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CHECK IT OUT: Gayuma ni Maria on Maginhawa St., Quezon City
The old favorite known for its "Better Than Sex" dessert finds a new home.
Published on: Aug 16, 2010 - 10:05am

Gayuma ni Maria
123 V. Luna Extension (Maginhawa Street), Quezon City
Tel. No. (0921) 681-8989
Open from 10 am - 11 pm on Monday - Saturday and 10:00 am - 10:00 pm on Sundays

Best known for a chocolate concoction called Better Than Sex, Gayuma (which means "love potion" in Tagalog), which first opened in Loyola Heights in 2002 and enjoyed a good following in the years that followed has re-opened along V. Luna Extension (Maginhawa Street) in Quezon City.

Serving dishes that promise to be "magical," the menu lists all-new items with naughty names such as Exotic Lover (P165), a plateful of pasta mixed with salty tuyo in olive oil and capers; Tuliro (P135), nachos and lettuce topped with fresh fruits and meat, with sinful sour cream and cheese sauce; I Love You, Cross My Heart (P195), chicken breast topped with cheese, mushroom and asparagus; Holding Hands While Walking, Pa-Swing, Swing Pa (P160), fried peppery chicken tenders served with rice; Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back (P225), cocoa-crusted cream dory with chocolate sauce; and Unrequited Love (P180), sour and spicy soup with mushroom and fish. Every Wednesday, the kitchen dishes out a "surprise meal" for only P69. Sugar junkies shouldn't miss the dessert options: the fruity Twisted Pavlova (P95), and Beats Sex Any Day (P75), a new take on the former dessert, Better Than Sex.

Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back, P150. Click for more photos.

The new space is bathed in soft lavender hues with comfy booth seats and a wall lined with love letters. "We believe that in order to satisfy the palate, it is not enough that the sense of taste is teased; we appeal to all senses hence the ambiance has to be just as magical too," says co-owner Eirene Aguila, who handles the restaurant's operations. They also have an al fresco dining area for those who prefer eating outdoors. Resident reader Aling Mely is at Gayuma every Monday and Tuesday, for those curious and willing to take a peek into their future (a session costs P350).



Taking over from their mother Maricar Aguila, who has been known to family and friends for her special talents in "concocting delicious, magical dishes" are her children Eirene, Zo and A.M. Kadeen, so the newly-opened Gayuma ni Maria is still very much a family affair.

Dishes and desserts may also be ordered in serving sizes for 6-10 people. Call (0921) 681-8989 for inquiries.


Photographs by Heidi Pascual.

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23 Comments
  • teacher joma
    GAYUMA... such a great place hang out with friends and try out their food... been to all the past locations and im glad they opened in Maginhawa coz im just a tricyle away...will for sure be a frequent visitor...rnrnenjoyed TULIRO--craving for it.. grr...rnand will be inviting of my friends to try it out..rnrnrnrn
    Nov 22 2010 @ 07:37pm     Reply  
  • Col.TED
    is this the correct location?rnrnhttp://maps.google.com/maps?hl=tl&ie=UTF8&q=gayuma+ni+maria+location&fb=1&gl=ph&hq=gayuma+ni+maria&hnear=Lungsod+ng+Mandaluyong&view=map&cid=8512370928382190034&ved=0CBUQpQY&ei=LjWhTK2zEKTYugOg2IyQAg&ll=14.636241,121.059937&spn=0.010713,0.01929&z=16&iwloc=A
    Sep 28 2010 @ 08:26am     Reply  
  • joe
    tanong ko lang kung how mch yung beat sex kung cake?
    Sep 27 2010 @ 07:36pm     Reply  
  • lily
    @Mel -it's actually their 4th location.. you were right about the two but missed the 2nd location. super quick lang kasi sila dun, just near their 1st location, just across the street, still along E. Abada (fyi lang) :)rnAnyway, i think they shouldn't mention maginhawa st. in a parenthesis kasi medyo nakakalito, tendency maginhawa st. ang babaybayin ng tao kaya hindi mo agad mahahanap. rnpero yummy food sa Gayuma especially their BTS :)
    Sep 19 2010 @ 05:18pm     Reply  
  • rokx
    @ J and Johnnie - J is right, go to East Ave, take a jeep to v. luna and another jeep (going to project 2 / 3) go down sa savemore and walk to gayuma... it's on the same side as savemore....
    Sep 03 2010 @ 05:16pm     Reply  
  • rokx
    the place where gayuma is now used to be aiko's house and then a parlor -- Eve's Salon..... place is really nice!
    Sep 03 2010 @ 05:12pm     Reply  
  • barbie
    all that quarrel re directions to the place is amusing. hehe. lalo akong nalito.
    Aug 29 2010 @ 03:10pm     Reply  
  • Joy
    @ishi matagal na yatang wala yung E.Abada branch, hinanap kasi namin dati ng friend ko tapos wala na dun
    Aug 26 2010 @ 05:19pm     Reply  
  • ishi
    existing pa ba yung E. Abada/ xavierville branch? galing kasi kami sa loyola hts last friday parang di ko to nakita.
    Aug 22 2010 @ 04:31am     Reply  
  • j
    @johnnie ang layo naman ng pinapalakaran mo kay gia. ayan na yung east ave eh.

