Gayuma ni Maria

123 V. Luna Ext., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Gayuma ni Maria
3.7
3.5 Stars

125 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 28
  • 4 stars 49
  • 3 stars 36
  • 2 stars 6
  • 1 star 6
  • 127 Reviews
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Category:
Filipino
Business Hours
Reopens Sat: 10:00a - 12:00a
Phone
+639216818989

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 12:00a

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Kristine F.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Monique F.
2.0 Stars

When my boyfriend and I first got together, I wanted to go out with him to a food place I wouldn't have gone to if we weren't together. After doing a little digging on the internet, I saw Gayuma ni Maria and thought that it would've been something to try at least once. It was an aphrodisiac cafe, so why not?

But after reading a few of the reviews on the place, it seemed that it was a hit or miss. I didn't know what to believe at the time, so we decided to play it safe by eating dinner elsehwere then getting dessert at Gayuma ni Maria, so as to not spoil the night, just in case.

The decision was, in fact, a good one.

When we entered the store after dinner at around...8 PM to 9 PM (I forget the exact time), the place was relatively quiet, but it gave the impression of being run down and had a bit of a smell to it. I looked around a little more to see what it had to offer, but there wasn't much.

A little disheartened (but still trying to be cheerful), we sat down in a table close to the counter and ordered our desserts. They were already out of the Twisted Pavlova, so I got the Lusty Velvet and my boyfriend got True Love (with a few sweet moments while ordering).

If not for our already cheerful demeanor of the night combating the experience, I think we would've lost it. The servers weren't very attentive, even while we were already trying to pay the bill, and the food itself was only so-so in terms of flavor.

At the end of the night, while we were going out of the restaurant, my boyfriend and I agreed that it's less than likely that we'll go back to Gayuma ni Maria, but we'll only give it one last chance if we try the signature desserts. Otherwise, I wouldn't really recommend it if you're looking for a good date.

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Ria R.
1.0 Stars

We really wanted to like this place. The reviews were good, and I'd heard about Gayuma ni Maria for a long time. So, we were pretty hyped. However, we felt our hearts sink as we walked in the door, because we were greeted by the tell-tale smell of cockroaches. We actually stood at the entrance for a bit, wondering if we'd continue inside. The place looked nice enough; there were other customers who were enjoying their meals. So we decided hey, it might still be good, and sat outside. We ordered Beats Sex Anyday and Twisted Pavlova. The service was slow, the table was still dirty, and the cakes were old and dry. A complete letdown. The Pavlova was soggy, but the frosting was dry. It looked sad on its plate. The BSA was better, but still not good; the cake and the frosting were dry and tasteless, no chocolate whatsoever. Unlike what its name claims, it doesn't hold a candle to sex.

We're not coming back.

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Mary Love S.
4.0 Stars

I missed doing all-day food trips thus I decided to organize another and target stops were Gayuma Ni Maria, Pino, Pipino, and Sancho. Yes, we’re back at Maginhawa for another Quezon City food trip.

My friend H and I met early as we both live a bit far from Quezon City. We were expecting that it will take us an hour before we reach Maginhawa. Wrong! We arrived around 10:30 am and not a single FOOD establishment was open. (I just had to emphasize food as Ricky Reyes opens early.)

We decided to roam around instead and I got to see other restaurants I was not aware of. So I started to jot it all down.

Soon, restaurants started to open and we met up with our tour guide, yet another foodie who lives a few steps away from Pino. Lucky guy!

Our first stop was Gayuma Ni Maria as we planned on eating something heavy as it was almost lunch time.

We got mesmerized with the restaurant interiors that it took us 10 minutes before we realized that we didn’t order yet. The servers must have thought that we were just there to hang out.

Ordering took longer! The names were pretty witty that it was so distracting! There were interesting names such as Unrequited Love, Size Doesn’t Matter, and Please Be Careful With My Heart. Each one was really thought of and it was such a treat reading the menu alone. I also had Grape Shake (PHP125) as beverage.

We finally decided to order: Lumpiang Barako (PH125) as appetizer, Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back (PHP225), and Please Be Careful With My Heart (PHP240). For dessert, I ordered Beats Sex Any Day, formerly known as Better Than Sex (PHP75).

The Lumpiang Barako, cheese logs with hot green pepper, was delightful simply because it was not spicy. It was not very tangy yet it makes you salivate more for the next dish.

The Please Be Careful With My Heart, on the other hand had this faint taste of garlic. Chicken twice cooked in olive oil, it was truly enjoyable. The meat was very tender. The taste actually was not very strong but eating it with the garlic bulb served with it made it even more delicious. It somehow reminded me of Pepita’s Lechon.

The Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back was a hit to our group. Who would have thought that breaded cream dory would go well with chocolate sauce? The chocolate taste was not overpowering and you could still taste the slightly seasoned cream dory. Soft fish, crunchy breading, sweet sauce, it was one memorable dish.

I heard from so many people that if I ever get to pass by Gayuma Ni Maria, I have to order their chocolate cake called Better Than Sex and I did.

It was quite… dark. We had difficulty taking photos of it as the it disappears in the dimly lit restaurant. Though a chocolate overload, it failed to make my taste buds happy. The texture of the cake was somehow different from what I am used to. It was very hard and not moist at all. It was a disappointment. Maybe I should have ordered Chocolate Sin instead.

Nonetheless, the savory dishes were really good and I wouldn’t mind dropping by Gayuma Ni Maria again soon. Let’s just say, I was charmed by Maria.

#12Days

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Clarisse D.
4.0 Stars

We are all in need of other food experience, and we cannot deny that. We need to get away from our usual fast foods and go-to restaurants some other time, especially if we have extra money.

It’s my college bud’s birthday and we were actually rooting for a Gerry’s Jeepney kind of dinner, but when we got there, we found out they were closed, not so sure if they were only closed for a while or when are they going to be on on business again. So we saw the StrEAT steps away from the Gerry’s. And yes! They are closed during Mondays. What a sad life. We were standing in front of a bakery/dessert shop when we were deciding where to eat. Until the birthday girl spelled the magic word–Gayuma. Do you already have something in your mind as to where in Quezon City we had our dinner?

If you were thinking about Maria’s love potion, you’re right! Gayuma ni Maria stands along V-Luna St. in Sikatuna Village, just few breathes away from Maginhawa St. When we were waiting for tricycle (we don’t have car, we don’t know how to drive), we searched its menu on the web, and the names were actually captivating and had brought us to curiosities.

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the interior of the restaurant was the early culture of our country when it comes to courting a lady. It feels so romantic and flirty, but somehow eerie because if you were a person who sees the negative of things, it will look too spooky. It seems like an old romantically casual dating place in a province that has a mysterious side business–well, that’s included in the restaurant’s name. We actually felt like home to the point that I can sit on their sofa looking so lazy and idle. They also have some potion-making tips on their walls.

While deciding what to order, they served us water in a wine bottle. A good thing to fool a friend (our late friend) who doesn’t drink liquor. Looking through their menu, it was really funny because of the witty nomenclature of their dishes. Just like these commitments(mains) that we had for our dinner.

Nilasing ni Eba si Adan (photo) is a pork belly slow roasted in herbs, apple, and caramel with brandy sauce on the side. According to their menu, it comes with a garlic rice, but I had a plain rice. It comes well with the plain rice though. The pork belly is not so tender but it was a five because it was flavorful enough. Eating the pork skin feels like pulutan. Friends liked it too when I told them to try it. They even asked for more when I’m finished eating.

Other things we had:

Please Be Careful With My Heart is half a chicken seared and slowly roasted in a concoction of garlic, lemon, herbs, and olive oil. Well, it’s really good for the heart. It has a big serving. Trust me, it’s big and the served rice is not enough to keep you eating if you try to have an equal intake proportion of the rice and the chicken.

Come fly with me are “potion-ed” buffalo chicken wings with spiced sour cream dip. I think the “spice” they were telling is the lemon extract I distinguished when I tried the dip. Honestly, with or without the dip, we loved the wings! It was too oily but it’s also bursting with flavor. This doesn’t come with rice, so we had “Kabit” which is their term for the add-ons. I forgot how many wings we had but according to my other recycle-bin worthy photo, it has five… or six.

No Boyfriend Since birth is what we ordered for our late friend. He’s a guy, though. This is pesto pasta with shellfish, and comes with garlic breads. I’m not really a genius when it comes to shellfish (because I have engineering subjects, no zool, no bio), but I think the kind that was on this pasta was a mussel. It was good, even without the mussel, the pasta is complete.

We asked the staff for a candle that can be blown by our birthday celebrant, and we have no cake yet. But we actually planned to put it on the chicken wings. When they nodded about our demand for candle, we did not expect the cake that will skip the birthday sex because your daily dose of orgasm is hidden inside this cake.

Beats Sex Any Day is a moist chocolate cake with butterscotch cream. I’m not 100% sure about the cream on top but I remember I ate something before with the same cream. More chocolate thingy on top. It’s not as sweet as it seems, so no umay factor. Their candle is like the thing that kids play during new years eve, I think that’s called “lusis”

We wanted to try “Baha sa Pag Ibig” as our Seduction(beverage) but we were too scared because of the endless possibilities of what this beverage is. So we played safe and had fresh fruit shake. Sad that they only had apple and mango shakes available. It could have been better if they give their costumers more choices.

