Kiss the Cook Cafe: The Maginhawa Street series

Maginhawa Street is a foodie’s paradise. I often pass by Maginhawa St. 2 years ago when I was still working along C.P. Garcia. Lunch time and after office hours, you’ll find me and Jeff at one of these places, Friulli Trattoria, Sisig Boy, Ababu or Tomato Kick. Now, although our office moved to a different place, we pay Maginhawa St. a visit after jogging in UP to rediscover old places and find new food joints that surely adds charm in this busy street.

Kiss the Cook Cafe (59 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Diliman, Quezon City)

Kiss the Cook Cafe is near BPI and in front of Holy Family School, 2 years ago, Sisig Boy was in the same location but I assume SB closed down. Kiss the Cook Cafe’s interiors and ambiance makes you feel that you’re dining in an upscale resto in Makati. Kiss the Cook Cafe did not scrimp on designing the restaurant with its neutral walls, elegant lighting, wooden tables and comfy sofas.

Kiss the Cook Cafe signage along Maginhawa Street

Some dishes are highlighted in their menu, Jeff and I assumed that it’s their specialty so Jeff ordered the Five-Spice Pork Spareribs while I chose the Italian Shortrib Stew. They serve Lemon Iced Tea in carafe that’s good for 3 to 4 persons.

Five-Spice Pork Spareribs, Php 195

The Five-Spice Pork Spareribs is served with rice, cilantro corn slaw and vinegar dipping sauce. The pork chunks are crunchy with some kick of spiciness. The cilantro corn slaw is a fresh break from the spiced vinegar and pork. Personally, this is perfect as pulutan rather than a viand for my meal, but they don’t serve alcoholic drinks… =)

Italian Shortrib Stew, Php 295

Beef chunks slow-braised in wine and tomatoes, only the cook knows how long this was cooked to make the meat so tender I can shred it to bits and the sauce bursting with flavor. Take a closer look…

Italian Shortrib Stew, closer look

The shortrib stew alone is perfect, but the spaghetti pesto that came with it is too dry and bland. Maybe it’s intended like that to balance the flavors of the stew, but if given a choice, I’d like to pair this with rice. Jeff can’t help himself spooning the sauce in his plate, both of us really loved this dish.

For desserts, they have frozen yogurts served in cute little tasting spoons. You can choose up to 3 different flavors, I had dark chocolate, mango and vanilla bean.

Fro-yo love (mango, vanilla bean, dark chocolate)

Frozen Yogurt

For dark chocolate lovers like me, their dark choco-flavored fro-yo is like eating 70% cacao. It’s sinfully good! I can consume a dozen spoonfuls of their fro-yos.

Good food and nice ambiance without a hefty price tag, one will definitely kiss the cook!


  1. The photos look yummy Badet! 🙂 Specially the fro-yos, I wanna try dining there soon.


  2. kakagutom naman dito…
    .-= thoughts of a sahm´s last blog ..Personal Loans =-.


  3. Everything looks ummmmmy, esp the fro-yo. I’ve been wanting to pay a visit to Kiss the Cook since it’s quite near. Now this has convinced me all the more. 🙂
    .-= imom´s last blog ..On parenting tweens and newborn babies =-.


  4. hello Badet, Parang ang sarap ng food, lalo yung ribs na pwede mo ng i shred ang meat nya. yum! Mahilig ako sa pagkain eh, hehehe!
    .-= RodLiz´s last blog ..CC: Our Favorite Place and Why? =-.


  5. like like!
    family ko nakatira dati sa Teacher’s Village, sa Malingap Street! sayang medyo nalayo na sila jan…
    .-= janis´s last blog ..Busy =-.


  6. interesting find! another UP resto. Ü
    .-= chyng´s last blog ..Easterrific Feast at Dusit Crossover =-.


  7. They have moved to a bigger place just a few meters away. Will definitely visit! Would kiss the cook, if he were male! ;-))
    .-= Filipina At Home´s last blog ..The Tali Beach Experience =-.


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