Maginhawa: The Eat Street

Originally posted April 2011, updated July 2014

I feel really fortunate to be living on Maginhawa Street, one of the best go-to places for a food trip around the metro. There’s a great range of restaurants and types of cuisine to fit any mood and craving. A lot of the restos in the area also have this laid-back and artsy vibe, which I love.  Since a lot of the Maginhawa establishments have come and gone since I first wrote about this, I decided that it’s high time that I updated this post (after my article in Sunday Inquirer Magazine came out.)

Here is an updated directory of where to to eat along Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Diliman, Quezon City. I’ve also included a few notable restaurants in the Maginhawa orbit/Teacher’s Village/Sikatuna area that are not necessarily on Maginhawa street. Check back often because this post gets updated frequently. Lots of new restos have opened up on the street that I’m still planning to try :)

– Places I highly recommend or regularly frequent

THE Z COMPOUND *new*

For the other food stalls that can be found in this complex, check out this post: Z Compound on Malingap Street

★ MESHWE - #33A Malingap Street

Meshwe specializes in authentic Lebanese Shawarma and Middle Eastern fare. I really love their food and ended up eating here three times during their opening week (they opened November 15). Meshwe is one of the food kiosks currently in the new complex of food stands in 33 Malingap Street and just a few steps down from the Pino group of restaurants. Though each establishment has its own set of tables, there’s a common roof deck dining area and you can order food (and beer) from other establishments in the same complex.

  • Good for: snack, dinner, vegetarian-friendly
  • Recommendations: Chicken Shawarma Sandwich, Beef Shawarma Sandwich, Shawarma Rice Plates with Bukhari Rice, Hummus, Arabic Fries, Falafel Sandwich (vegetarian) Muhallabia (Creamy rose flavored milk pudding topped with Crushed Pistachios)
  • Price range: P100+ per dish
  • Restaurant hours: Tuesday – Saturdays 2pm – 10pm (closed Sundays and Mondays)
  • Facebook: Meshwe, Tel. no: 0927-6638764

FOOD + BEER

★ TOMATO KICK - #19 Malingap Street

Our favorite watering hole where we eat at least once a week. They serve great appetizers, filling pasta and rice meals and a variety of local beers (San Miguel, Red Horse, Cerveza Negra, Manila Beer). They recently moved from their old location in 55 Maginhawa Street to Malingap Street.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, drinks/bar chow (closed on Sundays)
  • Recommendations: Pesto marinara (seafood pesto pasta), Salsa pork, Beef fajitas, Seafood salpicao, Gising-gising, Cheesy bacon potato wedges, Pita Pizza
  • Price range: P200-350 per person
  • Facebook: Tomato Kick, Tel. No: 489.5503

BLACKSOUP CAFE + ARTSPACE - Unit G #154 Maginhawa Street (inner courtyard)

Cozy cafe serving Pinoy cuisine that doubles as a venue for art events like photo exhibits and poetry readings. They recently started a suspended coffee initiative.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, coffee, drinks
  • Recommendations: Twice-cooked chicken adobo, chicken with basil and cheese stuffing, Vigan Longganisa pasta
  • Price range: P200-400 per person
  • Facebook: Black Soup Cafe + Artspace, Tel. No: 435.2549

★ PINO RESTO BAR – #39 Malingap Street

Artsy restaurant serving creative Pinoy comfort food with a twist. Home of the famous Kare-Kareng bagnet & signature flavored beers. They also serve vegetarian options at Pipino on top of the main dining space.

  • Good for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks/bar chow, dessert
  • Recommendations: Kare-Kareng Bagnet, Crispy Hito, Kesong Puti salad, Calamares, Mini sisig tacos, specialty ice cream & desserts, Flavored beers (strawberry, watermelon, honeymansi, green apple, cucumber, lychee, peach), PINO-Ka Margarita (Note: last order for drinks is 10pm), ice creams from Pipino
  • Price range: P250-P500 per person
  • Facebook: Pino Resto Bar, Tel. no: 4411773

★ ROBERTA FLAVORS OF ASIA – #45b Maginhawa Street

Homey and pleasant resto that serves Asian fusion dishes. The menu is an eclectic but interesting mix of Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisine with a twist. Seafood, vegan and vegetarian options are also available.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, drinks
  • Recommendations: Turkish grilled chicken, Pad Thai, Lechon Kawali, Tinola sa Pakwan, Appetizer plate Trio (Fried Tawilis, Crispy Isaw & Chicken Skin, Bicol Express), Vietnamese Grilled Pork
  • Price range: P180-300+ per dish, some dishes are good for sharing
  • Facebook Page: Roberta Seafood Cantina, Tel. no: 3941505

★ ROASTERRIFIC! - #152 Maginhawa Street

Small budget-friendly resto that serves pretty good lechon and other “Pinoy favorites with a twist” ideal for parties and gatherings. Servings are pretty generous and they deliver within the Quezon City area. They now serve beer!
  • Good for: lunch, dinner, delivery, party packages
  • Recommendations: Herbalicious lechon (mix between Cebu lechon and Ilocos Bagnet), “Peking Style” Roasted Chicken, Special Pancit Canton and Chopsuey with Lechon, Pork BBQ, Cucumber Shake
  • Price range: P100 to P150 per person, rice meals from P99-120
  • Facebook: Roasterrific, Tel. no: 8816088 (delivery)

AL FARSI PERSIAN GRILL – 2/F #189 Maginhawa Street

al farsi persian grill maginhawaA resto that serves value for money Persian cuisine including some fusion dishes. Food styles include Greek and Mediterranean, Indian/Pakistani and Middle Eastern. Ideal for groups esp. at night since they also serve beer. They have a good range of sauces (plain garlic, herb garlic, garlic cheese, garlic pepper & hot sauce) for your meals.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, snack, drinks
  • Recommendations: Keema Pie, Beef Kebab, Chicken Kebab, Beef Roll, Butterfly iced tea
  • Price range: P130-250 per person
  • Facebook page: Al Farsi Persian Grill, Tel. no: 0916-7342888

WICKED KITCHEN – 2/F #189 Maginhawa Street

wicked kitchen maginhawaA modern restaurant serving beer-battered appetizers and “sinfully good” entrees, pasta, sandwiches, rice bowls and desserts.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, desserts, drinks
  • Recommendations: Truffle carbonara, Buffalo chicken sandwich; their signature desserts are named after the 7 deadly sins like Gluttony (chocolate molten lava cake served with a scoop of ice cream), wrath (Flaming Cointreau drizzled over a spicy Nutella and mango crepe with vanilla ice cream) and Pride (Big chunk of Food for the Gods served ala mode).
  • Price range: P160-300 per person
  • Facebook page: Wicked Kitchen

PARRILLADA GRILL - #189 Maginhawa Street

Resto that opened just last Sept. 16 in the new building complex next to The Sweet Spot and Katsu Cafe. They serve Pinoy food, grilled sizzlers and beer (they close relatively early at 10 pm.)

