Van Gogh is Bipolar

154 Maginhawa St., Maginhawa, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Van Gogh is Bipolar
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4.5 Stars

45 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 31
  • 4 stars 9
  • 3 stars 5
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 47 Reviews
  • 109 Recommend
  • 45 Reviewers
Category:
International
Business Hours
Reopens: 6:00p - 11:00p
Phone
+639228243051

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • Closed
  • Wednesday
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 6:00p - 11:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Ang-ang P.
5.0 Stars
10

I was so bored last night and sent invites to watch Train To Busan. We arrived in TriNoma and it is crowded so instead we drove to Maginhawa. I've heard so much good things about van Gogh is Bipolar. It's our first time, the main challenge is finding a parking spot. After driving for at least 15 mins we're able to find a parking spot. Fast-forward: I love everything about vGIB, I love that it is self-service to start with, thought we're really scared to try out appetizer whoch os the egg yolk with honey and tamarind extract something. I love that the is different, I'm used to minimalist interiors as I'm trying to be minimalist myself, the interiors is actually "more is more", yes, it is maximalist, reminds me of Yves Saint Laurent. Well, over all it was an experienced and I love it. Really sulit din.

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Lyneth D.
5.0 Stars

Been dying to try this place since I watched it in 'Reel Time' (GMA News).

The place is quite hard to find because it's not at all visible as some of the cafes in Maginhawa. But surely, it's worth the venture.

We arrived around 7pm on a Saturday. It took us awhile to find the main door because it was hidden from a huge wardrobe-like door. Haha! I love how the interiors were designed as what you call it "beautiful chaos". Each corner represents your deepest thoughts. It is made to make yourself at home and be the real you.

It was by far one of the best dining EXPERIENCE we had. The waiter were all accomodating and even the owner (Jethro Rafael) himself will welcome you. They will give you a booklet on how to better enjoy the place -- they let us wear head dress, make our own tea, write on the wall, make a love letter to a stranger and more! We stayed there for 3 hours! 128516

The food was exquisite! It might be expensive for some, but tell you, it was worth every penny. It ranges from 800 to 2,500 but it was a whole course. They will surprise you with their dishes, you just need to check if you want vegan-based, fish-based or meat-based. We tried the 'experience' (P999) set which includes appetizer, mood drinks, main course and dessert. I recommend you try the 'Mel Gibson's Darkest Sin' which includes Dark chocolate + Absinthe for dessert. It was delicious, sinful and filling. 128076

Overall, it was an eccentric yet mood-healing experience. If you are looking for a quick distress or just having a bad day, then this is the place for you. This is also good if you are looking for something different for your date.

I miss this place and will definitely go back. Van Gogh is Bipolar is my safe place.128522

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Harvard U.
5.0 Stars

It was one restaurant visit I'll never forget and live to share for a very long time. Van Gogh is Bipolar goes beyond food and incorporates a full experience of self healing as well.

Its self service and they give you a handbook on what to do. Still the personnel around you doesn't leave you behind especially for first timers like me. I got to pick my own hat, my choice of tea and even write a letter to my 'beloved' on top of a picking your food.

I had the Experience menu which included a delicious bowl of hot soup. It is by far the best dish. It had many things going inside which I discovered later was a common trait on all their offerings. I picked meat on top of pescetarian and vegetarian. The main course had red rice, fresh salad with veggies and flowers and a well marinated chicken. The downside though was a very lean meat. I wanted more.

There was sort of ritual we had to do which involved two shots. One shot had an egg yolk and another a pure alcoholic drink. I had to look at my date in the eye and say Nostrovia. Its cheers in Russian.

The place also had a museum which includes a dark room turned into comfort room. I would do a bit of rant telling the staff it scares me to visit their loo.

This prized visit ended with a hug from their personnel. I felt at home with the friendliest set of staff in the planet. There were many points of fascination on my end during the whole journey. I hope as you read this, I encourage you to take the trip as well.

Cheers to self healing! :)

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Ivy R.
5.0 Stars

I don't know what to make of Van Gogh is Bipolar. And it's perfectly fine. It has a variety of teas that you make on your own, you're encouraged to wear a hat whilst inside the premises. It definitely is not your usual dining experience where you get to sit down and just eat. The dining experience here is interactive, and the food is very different. It claims to serve a mood altering healing diet, which is designed to relieve stress, anger, depression.
The happy-chill-diet is what the owner calls it. With dishes named after famous people with bipolar disorder such as Virginia Woolf Tears (that's the inexplicably delicious soup) and the
Axl Rose egg shot (that's the appetizer), this is truly a unique dining experience.

