Homey, lovely and quaint - three words that I will always associate with this AFFORDALICIOUS hole in the wall!
It was a relaxed Saturday family date night and we were headed to QC to pick up my Cookie Butter orders. We would usually opt to meet people in Eastwood City but that night, I wanted a quiet and tucked away place. I searched the internet and found Old Oven Art Cafe.
The location was very familiar for us since we always pass by the area when I was still working in Cubao. I have had all the landmarks saved in my memory bank, ready to pop whenever the hubby would ask for directions. I was pretty confident - just beside BPI, across Petron and Pan de Amerikana. When we got in the area, Old Oven was no where to be found. I checked on the address again and found that it's located at the 2/F of a building! Hah! Gotcha!
|The staircase, the door and a little something as you head out
We scanned their menu and had our pick ---
|Tripple Lava Cheese Sandwich for 185 Php
|A peek of the layers...
|Ready for some ham and tuna?
|Chicken and Mushroom Risotto for 225 Php
|Three Cheese and Garlic Pizza for 195 Php
We didn't order their best seller Philly Cheese Steak. I later found out from a friend that it was the same cheesesteak that he was promoting way back early Mercato Centrale days. Apparently, the owner (Kaye), started their business in Mercato selling mostly cheesesteaks. Luck never left their side and in time, they were able to save up enough to get them a restaurant. Great job!
|The staircase that will lead you to the main space
|The guest book - this is what you'll see as you reach the top of the staircase
|They also sell some trinkets
|The magic window!
|Board games, mind games and Sungka too!
|Art on their walls
|A glimpse of what they serve
|The lovely washroom... and their stamp collection!
|The view from where we were seated
|The counter area and the area with some cushioned seats and board games
|View from the area with board games
|The corner, at the end of the window, was where we were seated
|Full view of the huge glass window, overlooking Katipunan Ave.
|The other side of the restaurant - more seating when you enter this part (didn't get to see further here)
Overall, it was a pleasant dining experience except for their ventilation that can use a little improvement. The place tends to get smoky and you'll end up going home smelling like food. But in any case, as long as they keep their prices at the current 150-250 range with such delish offerings then, I'm not complaining and will surely drop by again and again whenever we're around the area.
They also sell Trader Joe's products (Speculoos Cookie Butter, Speculoos Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Thins) and Biscoff Cookie Butter
--- Old Oven Art Cafe : 136 Katipunan Ave., St. Ignatius, Quezon City