The name Cucina Gayuma intrigued us for some time now. We were hoping to try it sooner but it was closed on a Monday when we visited the area. Gayuma is a filipino term for love potion or food that will make you fall in love with a person. In a sense, the Gayuma term is misleading because the food is actually experimental meals on Filipino fusion. Gayuma is used to refer to food that seduces your senses. I remember that there was a Gayuma restaurant before (in Katipunan?) but this one is not related to it.

Laing Pasta (P190). Taro Leaves, coconut milk and cream topped with smoked fish and crumbled white cheese.

The Laing Pasta of Cucina Gayuma is getting a buzz in the foodie community. It is the best and if you have only one dish to try this is it. We love laing made from gabi leaves and authentically made in Bicol. It is a little bit creamy and the laing taste blended well with the pasta.

The ambiance is characterized by old wooden tables, mismatched chairs, antique accents, and red motif. The small office before was transformed into a Filipino Spanish home. The only thing that was off for us was the waiters in black. In Chinese, wearing black is a sign of bad luck and death.

Cucina Gayuma Special Menu
Appetizer, Salads, Beef, Pork, Chicken
Fish, Pasta, Dessert, Drinks.

Pesto Pita Pizza (P95). Pesto Pizza topped with sun dried tomatoes, tuyo, olives and mixed cheeses.

The menu prices are affordable with servings proportionate to its price. Take the pesto pizza pizza as an example. For less than hundred pesos, you get a small platito size pizza. It compensates its small slice with a rich taste of cheeses and tuyo.

Alimaki (P120). Alique and avocado stuffed Japanese style maki.

A deadly high-blood combination of aligue and avocado is a cute concoction but not memorable.

Cheese Crusted Baked Fish (P230). Baked dory fillets infused with mushrooms and shallots, and topped with mixed cheeses.

This is one of the best ways to enjoy the dory fish – baked and with a lot of cheese! Dory is usually bland in taste, the baked cheese on top gives it a salty ending.

Lamb Goulasch (P300). Lamb shanks and sausages in a Hungarian tomato stew.

The tomato stew is thick, rich and a bit salty. Eat it with the beans and rice to complement the tender lamb meat.

Leche Flan (P60). A rich flan that melts in your mouth.

We would recommend to end your meal with an old-school rich leche flan that is guaranteed to give you flashback of your childhood memories.

Cucina Gayuma
Villa Ortigas Unit 22,
Granada St. Quezon City
Telephone: (+63 2) 723-2975
Store Hours: 11:30am-2pm (Tues-Sun), 6pm-10pm (Tues to Thurs, Sun), 6pm-11pm (Fri-Sat)

Text and Photos by Anton Diaz. Copyright 2008.