Monday, October 31, 2016

Dine Big yet Cheap at Café Maria Jerica

Monday, October 31, 2016



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.


My rating:


Café Maria Jerica indeed satisfied my cravings for pizza and pasta. I can eat here everyday and I definitely won't regret it! To think they also have an eat-all-you-can offer at their other branch at 13th Avenue, those peeps near them are so blessed to have this restaurant one or two cartwheels away!

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!

Been here yet? Share us your thoughts below! :)



               





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29 comments:

  1. I also love creamy carbonara na pinaulanan ng chili flakes and very affordable ang 12inch pizza na Php85.00 lang. Hope they could improve the ventilation and the comfort of their restroom though but its sure is nice na 24/7 sila! :D

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  2. Looks like a great place to hang out with friends! In fairness affordable yung pizza and it looks good! Confession: I love street pizza. The one that has a bread like crust hahaha.

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  3. And why oh why, have I stumbled upon your post at the wee hours of the night? Hahaha! I love anything pizza and pasta! Super nagke-crave tuloy ako now. Hehe. I'm too far from Cafe Maria Jerica though. But the place looks good and something that is worth a try whenever I had a chance to visit Cubao. :)

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  4. sobrang mura! my husband and I love discovering new places to eat. we'll include this in our list. thanks for sharing! :)

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  5. Yes, yes, super worth it. Where are you from, btw? :)

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  6. I agree. Minsan nakakaconscious lang kumain lalo ngayon sa weather na napakainit kahit 8AM pa lang!

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  7. I love quesadillas! Would definitely try this next time I'm at Eastwood :)

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  8. Looks very quirky! And the food, in fairness they look so yummy especially considering the price. But yes, they do need to invest in all of those things that you mentioned!

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  9. Big factor sakin ang friendly crew in choosing a place to dine. I hope they will read your review and improve. The carbonara looks delish.

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  10. creamy carbonara looks so yum yum..

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  11. The cheesy pizza looks yummy. My colleagues and I have our own go-to affordable pizza near the office and ganyan ang itsura nya.

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  12. Looks like a cozy place. The pizza made me hungry though. LOL! Will check this one out and see if I can pull the BFFs to visit sometime.

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  13. Oh the prices are so reasonable especially if you say that the food tastes good. A must try!

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  14. Melisa Centino SanchezNovember 29, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    I love the concept of this resto, i love their pizza too, it looks so yummy. Like you I am observant also sa CR ng resto kasi one of the important factor dapat siguro sa isang kainan gandahan din nila rest room nila.

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  15. Maria Teresa FiguerresDecember 2, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Their pizzas look tempting and quite affordable, too! I hope they listen to your suggestions on what they can improve so that they would attract more customers in the future.

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  16. Great food finds with good price! Looks yummy :)

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  17. My family loves to explore and eat as well. Though we are after the food, the place should also be well ventilated. I agree, most of us would prefer air conditioned cafes because of today's unbearable temperature. A clean and presentable cR also counts as my mom would often say that "ang bahay na may maruming banyo, burara ang may bahay at tiyak marumi ang nilulutp." My mom can be that brutal but again, I believe her.

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  18. Yes, big points go to a dining place with pleasant and helpful staff, as well as a good bathroom! I think those are non-negotiables when you open a place like this. Nevertheless, the food you shared all look mouth-watering, especially the pizza! I am now craving for a slice! :D

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  19. Ow nakakamiss ang Eastwood! I am a fan Quesadillas! True that its a plus points if the staff are accommodating.

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  20. Looks very delish! I love the pizza and the buffalo wings! When I visit Eastwood I'll check that place!

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  21. Wow! Glad to know may affordable place to dine in sa Eastwood. I would love to try the Quesadilla. Thanks for sharing sis :)

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  22. I agree. Most of the time, kapag maganda ang restroom, plus factor talaga saken. :)

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  23. Sayang on the points that took the stars out. The food looks yum though. And the quesadilla for that price! I'm a big fan of cheesy stuffs haha!

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  24. The comfort room and staff are a big part of my decision to dine at a restaurant. There have been cases where I walked out of a restaurant because the staff was giving attitude. Unless the food was exceptional I'd probably pass.

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