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, drinks
  • Recommendations: Sisig, T-bone steak, Porterhouse and Tenderloin with shrimps
  • Price range: P160-280+ per dish (most good for 2), P276-336 per beer bucket with free choice of sisig, nachos or nuts

VIA ANTONELLA – #189 Maginhawa Street corner Makadios Street

via antonella maginhawaFine dining resto that serves pasta, snackpetizers, all-day breakfast, entrees, rice meals, coffees and floats. They serve a range of beers including San Miguel, Sapporo and Corona.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Hanger Steak (cut of beef steak), Steak and Mushroom
  • Price range: P300-400/person
  • Facebook: Via Antonella

BUFFALO JOINT - #45b Maginhawa Street

Hole-in-the wall that serves really spicy buffalo wings and below zero beer.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, drinks
  • Recommendations: Buffalo wings – sauces: Summer (hot), El Nino (extra hot) Hell (extremely hot), Beer, Mixed drinks
  • Price range: P150-300/per person; more if drinks are involved
  • Facebook: Buffalo Joint

ALL-DAY BREAKFAST

π BREAKFAST & PIES – #39 Malingap Street

Breakfast & Pies is an All-Day breakfast joint right next to (and from the same team behind) Pino and Pipino in Malingap St. They serve unique breakfast dishes, home-made pies, gourmet waffles, and fresh bread.

  • Good for: Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert, take-out (bakery)
  • Recommendations: Huevos Rancheros, Beef Belly Corned beef, Eggs Benny, Apple Gruyere Pie, Key Lime Pie, Cereal Milk
  • Price range: P200-400 per person

ALLY’S ALL DAY BREAKFAST – #50 Malingap Street

A cozy breakfast and brunch place that serves classic breakfast meals (tapa, pork tocino, longanisa from different provinces), pancakes, pan-crepes, waffle sandwiches and desserts. You can design your own pancakes and waffles here.

  • Good for: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, dessert
  • Recommendations: Adobo Flakes, Classic Beef Tapa, Vigan Longanisa, Classic Spanish Omelette, Design your own Pancake, Pan-crepes
  • Price range: P110-250 per person
  • Facebook: Ally’s All-Day Breakfast Place, Tel. No: 0906-4443878

THE BREAKFAST TABLE - #189 Maginhawa Street

the breakfast table maginhawaA pretty restaurant serving all Filipino breakfast meals and locally sourced beverages. You can also build your own breakfast (choose your own rice, mains, sides and eggs) during weekdays and they serve breakfast buffets (rodizio style) during the weekends.

  • Good for: all-day breakfast (closed on Mondays)
  • Recommendations: Baguio longganisa, omurice (omelette rice), taho shake, coffee from different provinces, TBT cooler (calamansi, tanglad, pandan, malunggay, muscovado)
  • Price range: 150-250 per person if ala carte, weekend buffet costs P395
  • Facebook: The Breakfast Table, Tel. no: 433-3597

PIZZA PARLOR

★ FRIULI TRATTORIA - #79-A Maginhawa Street

Neighborhood pizza joint that serves genuine (and affordable) Italian cuisine. Really great pizzas, pasta dishes and desserts. They deliver to our area, so this is our pizza of choice when we have friends over.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, delivery (limited area only)
  • Recommendations: Tre Formaggi Pizza (mozzarella, cheddar & blue cheese), Margherita pizza, Pasta Putanesca, After Eight chocolate mint cake, Root beer float, Italian Soda
  • Price range: P180-P300 per person
  • Facebook: Friuli Trattoria, Tel. No: 434.1416

HANDURAW PIZZA – #1A Masunurin Street corner Anonas Extension, Sikatuna Village

handuraw pizza sikatuna

Handuraw (Cebuano term for “the power to imagine”) is a pizza joint originating from the Cebu, with several branches in Cebu, Davao, and Metro Manila. They serve appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, complete meals and rice bowls, but are best known for their thin-crust pizzas including a few “adventurous” ones topped with sisig, tinapa, adobo and chorizo de Cebu.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, delivery
  • Recommendations: Handuraw Special (pepperoni, Italian sausage, ham, bacon, mushroom, olives, onions, green bell peppers, fresh tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese on a base of our homemade tomato sauce), Pizza Cebuana (topped with Chorizo de Cebu and kesong puti), Tinapa Delight (tinapang bangus flakes and crunchy chicharon)
  • Price range: P250-350 for pizzas
  • Facebook page: Handuraw Pizza Sikatuna, Tel. no: (02) 3813349

CASUAL DINING/CAFES

THE PORCH BY CASA VERDE – #113 Anonas Extension (near Savemore)

the porch by casa verdeHomey resto with cheerful interiors and a cool al fresco porch area that serves home-style comfort food like ribs, steaks, pastas, burgers, sandwiches, desserts and more. The Porch by Casa Verde is the second Manila branch of the popular family-owned chain of restaurants that originated in Cebu City (the first branch is located in UP Town Center). Bonus points for their dedicated parking lot beside the resto.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, desserts
  • Recommendations: The Dax (USDA beef tenderloin with brown sauce and onions & crunchy breaded shrimp), Death By Chocolate ice cream cake, Brian’s Ribs
  • Price range: P250-350 for ribs & steaks (good for sharing), P180+ for desserts
  • Facebook Page: The Porch, Tel. no: 9527178

LEONA ART RESTAURANT - #45 Matimtiman Street

leona art resto

A family owned and managed restaurant with a laid-back artsy vibe. They specialize in pasta and pizza but also have some good rice meals and turkey dishes on the menu (you can order whole/half/quarter roast turkey here; order 2 days in advance). They also sell some interesting items like postcards, specialty wrapping paper and trinkets in the resto.

  • Good for: breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner (closed on Sundays)
  • Recommendations: Roast Turkey Burrito, Unli Pizza, Root Beer Float, their Holiday Menu (up to Jan 31 has interesting turkey dishes and Noche Buena Pizza)
  • Price range: P150+ up per person, P199/person for Unli Pizza
  • Facebook page: Leona Art Restaurant, Tel. no: 929-7490

BOWL & BREW – Unit1 131, V.Luna Road Ext.

bowl & brew maginhawaA colorful modern diner-style restaurant that serves rice bowls, pasta, sandwiches, coffee and specialties from Lucban, Quezon. I like the touch of the colorful bowls on the ceiling and the framed photos from Pahiyas festival around the resto.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, coffee
  • Recommendations: Lucban Longganisa, Kinulob Lucban Flakes, Pancit Lucban (Habhab), Sorbetes with Kiping Flakes and Suman
  • Price range: 145-200 per person
  • Facebook: Bowl & Brew, Tel. No: 799-9410

★ COOL BEANS LIBRARY CAFE - #67-A Maginhawa Street

A mini-library/cafe that serves highland coffee (Sagada, Kalinga and Cordillera roasts), specialty frappes, rice meals, pasta, panini & desserts. There’s a rack of National Geographic magazines and a shelf full of books, comics & graphic novels that dine-in customers are free to browse through.

