my coffee diabetic and they get it done.

One of the many good things about it is that it’s in the campus. Lucky you, Atenean, you could just have your coffee to go and you’re off to class. But the best thing is that it’s purely run by students. I know baristas by nature are supposed to be friendly but what more if they were actually your friends? The whole place exudes such a warm atmosphere, you’d want to come by again and again. Just hope it doesn’t rain.

Miguel Gonzales

The Barista box, Ateneo de Manila University

Facebook them at: Barista box
For bookings and deliveries, call/text 09178926447