Ginhawa (english translation: ease, comfort, relief) can come in the form of a paycheck just in time for a Friday night-out with the squad, a slobbery kiss from your dog after a hellish day, or for the love-starved (and extra confident) dudes out there, finding out that Jessy Mendiola is once again single. #MayPagAsaPa
But if there’s one tried and tested thing we can all dub as the ultimate provider of comfort, it’s food. And there’s no shortage of it along the restaurant-laden stretch of Maginhawa!
If you think you’ve tried all there is to try, well, you haven’t! We found 28 new places along this famous street and even took the liberty of mapping them all out for you! Below, we list down the newest restaurants in Maginhawa that opened in October 2014 all the way up until December 2015, arranged alphabetically.
From the nook that brews Harry Potter’ s butterbeer, to the cafe that’s swarming with adorable felines, to the fancy restaurant that serves up probinsya food, be sure to get your dose of ginhawa this week!
1. All About Pasta
Did you know that eating pasta actually has health benefits?! It improves vision, hair growth, and cardiovascular health among other things! So if you need an excuse to carbo load with pasta today, there you have it! And where better to do so than at All About Pasta where literally, the whole menu is nothing but pasta.
From the Chef’s corner, they have creations like Black Pepper, Kung Pao Chicken, and 4 Cheese. But if the classics are what you’re after, they have good ol’ Creamy Carbonara, Seafood Marinara, and Lasagna. For pastas with Filipino flavors, there’s Ginataang Kalabasa, Creamy Adobo, Binagoongan, and Bicol Express!
All About Pasta can be found at 45-B Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
2. Cafe MITHI
Ever been jealous of your friends who can draw and paint masterpieces while all you can manage are stick figures? Well, it’s never too late to get artsy especially with the many workshops at Cafe MITHI where you can learn things like brush calligraphy, dip pen calligraphy, watercoloring, and clay food making! You can buy arts and crafts supplies here too to really get you started on your new hobby.
As you get inspired to create, sip on their coffee made from local Sagada, Kalinga, Benguet, and Barako beans, as well as uniquely Filipino drinks like the Guyabano Shake and the Alab (pure cacao tablea with siling labuyo).
Cafe MITHI can be found at Maginhawa St., Quezon City, Metro Manila.
If life’s getting too stressful and you’re about to snap, take your camera to Caffera and snap pictures instead! In this photography-themed cafe, your lens won’t run out of things to focus on, from the quotable quotes on their walls to the quirky tumblers they serve their drinks in. The place got bigger too to fit in more of you camera nerds!
But don’t forget to put your camera down once in a while to take sips of your coffee! Their best-selling drinks are their Caramel Frapperture, Chocodamia Frapperture, and Tiramisu Frapperture (see what they did there?).
Caffera can be found on the 2/F of Dona Zenona Suites, 54 Maginhawa St. cor. Mahusay St., Quezon City, Metro Manila.
4. Cat Cafe Manila
Let’s admit it, we spend way too much time on the internet watching cat videos (like seriously, how are they so cute?!) But now, you can get off your phones and play with them IRL because Cat Cafe Manila is open in Maginhawa! Having partnered with CARA Welfare Philippines, this cat-themed coffee shop serves as a loving home for adorable puspins (pusang Pinoy) who are up for adoption. Be sure to make a reservation before you visit!
Before you forget it’s an actual coffee shop, order up some of their sweet treats like the Rainbow Cat Cupcake, Purple Velvet Bar, and Matcha Cookie alongside their Speculoos coffee, Choco Cookie Catfe, or Paw-reo Cheese Shake!
Cat Cafe Manila can be found on the 2/F of 189 Maginhawa St. cor. Makadios St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
5. Caution Hot! Spicy Noodle House
Calling all chili heads of the Metro! If you’re among the masochists who enjoy the sweet burn of spicy noodle soup, be sure to hit up Caution Hot! where you might just meet your match! Here, you get to choose your burn, but you better choose wisely because it can get dangerous. They have first 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns but if you’re feeling brave, go for the Ultimate Burn!
Aside from spiciness level, everything else is also customizable for the perfect bowl of noodles! For toppings, they have vegetables, beef, pork, and seafood, while you get to pick between Asam Laksa, Szechuan, or Classic for your broth.
Caution Hot! Spicy Noodle House can be found at Maginhawa St. cor. Magiting St., Quezon City, Metro Manila.
