When I heard about the newly opened Artsy Cafe branch from Zomato, I immediately added it to my must-try resto list. Continue reading to know more about my (good or bad?) experience in Artsy Cafe, Paligsahan, Quezon City!
Things you need to know
- Opening Hours: 11am-10pm (Mon-Sun)
- Address: 23 Panay Avenue, Paligsahan, Quezon City
- Price for two: PHP 650 and up
Artsy Cafe is known for its quirky and artistic decor. The first branch opened in Maginhawa Street, UP Village and the latest one opened in Panay Avenue, Paligsahan. The latter branch is quite bigger and a huge private dining area is available for reservation. If there are no reservations, they open it to the public.
|Through those doors is the reserved private dining space.|
They even have little patio with cute furniture and succulents that I used for my much needed little photoshoot. LOL.
To my surprise, Artsy Cafe's service is extremely disappointing. When we first entered the cafe, no one immediately assisted us into our seats, we waited for a while and just entertained ourselves by taking pictures of the place. Good thing we arrived a little early for dinner, the place was not yet jam-packed.
The crew did not attend to our needs at all. At one point, the waiter just placed our food on the table near us where no one was sitting, instead of asking us who ordered it and placing it in front of us. I find their service not warm at all, and they seemed to be pretty hassled with their customers. Last thing I want to mention is when the place got full, a number of people just waited at the door, no one was assisting them and assuring them that they will be seated.
Artsy Cafe offers a wide range of affordable courses - finger food, mains, and desserts. The food is actually quite budget-friendly. Their starters range from PHP 90-250, entrees are from PHP 130-350, and desserts from PHP 40-120. Heck, my wallet was so happy that day! I was so used to discovering new restaurants with great interior but their food is very pricey - overpriced even for some, and I'm glad to try a new restaurant like this that serve budget friendly treats. You can view their menu here.
|Mojos and Nori Fries|
I apologize for the bad flatlay, we were just really hungry and everybody was complaining that I was taking a lot of pictures already. So, I settled for this.
Mojos (PHP 95)
Good for sharing. However, don't expect these to be thin and crispy. The texture is similar to Shakey's mojos - thick and oily.
Nori Fries (PHP 95)
Good for sharing. I wasn't really certain if they were potatoes because it tasted like fish fillet with breading and nori on top. Weird for me.
Cajun Prawns (PHP 255)
Bacon-covered prawns. I was shocked because bacon wasn't mentioned in the menu, I thought cajun meant grilled with a special sauce. However, bacon being bacon, I think it overshadowed the subtle taste of the prawns and made the dish a little too salty. Still, the plate is worth its price.
Fillet Mignon (PHP 280)
Very worth its price, the steak was well done but still tender. The steak sauce was creamy and tasty. Although, vegetables tasted like they were uncooked.
Katsudon (PHP 150)
The rice bowl's size was enormous. The sauce was sweet and I think it's worth its price.
Artsy Cafe is a unique good-looking cafe with instagram-worthy decor and affordable food but when it comes to their service, they are still not fully ready. They need to improve their service to keep up with other new great cafes here in Metro Manila.
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