Maginhawa Street is the hipsters’ and creatives’ hotspot in the Metro. It is actually among the predecessors of small enterprise artisanal gastro districts in the country. It grew out to be a response to free-flowing creative, free, and liberal community of UP Diliman, Ateneo de Manila, Miriam College, Claret School, and Holy Family. Virtually starting from residentail small businesses, they grew rapidly sprouting and continuously growing boasting their own unique pegs that they can offer to customers. Definitely, Maginhawa is gradually becoming a brand in diversity and food creativity.
In a Maginhawa-Magiting-Malingap triangle full of busy people and tired wallet, this resto will surely rest your pockets while filling your tummy and appetite. Nestled along Maginhawa Street, past Papa Didi’s and beside Pad Thai’s, Urban Chick is a cool resto serving familiar menu bearing special taste and twist. This, along with Snack Shack, are my bookmarked restos in UP-Maginhawa food ecosystem.
It’s also quite impressive that they’re serving gastropub-ish and artisanal menu with comfortable ambience without shedding your wallet and pocket.
So here it is: the URBAN CHICK
Best-seller: Alphan Meal
Best feature: Resto taste and feels but student price
Dishes: Filipino and Western
Variety: pasta, rice, bread, grilled meat, fried with dressing, set and barkada meals
Their menu slides from typical Pinoy dishes such as tapsilog, longsilog, liempo, grilled chicken, to Western dishes such as pasta, soups, and sandwiches. They are your comfort foods added with twists because their Chicken Wings are smothered in creamy garlic sauce, their salads are either potato, tossed, fresh, or Caesar.
What will take you by surprise is they all cost on an average amont of P80 only. It’s a steal! The restos menu has also adopted the kuripot-barkada-but-puro-matatakaw meal with their set meals. They are also affordable and sooo many. Yeah, soooo many.
Delicious food, chill ambience, perfect location (away from the bustling Maginhawa-Malingap-Magiting triangle), very affordable, nice facade, service is prompt, they have large TV, this can be a good venue for UAAP games or any sports finals games.
Wish list: more desserts, more drink choices (I want milkshake haha)
Fearless forecast: this resto can go long far, their name and brand is catchy, color and logo is adaptable to common eyesight. maintain their menu and dishes, they can modify some but generally they’re good. I don’t mind increasing their price every year, I can still get my money’s worth. But hey don’t increase yet. 🙂 The resto can create culture by introducing a one special unique taste grandslam dish, something like UC’s Best, or Tita Mama’s Crazy Meal (where did I get those names??!) coupled with tea drink while watching a Finals Game (UP Men’s, you’re the key!) ah that’s classic. I can die reminscing those with my friends. Very local TGIF.