Tired and stressed after a long day at work? You might want to unwind by treating yourself to a yummy meal or two.
The restaurant-packed street of Maginhawa has always been associated with food, what with the variety of cuisines found here. In fact, the area has become so popular that even those who do not live near Quezon City flock to it for bites. Since it’s also near several schools and offices, students and workers nearby usually head to Maginhawa for a much-needed breather after being piled with deadlines after deadlines.
Thinking of where to eat in Maginhawa is always hard. There are plenty of established places to eat in this area, but for a taste of something new, here are some of the newly opened eateries and restaurants in Maginhawa. Read on and take your pick among the items below!
1. Above Sea Level
Where:120 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City
Operating hours:5:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Price range:PhP180 to PhP490
Above Sea Level offers affordable and fresh seafood dishes.
Images: Above Sea Level PH Facebook Page
Craving for some seafood? Then you might want to pay a visit to Above Sea Level. The food shack is known for its giant butterfly squid (starts at PhP180), which comes in different sizes. The smallest butterfly squid is the giant (PhP180, good for one person), followed by super (PhP250, good for two persons), king (PhP350, good for three persons), and groot (PhP450, good for four persons).
There are also group value meals available if you’re planning to head out with your officemates after work. Available at the menu are squid fries (PhP250), squid fest (three pieces of giant butterfly squid for PhP490), and seafood festival (crabs mussels, shrimps, corns, and rice for PhP380). Besides enjoying the food, you can also take in the Instagrammable interiors of the restaurant. If you have a blue Instagram feed, the interiors and wall decoration of the restaurant is a great backdrop for a few selfies and groupies.
Where:178 Maginhawa, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, 1101 Kalakhang Maynila
Operating hours:4:00 PM to 12:00 AM (Monday to Thursday), 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM (Friday), 3:00 PM to 1:00 AM (Saturday), 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM (Sunday)
Price range:PhP99 to PhP900
Harojishi is open until midnight—perfect for your late-night Korean food cravings.
Images: Left, Jennifer Saturno Genova; Right: Harojishi Korean Foods & Restaurant Facebook Page
Korean drama fans know that watching a series is not enough to indulge yourself completely in Korean culture. Luckily, new Maginhawa restaurant Harojishi lets you take your Korean drama addiction to the next level. Here, you can try the food that your favorite Korean actors are eating and drinking in reel and real life! Harojishi takes cues from the usual Korean street food carts right from the design of their stall and to the meals that they serve. Classic Korean dishes like samgyupsal (grilled pork belly) which is priced at PhP125, ramyun (Korean spicy noodles) which is priced at PhP99, and Jjampong (Spicy red seafood noodles) which is priced at PhP170 are available for late-night food trips.
Of course, any K-drama addict knows that the ultimate Korean food experience would not be complete without taking a sip of soju or Korean alcoholic drink (PhP150 per bottle). Just remember to drink in moderation.
Where:183 D Maginhawa Street, Brgy. Sikatuna Village Quezon City
Operating hours:11:00 AM to 10:00 PM, Tuesday to Sunday
Price range:PhP100 to PhP230
Great food and great music in one place? Rib Rage Diner offers you the best of both worlds.
Images: Rib Rage Diner Facebook Page
Music and food are two of the greatest stress relievers, and Rib Rage Diner brings both in one place. Diners are serenaded by a live band every Friday and Saturday night—a definite complement to the appetizing meal offered. You get to enjoy both your taste and ear buds as you welcome the weekend.
This newly-opened restaurant serves heavy meals such as pork ribs (PhP230), crispy bagnet (PhP220), grilled pork belly (PhP199), and flame-grilled T-bone steak (PhP230). For those who want to accompany their meals with a bottle or two of alcohol, there’s an unlimited beer promo every Tuesday and Sunday from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Along with beer, other beverages to accompany your favorite grilled and deep-fried meals are different types of juices, milk shakes, and coffee.
4. Zaika House of Kebab
Where:176 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Operating hours:3:00 PM to 11:00 PM Sundays to Thursdays; 3:00 PM to 12:00 AM, Fridays and Saturdays
Price range:PhP65 to PhP425
Although Zaika has humble interiors, their meals are anything but.
Images: Zaika House of Kebab And Shawarma Facebook Page
Zaika puts to ease diners who are on a budget. The price range in its menu won’t definitely put a hole in your pocket even as you fill your tummy with Indian fare. Although Zaika calls itself the “House of Kebab,” it actually offers other options, including other Mediterranean dishes such as shawarma (mixed meat and vegetables sandwich) for PhP95, manakeesh (Mediterranean flat wraps) for PhP115, and samosa (pastry puff with mildly spicy vegetable fillings) for PhP75. Some of the menu’s beverages are also from India, such as Chai latte (PhP65) and Lassi (traditional yogurt-based drink) which goes for PhP85.
Where:99 Maginhawa St. Quezon City
Operating hours:11:00 AM to 2:00 AM, Monday to Sunday
Price range:PhP120 to PhP499
Samgyupsalamat’s name is the combination of the words ‘samgyupsal’ (pork belly) and salamat (thank you).
Images: Samgyupsalamat Facebook Page
Samgyupsalamat is one of the most popular Korean eat-all-you-can in the country. To satisfy the samgyupsal cravings of those near Maginhawa, the buffet restaurant finally opened a branch in the area. Of course, Samgyupsalamat is known for its unlimited samgyupsal promos, with the price ranging from PhP399 to PhP499. The restaurant’s affordable meals are ideal for occasions of any sort, like birthdays, anniversaries, or just catching up with friends. If you are trying to limit your food intake, there are also a la carte pork dishes and noodles in the menu.
Which of these new restaurants in Maginhawa, Quezon City is your favorite? Let us know in the comments section below.
About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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