New Restaurant Alert: The Study at Katipunan, Quezon City
This may be a study place for students, but the food is for everybody.
Regis Center, Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.
(SPOT.ph) Former students of the Katipunan area who suddenly drop by this school-lined thoroughfare might feel envious of the ever-growing variety of hangouts, restaurants, and activities. But amid the hurly-burly of nail salons, gaming stops, and fitness centers is a long overdue space for quiet. The Study is a unique restaurant-and-study space perfect for a good meal or just a peaceful time.
Siblings Patricia, Chuckie, Christian, and Chelsea Antonio came up with this as a fitting venue for Katipunan students. The idea spaces are capsule-like rooms which you can rent for a consumable P500 good for three to four hours. Each cubicle has a low floor table where a few students can hang out or hold meetings. It's a concept that will undoubtedly be popular in the neighborhood, but it's the food that really hooks you. And food is an important factor in the idea-generating process.
At the helm of The Study's kitchen is Chef Luigi Muhlach, known for his stints at Cru Steakhouse in Marriott Manila and Amacena Filipino Restaurant at One Tagaytay. In this project, Chef Luigi updates standard dishes with his signature hearty flavors.
The study spaces are private and quiet.
The Study begins its day by serving breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. If you're looking for sweet beginnings, have the Stackers (P170). They're red velvet pancakes with cream cheese frosting. As if these weren't enough, the stack is also topped with whipped cream. The flavors, however, are impressively restrained.
An unusual addition to the breakfast menu is the Early Bird (P180), a crispy fried chicken steak with hollandaise sauce, gravy, and a poached egg. Inspired by U.S.-based award-winning breakfast joint Hash House a Go-Go, it's a hefty, protein-heavy way to start your day.
Double Chocolate-Graham Frappuccino
The Study also has a great selection of drinks. There's the Double Chocolate-Graham Frappucino (P145), which is a milk and chocolate combination that reminds us of our childhood favorite iced malt drink. Served ice-cold and with a huge heap of whipped cream and chocolate syrup, it’s a summer favorite made better. Enjoy it with quick snacks like sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and rice bowls.
Because the primary customer base is made up of students, The Study thoughtfully comes up with fun ways to present classic college chow. They have a Potato Bar, which allows you to build the potato concoctions of your dreams. You start by choosing your Fries (P60), which can be potato wedges, steak-cut, twister fries, mojos, potato chips, or criss-cut. Then, play up the flavors with your preferences from white, spring, and red onions; green chili; tomatoes; sesame seeds; cilantro; jalapeño; nori; and mushrooms (P20/each). Premium toppings include cheddar and nacho cheese, chicken shawarma, chili con carne, liempo sisig, buffalo sauce, sour cream, kimchi, blue cheese, and garlic aioli (P50/each).
If you find yourself with a big group, the Taco Pizza (P280) is like your pulutan-turned-idea grub. The crust is half-baked, keeping a pleasant chewiness with the dough holding up against the generous toppings of Mexican ground beef, tomatoes, cheese, and lettuce. A similar alternative for solo diners would be their Mexican Grilled Cheese (P220), which come with the same ingredients plus gooey cheese between two slices of thick and toasty homemade bread. Paired with a helping of their steak cut fries, it’s a great salty-and-cheesy snack.
Mexican Grilled Cheese
The Shroom Pizza (P300), however, is the bestseller. It’s topped with fresh mushrooms, arugula, and the most delectable truffle cheese. The flavors are rich and earthy, with a very welcome kick from the arugula. It's a huge, family-sized option, but we won't judge you for finishing it on your own.
If The Study could give out awards, valedictorian would go to the Lechon Kawali with Sinigang Dry Rice (P180). It's served with sinigang rice and gravy—an interesting throwback, complete with pepper, tomatoes, and onions, to those days of dousing the sour broth over rice. The lechon kawali, meanwhile, is perfectly done. Chef Luigi ticks off our requirements of crispy, crunchy skin and the tender, juicy pork. The rich flavor is lifted by the calamansi-heavy gravy. Have it with a Berry Slush (P130).
From its name and its look, you'd automatically dismiss The Study as a place for students. It technically is, but you don't have to be writing a research paper to enjoy the food. Bring your friends or your family and enjoy a couple of pizzas. Just remember to keep it down. The guy next to you is probably working on his thesis.
Photos by Pia Babao Guballa