Xocolat – Loyola Heights, Quezon City

I asked my Facebook friends for a place near Ateneo that’s conducive for usapang masinsinan and that has good food especially desserts. Xocolat was the most mentioned choice.

I’m not that much of a chocolate fan, but I do like the saying, “A balanced diet is having chocolate in both hands!”


I can’t believe I lived in Diliman for 2 years and hung out in this area of QC for a large part of last year but it was only last August 27 that I got to try Xocolat out. I guess there is really an appointed time for everything. 😀


It was also my first time to see the enthralling-awesome-youthful Fr. Jboy Gonzales! I met him in Twitter around 3 years ago, and I’m thankful that he got to spend some time with me before he went to Davao for his new thrilling and consequential assignment .

We had pasta, cakes and chocolate drinks– stuff that you cannot not have when you are in Xocolat. We had Hot Xocolat, Aztec Xocolat (with chili!), Tablea Xocolat, Pineapple Mango Basil Mansi, Lemon Bangus Pasta, (cannot remember the pasta Fads had, I think it was Hungarian Sausage pasta), carrot cake, lemon cake, and matcha cheesecake! 

Everything was good, but I’d go back for the lemon cake and the hot chocolate made with tablea and with chili!

They do not only use chocolate in their beverages and pastries, but in their mains as well- like the Chicken ala Xocolat which is like chicken a la kiev with white chocolate and the Xocolat Pork Belly which is served with cacao-bagoong sauce.

Xocolat is a great choice for having no nonsense good food in a shabby chic setting. 🙂 I liked it so much that I went back there a couple of times by myself. Planning on bringing my South friends there soon. Well, hopefully I get to go back there to meet Father Jboy again. But who knows, the next time I meet him might already be in Davao. Ah ewan. Basta may pagkain na masarap at may masarap na chikahan! 😀

172 B. Gonzales Street,
Loyola Heights, Quezon City
02 9294186
Sunday-Monday, 7am to 11pm
(They also have branches in Greenhills and in Libis.)


The Wicked Waffle – Loyola Heights, Katipunan

Waffles are just pancakes with abs. And The Wicked Waffle has over 30 kinds of waffle creations.


They also have other items to choose from as well like soups, salads, appetizers, Filipino breakfast favorites, Continental breakfast favorites, rice bowls, pasta, omelettes, sandwiches, and steaks. They have a pretty loaded menu and items are affordable.


Í had the Breakfast of Champions plate that has waffles, bacon, potatoes and scrambled eggs. It costs 195php.

Look and taste considered, there’s nothing special about it. Not sure why it’s even a Chef’s Recommendation. What taste would I expect from those dishes that aren’t even recommended?  The only thing I liked from this plate was the potatoes and it wasn’t even that good.


I might come back to try their Breakfast Ramen because that seems interesting, or have some Southern Fried Chicken maybe. I’m just sure I’ll skip the waffles. Wickedly ironic, isn’t it?

Their other branches are in Tagaytay, SM Manila, McKinley Hill, Better Living and Eastwood Cyber Mall.

The Wicked Waffle
329 Katipunan Ave, Loyola Heights,
Quezon City
02 4330343

Sweet Ecstasy – Katipunan

It was my first day of classes and I felt like celebrating! I’m taking Foundations classes in Victory Katipunan so I headed to the most recommended resto in Regis Center by my QC friends.


Sweet Ecstasy has a pretty straightforward menu so it’s easy to choose what to stuff your face with. Burgers? Wings? Fries? Onion Rings? Milkshakes?

I had the diner comfort food trinity- cheeseburger, fries and milkshake. I loved the cheeseburger. The patty was juicy, perfectly seasoned and made of pure beef. They used brioche buns and if you want to get rid of those carbs, you cab swap them for lettuce wraps for an additional amount. I had caramelized onions in my burger. You can the onions grilled or raw too. Cheeseburger is P195.

The Ecstacy Fries (P130) has cheese, caramelized onions and a sauce that’s like a yummier, tangier version of a thousand island dressing.

The Nutella Milkshake (P185) was thick and creamy and just perfect. Obviously made of ice cream and not mixed with crushed ice.


Sweet Ecstacy also has a branch in Jupiter near my office, but I never had the time to visit it. But will have to make time already so I can have me sone cheeseburger again. Also want to try their items, especially the Sriracha Lime Wings. Plus they have Adult Milkshakes whatever those are. Hopefully it means there’s alcohol.

Sweet Ecstasy
2F Regis Center, Katipunan Ave
Quezon City
Mobile: +639163474342
Instagram: sweetxmanila