Eating in place

Stella A. Estremera

WE ONLY had two hours left to explore the surroundings of the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus before we all head off to the townhall meeting organized by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) at the Bahay ng Alumni, determined to make the most of the tie, we decided to have lunch at the UP Town Center.

Except that... time was ticking, and traffic wasn't moving along C.P. Garcia Avenue. There were some roadworks being done inside the campus, you can't go straight out toward the Old Balara to Katipunan, you have to pass through C.P. Garcia, or something like that an Ikot driver earlier explained.

It was already 12:30 p.m., we were running out of time. We decided to go back inside the campus and explore the food places right in the Bahay ng Alumni along Magsaysay Avenue inside the campus.

It's in the route of the Ikot jeep. Lucky us, there was a nice coffee shop there that is a treat both to the tummy and the eyes: the Art Circle Cafe. As the name implies, it has art everywhere. You enter through a small art shop of sorts.

The menu offering ranges from sandwiches to real food, and they have coffee beyond just the three-in-one. Being inside the campus, the prices are much higher than SC rates, but still affordable if you're past the struggling iskolar ng bayan stage.

Inside were both students and young professionals; a nice mix of people.

We had the Laing Queen served with shrimps, the Vigan longganisa set meal, the Oriental chicken bowl, and the Penne Pesto. All our orders were worth their price.

They're not something that will send you shouting alleluia, but they are okay. But best of all, it is right in the same building as our next appointment.

Indeed, when in Metro Manila, the best place to eat is where you already are.