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.
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.
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… =)
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…
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.
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!