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Maginhawa: The Eat Street

April 12, 2011

UPDATED! (Website information updated; Telephone numbers now included in list)

About a month ago, I wrote about our favorite restaurants along Maginhawa Street (the street where we live in Teacher’s Village) for Sunday Inquirer Magazine.

The next time we ate in Sancho, one of the restaurants featured, staff told me that the day the article came out, people flocked to the restaurant actually carrying a copy of the magazine wanting to try out the place. I did not expect that to happen and since then, I admit it’s been harder to get a table there around dinner time. My family and I ate there again recently and tried the paella (I wish I had tried this before because it deserves to be recommended!) as well as lengua with mashed potatoes and buttered veggies and callos. Yummy!

I’m just reposting a summary of the restaurants featured and what they’re ideal for as well as some photos that didn’t make it to the mag:

Tomato Kick – #55 Maginhawa Street

  • Good for: snack, dinner, drinks/bar chow (closed on Sundays)
  • Price range: P200-350 per person
  • Favorite dishes: Seafood pesto pasta, Beef Fajitas, Seafood Salpicao, Gising-gising, cheesy bacon potato wedges, Salsa Pork
  • Facebook: Tomato Kick
  • Tel. No: 489.5503

Friuli Trattoria – #79-A Maginhawa Street

  • Good for: lunch, snack, dinner, delivery
  • Price range: P200-400 per person
  • Favorite dishes: Margherita pizza, Tre Formaggi Pizza, Pasta Putanesca, After Eight chocolate mint cake
  • Facebook: Friuli Trattoria
  • Tel. No: 434.1416

Delish – #103 Maginhawa Street

  • Good for: lunch, dinner, drinks/bar chow
  • Price range: P150-400 per person
  • Favorite dishes: Bagnet with laing (budget lunch meal), Binagoongan, Crispy hito, Baked Oysters with spinach, bacon and cheese
  • Facebook: Delish Restaurant
  • Tel. No: 355.5241

Sancho Churreira Manila – #122 Maginhawa Street

  • Good for: lunch, merienda, coffee and dessert, dinner, drinks
  • Price range: P 200-350 per person (for meals), P100 for coffee and cake
  • Favorite dishes: Beef salpicao, Paella, churros con chocolate, cream puffs
  • Facebook: Sancho Churreira Manila, Website (both not updated)
  • Tel. No: 436.5539

Umbul Satu Cuisine – Unit A, #154 Maginhawa Street

  • Good for: lunch, early dinner
  • Price range: P150 – 400 per person
  • Favorite dishes: Fried tofu, satti
  • Facebook: USC Umbul Satu Cuisine
  • Tel. No: 400-4045

Van Gogh is Bipolar – Unit H, #154 Maginhawa Street (inner courtyard)

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

Black Soup Cafe + Artspace – Unit G, #154 Maginhawa Street (inner courtyard)

  • Good for: lunch, dinner
  • Price range: P200-400 per dish
  • Favorite dishes: Twice-cooked adobo, chicken with basil and cheese stuffing
  • Facebook: Black Soup Cafe + Artspace
  • Tel. No: 435.2549

Good Burgers – #162 Maginhawa Street

  • Good for: snack, light lunch, delivery
  • Price range: P150-200 per person
  • Favorite dishes: Margherita Burger, Bacon Mozza Melt Burger
  • Facebook: Good Burgers
  • Tel. No: 435.4663

Also mentioned were Pino Resto Bar (originally on Maginhawa but moved to 39 Malingap St.) and Chef Tatung (17 Matipid St.). If I was not limited by the required word count, I would have also liked to include Kiss the Cook (fine dining with a twist) Alfakhr’s (very affordable kebabs and keema), The Grill Pit (a shisha bar that serves kebabs)  and Ate Fe’s Kitchen (a carinderia that serves lechon kawali good for 2 people at only P90).

There are still a few restaurants that I have yet to try like Cafe Quezon, Gayuma ni Maria and Ted P.’s.  Will probably collect more material for part 2 of this post.

What can I say, there really are a lot of good eating places on our street! For the original article, check out the link: Maginhawa’s Eat Factor. (March 20, 2011 issue)

(NOTE: As of March 2012, Kiss the Cook and Alfakhr’s are no longer open)

15 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2012 3:38 am

    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!

    • January 20, 2012 7:02 am

      Hi Nines. Sure, no problem with me. You’re one of the founders of Writer’s Block, right? Ana is a friend. 🙂 I’ve meaning to join your network.

  2. Tierrr.Garcia, Jr. permalink
    March 7, 2012 9:49 am

    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 154 Maginhawa Street,

    Thank you,


    • March 7, 2012 10:55 am

      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.

  3. March 8, 2012 3:58 am

    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 🙂

    • March 8, 2012 3:15 pm

      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.

  4. Jillian Cariola permalink
    March 15, 2012 7:40 am

    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!

    • March 20, 2012 3:11 am

      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.

      • Jillian Cariola permalink
        March 20, 2012 4:34 am

        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! 🙂

    • March 20, 2012 8:06 am

      I agree that Friuli ‘s become pretty crowded lately, but the Tre Formaggi Pizza is worth the wait. It’s great for take-home and parties too 🙂

      • Jillian Cariola permalink
        March 21, 2012 3:22 am

        I know; that’s one of the pizzas we ordered. Can’t wait to come back soon!


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