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Heidi H.
5.0 Stars

Extraordinary dining experience at Van Gogh is Bipolar it is a very nice artsy place, hidden gem in Maginhawa. Parang mala Alice in Wonderland.
Perfect for romantic date nights. Ang saya nung experience at ang sarap ng food all organic and natural. Sa mga mahilig mag explore kailangan niyong ma puntahan to:)

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Jayson J.
5.0 Stars

Van Gogh really is a bipolar. And so is this restaurant's owner Jethro. But there is nothing really harmful about that. This place is his home as well and it offera all natural food and and at the same time a haven for those who who needs to release some stress.

Bipolar, as considered a mental disorder, is characterized by sudden changes of moods from being so much elated (manic) to being so much depressed (depressive). Being so much elated can cause poor decision making and disregard consequences of its action while being depressed could turn from crying to suicide. As serious as it can be, i am truly awed that there are a number of bipolars that made our world more meaningful. Say Edgar Allan Poeand even Florence Nihghtingale.

Well, this place offers a variety of relaxing and therapeutic activities that can help out whatever your mood is.

1. Take off your shoes. This is very japanese. But then as a sign of respect to the home owner plus a diffeent 'free' feeling. It might simply imply to take off some shallow stresses that're just clinging in your mind.

2. It's all self service in here! Get your checklist menu. And read the house rules (read it. I was a fool not reading it... I only read it after. Huhu) at the far end near the restroom. Also get the small notebook field with activities to do

3. Now get your hat/mask from the shelves just alongside the kitchen counter.. You can be whatever you want to be. Then get a teapot from the center. The tea leaves is next to before the kitchen window to your left. Utensils beside the kitchen window to your right. Hot and cold water just beside where the teapots are laid.

4. Tick your orders and go to the kitchen to ring the bell upper right of the kitchen window. Hand your orders. Now do some stuff from the small notebook while waiting.

What i can say about the place is its therapeutic ambiance. I almost 'got one' with the environment but then i have to stay sharp for food tasting. I had the delight set meal.

In it were van gogh rice (brown.. Super high in fiber. Tastes grainy).. Taragon, basil and mint leaves with asparagus stalk and really super tender grilled lamb cutlets.. I especially oved the toasted parts. To go with that was a special tamarind sauce.. Cazhews for nutty taste. A slice of lime.
Imagine the taste?.. Very sour and tasty.. But then there' more!
The dried cranberries and dried mangoes were there to give the very apt sweetness that it needs... I like this part.
The lamb really pronounces its protein. Chew wisely. Savor the taste 128077128521

So i did not put my payment in the red box as house rule says (-_-!) so sorry jethro.. Next time 128531i stayed there for 2 hours to absorb the environment. 127861

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Lia B.
3.0 Stars

Quirky resto. Kinda overrated. Shoes are not allowed inside so we placed it in a not-working chiller which stinks when you open it. You're made to choose from their package menu with either a meat or fish entree and an iced tea concoction called love potion. There's a tea buffet. Food is ok. No waiters, you get your food from the kitchen counter and you have to clean up after. You don't get any service yet the price is above average.
Restroom has shoes for decor.

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Lisa G.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Jullian A.
5.0 Stars

Restaurants are paid because of their food or service. Customers come and go to dig in to the delicious food they offer. In this place however, you can really feel that you've paid for the total package: good food, relaxing ambience, and OVERALL EXPERIENCE. They might be pricey but the price was totally worth it! I don't want to talk about the details because it's worth discovering by yourself. Go there with your loved one/s. The place is quite small so bring only few people or just a date. If you like to dive into the unknown then this is the place for you!

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Dianne C.
5.0 Stars

If only I could give 10 more stars for this restaurant, I definitely will!:) The experience is one of a kind especially for those who loves art and food. You'd find this place the right kind of peculiar. The owner even talks to everyone and explain the story behind everything. I LOVE IT AND I WILL COME BACK FOR IT. :">

Photo is their sinful dessert. It's amazing! You must try it!!:)

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Kaye B.
5.0 Stars

Need self-healing? Well this is the best place for you! Great food and excellent ambiance! I felt as if I went on a retreat :)

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Timmie R.
5.0 Stars

I have been visiting Van gogh since 2010 and each and every visit made a huge difference in uplifting my mood.