  • Good for: coffee & dessert, snack, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Pan-grilled Pork Belly, Sagada Coffee, Banana Cake, S’mores
  • Price range: P150-300 per person; coffee is P80
  • Facebook: Cool Beans Cafe, Tel. No: 0917.7064711

CRAZY KATSU – #79-C Maginhawa Street

Japanese restaurant specializing in katsu and rice toppings. The fiery chicken katsu topped with chili is a bestseller.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Chicken Katsu, Pork Ginger, Japanese iced tea, Gyoza
  • Price range: P145 – P200 per person
  • Facebook: Crazy Katsu, Tel. No: 435.0030

FRESH SELECTIONS – #87 Maginhawa Street Corner, Magiting Street

Fresh Selections serves healthy and affordable fast-food prepared with no MSG and no preservatives. They also sell organic and hydroponic fruits and vegetables and fresh meat and seafood.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, ready to cook meal packs for take-out
  • Recommendations: Lemon chicken, Pork Asado, Fresh Lumpia, Cha Misua
  • Price range: P75-110 for rice meals, P160-300 per dish (big servings)
  • Facebook: Fresh Selections – Maginhawa, Tel. No: 3309526

COCINA JUAN – #100 Maginhawa Street

Artsy space serving Tex-Mex and Latin American cuisine and some specialty drinks. They were on hiatus for a year due to road repairs in Maginhawa, but they opened their doors again in July 2014. Their menu is currently on dry run.

  • Good for: snack, lunch, dinner, drinks
  • Price range: P165-300+ per person
  • Recommendations: Churrascos de Nicaragua, Pork Ribs, Burritos, Tacos, Quesadillas
  • Facebook: Cocina Juan, Tel. No: 434.3911

★ SANCHO CHURRERIA MANILA - #122 Maginhawa Street

Cozy cafe serving Spanish comfort food. Excellent paella and rice meals. They also have a lot of desserts like eclairs, cream puffs, churros and cheesecakes.

  • Good for: lunch, merienda, coffee and dessert, dinner, drinks
  • Price range: P 200-350 per person (for meals), P100 for coffee and cake
  • Recommendations: Paella Valenciana, Beef Salpicao, Pork Steak, Clam Chowder, Churros con chocolate, Cream puffs
  • Facebook: Sancho Churreria Manila, Tel. No: 436.5539

GALLI VILLAGE CAFE - #154 Maginhawa Street

Rustic restaurant reminiscent of small village cafes found in many European and American countries. Food is a mix of Spanish, Filipino, Italian and American specialties.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Recommendations: Angus beef tapa, Beef adobado, Paella Valenciana, Beef Salpicao, spaghetti bolognese, shrimp gambas
  • Price range: P160-P195 per person
  • Facebook: Galli Village Cafe, Tel. No: 434.6716

★ WHEN UAN MET SALLLY - #154 Maginhawa Street

A quaint boutique selling clothes, bags and accessories where you can order a few appetizers, drinks & desserts. Plus points for artistic food presentation, ambiance, their choice of serving dishes, and the lovely hand-painted cookies.

  • Good for: shopping, afternoon tea & coffee, light snacks (they serve beer now!)
  • Recommendations: Artisan coffee, Thai ice cream, House blend iced tea, nachos, mozarella sticks, orange spice cookies
  • Price range: P100-P300 per person

THE SWEET SPOT – #189 Maginhawa Street

Contemporary bakeshop + cafe serving pastries, cakes, a few sandwiches, pasta and rice dishes, plus coffee, tea and hot chocolate. They have a small booknook with adult titles by Bourdain, Gaiman, Murakami, Card, Dawkins, Diamond, Moore for reading at the cafe.

  • Good for: coffee & dessert, snack, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Cheese steak sandwich, Strawberry Mango smoothie, Beer battered fish and wasabi chips, cheesecakes
  • Price range: P150-300 per person
  • Facebook: The Sweet Spot, Tel. No. 0917-8245454

KATSU CAFE – #189 Maginhawa Street

Latest cafe to join the Katsu craze. They serve tonkatsu, katsu curry rice, tempura sets and donburi (big rice bowl) toppings. They also serve Sola iced tea and local and Japanese beers (Asahi and Kirin).

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, drinks
  • Recommendations: Beef Gyudon, Chicken Katsu, Gyoza, Tempura
  • Price range: P195-390 per dish
  • Facebook: Katsu Cafe, Tel no: 09399200000

NUEZCA CAFE - #53 Maginhawa Street corner Mahusay Street

Resto across Tomato Kick that serves home-grown organic & MSG-free Filipino food, fresh fruit shakes, coffee & some desserts. Very nice ambiance with balcony area and al fresco garden area.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, coffee, shakes
  • Recommendations: Butterflied Tilapia, Watermelon Shake (limited menu for soft opening, but I heard they have organic chicken, pasta, appetizers, pizzas and other dishes now)
  • Price range: P150-300 per person

EMPIRE STEAK - #4b Masinsinan St. corner Maginhawa St. (beside Teacher’s Village Barangay Hall)

empire-steak-maginhawaNYC-themed resto that specializes in affordable yet quality steaks (US boneless rib-eye steak). They also serve katsu curry (Japanese Empire), chicken gyro and falafel wraps (Greek Empire), salad and mashed potatoes.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, take out (open daily 12nn-10pm)
  • Recommendations: King Kong’s Steak (double steak with sauteed onions, two sunny side up eggs, bacon, rice topped with premium potato chips; good for 2), Truffled mashed potato, Double Steak, Regular Rib-Eye Steak, Katsu Curry
  • Price range: P130-250 per person
  • Facebook: Empire Steak, Tel. No: 359-0934

TORNADO PERI-PERI CHICKEN - #104 Maginhawa Street

Resto that specializes in chicken cooked peri-peri style (with sauce made from bird’s eye chili) chicken with their own blended sauces namely; original, tiger’s fury, dragon’s breath. They also serve some steaks.

tornado periperii chicken maginhawa steak

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Peri-Peri Chicken, T-Bone Steak
  • Price range: P100+ per person
  • Facebook: Tornado Peri-Peri Chicken, Tel: 0917-5920901
CHILLI & INK – #51B Magiting Street

A tattoo parlor and small resto that specializes in fiery hot chicken wings and fish fillet. The place also serves as an artspace and venue for skin art enthusiasts. Those who can down a basket of their “Hot ng Ina niyong Lahat” spicy chicken wings challenge in record time earn a spot on the Hall of Flames.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner (closed on Sundays)
  • Recommendations: Garlic parmesan chicken wings, Hot ng Ina Mo Chicken wings, Budget meals
  • Price range: P99 for budget meals (rice, chicken or fish, drink) to P220
  • Facebook: Chilli and Ink, Tel. no: 0943-2705875 or 4345517

SPECIALTY/FINE DINING

★ VAN GOGH IS BIPOLAR - Unit H, #154 Maginhawa Street (inner courtyard)

Bohemian restaurant owned by travel photographer Jetro Rafael that serves “mood-altering” food. Erratic resto hours. Can be closed for days to weeks depending on owner’s travel sked and mood.

