February 3, 2011

Gayuma ni Maria

BITE THE DUST, or actually Sand!

If your loved one shows every sign of being happy with you, but not quite let go of a past relationship, try this seaside ritual.

You Will Need:
2 small pieces of high quality flexible paper, such as rice paper or parchment
A pair of nail clippers

Moon Phase: Waning

YOU MUST PERFORM THIS SPELL AT SUNDOWN ON A BEACH. EVEN IF THIS MEANS WAITING FOR YOUR HOLIDAY. One one piece of paper, write the name of the one you love; on the other, his or her love from the past. Make a little knot of the names, tying them together. Look at them in the palm of your hand and say:

'I respect and undertand that you have been that with each other which was tender and close. But if your love be truly over, consign to the past. And move on.'

Now bury the pieces of paper in the sand with the nail clippers and ask that affairs be manucyred, trummed and tidied up. STAND NOW, BOW TO THE SETTING SUN AND ASK BLESSINGS OF VENUS, WHOSE STAR WILL SHORTLY RISE. Ask, too, that the past be now the past, and that the future belong to you. Kneel again on the sand and say:

'So mote it be.'

YOU MUST NOW RELEASE YOUR OWN DOUBTS ABOUT THE PAST RELATIONSHIP. Regard the magic as already effective, and let no doubts haunt you from here on.

Gayuma ni Maria (in English, Maria’s Love Potion), makes a comeback in the restaurant scene. The previous location is at Loyola and it was a favorite spot among Ateneans. Now, it’s back with new concoctions and a more homey space at V.Luna Extension or Maginhawa Street, still in Quezon City.

            The interior of the restaurant is playful. Spells and a list of aphrodisiacs are posted in one wall, while on one side, there are things for sale—some are interesting, some things I don’t want to get into detail. (haha)

            But what struck us the most is the menu—the names of the dishes in particular. We lingered there for so long because the names of the food are all related to love. H.H.W.W.P.S.S.P. (Holding Hands while walking, Pa-sway sway pa!), Secret Lovers, Unrequited Love, My Countryside Fling, and others.

            Now on to the food. We had a very disappointing experience at Gayuma ni Maria. We got there at almost 4 PM, and some of us haven’t had lunch yet. And as we always go out on food trips and almost always have good reviews on the food, we were really excited (especially after getting hyped up about the names of the dishes). But when our order came, 5 of the 8 dishes are really, really salty. :(

Tuliro. A bed of nachos and lettuce topped with slivers of meat and fresh fruits with succulently sinful sour cream and cheese sauce. P135. 
For starters, we ordered nachos. The sour cream and the cheese sauce went nicely with the nachos. The grapes also make a nice addition. But the lettuce felt a bit discomfited because some lettuce slices are bigger than the nachos.

I Love You, Cross My Heart. Yummy treat of Chicken breast topped with cheese, mushroom and asparagus--it'll surely make you say YES. P195. 
One of my friends hasn’t had lunch yet. For her first real meal of the day, she’s excited to try the I Love You, Cross My Heart, which by the sound of it, felt like a real good meal. But such disappointment greets her for the food is way too salty.

Two Become One. A magical take on the well-loved Filiino dinuguan with puto or with Gayuma's rice P130. I ordered the dinuguan, since I’m craving for it in a little while now. It is served with 2 pieces of puto and a cup of rice. This is the only main dish we ordered that is not salty. I almost finished the whole bowl.:)

Please Be Careful With My Heart. This twice baked chicken in olive oil and garlic is the perfect cure for the heart that needs a little TLC.P240. Still, extremely salty even after my friend squeezed the lemon over the chicken.

Size Doesn't Matter. For it’s LOVE that sees beyond. Native pugo (quail) specialty dish fried to perfection with rice. P165. The quails are bony yet crispy. It would have been a nice exotic dish except that it is still salty.

Twisted Pavlova. With a sprinkle of magic dust and a switch of the wand, seduce with this foamy Australian fruity delight... definitely a must try. P95. The Pavlova is a meringue-based dessert topped with fresh fruits. This is the only dessert we managed to finish but it just tasted normal.

Beats Sex Anyday. You be the judge: Rich chocolate cake mercilessly topped with butterscotch, cream and chocolate bits (some say it should be renamed BEST WITH SEX).P75. This is one of their bestsellers but I still tasted something salty in it.:(

Pa Cute. Mango Cheesecake. P95. The waitress said that Pa-Cute is a new dessert and is not yet on their menu. As it is new, she recommended it as a good dessert. When the cheesecake arrived, all of us are drooling just by looking at it. But when I tasted it, it is extremely salty.

We had a bad experience at Gayuma ni Maria. Except for Tuliro (nachos), Two Become One (dinuguan) and Twisted Pavlova, everything tasted really salty—almost to the point of extremely salty. Even the Pa-Cute (cheesecake) is salty that we each only had one small bite out of it.

            This is a really bothering experience. I know that Gayuma ni Maria is popular and that a lot of people are saying that this is a good place. So I’d rather say that the time of our visit, the chef might have mistaken the salt for sugar, because even the desserts are really salty (we gave over half of the cheesecake to the stray cat).

            Soon, I’ll have to visit Gayuma ni Maria again, hoping to prove this “salty” experience wrong. Hopefully, the next time won’t disappoint me.
            If you’ve been to Gayuma ni Maria, please do share your experiences. I really can’t get over the fact that almost everything we had was salty. I’m willing to take any suggestions, or any order you think is good.

Gayuma ni Maria
123 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Philippines
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM;
And on Sundays from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

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            Just to clarify things, I’m not in any way related to any PR companies. I’m an architect by profession and I just do this food blog as a hobby. I don’t receive any freebies and such from anyone and I don’t get paid from blogging the restaurants I have visited. Last but not the least, I pay for the food I order. This blog is solely a tool for sharing my food experiences with everyone. Everything written on it is my opinion and from my own perspective.

Yay Reyno

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