With every part taking place on the earth, typically you simply need to depend your blessings. And one of many issues I really feel grateful for is that we stay in an awesome neighborhood with a lot of good meals choices.
Sadly, the pandemic has left some casualties within the neighborhood Maginhawa restaurant scene. Sadly, the beloved watering gap Tomato Kick has closed down, with a contemporary new construction presently being constructed within the place the place the previous home used to face. Maginhawa icon Van Gogh is Bipolar additionally closed its doorways amid the lockdown.
Since there have been plenty of modifications up to now two years, I considered developing with an up to date roundup of the perfect locations to eat in and across the Maginhawa space in 2022.
NOTE: This checklist relies on my private preferences and suggestions. I didn’t embrace any samgyup locations as a result of we stopped consuming pork through the pandemic.
The pleasant neighborhood pizza joint Friuli continues to serve actually nice pizzas, pasta dishes and desserts. Thought-about a Maginhawa establishment, Friuli Trattoria has lengthy been our pizza of alternative since they first opened in 2006. At any time when buddies go to across the space to bike, this is among the locations I normally recommend we eat. We additionally order pizza from Friuli virtually each week and I even have them on velocity dial on my telephone.
Whereas the primary resto is enclosed, Friuli (together with different Maginhawa restos) have been in a position to arrange tables for al fresco eating when half of the roads have been closed for the Maginhawa Meals & Arts Pageant. Friuli additionally has a department in U.P. City Heart with an al fresco balcony set-up. However you may simply order pizza for supply by way of Seize or by instantly calling them.
Suggestions: Tre Formaggi Pizza (mozzarella, cheddar & blue cheese), Buono Verdure, Margherita Pizza, Pasta Putanesca, Eggplant Parmigiana, After Eight chocolate mint cake, Root beer float, Italian Soda.
Fb: Friuli Trattoria, Tel. No: 434.1416. #79-A Maginhawa Avenue
Garlic Kitchen is an informal backyard restaurant that serves Asian-Western fusion with garlic-inspired dishes like burgers, lechon baka, chili wings, pasta, and even garlic ice cream. This has change into certainly one of our common neighborhood go-to’s for weekends due to the nice meals and nice ambiance.
The primary eating area is situated in an out of doors backyard area beneath the bushes. It was beforehand simply an open air space, however the cafe now has a excessive roof, so visitors can nonetheless dine al fresco even through the wet season. The place additionally doubles as an occasion venue for small gatherings. Nice meals and repair right here. Good for households and dates.
Suggestions: Garlic-infused Lechon Baka, Piri-Piri Rooster, Beef Rendang, Truffle Carbonara, Basque Burnt Cheesecake
Garlic Kitchen, 56 Maginhawa Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City
Pinto Resto Bar is among the restos that was initially alongside Maginhawa earlier than they moved to Malingap. The resto presents a artistic tackle Filipino consolation meals in a nice, family-friendly area. Through the pandemic lockdown, they renovated their area to be extra versatile to altering dine-in necessities. In addition they improved air flow and made it extra bike-friendly. There at the moment are giant home windows throughout the restaurant and a motorbike rack for cyclists.
Pino Resto Bar additionally serves vegetarian choices from sister restaurant Pipino, for many who need one thing more healthy. They serve espresso, all-day breakfast and brunch favorites, merienda fare and extra. Whereas the home windows of the primary eating area are normally closed and air-conditioned within the morning and lunchtime due to the warmth, they open all of the home windows 5pm onwards for a extra al fresco really feel.
Suggestions: Kare-Kareng Bagnet, Sisig Rice, Fried Kesong Puti Salad w/ Mango French dressing, Bagnet Tofu Stack-O, Vegan Lechon Kawali, Do-it-yourself Ice lotions.
Pino Resto Bar / Pipino. 39 Malingap Avenue. Open each day from 7am-9pm. Instagram: @pinorestoph
Talisay the Backyard Cafe is a contemporary Filipino restaurant that options elevated traditional Filipino meals and heirloom recipes. The renovated ’60s split-level kind home alongside Maginhawa Avenue presents an ethereal area with broad glass home windows giving a refreshing view of the backyard and some benches, which supply a pure backdrop for taking photographs.
In 2021, the restaurant expanded their eating space from simply indoor eating to the backyard space, for a secluded and romantic al fresco eating expertise. The entire area additionally doubles as a backyard venue for small weddings, occasions and pre-nup shoots.
Suggestions: Rooster Pianggang, Talisay Backyard Salad, Calamari Frito, Paella Mixta, Lengua con Setas, Crispy Pork Stomach Adobo, Fried Rooster with Gravy
Talisay Backyard Cafe, 44 Maginhawa, Diliman, Quezon Metropolis
When you’re eating out with the household or balikbayans, Provenciano is among the hottest decisions within the space. The Filipiniana restaurant pays tribute to the proprietor’s “promdi” roots by serving heirloom and unique Filipino delicacies. The resto serves regional specialties from Pampanga, Ilocos, Bicol, Batangas and different provinces in addition to Spanish/Basque dishes.