  • Good for: special occasions, tea after 10pm
  • Recommendations: Pres. Clinton’s Meal (Van Gogh rice with grilled Aussie lamb chop), Courtney Love’s Drink of the Day
  • Price range: P500-1000 per person
  • Facebook: Van Gogh is Bipolar, Tel. No: 434.9417

GAYUMA NI MARIA – #123 V. Luna Extension (extension of Maginhawa Street near SaveMore)

A “bewitchingly gastronomic restaurant” ideal for romantic dates, special occasions & events. Popular during Valentine’s Day. They hold tarot readings here.

  • Recommendations: Rock Me, Baby! (BBQ Baby Back Ribs), Beats Sex Any Day (decadent chocolate cake) and In my Dreams
  • (rum-spiked meringue).
  • Price range: Starting at P250 per person
  • Facebook Page: Gayuma ni Maria, Tel. No: 441.4872

BURGERS & SNACK FOOD

★ THE SNACK SHACK - V. Luna Extension (extension of Maginhawa Street near SaveMore)

Small neighborhood kiosk that grills really juicy and delicious burgers made of 100% pure beef. Since everything is hand-made and fresh-grilled, expect a waiting time of 15-20 minutes. The quarter pounder with cheese costs just P70/each! Limited seating for dine-in customers. Take-out & delivery recommended. To skip the long waiting time, text your orders before picking up (really convenient!).

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, take-out, delivery (limited area only)
  • Recommendations: Quarter pounder with cheese (Add-ons: Blue cheese, Jalapeno Pepper), Half-pounder with double cheese
  • Price range: P70-P135+ per person
  • Facebook: The Snack Shack, Tel. no: 09265122257

★ GOOD BURGERS - #162 Maginhawa Street

Healthy burgers with interesting topping combinations. Burgers come in chicken or veggie patties and 3 different sizes (good, better, best).

  • Good for: snack, light lunch, delivery
  • Recommendations: Margherita Burger, Bacon Mozza Melt Burger, Silly Burger (sour cream, garlic chilli, cheese), Herb Delite (basil, cottage cheese), Wedge Fries
  • Price range: P150-200 per person
  • Facebook: Good Burgers, Tel. No: 435.4663

STUFF OVER BURGER CAFE – #51 Magiting Street

Small burger joint that serves stuffed burgers and milkshakes.
  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner
  • Recommendations: Chilly Billy (burger stuffed with cream cheese and Jalapeno), Hungry Daisy Burger (Bacon, onion, cheddar), Vanilla Milkshake, Raspberry and Pink Lemonade
  • Price range: P160 for premium burgers, P200 for burger with drink and fries
  • Facebook: Stuff Over Burger Cafe

BRGR: THE BURGER PROJECT - #122 Maginhawa Street

the burger project maginhawa

The original Maginhawa burger joint from the same makers as Pino Resto Bar and Breakfast & Pies. The Burger Project lets customers design their own burgers. They also have some interesting pre-designed options and Burgers of the Month. A bit on the expensive side because of the quality of toppings used.
  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, delivery
  • Price range: P 150-300+ per person
  • Recommendations: Western Bacon Melt, Bleu Buffalo
  • Facebook: BRGR The Burger Project, Tel. No: 2121212 (delivery)
RBy's steak and shake maginhawaRBY’s Steak & Shake – 152A Maginhawa Street
Small sandwich shop offering Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches and special shakes.

  • Good for: snack, sandwiches
  • Recommendations: Classic Cheese Steak Sandwich, Fries, Pink Lemonade
  • Price range: P160-200+ per person
  • Facebook page: RBy’s Steak and Shake

MEXICAN EXPRESS – #162 Maginhawa Street

Serves budget-friendly Mexican favorites like tacos, nachos, flautas, and chimichangas.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, delivery
  • Recommendations: Burrito (beef/chicken), Mexican Rice meals, Taco Pizza, Raspberry Iced Tea
  • Price range: P99 up for burritos and tacos, P110-145 for rice meals
  • Facebook: Mexican Express, Tel. no: 435-5555

KAZAM KEBAB HOUSE - #162 Maginhawa Street

Kebab house serving Persian favorites like freshly grilled kebabs, shawarma and dips. They serve Unli-Shawarma for P199 from Monday to Sunday from 12-3pm and 6-9pm.

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, delivery
  • Recommendations: Beef Kebab Rice, Hummus, Motabal, Yoghurt Shake, Shawarma Pizza.
  • Price range: P60 up for shawarma, P75up for rice meals
  • Facebook page: Kazam Kebab House Maginhawa, Tel. no: 2966131

BUDGET MEAL OPTIONS

INDONYAKI – #54 Maginhawa St

Sidewalk eatery serving affordable Indonesian-Asian dishes as well as shawarma, kebab and pares.

indonyaki maginhawa ayam goreng satay

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Ayam Goreng (Indonesian fried chicken), Satay, Beef Rendang
  • Price range: Less than P100 per person
  • Website: www.indonyaki.com, Tel. no: 560-8521

JEEPNEY / GERRY’S JEEPNEY - #154 Maginhawa Street

jeepney restaurant maginhawaA small Jeepney-themed restaurant that serves really good and affordable Pinoy rice combo meals & boodle style meals ideal for big groups. Cool artwork and ambiance. They play nostalgic pop Pinoy hits from the 80s and 90s.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: liempo with rice, pork bbq with rice, ensaladang talong with KBL
  • Price range: P85-150 per person

URBAN CHICK – #195 Maginhawa Street

urban chick maginhawaSmall neighborhood joint serving affordable barbecue rice meals, sizzler specials, fruit shakes, pancakes, pasta dishes & all-day breakfast meals.

  • Good for: all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Liempo, Chicken BBQ
  • Price range: P79-150 per person
  • Facebook page: Urban Chick, Tel. no: 0905-4502488

MANDI PERSIAN GRILL – #120 Maginhawa Street

mandi persian grillMandi Persian Grill serves affordable Middle Eastern/Turkish rice meals.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Beef kebab with mandi rice
  • Price range: P79-120 per person
  • Facebook page: Mandi Persoan Grill

MIXXX VIGAN’S BEST - #48 Maginhawa Street

Small eatery serving Ilocano specialties like Vigan empanada, papaitan, Vigan longganisa, bagnet & pakbet. Not a lot of tables as the same place also doubles as a sari-sari store. You can buy Bayani Brew here.

