After a long day of doing our Advertising Management midterm project, my group decided to end the shoot (and the day) at Gayuma ni Maria. Gayuma is a quaint little restaurant situated somewhere along the area of Maginhawa, Quezon City. With bizarrely named dishes and a clever theme in mind, Gayuma definitely is one for the books. With pink laced up curtain dividers and a dimly lighted atmosphere, this restaurant earns a spot in the list of “places to date”.
The establishment specializes in dishes with a twist, all named after some love struck song or over-used phrase. The menu includes twice baked chicken in olive oil and garlic which they call “Please Be Careful with My Heart” (Miles’ and Stods’ favorite!), “Once You Go Black You Can Never go Back”, a cocoa-crusted cream dory with chocolate sauce and mustard, and “No Boyfriend Since Birth”, a delectable slab of chicken breast topped with cheese, mushrooms, and asparagus.
Although quite pricey for a hole-in-the-wall establishment, the experience of dining in Gayuma is worth your money. The interesting “wishing tree” (where you could tie ribbons which have your promises/dreams written on it), Naughty Nook, and Ifugao tribal corner (wherein they sell nifty necklaces, dream catchers and trinkets made by the Ifugao tribe) add to the mysterious quirkiness of the place. The ambiance and over-all vibe of the restaurant will definitely draw you back to Gayuma — literally having its magical potion work on the hopeless romantic in all of us.