    @gia kung susundan mo yung directions ni johnnie, kalahati lang. kung feel mo mag lakad din lang ng bongga, wag mo ituloy from GMA station to kamias. lumiko ka na ng east ave tapos pag naabot mo jollibee sa v.luna, sakay ka jeep dire-direcho yun. baba ka sa kanto ng v.luna and anonas ext, yung kanto ng save more supermarket. lakad ka lang ng konti pa paakyat. makikita mo yung gayuma to your left.

    iba pang options --
    from quezon ave, hanap ka ng proj 2-3 na jeep. baba ka sa kanto ng anonas and kamias yung jollibee at caltex na sinasabi ni johnnie tapos pasok ka sa sikatuna, yung may statue ni mama mary na may mga fetus. kung may mga trike na dun, sakay ka sabihin mo sa gayuma sa v luna ext. pero pwede na sya lakarin, mga 3 minutes.

    kung nasa UP ka naman, sakay ka ikot, baba ka krus na ligas sakay ka tricycle sabihin mo sa v.luna ext papuntang savemore. bago pa lang kasi gayuma sa area baka di pa alam ng mga manong. medyo mahal nga lang yung trike Php35.00.

    payo ko, mag taxi ka na lang. madali lang sya hanapin pero kasi medyo alanganin yung location ng gayuma.
    Aug 19 2010 @ 06:15pm     Reply  
  • johnnie
    @ Gia: kung commute, mrt ka then baba ka sa GMA-kamuning station, lakad ka going in the direction of cubao, lalampasan mo ang gma station, jam bus liner, meralco hanggang sa marating mo ang kamuning road, sakay ka ng project 2-3 na jeep, bayad ka 7 pesos sabihin mo ibaba ka sa sikatuna. ito ay may jollibee at caltex, sakay ka ng tricycle sabihin mo yung address nung gayuma or pwede namang lakarin na lang :D
    Aug 19 2010 @ 11:39am     Reply  
  • gia
    hi. pa tulong naman ulet sa direction, from the previous help, hindi nsabi if, say, paano makapunta doon kung commute lang? pwede ba lakarin at which street to start of with? or should I take a jeepney sa may quezon ave take UP route and ask the driver to drop me off sa maginhawa street...please help really appreciate it :-)
    Aug 18 2010 @ 11:49pm     Reply  
  • yas
    im glad na nakatira ako malapit sa bliss. dami nang kukakabute sa maginhawa ext.plenty of date places!
    Aug 17 2010 @ 07:03pm     Reply  
  • jamjam
    wala na ba yung sa area sa floor and may mga pillows?
    Aug 17 2010 @ 02:22pm     Reply  
  • Irene
    I've tried it here (the old Gayuma) and it is a pleasurable experience! :)
    Aug 16 2010 @ 11:35pm     Reply  
  • j
    @Maginhawa Resident, I think ang point lang ni toyang is if you suyurin mo the whole length of maginhawa -- from the fork in the road after tree of life school hanggang sa dun sa may philcoa -- hindi mo makikita gayuma ni maria kasi nasa v luna ext sya hehehe

    ----

    ay i have trivia for the non-sikatuna/up/teacher's village resident: the place gayuma is at now used to be aiko melendez' house. village rumour has it that the reason they moved is because there's a ghost in the house that likes making disturbing sounds at night.
    Aug 16 2010 @ 08:55pm     Reply  
  • j
    @nunsee

    since mahaba ang EDSA, i'm assuming na lang you know where kamias is.

    anyhoo, so from edsa, turn to kamias and go down the road straight lang until you reach the kamias-anonas intersection.
    make a left sa jollibee (anonas ext) and then make a right sa first intersection which is v. luna ext.
    go straight lang it's just up the road after the art gallery. it's gonna be on your left. make sure you dont reach the fork on the road kasi that's maginhawa st already and everyone who lives in sikatuna/teacher's/UP village know that the street where Gayuma is, is v.luna ext.
    Aug 16 2010 @ 08:47pm     Reply  
  • toyang
    @ maginhawa resident, yes taga-dito ako since childhood days ko pa. baka kapitbahay pa pala tayo? :D sorry but it bugs me a bit that nowhere in the article does it say that v.luna extension is merely near maginahawa st., and as such people who know of maginhawa would easily find the place. v.luna extension, as you yourself said, ay nasa may kanto ng maginahawa (with a street separating them), and not maginhawa itself as the article seems to be insinuating > "v.luna extension (maginhawa st.)" daw e.
    Aug 16 2010 @ 06:08pm     Reply  
  • nunsee
    pls help how can i go here from Edsa :) thanks :)
    Aug 16 2010 @ 06:03pm     Reply  
  • summer girl
    those desserts sound so yum! it's an awful time to be preparing for sugar test, now that this place is so near where i live :(
    Aug 16 2010 @ 05:55pm     Reply  
  • Mel
    third location na ito. the first na nasunog pa (with a second floor) was near B. Gonzales cor. Abada then the next same streat E. Abada cor. Xavierville Avenue near Mcdo Katipunan na.

    problem really then was parking.
    Aug 16 2010 @ 03:44pm     Reply  
  • Maginhawa Resident
    @toyang: Do you live in the area? The whole length of Maginhawa Street reaches the corner of V. Luna Extension. Maginhawa Street was probably used as reference point in this instance since it's the more popular street. Ergo, it's only logical to think that more people who don't live in UP Village would know about it.
    Aug 16 2010 @ 01:34pm     Reply  
  • toyang
    riding on the popularity of maginhawa, huh? v. luna extension is not maginahawa street naman ano. sus.
    Aug 16 2010 @ 12:58pm     Reply  
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