  • Good for: snack, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Bagnet, Dinakdakan, Vigan empanada
  • Price range: P50-150 per person
  • Tel no: 473-0133, (0916)388-2726

JEK’S KU-BO BULALO AT ULO-ULO - #77 Maginhawa Street

Clean and classy carinderia specializing in Bulalo (bone marrow soup) and sinigang na ulo-ulo.
  • Good for: lunch, dinner (closed on Sundays)
  • Recommendations: Bulalo, Ulo-Ulo, Crispy Tawilis, Salpicao, Adobo Flakes, Fried Tilapia, Buko shake (P30)
  • Price range: P75-P150 per person
  • Facebook: Jek’s Ku-bo Bulalo at Ulo-Ulo, Tel. No: 434.7362

SINANGAG STATION - #79 Maginhawa Street

  • Serves decent and affordable silog meals. They are open 24/7 making them ideal for very early breakfast before sports activities like biking or riding and late night hunger pangs or post-hangover meals when everything else is closed.
  • Good for: all day meals
  • Recommendations: Porksilog, Adobo Flakes silog, Longsilog
  • Price range: P70-150

★ GRILL QUEEN – #111 and #87 Maginhawa Street

Neighborhood joint specializing in cheap grilled pork, chicken and seafood (1 piece of barbecue costs just P17). There are 2 branches of Grill Queen along Maginhawa. The larger branch just relocated beside Cha Dao.

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, take-out
  • Recommendations: Barbecue, grilled liempo, grilled tofu, grilled talong
  • Price range: P50-P100 per person

ATE FE’S KITCHEN - #87 Maginhawa Street

  • Hole-in-the-wall eatery serving very affordable rice meals. The Lechon Kawali is one of the better ones in the area and for only P95 (good for 2) is a steal.
  • Good for: lunch, dinner, take-out
  • Recommendations: Lechon kawali, Lechsilog, Silog meals, Chopsuey rice
  • Price range: P50-100 per person
  • Tel. no. 433-0523

FOOD CLINIQUE - #102 Maginhawa Street

  • A scaled-up version of Ambula: Pampango Rice Toppings which used to occupy the space. Aside from their decent Filipino silog, budget meals, turo-turo section, rice toppings, and Tsinoy-inspired dishes, they promise more Asian (Japanese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese) fare in the future. 
  • Good for: Lunch, dinner, take-out
  • Recommendations: Lechon Kawali Rice, Katsudon, Yang Chow Rice
  • Price range: P60-P120 per person
  • Facebook: Food Clinique, Tel.no: 0939-202 4456

PAKIBALOT PANCITERIA - Suite 122 Bldg., #122 Maginhawa Street

  • Chinese-style eatery specializing in Binondo Cooking. Aside from selling pancit in bilao for take-out, guests can order Filipino and Chinese rice meals here. Servings are very generous.
  • Good for: Lunch, dinner (Mon-Sun)
  • Recommendations: Fried rice, Buttered Chicken, Chicken with mushroom, Crispy Pata
  • Price range: P100-P200 per person (group sharing)
  • Tel. no: 383-9625, 0949-6100332

 

COFFEE, TEA & DESSERT PLACES ALONG MAGINHAWA

A TASTE OF HEAVEN MILKSHAKE HUB – #71 Maginhawa Street

a taste of heaven maginhawaA small, kid-friendly cafe serving milkshakes and a few snacks like popcorn, chicken fingers and the like. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth and found their shakes insanely sweet (like you’re drinking ice cream), but my 4-year old nephew seemed to like it.

  • Good for: snack, dessert
  • Recommendations: Salted Caramel Shake, Choco Loco Crunch, Blue Velvet, Strawberry Cheesecake, Bubblegum
  • Price range: Shakes start at P80
  • Facebook: A Taste of Heaven Milkshake Hub, Te. no: : 0906-2233644

ANTITEASIS: BOOKS AND BREWS - Unit C, #154 Maginhawa Street

Small tea room/library serving donuts and bagels that opened last Feb 8, 2014. There’s a cozy nook with lots of (IKEA) throw pillows on the floor. Aside from the books, they also have board games that diners can play.

antiteasis books and brews maginhawa

  • Good for: snack, dessert
  • Recommendations: Bagel with cream cheese, Apple Basil Smoothie, Mini donut
  • Price range: P100+ per person
  • Facebook: Antiteasis: Books and Brews, Tel. no: 0906-3424599

CUPCAKES BY GREMLINS – #100 Maginhawa St.

Cupcake shop serving specialty cupcakes. They accept orders for customized cupcakes for parties and special events. The shop recently moved from their original second-floor location on #54 Maginhawa Street and is now sharing a space with Cocina Juan.

  • Good for: snacks, dessert, take-out
  • Recommendations: Hershey’s Chocolate Cupcakes, Banana Oatmeal Cupcakes with Speculoos Cookie Butter
  • Price range: Around P50 per cupcake
  • Facebook: Cupcakes by Gremlins

FROSTED DESSERTS – #57 Maginhawa Street

A Cupcake Cafe ideal for dessert meet-ups with friends. They serve some very playful and unique flavors of cupcakes and make custom made toppers and cakes. Gluten-Free and No-Sugar-Added options are also available for pre-order. They also serve milkshakes and sundaes. Frosted Desserts also carries retail items from Barkin ‘Bakes Healthy Pet Treats, all-natural and preservative-free treats for dogs. They bake custom cakes for dogs too :)

  • Good for: snacks, dessert, take-out; dog-friendly treats
  • Price range: P50-80 per cupcake
  • Recommendations: Mr. Grey (Earl Grey Tea), The King (Banana cake base topped with peanut butter icing and caramelized bacon)
  • For dogs: Liver and Signature Apple cake, Max & Jack’s Dairy and Egg Free Muffins
  • Facebook: Frosted Desserts, Barkin’ Bakes Healthy Pet Treats, Tel. No: 0926-7397377

BELLATINI’S PLACE – #14 Maginhawa Street

bellatini's place maginhawaTiny cafe that serves coffee, smoothies, frappucinos, desserts and cakes. They also have a few lunch, dinner and value meals.

  • Good for: dessert, snacks, lunch, dinner
  • Recommendations: Decadent Chocolate Cake, coffee
  • Price range: Value meals at P130
  • Facebook: Bellatini’s Place

OTHERS (coming soon)

BAKERY

TOASTED SIOPAO TATYSTAR BAKERY - #45 Anonas Extension

tatystar toasted siopaoBakery serving delicious Naga City-style toasted siopao and other breads like pan de coco, monay and maligaya bread. Goes great with pancit from Pakibalot Panciteria for events and parties.

  • Good for: snack, take-out (no delivery)
  • Recommendations: toasted siopao asado
  • Price range: P8/piece of toasted siopao
  • Facebook page: Toasted Siopao Tatystar Bakery

BEVERAGE

THE DAILY JUSA - #111A Maginhawa Street *new*

Take-out kiosk that sells bottles of fresh juice and raw salads. They offer detox programs and packages for those who want to try their one-day, three-day or one-week juicing cleanse.