6. Fat Cousins’ Diner
On a diet? Counting calories? Want to lose weight? Well, you can do all of that somewhere else because you won’t be finding quinoa salads over at Fat Cousins’ Diner! In here, it’s all about meat, meat, and more meat! And as if that’s not enough of a treat, you get unlimited rice and soda too!
The best part is, prices here fit all types of budgets. Your ₱100 can buy you a ⅓ pound Beef Burger topped with onion, lettuce, and tomato and a side of fries. If you’ve got ₱200, you can choose between the Hungarian Sausage, Home Style Roast Beef, or Australian T-Bone Steak and still have enough cash for dessert!
Fat Cousins Diner can be found at 114 Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Vegetarians might find themselves out of place at Gastronomeats, because if you haven’t guessed from the name yet, meat is the star of the show here, from breakfast all the way to dinner! Long live carnivores! Side note: you should probably leave your diet at the door because you’re not going to be needing it in here!
Order up their Bypass Breakfast, a plate of smoked bacon, egg, and garlic rice, because what better way to start the day than with a heart attack? For burgers, they’ve got items like the Gastro Burger (a quarter pound of pure beef patty with onions, ketchup, mustard, and relish) and the Angry Bird-ger (spicy chicken fillet sandwich with kewpie).
Gastronomeats can be found at 46 Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
If you’ve got some wanderlust in you, satisfy your itch to go places in this restaurant where walls are painted a sky blue and knick knacks of travel and adventure are displayed everywhere. But the chicken and steak dishes they cook up are familiar and comforting, making it feel like you didn’t stray too far from home.
A must-try Griddle bestseller is the Honey Bagoong Wings, an American classic with a FIlipino twist. For mains, try their sweet and tangy Grilled Lime Pork Belly or their Griddle Steak, a t-bone cut flavored with a special rub and served with rice and your choice of sides.
Griddle can be found at 106-B Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
9. Kazoku Japanese Restaurant
For those who can’t help themselves around Japanese food, you know that being addicted to sushi and sashimi does not come at a cheap price. But Kazoku Japanese Restaurant lets you keep up the habit by serving an extensive menu of Japanese fare that isn’t damaging to the wallet!
They’ve got it all, from yakitori, maki rolls, ramen, soba, udon, to donburi (we’d list everything down but there simply isn’t enough space!) to make sure every craving is satisfied. Chef Mako from Japan keeps the dishes authentic too!
Kazoku Japanese Restaurant can be found on the 2/F of 46 Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
10. KKK Coffee
“Bayan o sarili? Pumili ka!”
If you want to get all patriotic a la Heneral Luna, then you can start off by patronizing Filipino coffee over at KKK Coffee! This nationalistic brand is all about spreading the love for all-natural, homegrown beans and local recipes that take no short cuts. So the next time you’re thinking about getting an Americano, how about a Caffe Filipino instead?
A visit to this coffee shop means you get to brag about tasting rare and exotic brews like Kapeng Pandan, Kapeng Salabat, and Kapeng Labuyo, as well as cold drinks like Peanut Butter Coffee and Coconut Coffee!
KKK Coffee can be found at 154 Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
11. Laruan Atbp.
At Laruan, you can abandon your adult responsibilities for a while and focus on being a kid again! Enjoy their neat selection of games which includes popular picks like Exploding Kittens and The Magic Labyrinth! Being one of the newest game places in Maginhawa, you can expect their board and card games to be in great shape.
When you’ve worked up an appetite after all the playing, fuel up on snacks like Blooming Onion, Honey Barbecue Chicken Wings, French Fries, and Stuffed Bread Sticks. For something heavier, try their Monte Cristo Supreme, a sandwich stuffed with smoked ham, cheese, and vegetables.
Laruan Atbp. can be found at 1/F Luisa Bldg., 107 Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
12. North Wing MNL
It’s about time someone brought chicken wings to Maginhawa because who doesn’t love digging into a basket of them and getting messy? No one? We thought so! At North Wing MNL, you get to choose from flavors like Barbecue, Garlic Cheddar, Sweet Chili, as well as the extra hot variant Hell Fire All The Way and the must-try Choco Flare Caramel Blaze!
But what you may not know about North Wing is that it’s a three-concept restaurant, which means they’ve got a lot more to feed you than just wings! Over at West Steaks, carnivores get to sink their teeth into some Angus Ribeye Steak, while sweet tooths can get their fill of refreshing drinks at Sweet East!
