Monday, July 09, 2012

Maginhawa Street - The Burger Project, The Iscreamist, Gayuma ni Maria

The Maginhawa Street food scene has been pretty much there all this time but with The Fort housing and crowding more varieties and international food franchises, one still feels the need to escape to Maginhawa Street for the local, quirky, and fun food fare. Maginhawa Street is located near UP Diliman and you can access it via public transpo - Philcoa then trike to the street, or private vehicle - either through V. Luna route or Katipunan - C. P. Garcia.

Since I have tried Pipino before, I ruled that idea out of my friends' brains and presented The Burger Project and Iscreamist itinerary for our visit to Maginhawa Street. It was an all-girls food trip weekend with my high school friends.

The Burger Project is a cozy food joint where you get to customize whatever they put in your burger. They give you a checklist wherein you choose your ingredients, from patties (Angus beef, beef, chicken, or tofu), buns (regular sesame, potato bun, oatmeal bun), to cheese, dressings/sauce, primary toppings, etc. It's pretty much your call whatever you want and how much you want (if you fancy ticking boxes, check all that apply). You even get to name your burger. The tomatoes, lettuce, pickles, and sesame buns are included when you choose your patty (they are dubbed as "free"). Since you already have the checklist with you, you also already have an idea how much your burger will cost. They also offer milk shakes at PHP 145 but I just can't take anything more after my burger.
Rosa Maee's Angus Beef Burger with Gruyere cheese,
tomatoes, lettuce, and onion freaking rings.
I got my own Ambisyosang Vegetarian Burger with just tofu patty, tomatoes, lettuce, and garlic sauce. Comparing it to Good Burger's Veggie Patty, The Burger Project's Tofu Patty is thinner but you can see colors in the patty - meaning it's not all wheat and gluten inside.
Ambisyosang Vegetarian Burger.
Their interiors are appealing. You can see that they put effort in designing their place even though it's just a small unit. Parking is also difficult but it's part of the Maginhawa Street life. :p


Trying to push down the filling burgers we just consumed, we walked to The Iscreamist in hopes of blasting each other with liquid nitrogen. The place is really small, only 2 cars can park in front of the store and the place can only sit 10 people inside. You just have to pray that there are few people visiting when you get there, or you have no choice but to wait for your turn. It's not a tambayan place anyway, so patience is a virtue. Chillin' like a liquid nitrogen while you watch the other paying customers blowing smoke and be conscious with your staring. Bwahaha.
Their very fancy menu.
We didn't bother trying out their ice creams, yogurts, and other desserts. We went straight to their famous attraction, the Dragon's Breath Popcornsicle (PHP 48 for 4 pcs and one cup of liquid Nitrogen) wherein you dip s'mores into the cup, eat it, and fume out smoke from your orifice. Don't dip your s'mores in the liquid nitrogen too much, I made that mistake and the s'mores stuck to my tongue and it's not a great feeling at all.
A good 48-peso experience. Fun factor trumps price and calories. Hahaha.
Mariel the guinea pig.
Maeknell smoking out liquid nitrogen like a boss.
Initially we planned on going to Moonleaf Tea Shop (which was just beside The Iscreamist) for some milk tea but the place was packed and can't accommodate 5 more people. So we decided to go somewhere else and although it's on the other end of Maginhawa Street, we were there already, the San Juan troopers made our last stop - Gayuma ni Maria. I was able to visit this place with my sister last November 1. Yes, we were at the right place at the right time - a creepy place at a creepy time.
It was 11pm already and there were still lots of people inside.
Famous for their cakes and their love/lust-struck appeal, Gayuma ni Maria is nearer V. Luna than the other restaurants at Maginhawa Street but they have good parking spaces (plus points haha). Aside from their Mango Cheesecake, we ordered their bestseller, the Beats Sex Any Day which is a moist chocolate cake with chocolate syrup. Choco overload.
Exteriors.
Mango Cheesecake and Beats Sex Any Day.

The Burger Project
122 Maginhawa St., Teachers Village, Quezon City
Monday to Sunday: 11:00am - 1:00am
(+63 2) 351-7474, (+63 915) 520-2266

The Iscreamist
46 D Magiting Street, Teacher's Village, QC
Monday to Saturday : 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Gayuma ni Maria
123 V. Luna Extension (Maginhawa St.) Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Monday to Saturday: 10am - 12am
Sunday: 10am - 10pm
(+63 2) 441 4872


Thanks to Mariel for the photos.

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