Megawatt is not your average pit stop
This solar-powered restaurant has a killer burger and a breakfast burrito you need to try.
41-A N. Domingo corner Gilmore Avenue, Barangay Valencia, Quezon City
Open from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Monday to Saturday); and from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Sunday)
(SPOT.ph) While good food will taste delicious regardless of where you eat it, food fans now also put importance in the way a restaurant looks—both to their eyes and in their Instagram feeds. A lot of restaurants have thought of crazy ways to ramp up the dining experience, and while some take the minimalist Pinterest-inspired route, others go the extra mile and build their look around a certain theme.
One such restaurant is an unassuming little place on top of a car wash in New Manila, Quezon City. Megawatt is a power plant-themed restaurant inspired by the owners’ visit to an actual power plant on one of their out-of-town trips. The theme translates into exposed pipes and lighting fixtures lining the ceiling, steel-heavy décor, and tables made to look like solar panels. You’ll find yourself snapping away as you wait for your food—and it helps that their second-floor location and floor-to-ceiling windows bring in lots of natural light.
But the power plant theme goes beyond aesthetics—Megawatt uses renewable energy and is powered by two solar panels. “The goal really is for advocacy,” shares co-owner and manager SJ Esteban. “Lalo na right now, it’s very popular. People know about it, but they aren’t sure how to use it.”
SJ shares that they educated their staff on the basics of renewable energy and solar power. “So whenever there's someone who's interested about it, who's going to ask you questions, they know,” she says.
It helps that this crash course on eco-friendly power comes with good food. The menu at Megawatt is composed of wholesome American-Mexican dishes that the group conceptualized themselves. “We’re just foodies who love to cook as much as we eat,” says SJ.
Supreme Nacho Pizza
Groups won’t have to choose between nachos and pizza with the Supreme Nacho Pizza (P357). Sweet-style red pizza sauce on chewy dough serves as a bed for corn chips, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, and gooey melted cheese for a treat that combines the best of two favorites.
Chick3 and Chips
A hefty dish is the Chick3 and Chips (P268). An order will get you three pieces of fried chicken, seasoned with a rub of 12 spices and fried so the skin is perfectly crackling. The over-all effect will remind you of Taiwanese pork chops. You can opt to have your chicken with waffle fries or waffles.
Prepare to make a bit of a mess when you bite into the A.M.P. Burger (P255). The sunny-side up egg has a perfectly runny yolk that bursts in your mouth on the first bite, coating the peppery Angus beef patty and crunchy hash brown with its rich flavor. It’s the perfect breakfast burger.
Breakfast Longganisa Burrito
Megawatt's burritos are huge, and hugely satisfying. The gigantic Breakfast Longganisa Burrito (P208) is stuffed with buttery rice, shredded lettuce, tomato salsa, and ground longganisa for a meal that is a delightful blend of sweet, spicy and a little garlicky.
Strawberry and Ube Milkshakes
If you're not averse to pastels, pair your food with Megawatt’s delicious Milkshakes (P158), served in light bulb-shaped glasses. They’re thick and creamy, and there’s no mistaking the rich ice-cream taste of the Strawberry and the Ube.
An eco-friendly destination that’s not only Instagram-worthy but also serves delicious no-frills grub? Megawatt backs up its one-of-a-kind interiors with an experience that your tummy will thank you for.
Photos by Hans Fausto