According to Merriam-Webster, the term nook means “a small often recessed section of a larger room,” “a secluded or sheltered place or part,” and “an interior angle formed by two meeting walls.” Could you imagine what the Nook Cafe looks like based on this definition?
For the east people, ride a Cubao jeep and tell the driver to drop you at Katipunan. From Katipunan, ride a UP jeep (minimum fare). Go down at Shopping Center and ride another Philcoa jeep (minimum fare). The driver will drop you at an area with Jollibee, Red Ribbon, KFC, and McDonald’s. Walk toward McDonald’s until you see Ministop.
Turn left along Masaya Street until you see a line of tricycles. You could ride the red one (special), but if you’re on a budget, ride the green one. Tell the driver to drop you at 164-A Maginhawa, or the Nook Cafe.
The place, like a nook, was small. It has two tables outside, three tables on the first floor, and three tables on the second floor. All tables can only accommodate two. So if you’re going with a group, you have to be early so you can occupy more than one table.
The place is filled with Harry Potter items: figurines, a broomstick, James and Lily’s picture, wands, and Harry Potter’s eyeglasses. You can even wear the robes! (I brought my time turner just for this occasion because why not?)
They only have one socket to accommodate one gadget though, and they also do not have a WiFi connection. I’m not sure if they have a comfort room.
We tried many of their best sellers just to stay a bit until a seat upstairs is vacant. My favorite was the Hagrid-sized butterbeer, which is worth Php 150. It tastes like my childhood (Peter’s Butter Ball) mixed with sprite. Definitely a 10/10. Must try!
Pray for your internal organs before you taste their sinful and flavorful bacon-wrapped chicken (Php 160) that exhibits a good combination of sweetness and saltiness. Must try, best with water (lol). A 9.5/10.
Their beef and mushroom pasta (Php 150) was fine, a go-to and affordable pasta if you’re craving for one. Their cheesy spicy chicken wings (Php 180) meal is true to its name: cheesy and spicy. Both are an 8.5/10.
Their caffe latte with vanilla (Php 120) was a bit bitter (but at least you know it’s real coffee). An 8/10.
For more of their food, check their menu here.
The Nook Cafe
1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
164-A Maginhawa, Diliman, Quezon City