When somebody says to you, "I'm bipolar," what would you say? I was taken aback the first time I heard it because I thought being bipolar meant the person likes both sexes. But I was mistaken. Bipolar, apparently, is a description of a person who has a Manic Depressive Illness — someone who feels very happy at one moment and then suddenly becomes depressed.
Jetro, the owner of the resto, is bipolar. The entire premise of Van Gogh is Bipolar revolves around introducing mood-altering inspired dishes that trigger happy hormones in the body. The restaurant pays tribute to popular bipolar people by naming the food in honor of them. This is one of the interesting places to visit on the Foodie Street of Maginhawa in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
We celebrated my brother Rommel's 34th birthday last January 5 in this resto. The experience was quite unique, especially our interaction with Jetro himself. The food is healthy, but I would not rave about the food except for the unique marketing strategy consistent with the bipolar theme. Here is the photo essay:
The resto operates on a self-service experience; hence, the house rules. You have to write down your own orders on pieces of paper and submit it to the kitchen. Take note that there is a waiting time of about 30 minutes before the food is served — unless you pre-order for a big group.
Van Gogh is Bipolar MENU:
Van Gogh is Bipolar Concept | bipolar Appetizer and Pre-Ordered Dish | bipolar Salad, bipolar Hollywood | bipolar President's Meal | bipolar PASTA Meals, bipolar Hypomanic Open Sandwiches, bipolar Oats | bipolar BLEND & CONCOCTION, hot or cold BLEND | Van Gogh's Manic Episode Set Meals | Coffee House Blend, sinful BEVERAGES, and bipolar DESSERTS
A good way to start your mood-altering dinner. 🙂
"Egg is an excellent source of protein that gives that 'extra kick' you need, especially when eaten soft-boiled."
I dare you to try this egg shot! 🙂
Larry Flynt's Cabbage Experience (Groupie: P415). Freshly boiled whole cabbage. Served with crispy fried small fish, salted egg and fresh kitchen ingredients. Comes with the special Van Gogh black sauce.
"Cabbage is known to beat depression, It contains vitamin C and folic acid. It is one of the vegetables that help release a high level of Serotonin in the brain. Serotonin maintains that 'happy-state-of-feeling.'"
You have to wrap the ingredients inside the cabbage and dip it in a sweet black vinaigrette sauce. We loved this because of the combination of the ingredients. Plus, it's healthy. Good for a group of 4 or more.
"A plate of wheat pasta can help you move out from depression. Garlic and onion are also known to relieve you from depression."
The Salmon Belly was cooked well. The pasta was ordinary, a bit hard and served cold already.
"Grass-eating animals are always a healthy source of protein, which makes you energetic minus the negative effects of chemically fed animals which alter your mood in a bad way."
The Lamb Meat was a bit tough and cooked in an amateur way. The rice was awesome though because they served organic Black Mountain Rice — very healthy and one of the most expensive types of rice in the Philippines. It's served with alamang bagoong also — yummy! 🙂
To accompany or cap the meal, you can order tea by choosing your own tea pot and your own bipolar BLEND & CONCOCTION, hot or cold BLEND.
Yummy, but nothing special.
"Dark Chocolate (high cacao content — the bitter, the better) is excellent for boosting brain function and eliminating depression while walnut is one of the richest sources to uplift your mood. Good for people experiencing depression."
Back In Van Gogh, we tried this chocolate vodka shot for dessert. A great upper to end your dinner. 🙂
Van Gogh Is Bipolar
living art space. cafe.
154 Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village
Landline: +632 394-0188
Live an Awesome Life,
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P.S. Thanks to Margaux Salcedo for the helpful write-up in Sunday Inquirer entitled, Food for Bipolar Diners. 🙂