I work at Eastwood City, Libis for more than five years now and I honestly crave for something really delicious but not that bit pricey. Eastwood City is known for the restaurants and places where you can go to dine and drink with friends and fam. Good thing we found this place hidden at 14th Avenue - few streets away from Cubao and Eastwood - where we can dine all we want but not spend every penny that we have.
I and my friends already make it a habit to eat every other Friday and talk about how everything's going on with our lives and at work. We got tired of these usual stuff we eat at Eastwood so my friend suggested to eat at Café Maria Jerica located at 35 14th Avenue corner Liberty Avenue, Socorro, Cubao, Quezon City.
So the menu consists of burger, pizza, pasta, salad, and rice meals. It was like a house converted into a restaurant. The ambiance inside and outside is very inviting - the way they setup the tables and chairs are really cool.
Their homemade pizzas are definitely a hit. For as low as Php 85, you would get this 12-inch crust pizza which is good for four-six people! Before, I would never eat a homemade pizza as I don't like the bread that they use (those cheap ones sold at streets). But tasting their own pizza, I would definitely eat slices to a whole of it. We got the House Special pizza for Php 150 and Classic Hawaiian for Php 85. I also love their Cheeseburger Pizza for Php 120 - super cheesy with sliced burger patties on top! Not a fan of the sliced lettuce though.
Their pasta carbonara in cream sauce is a blockbuster for me. I'm a sucker for carbonara - and their's is one of my favorites! (My sister's recipe is still on top of the list hehe!) This goes for two for only Php 85. Mabigat sa tiyan yung carbonara, so I assure you you'll get three quarters full once you're done with it.
My friend's fave: Quesadillas for only Php 75. Not a fan but all of my friends said it's delicious enough for its price.
This is one of the bestsellers: six-piece buffalo wings for Php 150. Its sweet and salty taste is so good you could finish everything in one seating. My tip: eat it while it's hot.
Few things that took a star out:
- Restroom. Booyah. If you have this good resto with good food maybe you should think of investing for a good restroom, yes? Maybe because of the themed house-turned-into-resto, isinasabuhay talaga? But kidding aside, tinitiis ko talagang hindi mag-CR when I'm here.
- Ventilation. It's not bad to dine in at a non-airconditioned place, but with the high temp nowadays, people would appreciate if there's a good food and cold place. The owner should think of making the place airconditioned as the fans are not so enough to beat the heat, especially not all customers are well-ventilated.
- Poker-faced staff. Would you agree that it adds to the points if a place has a smiling and welcoming staff? Café Maria Jerica staff should be trained to be one. Not all of them, though. Customers should not feel bad asking a favor from the staff - 'yung tipong makikisuyo ka pero medyo nakasimangot sila. Then when they give what you asked for, it's not even complete.
I guess regardless of what food you eat, as long as your with friends, it's okay. :)
You can view their menu here and follow their Facebook page here for more updates! You can also visit their other branch just at 13th Avenue, or just ask them to deliver by calling (02) 3556801 or 09063265778 - they're open 24/7!