Must try: 1. Courtney Love's Love Potion -made from seasoned fruit extracts. Very refreshing indeed!

2. Buddha's Holy Water- look for Christian. He prepares this concoction as a welcome drink for the guests.

3. Axle Rose Egg Shot- Soft boiled egg in tamarind jam, perfect for adventurous foodies.

Don't forget to visit the dark room to confess your deepest, darkest secrets.

Prost! See you soon Jetro.

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Jackie S.
4.0 Stars

A+++ for experience!

Van Gogh is Bipolar is a speak easy restaurant in Maginhawa Street. The place does not have any signage, but you can look for icons from Van Gogh's paintings.

The chef-owner is Bipolar and cooks depending on his mood.

Order the set meal to get the full Van Gogh experience.

Each meal is named after a Bipolar Celebrity or Personality.

The ingredients in the dishes are carefully selected to improve the state of people who are Bipolar.

Make sure to get the SINFUL dessert at the end of the meal. It usually is a shot of Absinth and a spoon of chocolate with Rice Krispies and a roasted almond center (Trivia: the chocolate used is same as the ones used by Royce) as a chaser.

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Tori Y.
5.0 Stars

Its a nice place to relax. Lots of things to look at and do while you're here. Their food offers different flavors with their mix of fresh herbs. Their lamb and teas were really good too.:)

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Char M.
4.0 Stars

First timers here in VGIB last night.
At first, the place seemed so creepy but
When we actually read the booklet/guide/house rules, it became more fun.

Orderingfood, paying and getting change on your own is nice. Making own tea, writing and stamping notes, so cute. So many things to do in every side of the place.

We paid 555php for their house set menu. We chose the cheapest one since we just like to taste it first before ordering a lot.

I ordered roasted lamb with sweet-salty-not so peppery sauce. And it was just fine. Yung di mo hahanap hanapin.

Self-healing. That's the only word na natandaan ko sa lahat ng mga nakasulat sa buong place.

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Minami A.
5.0 Stars

It was nice that I chose this place for Valentines Day. Everything was so worth it, specially the foods. 128522
Got there around 6pm and everyone (Jethro and friends) was so busy preparing for the occasion. They were decorating at the same time serving their guests. Everyone in there I think also made a reservation. Lover's Feast was around 1,750 each (soup, appetizer, salad, maincourse, dessert, drinks, bottomless mood tea, organic wine) + you get to experience The Art and Science of Natural Self-Healing, were you can write on their wall ( dark room filled with secrets), wear a hat, dance, sing out loud or even kiss the ceiling. To know what I'm talking about, visit Van Gogh is Bipolar now! 128525128077
Great experience!

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Minami A.
5.0 Stars

Wandered along Maginhawa last Saturday and as I was consulting the world wide web for a wonderful place to dine in, it led me to this location.. Was enthused to see that most of the restos in my checklist are here - Black Soup + Artspace (next review), AntiTeasis (next review). I was really overjoyed. 128525128077
When the bf and I went in VGIB (btw, you have to take of your shoes and yes we we're hesitant at first, but rules are rules)
The interior is really something to look forward to, mala ALICE IN WONDERLAND ang peg, tho it's quite dark. I really love how artsy the place is. Jetro (the owner) was at the counter and he was telling us all about what activities to do, like self-healing, retreat, getting-to-know yourself and more plus the foods that he calls cancer-buster-foods (it's all in the VGIB site)
The bf and I were not budget-ready when we got there (yes it's expensive) so Jetro just let's us tour around his house and take pictures. I say I'm quite jealous with the people who were dining there that time as I also wanted to try it. So the bf promised we'd go back next week. :)

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Melody T.
3.0 Stars

Last week Jetro (owner and host) introduced a new program called "The Art of Natural Self-Healing". He doesn't see his place just as a restaurant, but wants something more than that. Expect indie/artsy/chill vibe in this quaint place. No shoes allowed inside too! The whole place was filled with quirky objects. All corners were instagrammable!