In July 2022, Provenciano renovated their out of doors area and positioned a roof to accommodate out of doors diners seated within the former parking space which they transformed into an al fresco eating spot. There’s additionally a extra spacious open-arid eating space in the back of the resto. Parking is usually a bit problematic right here due to the restricted area (particularly throughout weekends), so time your go to accordingly.
Suggestions: Sisig ni Ima (Pampanga), Kulawo ng Quezon, Sugpo sa Alavar (Zamboanga), Adobong Bicolano, Turon with Malagos chocolate from Davao, Puto Bumbong, Bibingka
Fb: Provenciano Restaurant. #110 Maginhawa Avenue
One among Maginhawa’s best-kept secrets and techniques is Buen Comer Poquellas, a small homey eating spot hidden in one of many internal residential streets (nook of Mapagkawanggawa and Mahabagin streets). Beforehand only a stall for take-out meals, Buen Comer has expanded their entire storage right into a easy dine-in space the place visitors can take pleasure in high quality consolation meals bursting with taste.
Don’t be fooled by the straightforward exterior and hole-in-the-wall vibe. This spot is commonly frequented by automotive house owners from far and broad who come to the realm simply to purchase meals for takeout in addition to supply riders selecting up orders. Their do-it-yourself sauces are superb.
Suggestions: Kare-kare Burrito, Soiled Peri-Peri Rooster Rice, Rooster Caesar Salad Wrap, Quesadillas
Buen Comer Poquellas. 48 Mapagkawanggawa, Diliman
Roberta Flavors of Asia is one other long-time institution alongside Maginhawa that serves scrumptious Asian fusion dishes with a mixture of Chinese language, Filipino, Japanese, Korean and Thai delicacies with a twist. Some seafood, vegan and vegetarian choices are additionally accessible.
Their present al fresco set-up is now hidden behind the facade of the previous location, offering a protected open-air surroundings for dine-in visitors. There’s only a slim alleyway main in. Roberta’s may also put together packaged meals and social gathering trays for deliveries, occasions, and catering.
Suggestions: Appetizer plate Trio (Fried Tawilis, Crispy Isaw & Rooster Pores and skin), Pad Thai, Lechon Kawali, Tinola sa Pakwan, Moroccan Rooster, Rooster Yakitori
Fb Web page: Roberta Seafood Cantina, Tel. no: 3941505. 45b Maginhawa Avenue
Warung Indon makes a speciality of Indonesian and Asian Delicacies. The second ground balcony set-up presents an open air place to dine. The resto lately transformed the decrease ground storage under the primary resto into an expanded eating space.
I extremely suggest their Ayam Goreng (rooster deep fried in oil) and Terong Balado (eggplants with chili sauce) right here. Dishes are additionally accessible for takeout and supply. We normally order supply from them at the very least twice a month.
Suggestions: Ayam Goreng, Terong Balado, Satay, Vegetable Tempura
Warung Indon, 61 Maginhawa Avenue, Diliman, Quezon Metropolis
For Japanese consolation meals, top-of-the-line choices within the space is Ohayo Ramen and Maki Bar. This small Japanese Restaurant serves ramen, sushi and appetizers. For the reason that place is standard, it may possibly get fairly crowded right here, and the road facet eating could be very restricted, however you may simply order for takeout or pickup.
Suggestions: Salmon Aburi, Ebi Tempura, Rooster Karaage, Salmon Torch Maki, Tonkotsu Ramen
Ohayo Ramen and Maki Bar. 108 Maginhawa Avenue, Quezon Metropolis
A homey 2-storey restaurant proper exterior a household residence within the Instructor’s Village space that serves shao kao or Chinese language street-style barbecue.
The very best place to take a seat is within the second ground open-air balcony with a mural displaying all of the totally different Maginhawa landmarks.
Shao Kao Grillery. Masinsinan St., Diliman, Quezon Metropolis, Metro Manila
Sure, I do know Gubat will not be alongside Maginhawa, however it’s close to sufficient and deserves a spot on this 10 checklist as a result of the meals and ambiance are nice. Getting right here is only a 5-minute bike journey away from Maginhawa. This cozy backyard restaurant proper alongside C.P. Garcia Avenue in Quezon Metropolis is fairly simple to overlook, as you may barely see the door from the road.
Positioned subsequent to outlets promoting bonsai crops and backyard provides, this laidback restaurant with only a handful of tables and a tiny open kitchen looks like a personal sanctuary in the midst of the busy metropolis. Gubat is thought for serving zero waste meals which you need to eat together with your naked arms with no utensils. The entire place presents a novel eating expertise for dates and meet-ups with buddies.
Suggestions: Baler longaniza, fried rooster, fried fish, liempo or tuyo, pako salad, Tagumpay craft beer.
Gubat, Diliman Bonsai Society, C.P. Garcia Ave, Diliman, Quezon Metropolis, 1800 Metro Manila