Review: The Sweet Spot at Maginhawa, Quezon City

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Review: The Sweet Spot at Maginhawa, Quezon City

When we heard that there was a new place located at the popular food strip of Maginhawa called The Sweet Spot, we didn’t even think twice about going. It was an inevitable visit, especially for the likes of me who lives and craves for sugar rush in the form of great desserts. Just hearing the name of the restaurant excited me to no end. So from our lunch meeting at Galli Village Cafe also in Maginhawa, we made our way to The Sweet Spot, located at Maginhawa cor. Makadios St., in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.

the sweet spot maginhawa

the sweet spot maginhawa

From the posters that welcomed us, we found out that The Sweet Spot did not only serve sweets, but also offered sandwiches and meals. It looked like a cozy joint, a place where students and barkadas would probably hang out at or hold their group study sessions. We decided to make ourselves comfortable at the table near the bookshelf, where books were available for guests to read. Of course, you have to put it back once you’re done with it. I found that majority of the books on display were fiction books from popular authors such as Palahniuk, Gaiman, and Tolkien. Mangas, magazines, and general knowledge publications also filled the shelves. The concept of a coffee shop carrying books isn’t new, but I still welcome it because I love reading, and I especially love spending a lot of time reading books with a cup of coffee keeping me company.

the sweet spot maginhawa

Caramel Hazelnut Parfait

the sweet spot maginhawa

So Ace ordered too many desserts, but I’m not one to complain. Only, since the two guys I was with were not too fond of sweets, I had to finish most of the desserts on my own (still not complaining).

the sweet spot maginhawa

Blueberry Cheesecake (Php 95/slice)

If you want to start off with something that isn’t severely sweet, order a Blueberry Cheesecake and have that first. I don’t think it’s as bland as it tasted, but I had three other desserts before I went for the cheesecake, which just happened to be the least sweet of them all.

the sweet spot maginhawa

Tiramisu (Php 95/slice)

The Tiramisu, though, won our votes as the most delicious among the ones we had that day. It’s just impossible to go wrong with coffee-flavored desserts, and even though this popular Italian dish is nothing new or groundbreaking, it still counts as one of my comfort foods. In mere minutes, the Tiramisu got annihilated, and we were left with an empty plate that was telling a story of how much we loved the piece of Tiramisu cake that was.

the sweet spot maginhawa

The Parfaits: Caramel Hazelnut Parfait and Chocolate Parfait (Php 80/glass)

When I got to the parfaits, I was already high with sugar. Each parfait had its merits, and while I liked them both, I ate more of the Chocolate Parfait than the Caramel Hazelnut. It was layer after layer of parfait with soft brownie bits in between the layers. The Caramel Hazelnut just happened to be topped with Caramel sauce, while the Chocolate Parfait seemed to be topped with chocolate shavings and chocolate sauce.

the sweet spot maginhawa

Banana Caramel Macchiato (Php 135)

the sweet spot maginhawa

Speculoos Cookie Butter (Php 145)

We ordered frappes to go with our plethora of desserts– bad idea. The desserts were too sweet already, so it would be best to pair them with drinks that are not in-your-face kind of sweet. On my next visit, I’m ordering a cup of Americano with a slice of Tiramisu. That would be all sorts of perfect.

But it doesn’t mean that the frappes weren’t delicious. They were just a tad too sweet for my liking. The Banana Caramel Macchiato tasted too much of the caramel and too little of the banana, that you don’t get to appreciate the combination. I was expecting it would taste something like a Banoffee pie made into a dessert, but I was turned off by the lack of banana in my drink. The Speculoos Cookie Butter, on the other hand, is something that cookie butter lovers would definitely order. It was just too sweet for me, but other people might appreciate it more.