  • Good for: juice, salad
  • Recommendations: Summer Delight, Vitality Boost, PAD (pear, apples & dates) Salad
  • Price range: 1 bottle of juice cost P150; salads cost P100
  • Facebook: The Daily Jusa, Tel. no: : 0917-811 0769
+RIP: Maginhawa Restaurants that have ceased operations: Taby’s, Red Salmon Grill, Alfakhr’s, Kiss the Cook, Delish, Umbul Satu, CRAVE Burger, CHAMPS Burger, The Grill Pit, Ted P’s, Zugbu Liempo, Forte Coffehouse, Happy Toppings, Ed’s Table

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  4. Hi! These are great recommendations! May I use your blog as a reference for another travel feature that I’m doing? I’ll be sure to properly credit both author and website :) Thank you very much in advance!

  5. We would love for you to visit us at CHAMPS Restaurant. We have a broad menu that will satisfy any palate. We are located between Ted Ps and Umbul Satu.at 154 Maginhawa Street,

    Thank you,

    CHAMPS

    • Hi Champs. Thanks for the invitation. Have been meaning to do a part 2 of this. Have you replaced Crave Burger? I thought that was the resto in between Ted P’s and USC.

  6. Wowow! Namiss ko mag food trip sa Maginhawa! Friuli Trattoria pa lang natry ko. Mahilig ako sa Pestoa pasta, so I guess I will love the Seafood pesto pasta of Tomato Kick. Mainvite nga ang mga bagets dito :)

    • Am addicted to the seafood pesto of Tomato Kick. I have it almost once a week. Let me know if pupunta kayong bagets sa area! :) Would love to meet up. Dami na nga new places dito. Been meaning to blog about tea places. There are 5 different tea places just on this street! MoonLeaf, Cha Dao, etc.

  7. My family and I are going to Maginhawa St. this Saturday to check out the restos. These reviews look promising, and I’m looking forward to trying them out!

    • Hi Jillian. Hope you and your family enjoyed your food trip to Maginhawa. Some of the restos on the street (Kiss the Cook & Alfakhr’s) recently closed down, but there are still lots of great places to try out.

      • Hi! After scouting Maginhawa, we decide on Friuli Trattoria. Gread decision, too; the food was great, and the price was pretty unbelievable. We waited a while for a table, though, because the place was packed. We actually stopped there first when we were looking around, and when we came back, the guy at the door said that had we asked him to reserve a table, we wouldn’t have had to wait so long (the upstairs tables were empty then). Haha! Still a good experience! :)

  8. For this, I will go to VanGogh is Bipolar and the rest too. I had been intrigue by these restaurants and wanting to try myself soonest when I came back to Manila.

  9. Nag seserve po kami ng ice cream recipes, milk tea, wintermelon juice, fruit shakes with ice cream, halo halo with ice cream, chicken burger, chicken sandwich, ice cream cake, ice cream sandwich, spicy spaghetti, other short orders. parking is along Maginhawa Street, fronting Bayantel, St. Vincent School, and Sterten Place. konting lakad lang po papasok ng Krus na Ligas, malapit sa Mona’s bakeshop, bungad lang ng Krus na Ligas/Maginhawa. Affordable ang prices namin. from P15 spicy ice cream to P50 ice cream/shake/halo halo hybrid. Student meals will be served in June 2013. Please LIKE our page: Thank you.
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  10. This blog is very good. However I’m not sure if you added Mexican Express which also serves great mex food. I live around the area but have not tried every resto though my boyfriend and I plan to visit most, if not all available dining places in Maginhawa. Kudos!!

    • Hi Jen, I know I left out some restos in the area as the list was getting a bit long and new restaurants seem to be just sprouting up every month! My husband doesn’t like Mexican food much so we haven’t really tried it out (we always opt for Good Burgers 2 stalls down :p) , but I’ll update this when I eat there again and get photos. :) Saw a new building with a Katsu Cafe in the works!

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  12. Hi Kara, great feature on Maginhawa St.

    We’re opening a bakeshop + cafe in July, called The Sweet Spot. We’re in the new building near Camp Karingal right beside the new Katsu Cafe branch.

    Please visit us when we open. :)

  13. Very interesting and informative blog. We will try the other restaurants you mentioned.
    There is a new burger joint too in Maginhawa st., Snack Shack. Their burgers are pure beef and juicy. They are near Savemore in Sikatuna Village.

  14. Hi, we’d love to have you here at ROASTERRIFIC! We are located at 152 Maginhawa St. QC.

    A definite must try is our best seller HERB – a – licious Lechon. Its our version of the CEBU Lechon & Ilocos Bagnet in 1. Love the crisp and the taste minus the guilt ‘coz its Roasted! Perfectly compliment this with our Special Sauce.

    Other must try are our famous “Peking Style” Roasted Chicken, Special Pancit Canton and Chopsuey with Lechon among others.

    We also do DELIVER within Quezon City. Feel free to give us a call, 881 – 60 – 88.

    Thank you,

    ROASTERRIFIC!

  15. thanks for your blog! our office is located in maginhawa and indeed i saw the booming of the street as an eat street. :) want to add, roberta’s seafood cantina to the list, next to buffalo wings. they have good food, my favorite is the tinola sa pakwan. :)

    • Apir! Love Cerveza Negra too. It goes great with TK’s Pesto Aligue pasta. Heard they may have to relocate by next year. Hope it’s to somewhere on the same street. May branches na rin in Katipunan & Tomas Morato!

    • Better if you are coming from Anonas Station. Ride a City Hall or Fairview jeepney right behind the St. Joseph Church. Tell the driver to drop you off at SM Savemore-Sikatuna. That’s already the V. Luna Road. Beside SM Savemore is the Snack Shack. As you walk farther, you will find Gayuma ni Maria, etc. You may V. Luna Rd Ext. toward the long stretch of Maginhawa or you can always take a trike.

  16. In fairness!! Ina-update pa rin pala itong list. Salamat!!! Ito na ata ang pinaka-comprehensive list ng Maginhawa restos haha though meron pa ring mga wala sa list, sana maidagdag din soon. :) Good job Ms. Kara!

    • Thanks Colleen. Haven’t eaten in all the Maginhawa restaurants yet. It’s a long street :p There are also some places that I don’t really feel like including in the list because I didn’t like the food or the place.

  17. Hi, Ms Kara! It’s so nice that you keep this post very much updated! I live near Maginhawa but I always come back to your blog every time I want to check out new places (eg Nuezca Cafe). Keep it up! Thank you very much. :)

    • Hi Faith. It’s comments like that that encourage me never to cook and to just keep eating in all the Maginhawa restos in order to update this post :p Thanks for always checking back. New additions coming soon. Hehe.