North Wing MNL can be found at 95 Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
13. Papa Diddi’s
So maybe you’ve been seeing pictures of Papa Diddi’s ice cream floating around on social media and now you’re jealous AF. Well, it’s about time you check it out for yourself so that you too can have insta-worthy shots of their glorious creations! Remember to have your ice cream served upside down in their ingenious rice krispies bowl for that extra wow factor!
But aside from being extremely photogenic, their ice cream knows how to please the taste buds too, as ensured by owner Paul Perez who started the shop as tribute to his dad Papa Diddi! Choose from unique flavors like Mango Ginger, Roasted Forbidden Rice, and Sweet Basil.
Papa Diddi’s Ice Cream Company can be found at 168 Maginhawa St., Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
It’s impossible to miss Provenciano when you’re walking down Maginhawa because 1) it’s possibly the biggest and most elegant restaurant along the street and 2) there’s an actual gold rickshaw pulled up right in front of it! Once you’ve spotted it, pull up a fancy chair inside and get ready for an all-Filipino feast!
While its looks may intimidate, expect down-to-earth food here from the different provinces of the country. Some of their entrees we’re all too familiar with, like sinigang and adobo which they have numerous variations of, while some are completely unheard of like the Kadyos ng Iloilo, a dish of Pigeon peas, pork knuckles, and green jackfruit!
Provenciano can be found at 110 Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
15. Rib City
“In New Yoooork, concrete jungle where dreams are made of!”
Just like NYC, Rib City makes our dreams come true too…with their big plates of fall-off-the-bone ribs! Make your way to RBCTY BLVD for charcoal-grilled American ribs coated in smoky barbecue sauce. Their Suburban plate gives you a rack, one side, plus rice, while the Twin Towers is a combo of chicken, ribs, and two sides. If you’ve come with a whole party of hungry friends, order up the Big City for a whole platter of ribs and four sides!
For dessert, the word is their White Toblerone Cheesecake is a heavenly way to cap off your RBCTY experience!
Rib City can be found at 63 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
16. Rojo Oven Baked Boneless Chicken
Big. Baked. Boneless. Three words that are music to any hungry person’s ears! At Rojo, you can get straight down to business and start devouring your tender and succulent chicken because the bones have already been dealt with! And with flavors like Asian BBQ, Mediterranean BBQ, and Caribbean Roast, you know your taste buds are going to have a blast.
If you’re buying for your family (or maybe you’re just really hungry, no one’s judging) they have a family pack that’ll give you one whole chicken plus pita bread. But they also have “selfie” meals like the Quarter Chicken meal and the Half Chicken meal.
Rojo Oven Baked Boneless Chicken can be found at 108 Maginhawa St., Teachers Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
17. Saturdate Grill
Even if it’s the middle of the work week, make it feel like a Saturday over at this grill place. Here you can kick back, order up your favorite Filipino food, listen to some music, and maybe even bust out a tune of your own (You can get up on their little stage and perform a number if you’re feeling brave or have had a drink or two!)
Word is Saturdate Grill can cook up a pretty mean Beef Tapa dish, with some even saying it’s the best they’ve tried! Their Chicken BBQ, Sizzling T-Bone Steak, and Isaw na Baboy shouldn’t be missed either.
Saturdate Grill can be found at 27B Malingap St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
18. Snacks and Ladders
Hours on end of Jenga, Scrabble, Battleship, and Taboo can make any gamer famished. So it’s perfect that Snacks and Ladders combined the world of gaming with a menu full of things to munch on. For a minimum order of ₱150 (100 is consumable for food while 50 is for the gaming fee), you get to play for an unlimited amount of time.
Pair your board games with game-themed snacks and dishes like the Dominionachos, chips topped with mango salsa, ground meat, and cheese or the Bluffalo Wings, chicken with carrots, celery, ranch, and spicy curry mayo.
Snacks and Ladders can be found at 188A Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
19. Station 7TEA8
Remember the days when the only thing everyone drank was milk tea? If you’re still not over that craze, Station 7TEA8 has got you covered! They have an extensive list to choose from including flavors like almond, wintermelon, taro, matcha, chocolate, and caramel. But if you’re feeling a bit more grown up, they’ve got iced tea and health tea made with organic herbal leaves.
But you know it’s a real par-tea up in here because even their dishes are infused with tea! Green Tea Bacon Pesto or Chicken Tea-Riyaki anyone?