Despite being around since May 2013, there hasn’t been a lot of buzz online about The Sweet Spot. I frantically researched for their menu and price rates, to no avail. Fortunately, they have wonderful feedback through The Sweet Spot’s Facebook Page, so I got the prices of the dishes we tried. I wish I knew more about the place and what was the inspiration behind the restaurant and the innovative dishes they offered. I won’t delve into their other menu offerings like the sandwiches and rice meals, but I took note that they were not your ordinary dishes you can practically find at the next restaurant. Most were unique, and I look forward to trying them out the next time I’m at Maginhawa.-HANA

 

7 comments to Review: The Sweet Spot at Maginhawa, Quezon City

  • Paula Alagao  says:

    Books and desserts are also my weakness! I never been to Maginhawa but I’ve been hearing a lot of great restaurants located on the area, I will check the place one of these days and Sweet Spot will be one on the lists! Awesome review Miss Hana! :)

  • Arminda Puno De Leon  says:

    Oh my! I do love desserts with my coffee! Wanting to go there..now na!

  • Michelle Stanley  says:

    I don’t have any cafes like these where I live, but it sure looks a relaxing place to be. Those treats are tasty looking and the post is great.

  • janeth  says:

    nice food.. all of them are appetizing. great review! :)

  • The Pickiest Eater  says:

    Nice! Yet another delicious looking addition to Maginhawa street.. I really need to schedule that resto-hopping trip i’ve been planning!

  • Edible Cravings  says:

    The desserts looks delicious! I like the ambiance of the place. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Eric Calderon  says:

    Hi Hana, thanks for visiting The Sweet Spot. We hope you come back soon.

    Here’s some info about the cafe, we give this out to bloggers and the media:

    The Sweet Spot is a contemporary bakery & cafe located in Quezon City’s restaurant incubator, Maginhawa St.

    Under the direction of Pastry Chef Ching Calderon, The Sweet Spot offers pastries, confections, cakes, lunch and other savoury fare seven days a week. We open at 10am and close at 11pm.

    Our menu was developed by Chef Ching and Chef Augusto Cesar “Jun” Manalo.

    Chefs Ching and Jun are Baking and Culinary instructors at the Global Culinary and Hospitality Academy. Both are experienced and award-winning chefs, having won medals at the Philippine Culinary Cup.

    Our menu includes original items including Truffled Cream of Mushroom Soup, Asahi Fish and Wasabi Fries, Southwestern Grilled Chicken Penne Pasta, Kung Pao chicken pasta (Kris Aquino’s favorite), the Triple B—beef broccoli in a brioche, and the Porchetta Sandwich among others.

    Our growing dessert selection includes the bestsellers, Walnut Turtle Pie, Salted Caramel Chocolate cake, our variations of cheesecakes, and cakes of the month (for this month we have the Kiwi Berry Mousse cake).

    We wanted our coffee to be the perfect complement to our desserts. Our coffee is an original blend, with 100% Arabica beans from Brazil and Ethiopia. Our medium roast blend has a distinct tangy, fruity profile. If you’re a hardcore coffee drinker, you’ll love our espresso.

    The Sweet Spot coffee blend serves as the base for our espresso-based drinks. Our customers love the well-defined coffee flavor of our hot and cold beverages.

    Our coffee-based beverages include the iced-blended bestsellers, Speculoos Cookie Butter, Banana Nutella Iced and Caramel Butterscotch.

    Our iced tea is also an original blend. It is inspired by the famed “Singapore Sling” cocktail. It has a fascinating blend of tart, sweet and creamy flavors. It has berries, cherries, orange, pineapple, lemons and finished with Madagascar vanilla. We do not use sachets or instant powders with our tea.

    The Sweet Spot is owned by the husband and wife team of Eric Calderon and Chef Ching Calderon. Eric is a graphic designer. Advertising and marketing is handled by Eric and their daughter Louise, who’s a design student.

    Our now Instagram-famous mural was painted by Soleil Ignacio and Kris Abrigo of The Thursday Room. It was completed in over a week with Soleil and Kris pulling all-nighters to meet our deadline.

    Our book nook was not originally included in the plan for the cafe. We just brought in some books from our personal collection to fill up the shelves while we were waiting for our merchandise. However, our regulars loved the collection and so we decided to keep it there.

    The cafe’s design is cozy and conducive for studying, meetings or just hanging out with your friends.

    The cafe has a total of 50 seats and has a mezzanine which can handle meetings and private events for 25-30 people.

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