  18. I’d like to point out that Zugbu Lechon has joined the R.I.P club a few months ago and it’s been replaced by a medical supply shop.

    It’s such a shame because their food is great for the price but not a lot of people go there when Trattoria and Krazy Katsu looks more visually appealing.

  19. Thank you for this very comprehensive list! My mom saw The Sweet Spot featured on Kris Aquino’s show this morning and after I mentioned being invited by a friend to try Van Gogh is Bipolar, we immediately looked for a food trip guide and used yours! Got to The Sweet Spot, then Katsu Cafe, got distracted for a bit at Our Tribe (which sells leather bags and stuff), then spent quite a while at When Uan Met Sally, tried to stop by at Galli Village Cafe and Blacksoup Cafe + Artspace (which were both closed), and then drove through Maginhawa trying to spot other good eats for a next time. Got desert at this milkshake place called A Taste of Heaven. Hope you keep this updated for when we go back! :)

  20. Hi Kara! Thank you for featuring us! We recently updated our menu… Meaning, more happy kanin options :) See you soon!

  21. Hi Kara, just came from snackshack and ordered half pounder burger for only Php135 and got a strawberry shake from Ice Cream House a block away from the burget joint. Unlike other burgers, you need no condiments as the beef juice
    surely brings the chemistry in your mouth. Awesome eat. Thanks for your blog, cheers!!! Benj

    • Hi Benj. Love how you described the burger :) Snack Shack is now one of our favorites as well. The line is sometimes long, but the burgers are worth the wait! :) Sulit in terms of flavor and price compared to some of the other places.

  22. Hi were planning to have a food trip tom with my bff..can you please help us on how we could easily locate the place….manggagaling kami sa trinoma, di kasi kami familiar sa qc tnx

    • Hi Elsa, the road right now in Maginhawa is really bad because of an ongoing DPWH road widening project that’s left everything a mess so you might be a bit disappointed. Parking is a major problem and many establishments are affected by this. But if you still want to go, just get off at Philcoa and take a trike from there to Maginhawa street.

  23. great blog! thanks a lot! any restaurant you would like to recommend? i love eating pastas, burgers, ramens, sweets (cakes)! :)

  24. Hi Ms.Kara! We would like to invite you to our restaurant, Alfarsi Persian Grill. Located at 2nd Floor Unit 2-1 #186 Maginhawa Street corner Makadios Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. We hope you can come this Thursday (Nov 7) at 8pm because we have an Acoustic Night :) We would like to offer you a free bottomless butterfly iced tea as well. Just introduce yourself to our staff. Thank you!

    Our page:https://www.facebook.com/AlfarsiPersianGrill

  25. Love your post. It’s the most complete and updated post about the topic I’ve seen so far.I’m excited to try the newly opened restaurants you’ve listed.

    By the way, I also want to comment about the road widening. I also find the dust, traffic and all that inconvenience that the road widening and drainage project cause as I live near Maginhawa too.

    However, drainage problems cannott really be addressed isolated issues. As you can see the road to Philcoa is prone to flooding, and you can’t just fix the drainage of that specific area to improve it. Where will the water go, right? Of course, it had to be channeled to an appropriate drainage site, like perhaps to the nearby Marikina River.

    Road widening are also best done BEFORE the actual traffic congestion begins. With all these restos and schools in the area and the number of private vehicles increasing over 50% in the last ten years, I think it’s definitely appropriate. As with any road construction, closing of stores for a few days in front of the area is a bit inevitable. Setbacks like these are needed before actual improvements are gained. Anyway, the destroyed facades in front of the stores and houses are mostly on land owned by the government and are just being claimed for public use.

    I feel sorry for the chopped down trees though. And the contractor should be spanked for unsafe construction conditions.

  26. Too bad, although walking distance lang ang Maginhawa samin, (we live Matimtiman. 3:) ) at kunti pa lang ang na ttry namin. :’( . Medyo Masaklap.

  27. I’d like to add Nanette’s Snack Haus to the list for their version of the burrito and bibingka. This one’s an oldie but a goodie.

  28. YAY, a new update! :) Parang ito na yung pinaka-comprehensive na list so far.Too bad that I already left UP a couple of months ago before I could try some of the new places.

  29. Hi Kara!

    You may also want to try Tea Please, it’s a milk tea shop that offers one-a-kind flavors. We have yakult flavors as well as alternative to milk teas. We also come up with different and special flavors every Christmas, Halloween and Valentines day for everyone to look forward to.

    Additionally, we have free board games on the shop for you and your friends to enjoy! :)

    We’re located at 72 Maginhawa street, beside Sinangag station and near Holy Family School. We hope to see you soon! :)

  30. True! :( why do they have to cut down the trees?? and it’s just sad to know the old and bigger trees were the ones they cut down :’(((

  31. Try food at laurel st. UP diliman. We go there most of the time because of food selections. Fries, student meals, burgers etc. we love mcdoks sizzling for their sizzling steak ang yummy sisig!

  32. good burger is the place to be sulit na sulit ung 95 pesos mo tska sa friuli at kung gusto mo talaga maka mura ate fe’s ka must try ung sisig mura na marumi pa hehehehe.

    • Hi Toke, fave ko din ang Good Burger, Friuli at Ate Fe’s. Pati yung Toasted Siopao ng Tatystar sa Anonas Extension. Mura and masarap. I should probably include that in the list. Not really a milk tea fan though :p

  33. i am not sure if you missed forte, or intentionally left it out. food is good, but very few choices… cafe quezon also offers delectable cakes

    • Hi Cha. I put a star icon next to the restos I highly recommend. Depends on what type of food you’re in the mood for :) My top 5 picks (taking into account quality of food & value for money) are Tomato Kick, Friuli, Roberta’s, Meshwe & The Snack Shack.

  34. Thank you so much Ms. Kara, in helping me where to eat healthy and affordable meals for my whole family! See yah!God bless.

    • Hi Maureen, roads are much better now that DPWH repairs are almost done. There are still parts that haven’t been patched up, but parking on the street by the restos shouldn’t be a major problem anymore.

  35. Good lawd! Nagutom ako kakabasa. I have tried All’s, When Uan Met Sally, and Blacksoup (owners are friends). When I go back to Manila, I’ll try more of these. Really look yummy. Thanks for compiling info. :)

  36. Thank you so much for featuring our store, URBAN CHICK! This year, we will also serve affordable Paella and a whole lot more. :)

  37. Hi Kara, thank you for adding us in the list. Very much appreciated. We would like to invite you to try out and review our steak. Please do let us know when you are available.

    Thank you and have a good day ahead!

  38. Try the new resto along Anonas Ext. (near Savemore), The Porch by Casa Verde. 113 Anonas Extension, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City

    They say it’s a good restaurant.

