Food trip along Maginhawa Street from Gayuma ni Maria to Cocina ni Juan

This week I got the rare chance to experience alternative medicines and therapies alike such as acupuncture and ventosa which still left some marks on my back and also ventured along the seemingly congested streets of Maginhawa village to search for a new food stall to satisfy my gustatory cravings, we also had our girls night out with my work friends while having some laughs and witty bantering along the way to the venue located along the upscale Mckinley hill. Also me and my high school friends from Miriam met up to send off a friend back to Dublin Ireland where she resides and is currently employed as an ancillary nurse for the Institute of Liver and Digestive Diseases.


What an eventful week right? ๐Ÿ˜€ So here’s how it all boiled down. Let’s start off with our very recent food trip along the lanes of Maginhawa. We scoured along the street to find a good place to dine out since we wanted to relax and unwind before heading off to get a relaxing full body massage to cap off the night.

I searched for good reviews on my phone regarding the restaurants located there. We found Gayuma ni Maria the most enticing so we first headed off to eat there. However upon getting to the venue P said it wasn’t really his type since it looked like more of a worn out old building with a shady appearance from the outside. With a little persuading he eventually relented to try this out hoping that the food would do justice to it’s shady exterior.


Here’s a brief preview in case you didn’t know anything about this joint. Gayuma ni Maria used to be in Katipunan but can now be located along the confines of Maginhawa street. The concept, including the names of food in their menu was very eye catching and will definitely pique your interest as to what they will offer. The design of the place had sort of an dark and eerie feel to it.

Some of the food names I encountered while quickly scanning through their Menu are the Please Be Careful with My Heart, Tuliro, I’m Wild for you and Three is a crowd. Cool names right? ๐Ÿ™‚ By the time we were about to close in on our orders the server said that their food already ran out of supply due to the increased demand so they were just around 4 dishes available for the night. I really wanted to try out their beef but they didn’t had it on their grill that night so to my dismay we just headed off to find another joint instead. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

P then decided to eat out in Cocina ni Juan since he said that it offered great reviews as wellย  so we decided to check it out since it was also getting dark already. Here’s what we had.

Churrasco de Nicaragua served with Chimuchurri sauce 359 pesos

This meal is good for sharing already ๐Ÿ™‚ The restaurant serves Central American food with their own fusions. I didnโ€™t really know what to expect since I havenโ€™t tried anything with chimichurri sauce but the taste was fairly good. I loves their salad since it has that sour vignette dressing flavor to it and the sweet caramelized onions complemented the taste well. P loved the potato fries which came along with our dish.ย  We halved our order in two since the serving was large. ๐Ÿ˜€

While waiting it out for our food to be served
While waiting it out for our food to be served

Orders are grilled on the spot so youโ€™ll have to wait for around 15 minutes. I read from some reviews that they serve complimentary nachos on the house while waiting it our for your orders. We weren’t served any nachos. I guess there isn’t consistency in their service. There are also artworks posted all around the area. The servers were very nice though and were responsive to our needs and requests.

Overall P said that the food was worth the price ๐Ÿ™‚ We were supposed to try out the milk tea place nearby or the crepe place which I saw along the way to get myself my quick sugar fix however we just decided to have a massage instead at the Blossom Floral Spa which was right across the street from this food joint.ย  The Spa was spacious on the inside and you eve get your own comfort room inside your massage room. Good thing they did not compromise the space and it was definitely convenient for us since there were also royal blue robes already ready at the bed which looked more like a single persons bed rather than a massage bed. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great night cap! ๐Ÿ˜€

Address: 100 Maginhawa St. Teacherโ€™s Village, Quezon City
Contact: 434-39-11
Operating Hours: 11am-10pm (DAILY)


  1. hershey neri says:

    Hey Lou! I tried Gayuma ni Maria twice. They always dont have supplies whenever we visit, which is very disappointing. My first try to eat there was great (we had ribs), but the second time around wasn’t. They changed their ingredients na I guess, cause their ribs went through changes and the food wasnt that good anymore. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But thanks for sharing about Cocina ni Juan! we’ve always wanted to try that place out ๐Ÿ˜€

    Great post, btw!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Had fun reading it. ๐Ÿ™‚
    see ya soon! Mwa!


    1. teampatlou says:

      Thanks for the compliment dear ๐Ÿ™‚ You should try out Cocina ni Juan next time you venture into Maginhawa Street. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hoping to see you around soon on the next events. ๐Ÿ™‚

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