MANILA– As a foodie, sometimes the hottest thing to try at new restaurants in the city isn’t on the menu: It’s a side of art in it.
Combining art and food makes sense. While dining, for once people have that rare luxury of time to appreciate their surroundings, to take in the room and to focus on the walls. Art can be crucial to the overall aesthetic and environment, be it sculpture or photography, a million dollar Old Master or an up-and-coming local artist.
In Maginhawa, dining room decor is evolving from the usual table and chairs setup to local inspired and post-mod art pieces (Though street style isn’t exactly déclassé.) And a new player in town takes combining art and food into a new sense.
Located in a newly constructed building along Maginhawa just across Crazy Katsu Restaurant, Negative Space Café is a concept cafe that offers international dishes, crafted drinks and space for art lovers.
Under plain concrete walls, the owners clearly showed that decoration is an important part of the experience of eating out with paintings and canvases on the walls. However it’s more than just consuming art and food.
Diners are also encouraged to create their own art with their own set of paper and pens on the tables. Taking it to a new level, diners can buy their own canvass and start transforming the tables into their personal art space.
Art also complement the dishes being served, changing with specific tasting menus or the seasons to reflect the work on the plate, while serving as another channel for creativity. Yes, their foods are instagramable!
On some days, the new café serves as a venue for artists to celebrate their chosen forms through exhibits and workshops.
How to get there?
From Philcoa tricycle terminal along Masaya Street (red trikes), just ask the driver to drop you off at the newly built building across Crazy Katsu. The cafe is located on the 3rd floor.
Price rating: ₱₱₱ (₱150-₱350)
Taste rating: ★★★★
For more information, you may visit their Facebook fanpage.
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.