  39. Try Rodic’s at Maginhawa cor. Masaya Sts. for budget friendly yet good tasting meal. I think tapa is their best seller but I like their sinigang too! It was featured on tv so we tried it. :)

    Thanks for this post and your photos! Maybe, we’ll try those other restos/eateries soon.

  40. Good day!

    May drip po ba na dumadaan along maginhawa st.? san po ang route para may idea kami kung san ang posible na sakayan.

    Nice feature po!

    Thanks!

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  42. Do you know where Forte Coffeehouse moved?
    Do you know any cafe or resto just like Forte Coffeehouse quite elegant but at the same time affordable, same theme and goods for musicians?
    Thing is, my sister is a pianist and she would like to try a grand piano.

  43. hi. I saw on Poptalk last night their feature on cafe nuezca so I searched about it. Luckily I found your site and this is very informative. Now I know that there are other places to visit in QC area. So far I have only tried Gayuma ni Maria.

    Thanks for this blog. Now I am craving for that seafood pasta that you mentioned here.

    Cheers!

  44. Hi there! :) Thank you so much for this post! Ever since I have heard of Maginhawa, this has been the site I frequent for go-to places in the area. Thanks also for the unending updates!

    I noticed though that you haven’t included The Iscreamist in the list. I think it’s a popular go-to dessert place almost across Chilli & Ink. :)

    Got to visit and try 3 yesterday and will be coming back for more, haha!

    Kampai! :)

    • Hi Ica, for some reason every time I pass by Icescreamist to try it out, there’s a long line of people just waiting to be seated so I end up elsewhere. It’s crazy. I will try to catch them during off-peak hours.

  45. WOW..a BIG WOW…what a very nice blog =) Im just trying to seearch google about places where i can eat at maginhawa..kasi a friend of mine told me that there are a lot of resto..and eto nga..nabasa ko sa blog mo..GOOD JOB! ganda..very informative..I hope i could be a good writer like you! =)

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  47. Hi Ms. Kara! Please come and visit Snow Creme. We offer snow ice, smoothies, fruit iced tea, milk teas, waffles and snacks. Our best sellers are the Golden mango snow ice, Honeydew smoothie w/ real mango bits, Peach yogurt iced tea, Mochaccino milktea and Chiklets (taiwanese chicken cutlets). We’re located at the 2nd floor of 189 Maginhawa st., corner Makadios, QC. Same building where The Sweetspot, Parrillada, Katsu Cafe, Wicked Kitchen and Alfarsi is. Our store hours are from 12:30pm to 12mn.

    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/snowcremeshavery

    Thank you! :)

    Bryan & Michelle Kho of Snow Creme

  48. Hi Ms. Kara Santos I am doing a thesis about maginhawa street and all the food joints that are currently established there, would you mind if I ask you questions about Maginhawa Street and its food establishment? Kindly e-mail me on jetrickbarreras@yahoo.com, Thank you :)

  49. WOW! I never realized that Maginhawa changed as much. When I was a kid we used to live in No. 38 Maginhawa. Now I’m sure I won’t recognize it anymore. Will now have a reason or should I say several reasons to visit the street I grew up in.

  50. HI there! Nakakatakam naman basahin yung mga blogs :D anyway, can anyone help me? last february 14, me and my significant someone were going to gayuma ni maria. But we actually ended up at burger project in maginhawa, though burger project is a good experience and good burger also. If I am coming from south bound, laguna and I am going to gayuma ni maria, what is the fastest way to go there? I failed when we went to philcoa and take a cab and take us to maginhawa, tapos sobrang traffic pa last week kasi feb fair din and valentines, hope anyone can help me thanks :D

  51. Awesome directory of places to try. It’s amazing how many restaurants there are in this area.

    Thanks for collating all of this information!

  52. i tasted a lot of them esp bahay kubo etc but via antonella cafe was with the best selections from bfast to dinner…superb place and nice staff :)

  53. I resided in UP Village for more than a year, but I didn’t know that there were this many restos in the area. I usually eat at Friuli, Sinangag Station, Grill Queen and Delish (now closed). I’ll have to try the others. It’s such a shame though that not many of these restos serve beer. Kudos also to the local public officials for finally finishing the road works. It’s like White Plain 2.0, only better. Problem is, the restos do not have parking areas. Marami pa naman basag kotse boys dyan.

    • I agree re: the lack of beer places. Some places can only serve beer until 10pm din because it’s still a residential area. Sayang din yung Delish, they had the best baked oysters & good lunch budget meals. Agree also about the parking situation. It’s ok for the people who live in the neighborhood and just walk, but there seem to be a lot of diners coming from other areas now.

  54. Perfect! Thank you so much for these recommendations. I was searching for restaurant list at maginhawa st and i found your site. i will definitely bring my special someone here :)

  55. Hi miss Kara,

    My friends and I are planning to go to Maginahawa street by car but you’ve mentioned in your previous comments that there is an ongoing DPWH project along the area. May I ask what is the status of that project? Will it inconvenience us if we go by car?

  56. me and my friends are planning to dine and maybe some drinks too in maginhawa, is there a place where you can just relax and have a cold beer? a nice price is a good plus

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  58. hi we’ve been strolling a lot there, were always disappointed. sayang na sa oras sayang pa sa gas. we’re always searching for ice cream shops pero lagi daw close theres this one time na after so many hours of driving we ended up eating in shakeys thanks to this, i’ll keep an eye on ur blog ms kara

  59. I wouldn’t recommend jeepney’s boodle meals. nice place but service and food is so disappointing. we waited almost an hour to be served with a meal that’s supposed to be good for 6-8 people. what was served to us didn’t even meet our expectation. quite overpriced :(

  60. Hi! I live far away from this area. If I were to try one restaurant here for dinner, what would you recommend to be the most worthy and affordable?:) Budget is 150-300/person sana :)

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  64. Thank you for this great list! Would it be possible for you to create a rough map indicating where everything is located though? Just for easier reference. Thank you! :)

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  66. Hi! You may want to include us, joreen’s express. We are beside urban chick:) We just opened last month. We are serving mixed Filipino, american and italian.Thanks!

  67. OMG! I’ve just found the Restaurants that perfectly fit to our tummies of my boyfieeee~ gonna need to be here on our 4th anniversary, june12! To taste the different kinds of foodsssss! Thanks for the infos and thanks to you Ms. Kara!!! kyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! I’m so excited! :* ;)

  68. i will not mention the ” resto ” but it was highly recommended here so out of curiosity I invited my friends with excitement to try out some foods there and boom!i was surprised with disappointments considering the not-so-well-maintained dining area plus we didn’t seen anybody except to the two staffs who entertained us..though we didn’t try the foods coz we immediately decided to have our dinner in fairview terraces. we’ve lost our appetite anyway :)

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    • Fresh Selections is beside Ate Fe’s Kitchen and across Mini-Stop (it’s on Magiting Street). Yeah, tried Meal Point Burger once beside Tornado Peri-Peri. I still prefer The Snack Shack for burgers though :)

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