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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.