Our friend forwarded us a map of restaurants along Maginhawa Street some time ago. One rainy night, my husband took me out to try a restaurant along that road. There were a lot of choices but we finally settled on Nuezca Cafe.
This dining place is second to the farthest in right side of Maginhawa coming from Magiting street. The dining area is on the second floor as we had to climb the stairs going there. The place was really homey, they boasted of organic lutong bahay dishes, and ingredients that they grow in their own farm in Zambales.
What we liked about the place is we can just chill and unwind here. There was television so we could watch while dining, but at the same time it wasn’t that loud as to be too distracting if we wanted to converse instead. Customers seemed to be residents living nearby and they appeared to be and feel right at home in Nuezca Cafe.
Their kitchen had a glass window that separated it from the dining area. Customers then could see their orders cooked fresh and they can be assured of the restaurant’s sanitation.
My husband ordered their Pininyahang Manok which is one of their specialties. I thought I wouldn’t like it at first since I’m not a fan of pineapple-based dishes. But it was surprisingly good, the pineapple didn’t taste that strong as it was already mixed in with the other ingredients. Jason didn’t like it though, he liked my choice better. (hehe)
I’m a fan of anything fried (gulp), so I got their Butterfly Tilapia which is one of their bestsellers too. It was served with soy sauce and atchara on the side. It wasn’t salty but as I remember it wasn’t that crunchy either. It was probably their style of serving it as not being too crispy.
The poor Tilapia was sucked dry when we were done with it. :p
We liked the dining experience here. TV, great food (not to mention organic), and a homey atmosphere. We would certainly come back for a relaxed Saturdate night. 🙂
53 Maginhawa St. cor. Mahusay St., UP Village, Quezon City
Metro Manila, Philippines
(+63 917) 933-1206