Gayuma ni Maria

My mother is in town for the Philippine Dental Association annual convention. She makes time for these gatherings to see her two children working and studying in Manila. It's always a joy to see her, of course, and we praise God for the encouragement we get whenever we meet her.

Last night, we had dinner at Gayuma ni Maria located at Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City.

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We had "There's A Crowd," which, according to the menu, is a long stick of barbeque pork in a medley of three different flavors—pandan, pineapple, and the restaurant's secret marinade sauce.

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We also had "Nilasing Ni Eba Si Adan," made of pork loin in a marinade of beer and apple.

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The most interesting food of the night was "Once You Go Black, You Never Go Back." It was cocoa-crusted cream dory with chocolate sauce. I didn't know chocolate and fish could taste well together, but for some reason, the flavors just blended smoothly.

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Gayuma Ni Maria roughly means Love Potion of Maria. The interiors, even the music, screamed romantic love. There were red laced curtains separating tables from each other to give couples some privacy. Across our table I spotted a couple from UP PGH—which means this restaurant must be popular for courting and dating purposes. As a rule I don't like randomly bumping into couples on romantic dates—I'd feel awkward, they'd feel self-conscious, and for the next minute or so of small talk, the world would seem to stop, and in our minds, we'd all be thinking, "Please let's get this over with."

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Nanay, Manong, and I didn't feel out of place, but maybe we were just too hungry. We had a hard time browsing through the menu because the font was hardly readable. Nevertheless the food was interesting. Not too explosive, though. I guess people flock to Gayuma because of the ambiance.

Total cost of the meal: around Php 600+.

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