MOMI EATS/  One thing I learned from THE NOOK CAFE

Jan 14, 2016 | Only Berlin

I am not among those amazingly cool peeps obsessed with Harry Potter who, by the way, call themselves Potterheads .  I am not to consider myself a Potterhead still even if I have completed J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series which accidentally sit prominently in our bookshelf.  And after First Born played Harry Potter during a book parade in their school last first trimester, he had given my books too much attention that this mom would always remind him to take care of them.  Not because I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan.  It’s because the books are all hardbound and I quite invested on them.  Still this does not make me a Harry Potter fanatic.

And so, on my birth month (which was months ago), I invited my best buddy Smash for an afternoon of chit chat and whatnot.  I told her of this place called The Nook Cafe which serves the best butterbeer in town (or so they claim).

We paid a visit to the place.


The cafe seemed too unexciting, more like the hard post between Platform 9 and 10 at London’s King’s Cross Station.  No muggles will ever take notice of it perhaps because of its ordinariness.

But wait till you enter  —

The inside was too small that probably a group of ten students cannot fit sitting there. There were about three sets of tables with two chairs each.  And beside those chairs was the small counter where transactions happen.

My Immobulus charm worked for us as it indeed  caused those ahead of us to be immobile. We were able to transfer to the second level of the cafe after a couple vacated their spot. My charm that night was my then two-month old little munchkin.


Upstairs was a haven for this mama as the place displayed of books from J.K.Rowling to Rainbow Rowell, Veronica Roth,  and Stephanie Meyer among others.  There were also Harry Potter paraphernalia everywhere —  the pentagonal box of frog chocolates, Quidditch broom, Hogwarts robes, and magical wands.


I was determined to try the butterbeer thus ordered the regular size (PhP100). The butterbeer, a popular wizarding beverage in one big tankard, tasted like the candy butterscotch.


And some of the food we ordered –


Cheese Potato Wedges (PhP95) sprinkled with herbs and parmesan cheese


Bacon Wrapped Chicken (PhP140) small chunks of chicken wrapped in bacon and dipped in honey


Triple S Pasta (PhP140) stands for Spicy Spanish Sardine


Pesto Pasta (PhP140)


The cake for the day is Red Velvet (PhP90) which is both moist and so! delicious


Matcha Hazelnut Latte (PhP100) which my buddy Smash preferred over the best seller Butterbeer

The service though was a little slow.  But the nice part was The Nook Cafe offers game cards for its customers, free of charge.  They only need to get the cards from the counter manned by two courteous staff.
Our Harry Potter experience wouldn’t be complete without taking a glimpse of the protagonist’s small bedroom – the cupboard under the stairs.

That’s my dear friend Smash and behind her is Harry Potter’s room in the Dursley household at 4 Privet Drive.


We haven’t met the owner who, no doubt, is a huge Harry Potter fanatic.  But I am just happy for her as she was able to put into reality a concept she only read in a novel.  And by just reflecting on it, I too, have an idea but this mother is just too coward or perhaps lazy to put into act.

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.



Today though is a new year.  Perhaps the magic of the new year will work for me.


164 A Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
Opening Time: 1pm to 10pm


  1. Celerhina Aubrey ★

    Ang layo sayang!!! Been hearing about Nook Cafe because of the butterbeer din. One major Potter head here. I read the books like 20 times na ata. Been listening to the audio book for 5 years! I have it on my office laptop kasi I work better with Harry Potter talking in my head. Hahahaha! Crazy.

    • msbolin

      Not crazy. I can very much relate. Hahaha.

    • msbolin

      Hahaha. And when there’s something interesting naman sa south or elsewhere, I tell that also to myself– too far from us.

  2. Balot

    Interesting cafe and in fairness meals are not too expensive 🙂

    • msbolin

      Very interesting. Yes, not that expensive. Generous servings, too.

  3. msbolin

    You should visit it. Surely, you will enjoy your stay there even for a short time.

  4. Melisa Sanchez

    Wow the pesto pasta looks so great, anung lasa nyan?

    • msbolin

      Unlike the many pesto pasta na natikman ko, medyo matapang ung basil at garlic nya. Di ko sya naubos, siguro naparami din order namin e dalawa lang naman kaming kumain.

  5. MommyPehpot

    ay akala ko this is abroad!

    Nice to know that it’s in QC lang pala! Must visit sa mga HP lovers 🙂

    • msbolin

      hihi. yes, QC lang sya. punta na!

  6. mommy madz

    I have yet to explore the nooks and crannies of Maginhawa hehe. This nook will definitely be on my list!

    • msbolin

      Yes, make a visit. Kakaaliw sya.

  7. Aine Garcia

    wow very homey ambiance! and the prices are not that expensive ha. hopefully, when i get back in manila, i can visit Nook Cafe and try their food.. lalo na yung bacon wrapped chicken! 😀

    • msbolin

      the Bacon wrapped chicken is soo delicious, according to my boys. i brought them there yesterday night. and as usual, jam-packed and wait listed kami but we got our spot din naman ng after mga 20-30 minutes.

  8. celin mendoza

    Awwwww. What a very cozy Cafe! Me and kids talaga will go there!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • msbolin

      Haha. Yes, you will enjoy there. Advice though of the food attendant, if you have plenty of time, prefer to drop by on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Less crowd.

  9. Mommy Rockin' In Style

    Another must-try restaurant in Maginhawa. You had me at the Red Velvet, badly wants to try it!

    • msbolin

      haha. no kidding when i tell you i could eat the whole red velvet. not that too sweet. but i prefer not to, mahal sigurado. ihihi.

    • msbolin

      Haha. You’ve tried the candy butterscotch? Same taste.

  10. mysliceofcakemy

    Im also curious about the butterbeer but my gawd, masama yata yan sa sugar levels ko haha.

    • msbolin

      Hahaha. Next time, I will try other drinks. Oo nga, may katamisan ang butterbeer. Pero I prefer we check other kainan na Lang. And heard about the bookay? Tara na!!!!

  11. mumwrites (@vixquips)

    This will be a great place for me + siblings to visit, we are all certified Potterheads! Oh + I would really love to try their butterbeer! ^_^

    • msbolin

      Go na! If you don’t want to wait for long lines, visit on weekdays instead.



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