Station 7TEA8 can be found at 162 Maginhawa St., Quezon City, Metro Manila.
20. StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park
We’ve all had the dream of getting lost among the food trucks in NYC and sampling everything we can get our hands on. But that isn’t such a far-fetched fantasy anymore because now, we’ve got our very own food truck park right at the heart of Maginhawa! And it’s got everything a foodie’s stomach could ever crave for.
You’ve got whimsical, over-the-top cake shakes at The Lost Bread where people clamor for the Carnival (caramel popcorn, cotton candy, and butter cake), the Spiked Cookie ( Bailey’s, coffee, and chocolate chip cookies), and the Campfire (kahlua, roasted marshmallows, crushed grahams, and chocolate syrup).
Then there’s Magpie Cafe, the perfect spot to chill in if you want sweet treats like bingsu, waffles, and pastries to go along with coffee from Caliking, Atok Benguet!
Over at Grape Escape, things get a little fancy as you get served with artisan Bianca, Margherita, Carbonara, and Quattro Formaggi pizza as you sip from your cup of sangria!
And meanwhile at Endless Summer Cafe, it’s the beach life all day, everyday as they hand out their summer shakes and serve their Surf Silog meals.
StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park can be found at 91 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
Even if you’re on a student’s budget, your allowance will go far at Takeiya where everything on the menu is affordable. Here you’ll find all the classic Japanese dishes you could ever crave for like sushi, sashimi, ramen, katsu, donburi, and curry rice. They’ve even got your sweet tooth covered with desserts like matcha and black sesame ice cream.
For ultimate tipid days, take advantage of their bang-for-the-buck student promo which gives you a set lunch that comes with a main dish, salad, and rice, plus your choice of either a free second helping of rice or a free drink. Take your pick!
Takeiya can be found at Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
22. The Nook Cafe
If you’re still waiting for your Hogwarts letter of acceptance to this day, chances are that owl ain’t coming for you ever. But that doesn’t mean you need to let all your Harry Potter dreams die! The Nook, a Harry Potter-themed cafe, is where all Potterheads congregate to geek out. Be sure to spot the quidditch broom and borrow the Harry Potter wand!
Once you’ve calmed down from all the fangirling (or fanboying), sit yourself down for some of their food and drinks. They’ve got indulgent treats like Bacon Wrapped Chicken, Goya Saur (hot chocolate), and of course, you can’t call yourself a true fan if you miss out on their Butterbeer!
The Nook Cafe can be found at 164-A Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
23. The Pilgrim
Here’s a restaurant that let’s you sample the many cuisines around the globe sans the arduous journey! Its menu features different dishes from various regions of the world every month. So you could be tasting Asian food one time and then European fare the next. But no matter the chosen theme at any given time, they have one bestselling entree that’s here to stay the whole year round.
The Baby Back Ribs by Mr.T is everyone’s favorite order here, well-loved for being so fall-off-the-bone tender. And priced at just ₱380 for half a kilo slab, you know you’re getting a really good bargain!
The Pilgrim can be found at 189 Maginhawa St. cor. Makadios St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
24. Theo’s Baked + Brewed
If you’re buckling down for an exam and you need a place to camp out with your books, check out Theo’s Baked + Brewed. Shaping up to be the new favorite tambayan spot of students from nearby schools, you won’t feel like the only one going through hell week in here. #damayan They’re open til 12 MN too so you can keep cramming away!
They have brewed coffee and tea to keep you from dozing off, plus their comfort food will help stay sane as you try get through your nosebleed Philo readings. But when it all gets too much, do yourself a favor and order up a slice of their bestselling Blueberry Cheesecake. Your day will get better!
Theo’s Baked + Brewed can be found at 106-C Maginhawa St., Teachers Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila.
25. Yvan Navy
Would you believe it if we say we’ve found a fifty-peso Quarter Pounder burger? Well, we’re not just getting your hopes up because it really does exist! You’ll find this miracle of a burger at Yvan Navy where prices are kept at incredibly tipid-friendly levels. Their Double Quarter Pounder is just at ₱100 while the One Pounder is at ₱200. I think we can hear your wallet rejoicing from over here!
Aside from burgers, they’ve got all the other things we crave for after a night out of drinking like kebabs, nachos, and tacos!
Yvan Navy can be found at Maginhawa St. cor. Mapagkumbaba St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila.