I’ve heard about Gayuma ni Maria for quite some time now. Legend has it that it was previously located in the Loyola Heights area many moons ago. But while I have heard of the place, I had never been there. So one lunch, I decided to give it a try.
Just as many of my foodie blog posts, Gayuma ni Maria is along Maginhawa Street as it turns into V.Luna Extension. I actually have them a call before hand and their instructions were quite simple. If you are coming from Anonas, turn right into V.Luna at the Save More. The landmark given was the Lechon Manok ni Sr. Pedro. That was quite a landmark as the lechon manok sign was very glaring.
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Hmmm… they could do better with their signage.
The interior was a little bland and… odd. They were decorating for Halloween, so there were fake cobwebs everywhere.
Ordering from the menu was quite an experience. Simply because nothing is termed in simple terms. Everything is named oddly… of course that is the objective. So here we go…
We started with 2 orders of “My Kind of Mushroom” (P 115) aka… Mushroom Soup. This was oddly served with slightly sweet crackers (I would have appreciated plain Sky Flakes instead). But that aside, the soup was simply delicious!!!
Angie ordered some fish called “Once you go black, you never go back.” (P 225) This strange looking dish which looks like brownies with caramel sauce is actually a Cocoa-crusted cream dory with chocolate sauce. This was quite… strange.
For my dish, I ordered Rack Me Back (P195) which was simply Baby Back Ribs. This was actually quite good! And the Mashed Potato was simply heavenly. I thought adding just corn makes the dish look monochromatic. Perhaps some greens (maybe peas?) would have been a nice touch to the plating.
And finally, for dessert, we had a Pavlova Cake (P 95) with grapes and Kiwi. Yumyumyum!
Interesting place. The food was generally good. Not sure if I will suggest this place to friends. But I don’t mind going back here.
Note: Other blogs also give mixed reviews of the place. I wanted to make up my own conclusion and apparently, they were spot on.
Address: 123 V. Luna Extension (Maginhawa Street.), Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Philippines