While we were waiting for our friend’s parent to arrive, we decided to have a tour in this mysterious place.

They have this stairs I called "Stairway to Heaven". This leads to a small room which is more intimate... and dimmer. I went to the rest room while my guy friend explores the mysteries in this place. Oh yes, this room is full of mysteries... and magic... toys, Magic toys. They have goodies here. We don't honestly know if we are allowed to examine things in this room. Well... We are 18+ so I really guess our eyes are ready to witness some magic toys.

According to some friends who already went to this place, the present version of the interior is good but the former one is better. They also had negative and positive comments about certain food. So I guess they haven’t reach the consistency that costumers are looking. But anyway, when we came, it was a great night… With Barkada! In your face, couples. Kidding aside, don’t come alone here. You’ll always have the thought of “Hanggang kailan ko matitiis na makita silang masaya habang ako, nag-iisa?” But if you try to be brave to come alone, maghanda ka nang makakita ng couples everywhere.

The place is kinda getting packed as the night goes deeper. couples everywhere talaga. It was around 9PM when we decided to leave the place.

It was a great night with spent with great company and great food. It may be a bit pricey to some, but try to go at least once. Have a good gayuma-tic experience! Plus the service is awesome! Yay.
*so loooong sorry poooo*

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Maine B.
4.0 Stars

Well, this definitely beats sex anyday.

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Marjorie G.
4.0 Stars

It all started with pavlova, a meringue dessert that Mrs. Carmen Aguila used to make. It was so good that orders came pouring in. The Aguila family later decided to just open a restaurant where they could formally take customers in and that's how Gayuma ni Maria, considered as one of the top date places in the metro, was born. I had a chance to check out the place myself, it is situated in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.

Gayuma is a Filipino word for "love potions" but it may also mean seduction, charm or allure and the restaurant has the idea down pat. Everything about this place spells romance; from the interior, the love-related names for the foods, the souvenir shop in the corner that sells sex toys and love potions, to its patrons, mostly couples out for a date.

Aside from the PDA-ing couples and the food, there are other interesting things to see at Gayuma ni Maria. Given the theme of the resto, it's almost a requirement that it has actual love potions. If only they weren't too expensive, I'd probably go home with a bottle or two hahaha... Also, they have sex toys up for sale, the kind that would blush the conservative ones.

Now let's go to the food. To sustain the love theme they have quirky names for their dishes, when I say quirky I mean ridiculously long love-related names. Let's start with what I had; Please be careful with my heart (PHP240), I kid you not, that's how it's named. In simple terms, this is twice baked chicken in olive oil and garlic . It comes with a slice of lemon and this big chunk of garlic.

I cracked up upon seeing the rice, because it has a freaking nipple. I wonder if it was deliberate; I mean if they really intended to make it look like a woman's breast. Anyway, the chicken was tender and highly seasoned. My only problem with this dish is that it was too darn salty!

The Holding Hands While Walking Pa Sway Sway Pa (HHWWPSSP) (PHP185) is chicken breast with cheese, mushroom, and asparagus. This one is salty too albeit not as intense as Please be careful with my heart. It was crispy, a bit hard but flavorsome.

Unrequited Love (PHP185) is actually a Thai dish called, tom yum. It has mushroom, fish, littuco (rattan), tamarind, and strawberries. Out of all the dishes that we had, this was my favorite. It tasted like this Filipino dish called tinola but a bit sour, salty, very spicy, and had that strong ginger taste.

Kala ni Mare (PHP135) is calamares with spicy sauce. This was also good but the squid rings are small.

For drinks, I highly recommend the Avocado Shake (PHP85) and Iced Tea (PHP60 - bottomless). It was smooth and creamy, not too sweet.

When I went there I intended to interview the owner, just to know a little bit more about their business. Unfortunately, the owner, Eirene, daughter of Mrs. Carmen was not around, but her father, Mr. Boy Aguila was gracious enough to talk with me. I even had cakes on the house.

Out of all the things that Mr. Aguila told me, this is the only thing that I will never forget, "Do not go here on Valentine's Day." Well if you are single, that is.

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Roy T.
3.0 Stars

Second stop of our Maginahawa food trip goes to Gayuma ni Maria!

We just ordered the Please Be Careful with my Heart dish. They sure did a lot of brainstorming for the dish names. Really not the usual names you'll hear and would not like to say some of them out loud. Rated SPG! 128514 they categorized their dishes in terms of romantic stages - attraction, courtship, commitment, etc. they even call their add-ons "kabit" 128514128514

This dish was basically roasted chicken tossed with the right spices - lemon, garlic, herbs; olive oil - making it a bit oily for me. The herbs really seeped in the meat, making it tender and juicy (parang hotdog lang?) but seriously it was good except that it's oily. Served with rice and some greens as side.

