Gastronomical Adventures: The Pilgrim (Maginhawa, Quezon City)


Tucked in the busy streets of Maginhawa, The Pilgrim is a small casual dining restaurant that serves a variety of food inspired by the travel adventures of head chef, Dennis Tan. I, together with a handful of bloggers, were invited by OpenRice PH to take a taste of what the place has to offer, and this is what I have to say.

The Pilgrim - Maginhawa

 

Rehydrate (Watermelon + Mango) – PHP 80.00

Disclaimer: During our food tasting event, we were served with various offerings, but unfortunately, I was only able to taste a very few of them. I would no longer go into details, but let’s just say that I was unable to take a bite of most of the dishes. *The people from OpenRice were really, REALLY nice, it may just have been because I was not as aggressive into taking my part. Hehe.

Anyway, since I don’t do reviews of the food that I do not consume, this review would be solely based on those that I was able to try. I did not have much, but I guess it was enough to give me a sneak peek of what the food would taste like, should I be able to eat it all. I promise to come back and taste everything, though. 😉

The Pilgrim - Maginhawa

Shrimp Mango Salad (PHP 180.00)

During our visit, we were served with Shrimp Mango Salad as a starter. I honestly liked it a lot, maybe because I’m a huge sucker for mangoes, and it might also be the fact that the greens were served fresh. You could still feel the ‘crunch’ and the dressing wasn’t too overwhelming. It also has a hint of nuts, which complements well with the flavors. Good job, I must say!

The Pilgrim - Maginhawa

Grilled Tomato Pasta

For the main course, I was only able to try three different dishes: the tomato pasta, the baby back ribs, and the rosemary chicken. All of which are actually tasty, and I wouldn’t really mind coming back for more. The pasta is savory, but I felt like it would be more delicious if it have more flavor. The tomatoes tastes fresh, which is something that really pleased me. Back when I was a kid, I used to not like pastas who use REAL tomatoes, but as I grew older, I realized that this is not only a healthier choice, but it is also much better than canned / packed ones in terms of the taste and flavor. The Pilgrim’s Grilled Tomato Pasta is served with strips of pork and some Parmesan cheese, all of which kinds of blends together as you eat through.

The Pilgrim - Maginhawa

Baby Back Ribs (PHP 380)

As for their ribs, I find them very tender and soft that it actually felt like it would fall off from its bone any time. The homemade sauce is appetizing, with just a tiny hint of spice. The meat and the sauce goes in well together, with its smokiness and flavor complementing one another. This is one of their best sellers, and there is no wonder why people really loved it. I’ve gone through some reviews online and it came to no surprise that this garnered a lot of positive responses from customers. From all the dishes, I liked this one the most.

The Pilgrim - Maginhawa

Rosemary Chicken

Last but not the least is their Rosemary Chicken, which is pretty tasty, but can be a bit dry. To be fair, we did not consume the food immediately, thus, we ate it cold and it might have lost its taste in the process. Of course, all food are best eaten when it’s fresh from the oven, am I right!

The Pilgrim Maginhawa

Food experience wise, their menu is pretty interesting, with a mix of some dish from one country to another, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying that it is as diverse as you would hope for. I do commend them for trying to mix out cuisines, though. According to Chef Dennis, they have a special menu that they change every so often, which features certain dishes from selected countries. I have yet to explore that option, but basing from their main offerings, they are still your usual steakhouse, serving cuisines that are leaning into the American style, more than anything.

The Pilgrim Maginhawa

In terms of the location, the place is easy to find, but the restaurant itself is kind of hidden from the streets. They are located at the back side of the building and it can be pretty tricky as you won’t really see their sign unless you go all the way around the building. Apparently, the space that they have rented out is actually the stock room, which explains why it felt like they were too hidden, as well as the reason why they have very limited seats for the guests. The idea, however, proved on how creative the owners can be, reusing a lot of items from the stock room, and creating the most of what they can in their rather tiny area.

Speaking of their area, do not expect any of those fancy spaces where you can walk freely — honestly speaking, the restaurant felt more like an alleyway than anything else, and the only seating available inside the store is the one at the long table. Bringing a lot of people in the restaurant can be both a blessing and a curse — blessing in case that there are no people around and you can totally ‘own’ the place; curse if in case you’re visiting with your other half and there is no other choice but to be placed on the alfresco area on a hot, summer day.

Despite their short comings, I would still love to come by the place sometime and eat again because the food is really worth it, considering its pretty affordable price. If you are looking for the value of your money, then The Pilgrim is quite a pleasant choice for a casual dining experience.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

The Pilgrim Maginhawa

The Pilgrim

189 Maginhawa Street Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Quezon City

Projected Budget for 2: PHP 250.00 – PHP 500.00 per head

Jhanzey

A 20-something wanderlust who dreams of seeing the world and making a change. She loves to take photographs and stuffing herself with food.

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10 Comments

  • Anne
    February 7, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Oooh looks like I have another place to check out in Maginhawa! 🙂

    http://www.annescribblesanddoodles.blogspot.com

    • Jhanz
      February 11, 2016 at 6:10 am

      Hehe it’s a nice place but it’s a little cramped for my taste. Hehe so just beware!

  • Mei
    February 7, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    The budget seems pretty affordable! Is it not aircoinditioned inside? If not, I would not go if it’s crowded. Does it get crowded even in normal days?

    I’ve always wanted to explore Maginhawa. I’ve only been once and just went to a milktea place. Hahaha soon i have to explore more! 🙂

    • Jhanz
      February 11, 2016 at 6:10 am

      It is air conditioned inside! But then again, you’d be forced to sit down with strangers because it’s just one long table hehe 🙁

  • Ochi Bernadas
    February 9, 2016 at 6:36 am

    OMG the baby back ribs look so gooooood! But I’d have to agree the place looks kinda cramped. Parang di ako makahinga. Hehe Do they have enough seats outside?

    Ochi | Ochi In The City

    • Jhanz
      February 11, 2016 at 6:09 am

      They have a couple of seats outside, although it can be a little hot. 🙁

  • Cae
    February 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I have always wanted to go around Maginhawa! Tour me around the next time I visit? >:D

    • Jhanz
      February 11, 2016 at 6:09 am

      I would love to!!! Just let me know if you’re in the area and I would be more than happy to bring you to places 🙂

  • Lux G.
    February 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Interesting setting, sumptuous food, reasonable price. Sounds like my kind of place. 🙂

    • Jhanz
      February 14, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      It is a nice place to go! 🙂 Let me know if you go here and how you find it. It’s a little cramped, though!

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