Thursday, June 24, 2010

Kiss The Cook Cafe in Maginhawa Street

I had lunch with my good friend Dustin in Kiss The Cook Cafe, located along Maginhawa Street, the up and coming art district of Manila. Another good find in a non commercial space! I expected a more homey arrangement and to be serenaded by more soothing music, but their darling chandeliers more than made up for whatever initial reservations I had. Great food, easy on the pockets.

The chandeliers, and the charming old fashioned plates

Dessert came first! We had the Fragola: strawberry gelato wrapped in crushed nuts, served with maraschino cherries and Tequila Rose for Php 120

Italian Shortrib Stew: slow-braised in wine and tomatoes with pesto spaghetti for Php 295.

Pesto spaghetti - a bit dry

So tender and tasty! I would go back for this.

Ice cream Yoghurt Selections for Php 120. We chose Vanilla, Pistachio and Dark Chocolate

This rich, creamy and dark spoonful became my standard for perfection. (Fun fact: Napoleon always carried chocolate for the energy boost.)

Pistachio flavour: Sour at the first bite, but had the tart that you need. (Fun Pistachio fact: Pistachios have been cultivated for 7000 years and was one of two nuts mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible - the other one was almond)

Vanilla, my vanilla. The best vanilla beans are from Madagascar!

Kiss The Cook Cafe
65 Maginhawa St.
UP Village, Diliman
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: 632 434 3700


  1. Censorship pls! Remove my face! Haha but yeah, the food was good.

  2. But it shows the closet and the wooden chairs! =(

  3. Hi Faith!

    I am Ann, Kiss the Cook's manager.
    Thank you for your very informative review. =)

    We at Kiss the Cook are happy that you and Dustin enjoyed the food. You might want to visit us again on a Friday night as we have live music provided by Melvin Sumalinog.

    Hope to see you guys at the resto again soon.

    P.S. I promise to look in on our pesto pasta. =)

  4. Hi Ann,

    Thanks for the comment. The place is great! I was just talking to my mom about this, and she's agreed to try it with me. Thanks for taking the pesto comment positively!