The food was just so-so for me. The vegan soup was a bit thick to my liking but tasted good, very umami. I chose the carnivore option for the main course and it turned out to be Water Buffalo (yes, kalabaw) on top of Black Mountain Rice. I was lucky my portion of meat was tender, but all my friend's were tough. I liked the Black Mountain Rice though, so yummy!

The Axl Rose Shot was interesting, not something I'd try again though because of the raw egg yolk. The best part was the Sinful Dessert. A shot of absinthe (that Jetro personally prepares with flame) followed by a spoonful of yummy South African dark chocolate concoction.

My two cents: A place worth visiting just for the wholistic experience.

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Portia P.
5.0 Stars

This place is very special. One of the best restos in Manila, if not the best. And by far it is the most unique.

You need to take your shoes off when you enter. Jacob will be there to welcome you and explain things to you. Their set meals change every time, but you can choose between chicken or fish. No beef or pork due to the mood improvement characteristics of chicken or fish. You can choose if you want it spicy or mild. Or even no spice if you are allergic. You need to write it down on a piece of paper and hand it to the kitchen window. If you have allergies, you need to write it down as well. For that night we had a choice between alcoholic and non-alcoholic dessert, and since I've read about Mel Gibson's Darkest Sin, we just went ahead and ordered "The Sinner's Plate" priced at P666.

Next is the tea. You can choose your own teapot and make your own tea. There are instructions as to how to go about it. Everything you need is out there. If you get lost, Jacob is always around chatting with diners. The teas are designed to alter moods, and you can choose which mood you want to go for. I usually drink my tea as is but these teas do need the honey that they provide. All of it are organic.

Courtney Love's Potion would come next. It is a very generous serving of the juice. What comes in the juice, I'm not exactly sure. But I tasted pomelo, orange, basil maybe? Its the creation of the Chef and it probably changes depending on fruits available for the season. Very generous serving, you won't feel like you need a refill. I'm happy about that.

Then the main course. Ian and I went for the fish and the chicken, so we can taste both. Both mild spicy. One is chill and the other is happy, but I can't remember which is which. What I do remember is both are excellent. The grilled chicken is very tender and flavorful, while the salmon belly as a crunch on the outside while still tender inside. Both are served with vegetables and soup. There is also a generous serving of black rice. The plate, we noticed, is sprinkled with cayenne pepper. While eating, Chef Jethro approached us and told us the meal is best enjoyed by hand. We followed his advice, wrapping lettuce leaves around the chicken or salmon with vegetables and black rice. It was incredibly fun. And he was right, it tasted better when eaten with hands as you form an attachment with the food you are eating.

It was a very heavy meal and the best ending was the dessert. Mel Gibson's Darkest Sin works like this--they would fire up a shot of absinthe (cooking out some of the alcohol) while sprinkling it with cayenne pepper, sugar, and other spices. You're supposed to take that shot and follow-up with a spoonful of thick, nutty, fudgy chocolate. It was challenging, as I am unused to both alcohol and cayenne pepper. But they were right, after a few minutes, I felt my heavy stomach considerably lighten. Cayenne pepper and other spices does aid digestion. A very nice ending to the meal.

The ambience, there are hardly any words for it. The adventurous must explore it. Chef Jethro is a known traveller and his knick knacks remind me of my own travels. Its as if the place reflects the cookie side of my brain.

Definitely worth visiting. Ian and I would visit more often if we could afford it. But I have to say that the meal and the experience here is worth every peso you will pay. By the way, you need to get your food and drinks at the kitchen window and you will leave your payment there as well. Seats are limited. Like them of Facebook so you know when they will open. Chef Jethro's posts are also interesting and insightful. Be there early because it fills up fast. We went on an open house. I tried to make a reservation but they replied that its for walk-ins and its a first come, first served basis.

We started our meal at 6pm and we left at around 11pm. What meal would last 5 hours? Go, visit, and have fun. Also take note that you can't rush the meal or the kitchen. Dining is not about getting full, it is about experiencing the food, the company you have, and the surroundings you are in.

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Tiffany C.
4.0 Stars

Second time here and we were sooo lucky that this time around, Jet (the chef owner) was there cooking up a storm for everyone!

I super loveeee the egg appetizer. Didn't catch the name but he said it was cheese with caviar.. Omg! It was the best!

Will surely be back! :)

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