Van Gogh is Bipolar

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

Van Gogh is Bipolar
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Category:
International
Business Hours
Open: 12:00p - 3:00p
Phone
+639228243051

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 12:00p - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Monday
    • 12:00p - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 12:00p - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 12:00p - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Thursday
    • 12:00p - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Friday
    • 12:00p - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p
  • Saturday
    • 12:00p - 3:00p
    • 6:00p - 11:00p

Payment Options

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Most Recent Reviews

Cindy S.
5.0 Stars
10

Not just a café, not just a restaurant — but a mood-healing sanctuary. That perfectly sums up Van Gogh is Bipolar which is located in the ever popular foodie destination, Maginhawa.

I've been wanting to visit this place for years and finally had the chance to do so last weekend. Van Gogh is Bipolar is owned by artist Jetro Rafael, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and uses culinary adventure as a form of healing.

We arrived at the place at exactly 12nn for our reservation. You'd need to take off your shoes before entering the place, and upon entrance, we were greeted by all sorts of weird, quirky and whimsical objects. Even the feel of the place was like falling onto the Rabbit Hole.

We were greeted by Lawrence, who was our attendant for the day. He was very cheerful and friendly and felt like he could be my baby brother. You'd instantly warm up to him. Haha! He gave us a black guide book and a checklist for our food preferences (where you have a choice for the heat level of your food, if you're a vegetarian, pescetarian or carnivore, and you can list down any food allergies), as well as their ala carte menu. We opted for the Experience Set Meal for P999/head. It comes with soup, appetizer, drinks, mains and dessert. Not bad, eh?

Now back to the black guide book, this is where all the magic starts. 10024 Inside the black guide book are different self-healing rituals you can do. First, choose your own teapot and make your own mood-healing tea based on your current mood. They have a mood meter for your reference on what tea leaves to choose from. The process of making my own tea is a relaxation in itself, bakit pag sa bahay at nag-steep ako ng Lipton Tea Bag hindi ganito? Lol, jk. 128514

I'm not going to list down all the mood-healing activities so as not to spoil those who haven't been to VGIB yet. But I'd like to highlight the activities that I enjoyed — The Dark Room, where you can write down your deepest, darkest thoughts and secrets. The Garden, where you can sit down, breathe, think and relax. Oh, and it has a swing! ♥️

Now let's go to the food! Their menu is always shifting and mostly depends on the mood of the owner.

10024 Soup — Virginia Woolf Tears
It's a veggie-based hearty and slow-cooked broth using just natural ingredients. Perfect to soothe and comfort your weary-stressed soul. YAS! They had me at "comfort your weary-stressed soul". Charot! But kidding aside, what I loved about this soup — aside from its unique name — is that it's uncomplicated (unlike your relationship status, charot again!) 128514 It's very flavorful with just cabbages and cashews as its main ingredients.

10024 Appetizer — Axl Rose's Organic Egg Shot
This one was personally prepared by Lawrence for us. It's made of organic egg submerged in hot water for 5 minutes, then the egg white is separated from the yolk. The yolk is then put on a shot glass, sprinkled with organic sea salt with wild honey mustard, and Jägermeister. Organic egg is a known stress buster especially when eaten raw, and Jägermeister is a type of herbal liqueur which includes 56 herbs, fruits, roots and spices.

Before downing the egg shot, Lawrence told us to never take a shot without saying "Cheers!" in a different language. The boyfie and I toasted to "Kampai!" and downed it! Damn, bruh! This one is for the adventurous soul! I'm an adventurous foodie anyway so it was no biggie for me, but I gotta admit I was a bit weirded out. In a good way, of course. 128514

10024 Drink: Courtney Love's Potion
— My Courtney Love's Potion of the Day was fresh coconut water with a slice of Dalandan, topped with mint and edible flower. It was served in a tall glass and the drink was just too pretty!

10024 Mains: Personalized HAPPY or CALM Dish
— Consists of Lamb Chop with Cordillera Black Mountain Rice, and different sorts of veggies and fruits, all in one huge plate. This dish was super filling, I loved how perfectly cooked the black rice was! It wasn't grainy and goes down smoothly. And the lamb chop was 128163 — the meat was tender and very flavorful. Plus, I liked that they included fruits and veggies in the dish, it was a nice combination of salty and sweet.

10024 Dessert: Mel Gibson's Darkest Sin
— For dessert, Lawrence gave us a choice between wholesome and sinful. We initially chose sinful for the BF and wholesome for me so that we can try both. But he suggested that for first timers, sinful dessert is recommended. Who am I to argue? Sinful it is!

This sinful dessert is a shot which is mainly Absinthe liqueur with wild honey and homemade melted dark chocolate with walnut as chaser. Lawrence prepared this drink in front of us, he poured the Absinthe on a glass bowl and lit it on fire to dilute the alcohol volume and sprinkled cayenne pepper which created a "firework-like" effect, it was too entertaining! 128514💯 (Fun fact: Absinthe is Vincent Van Gogh's favorite drink and he was high on this when he painted his most noted masterpiece, The Starry Night.)

Again, in true VGIB fashion, we toasted to "Cheers!" in a different language, this time in German — "Prost!" I felt the burn of the alcohol from my throat all the way down to my stomach. The melted dark chocolate was indeed the perfect chaser, it washed down the bitter taste of Absinthe.

Van Gogh is Bipolar is truly a gem. The experience was one for the books! The saying "good food is good mood" holds true in this mood-healing sanctuary. No wonder first timers are intrigued and regular patrons keep on coming back.

This is a place not meant to be rushed, you need to linger and savor the experience. I instantly felt lighter afterwards. ♥️ I will be back! And for those who still haven't been here, I suggest you reserve a table, pronto! 10024

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Sandy V.
4.0 Stars
6

Interesting experience and good food 128077🏻

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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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AlwaysHungryPh P.
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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