MOMI EATS|  The boys’ first butterbeer experience at The Nook Cafe

Jan 18, 2016 | Likes, Only Berlin

I had a discovery last Saturday. Aside from mom friends, my boys read pala my blog.

My Big Bunso asked so much about The Nook Cafe.  When I questioned him where he learned about the place, he told me he read about it in my blog post.  My first visit to the cafe was last October with my best buddy Smash.

My Big Bunso was so curious he kept on asking about the food and the Harry Potter paraphernalia I have seen and touched.  He even asked how the butterbeer tasted and if there were chocolate frogs available.

By 6 pm, after the three boys had mentioned they were done with school works, I told them to dress up. We will have our dinner somewhere.  On our way to Maginhawa St., the boys kept on asking us where are we heading. I told them in an a matter-of-fact tone that we will be trying The Nook Cafe.  And once more, their seemingly endless amount of energy filled the car.

We reached the place at 7:15 pm.  As usual, the cafe was jam-packed, and we waited for about 20 minutes to get seats.  Once inside, they could not conceal their excitement from my prying eyes.  They fitted some of the Hogwarts robes, read some HP books, chanted some spells, and recalled the movie scene of Hermione with her Time Turner.  They were just so thrilled about almost everything inside.  They talked animatedly.  They ate enthusiastically.  Their eyes were all enlivened with everything Harry Potter around them.






I, too, was happy.

We tried all the food.  As for the drinks, my three boys all wanted to have a taste of their first butterbeer.


On my first visit, I had my regular butterbeer.  This time, my kids and I ordered for the Hagrid size (PhP150).


Cheese Potato Wedges (PhP95) best shared with my boys.  In a few seconds, though, I asked them, “Did we order potato wedges?  I can’t seem to find any.”


Bacon Wrapped Chicken (PhP140).  We ordered for two servings, and the boys kept asking for more.


Grilled Cheese Panini (PhP110).  Also had a repeat order as the melted cheese was just too good to be true.  Best to eat while still hot.


A new menu –  overload sandwich at PhP200.  It’s a six-inch hotdog in a bun topped with lots of crispy potato fries and drizzled with parmesan cheese.


Red velvet at PhP95.00.  The Nook Cafe had a five-peso increase since our first visit.


Three plates of Triple S Pasta (PhP140) for the boys.  They didn’t find it spicy at all.


Pesto Pasta (PhP140) for this mama. This time, with just the right taste, though bitin.  

While the boys were all too busy chatting, playing,  and eating all at the same time, their mama was preoccupied with the little munchkin.


Where’s the baby?  Busy breastfeeding.

And after a few singing and dancing in between bites, thank God the handsome prince finally decided to sleep.


If only I could drive, I would love to stay a little longer.  The boys were enjoying everything — too hard to break their heart in telling we need to leave in 20 minutes.  Queen Mother  (how I address my mother without her knowing it) has some difficulty driving at night, so we need to exit the place by 9:00 pm.

On our way home, the boys requested that we return at The Nook anytime soon.  I reassured them that we will visit Maginhawa Street some time again, but will look for a new restaurant to try.  I explained that dining out is more exciting if spent with loved ones AND IN NEW PLACES.  Then I ended our conversation with a nice quote I once read —

Try new things, do new things, find new ways of doing things… It’s a beautiful way of learning.


  1. Louisa Mercado

    Ohhh! I will bring my kids here or maybe just my eldest and I. We’re big fans of Harry Potter and I want to try the Butterbeer!

    • msbolin

      Your kids will surely enjoy especially your eldest. The butterbeer is a must try. It’s kinda sweet so if you’re not into it, just opt for the small or regular size.

  2. Joy Mendiola

    This is a great place to try with my kids, who are all Harry Potter fanatics. Thanks for sharing!

    • msbolin

      Haha. Hope you be able to visit the place. Tip from the food attendant, Tuesday and Wednesday nights are the best as less crowd as against Friday-Sunday nights.

  3. Einna Gelilio

    This is a good place to bring my son for our “date”, thanks for sharing!

    • msbolin

      Yes, surely your boy would be delighted.

  4. Lady Anne Louise Barrun

    Nice place and I like how you bond with your boys. I’m a fan of Harry Potter too. I should visit this someday.

    • msbolin

      Yes, visit it and surely you will enjoy, too.

  5. sherlane fortunado

    I also want to try that place ha ha. I’m a fan of Harry Potter and delicious food, i will surely enjoy the place. 🙂

    • msbolin

      Surely you will. 🙂

  6. Melisa Sanchez

    This is really a great place for family bonding, I would love to visit this. Parang ang sarap-sarap ng pesto pasta.

    • msbolin

      Yes, the pesto pasta is masarap. On our first visit though, the pesto is kinda matapang. Ngayon, it’s masarap Na. Ihihi.

  7. Liz A

    Not a fan of Harry Potter but their food looks yummy! And I love your nursing cover. 🙂

    • msbolin

      Yes, the food is pasado sa mga boys. And thanks, the little munchkin loves that nursing cape too.

  8. Chinky

    I might be one of the few people in Metro Manila who hasn’t been to Maginhawa St. I hope we’ll be able to go this yea! hahah…We’ll definitely check out The Nook Cafe.

    • msbolin

      Don’t dare go on a weekend night if you want to be seated agad. But the wait is fast naman, about 15-20 minutes depending on the number of customers.

    • msbolin

      Yes, do check the place out. It’s a great place esp if you’re a Harry Potter fan.

  9. tweenselmom

    My daughter is asking us to go to Maginhawa street, will definitely try that place sometimes.

    • msbolin

      Yes, try it and surely you will both enjoy. Also try the snacks and ladder if you two are into board games.

  10. mysliceofcakemy

    The Nook! One of those memorable places for me in Maginhawa because of your last bday.

    I haven’t gone back. Not same without you and your boys. Hahaha

    • msbolin

      Hahaha. May bago sila. Ung overload. 6inch hotdog with lots of potato fries on top. Sarap. Kaso nakakapagod kainin. Un inorder Ko for Momi. Naubos Nya. Na gutom siguro sa pagdrive. Ehehe

  11. Ayi

    Looks like a great place! I’ll bring my eldest there since I’m sure, she’ll have fun 🙂

    • msbolin

      Surely you will enjoy when you get there. 🙂

  12. mysliceofcake

    Overload sandwich omg! Di makatarungan yan para sa waistline ko!

    • msbolin

      Hahahah. Buti Di NATIN to naabutan. Hahaha


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