Artsy Cafe - a Mad Hatter's party

in steemph •  11 months ago

Filipino families are usually very close knit up to 3 or 4 generations and oftentimes have large gatherings during life events where we meet for to dine together.

My sister arranged a party for such an occasion and came across this cafe in Maginhawa Street that has pinterest-like interiors and an artsy vibe altogether, hence, it's called Artsy Cafe.

Since their Panay Avenue branch is a lot bigger, they helped arrange a private family party for 40pax with a catering setup and a desert buffet.

We have a large extended family, I know!

It's the Filipino way. Filipino families stick together through anything.

My kids loved this decorative bicycle that serves as a floral holder and I had to keep this little one from trying to ride the bicycle.

Yes, it's a bicycle, No you cannot ride it. Haha.

The overall mood in the exterior was fresh and light as the floral decor and colorful teal park benches meshed well, opening into the vibrant colors of the cafe as seen through the wide boutique windows.

The interior of the Cafe felt like a crafty artist's home with a mandala mirror on one side. Directly facing the door are scribble-like murals on the stark black and on the right, were mural wall drawings on white brick walls. A long dining bench sits at the wall under the mirror. Even the bench was handcrafted with carvings that made it look like a cityscape of urban houses. Every bit of the interior design was well thought of, down to the the tiny details. Adding to the artsy vibe were colorful framed fabric of varied colorful prints that matched the printed throw pillows on the extremely long dining bench.

This brick wall art was the backdrop for the desert buffet table.

I really love the ceiling which was an upside down meadow that made you feel like you were having tea with the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland.

Tasseled Petal chandeliers added a bit of elegance to the cafe. Tiny bushes and a hidden rabbit here or there popping out of the ceiling brought some unexpected giggles when my daughter said pointing,
Mommy, look, it's a rabbit!

Chevron style panels and a mini-garden on the ceiling.

Personal touches like these made Artsy Cafe give us a warm,homey feeling inside.

I am a huge fan of refurbished chandeliers and even though this one was a bit topsy-turvy and I had the strong urge to straighten it out I still loved it and its tiny petals hanging about.

Blue owl in teal cage.
Teal bench.
Cage on pillow.
Teal Petal hanging lamps.
Teal floral print on pillows

Everything was just so cute.

We ate almost immediately after arriving since it was already after lunch. We had a custom menu with a DIY Salad Bar, Rosemary Chicken in Tomato Sauce and Beef Tenderloin Tips. They also served Baked fish but it was gone in minutes and I wasn't able to take a photo. For desert, we had nutty sans rival pastry in a small cup.

The food was served on large catering trays with 2 servers assisting us while we were getting food.

The kiddos ate from the menu.My kids devoured the chicken fingers but the Pasta Bolognese was not their favorite and they didn't really touch it because they ate the Rosemary Chicken in Tomato Sauce with some rice. We got it for takeaway instead and I ate it myself when we got home.

You can never lose with kids when it comes to chicken fingers.

Pasta Bolognese Php 165 Chicken Fingers Php 195

The Beef Tenderloin Tips and Baked Fish was so good that I came back for seconds. I ordered a coffee, too because it was afternoon nap time and I felt the need for coffee.

Naptime, yet the kids were in high spirits and were running around with their cousins.

My daughter went for second servings also on the Rosemary Chicken in Tomato Sauce while my son ate all of the chicken fingers on our table,eventually, when he and his cousin settled in their seats.

Their brewed coffee had a caramel candy in it that you'll see when you get to the bottom of the cup which was a nice touch from the usual brew that I get in most cafes. Seems like they had a pot of brew ready because a few of us coffee addicts ordered a cup and it was served quite fast.

Brewed Coffee Php80
I didn't really know about the salad because I just got whatever since my cousin said she liked hers with mangoes on top. There was a bowl of singkamas or turnip and mangoes but I opted out on those and stuck to carrots and dressing with my greens.

I think you can tell I was so full after!

Family is love.

Look at the smile on my grandmother's face, she's 93! The kiddos look so kulit or mischievous, we finally got them to settle down a bit. We took it outside to the spacious parking lot after eating and watched the kids play tag while catching up with cousins.

My son had to change to his aquaminnow shirt and he posed like a steemit superhero.

Artsy Cafe was a great place for our small family gathering and we really loved everything about it, from the ambience to the accommodating personnel.

I took a snap of their menu because I knew I wouldn't remember what we ate, then I learned some of it wasn't on the menu.

Artsy Cafe is located in 23 Panay Ave, Diliman, Quezon City. Click on the image for Google Maps directions.

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Yay! Nice place. And the food!!! Nagutom ako. Haha..


Me too! I was looking at their menu, thinking what I should get when we go back. Ribs, surely.

Love the interiors!😍
Included on my checklist to visit.

But I just couldn't help but notice this one:

even though this one was a bit topsy-turvy and I had the strong urge to straighten it out I still loved it

may pagka-oc din po pala kayo. I know it was hard for you not to just "straighten it out". 😅


Hahaha kakagigil somewhat.😄🙃
Pero di ko abot na tabingi sya sa picture.


Hahaha hope you didn't get distracted by it so much😅


Mejo konti lang naman especially when I was editing the photos, haha

That's a great place for a family. Awesome article @luvabi It felt like I was reading the reader's digest or some premium magazines.


Really? That's such an unexpected compliment. Salamat po!!!

wooow really amazing,really @luvabi
an artful and colorful caffe, I really like the art depicted on the walls of the caffe, see her food I'm so hungry because it's so delicious that the food it's served. thanks for sharing her. congratulations to have fun with her big family with funs


The artwork were amazing, right, especially the mandala mirror,totally want to copy that on a wall somewhere in my house.
Thanks for reading!


Artwork is amazing, because art is a picture of high imagination, patience in it, I also like to write. Really good wishes, copy it to the wall somewhere in my house. I like reading and i think your post is good
greet friend forever

If it weren't so far I would love to go hahaha

The place looks amazing and the food priced okay.


The place was indeed amazing and menu prices reasonable. Consider it when you come visit Manila 😊


I'm in Manila just lazy to make the trek to QC. Anything beyond Ortigas is far from me already ahha

wow awesome article nice pics


Thanks! I took a lot of time editing the photos,glad you liked it.

it is amazing to organize great meetings and thoughts.
want to feel like joining a friend in filipina @luvabi


Thanks! My sister organize this one and she did a good job, we enjoyed dining together as a family.


I salute with your sister hopefully the fore more often hold events such as this and his career more successful @luvabi

wow... ang gandaaa,,, i love arts at feeling ko mas mabubusog mata ko sa ganda ng place... and ung food nakaka takam... hahaha.... hmmm.. matagal tagal pa uli ang bakasyon... but will definitely visit that pag uwi namin!! 😊


😊 Busog nga ang mata at tiyan, worth visiting especially for stylish and instagrammable photos :)


Yeahh... gusto ko ung instagrammable photos!! 😊😊

Thankyou for share .
Nice information .
I like it.


Thanks,glad you liked it.

Quality blog post there @luvabi - what a great place for a cool family gathering and seemed fun for all generations.


Thanks so much, I'm glad you think it's quality stuff. The kids enjoyed a lot while moms were half afraid they would knock something over :) Fun all in all, it was a great afternoon.

Wow !!!
NIce Post, I would like to visit This Caffe,
Greetings From Berlin


Greetings from the Philippines, thanks for dropping by :)

This is so pretty. I love the fact that it's just within the metro! Great idea for holding art-themed parties! :)


It is just in the midst of the Metro, great for small parties, right? Love their tiny details.

Woww.. Really amazing @luvabi


Thanks so much for dropping by.