Shutter Your Pie Hole!

Shutter Café

118 Scout Dr. Lazcano Street, Quezon City Philippines
The perfect geeky corner for photography and print enthusiasts! The tiny café sits inside Shutter Master, a specialty stop for photography and printing services, studio and lighting equipment. The café maintains a quiet ambiance with that enticing aroma of coffee, smart quotes on the wall and different cameras charmingly lined up on shelves. It is an encouraging atmosphere for intellectual conversations, and can accommodate about 12 people at a time. (It was almost full when we visited on a Tuesday brunch hour – yet the place stayed hummingly quiet).
Price Range:
Coffee and drinks between P75 to P150; Pasta and sandwiches between P150 to P160
What We Ordered:
  • Cappuccino (hot)
  • Iced Café Mocha
  • Hungarian Sausage
  • Barbecue Grilled Chicken Sandwich
He Says:
I was amazed to find this shop that services overall photography needs: camera/lighting equipment, printing, framing… Of course, with the coffee, it becomes such an ideal place where photographers can hang out.They have sandwich choices to go with the coffee, plus lots of creative inspiration around the shop. As a photographer, it makes me feel at home and more connected to my craft. This makes a nice meeting stop for different artists and for caffeine-fueled concept building sessions.
She Says:
I always say it is good coffee when I ignore the packet of sugar. No, the cappuccino was not sweet but it was flavourful and comforting enough. It was the perfect stop before I started my day of work. The menu is very limited, but it is that kind of place where you decide quickly, then eat while reading the paper OR spike up long intellectual conversations with somebody. Oh, and girls… If you are a Gossip Girl fan, this place spells DAN HUMPHREY – in a cool intellectual way.
Strong Points:
The fact that it can accommodate a very limited number of people at a time, makes it cool, “hipster”-ish, yet perfect for quiet dates and business meetings. It is not a place for large pig-out servings, but it offers you the right ambiance for sophisticated conversations. Plus, if you are into photography or prints, the servicing party is just within the roof. If you happen to catch the owner Jo Avila, he is accommodating and may even entertain your photography questions.
Welcoming Hours:
Every day of the week, between 10am to 7pm

Turning Eighteen

Eighteen Bistro

51 Scout Rallos Extension, Quezon City Philippines
+63 917 595 0018
Quick Description:
A hole in the wall with a surprisingly fine menu: comfort pasta, deliciously crafted cocktails, creamy gourmet courses and sophisticated desserts. Not a wide array of main plates to choose from. But from these very few dishes, no “wrong choice” can be made as every serving is A WIN – each delightful and hefty enough. The deck of cocktails is also impressive.
Price Range:
Between P200 to P400 for main plates, and P120 to P250 for a glass of cocktail. Bottles of wine are also available, ranging from P450 to P1,500.
What We Ordered:
Tomato Cream Soup
Spicy Portobello & Cream Cheese
Mushroom Risotto
Chicken Parmigiana
Chicken in Mushroom Cream
Roasted Pork Belly
The Last Dance (non-alcoholic cocktail made of strawberry, lemon and ginger ale)
Latina Lover (non-alcoholic cocktail made of cranberry, strawberry, pineapple and peaches)
He Says:
I love the texture of the Tomato Cream Soup. At first I was expecting a regular chunk of sliced tomato in it. There wasn’t but that is a good surprise. The Chicken Parmigiana has a sweet tomato base, and the crumby outer coat has a tasty hook. The place is quite small but perfectly good for dating, or for BFF hangouts, or business lunches. Best be there on off hours like late lunch. I would most recommend the place to men for an affordable fine dining experience with their lady.
She Says:
I am definitely going back. It’s a nice and cozy place for good conversations, whether it’s a simple romantic husband-and-wife date or catch-up time over cocktails with my girlfriends. My favourite is the Spicy Portobello & Cream Cheese. In love with that dish!
Strong Points:
The narrow catalogue of main courses keeps it classy. It does not have a circus menu that needs trial and error ordering to discover the select magical few. Instead it has a pretty tight rope of sure-fire offers. The only challenge is finding a good parking slot since it is located in a supposedly residential, restaurant-starred street.
Welcoming Hours:
12pm to 1am on Fridays and Saturdays / 12pm to 10pm on other days of the week