The resto's interior was good but sent me that eerie/creepy vibe. I think they achieved what they really wanted to do since their name is Gayuma ni Maria and it's supposed to be something like a Mangkukulam's house maybe? Haha! There were lips hung in the corners, some recipes on how to make someone happy or something? Did not really pay a lot of attention to them. 128518

Service was just okay. There was only one server doing all the work during our visit. Good thing we were the only customers that time. 128517

Overall okay experience. I wonder how their Seductions (drink) named "Baha sa Pagibig" tastes like! 128514

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Migs C.
2.0 Stars

Seeing that the place just isn't what it used to be... made it painful to return here.

1. The menu was on a printout. They were on a plain, A4 paper and they looked worn out and crumbled.

2. A lot of their dishes weren't available - even their drinks. I ended up just having a mango fruit shake.

3. The server wasn't familiar with the menu.

4. One table had red ants crawling all over.

5. The al fresco area had pigs - which made it uncomfortable to be there and made the area smell like pig shit.

6. Oh my gaahhd, mosquitoes!!!

7. The air conditioning on the first floor wasn't working. Even when we transferred upstairs, the air conditioning was still "inadequate."

8. The quirks that used to make the place special and homey now just make it look like you're in an old, dirty, abandoned haunted house.

They seriously need to shut it down and renovate.

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Patricia P.
2.0 Stars

the last time i have been here was before the renovation. the food is just not as good as it used to be. among other things...
- they forgot about my order, "oh baby - well done". and here i was thinking that they are making sure that the steak is really well done. my friend followed it up for me. the two groups that arrived after us are already finish with their dinner and my food is nowhere to be found. i was about to cancel my order when it finally came.
- I explicitly asked for well done meat and yet i see blood all over
- the meat is like a bubble gum, very chewy
- it was still hot, even after the renovation

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Marianne P.
3.0 Stars

Who wants "true love"????128525 well were here for dessert only. True love is double chocolate cake topped with cream and strawberry (formerly known as "broken promises")
We also ordered "beat sex anyday" well they described it as super moist chocolate cake..so i expected a lot128542128078🏻 it doesnt taste good as well128533

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Nikki C.
4.0 Stars

Pasta buffet! The best 128077
Great ambiance, very cozy and private.
Dating couples would certainly love this place :)

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Gela B.
3.0 Stars

"Gayuma ni Maria, more like kurtina ni Maria" 128514

Please Be Careful With My Heart - their chicken tasted like KFC?? I don't like KFC and I haven't had their chicken for a long time so i'm not entirely sure lol. It was ok, I guess.

Afternoon Delight - good but not sulit. They should've used a smaller plate para 'di halata just how small their servings are.

Also, Rivermaya's "You'll Be Safe Here" was on loop. It was sorta funny, para ba feeling safe sa gayuma? Haha. I like the names of their dishes though. So witty!

tl;dr: ok food, pricey, small servings, rico blanco.

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Vio R.
5.0 Stars

Last sunday was the last day of our classes, our last day as a student. So my friends and I decided to treat ourselves by eating. (Like what we usally do 128540) I ordered this pasta named "hotsie". As it was described in their menu, it's a hot and naughty shrimp pasta with garlic pan de sal toast. It was a good choice indeed! It was a bit spicy but still it's yummy. The place is so beautiful and they have nice and accommodating staffs. So what are you waiting for guys? Visit them and be under the Gayuma ni Maria Spell. 128149

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Duffag E.
4.0 Stars

Butterbeer 127866

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Max C.
4.0 Stars

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Romer G.
4.0 Stars

Great place to dine with friends. Be sure to dine before dinner to make sure that everything on the menu is still available. Tried Basta Pinoy Sweet Lover, simply mouthwatering.

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Ayca N.
3.0 Stars

Im not happy with their service. 128530 Water takes tooooooo long to be refilled. They even forgot the raspberry juice that we ordered hahaha 128516128516128516 but....try "please be careful with my heart" the chicken was super juicy!!!!

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Clarence A.
3.0 Stars

Ordered Hottie (seafood pasta), Come and Fly with me (buffalo wings) and I forgot the name of the Pumpkin Soup. Total bill was Php 555. It was okay, place was a bit warm. The food titles are witty but taste-wise : okay. You will be enticed by the food titles and store concept. That's it. On the brighter side, we bought some "naughty" stuff available in the restaurant. Haha!

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Charisma T.
3.0 Stars

I would have to agree with most of the reviews here. Food was okay and nothing really special about it aside from the well-thought of "kinky witty" food names. Honestly, I would not go through the long drive to go back here. I'll explore the other eateries at Maginhawa though 128521

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