People who go to Maginhawa Food Street are looking for something a little different.  Anyone can go to a mall and hit it up at Yabu or Friday’s or Kenny Roger’s. But if you’re looking for something unique, you go to these little-known places that you won’t find anywhere else.

The Nook is one of those really unique places.  This is the “Harry Potter” restaurant. It’s the places where you can drink Butter Beer, dress up as a Gryffindor and even hang over the mezzanine in a rope hammock!

The entrance will greet you with this chalkboard promising some rich Butter Beer.
The entrance will greet you with this chalkboard promising some rich Butter Beer.

The inside is pretty cramped, as is par for the course with Maginhawa Food Street restaurants. However, the place is totally Harry Potter Geek Heaven. Unless you go on a weekday, you’ll probably have to come really early to have a chance at getting a place to hang. There’s always a long waiting list on weekends and people who come here don’t really come to eat, they just come to drink butter beer and geek out. So they stay for a while before leaving drinking in the atmosphere.

The interior is a cramped affair with a “beer” keg in one side, tiny tables, and a stairway going up to the mezzanine. You can take a picture of the owl on the wall.

My friends Len and Irene from SWL are posing with the owl. Such staunch avian friends.
My friends Len and Irene from SWL are posing with the owl. Such staunch avian friends.

 

Once you go topside, however, you’ll be treated to all the awesome Harry Potter Geekdom.

The mezzanine is lined with all sorts of Harry Potter regalia. Here are the books.
The mezzanine is lined with all sorts of Harry Potter regalia. Here are the books.
There's a mural of Hogwarth's on the wall.
There’s a mural of Hogsmeade on the wall. On the overhang above the ground floor is a rope hammock where you can catch some Z’s, if you were so inclined to do so in a restaurant. 
Best of all, you can take some coats from the cloackroom and cosplay a bit!
Best of all, you can take some coats from the cloackroom and cosplay a bit!

And hey, this is what I came here for. The butter beer!

It's pricy at 100 bucks for half a cup. Man, they really rip you off, those damn wizards.
It’s pricy at 100 bucks for half a cup. Man, they really rip you off, those damn wizards.

The taste is nothing really special. It’s really something you drink just to say you’re an underage wizardling. So what does it taste like? Well, it tastes like those little balls of Peter’s Butter Ball candies you used to eat back when you were a kid. But mixed into some Sprite and tons of sugar added.

This thing is ridiculously sweet. And that’s coming from me, a bonafide sweet tooth. It’s a lot like butterscotch, probably some caramel or butterscotch syup mixed with some kind of carbonated drink (most likely Sprite) to give it some fizzle, then some cream lightly lathered on top to give it that extra whiff of frothiness. I can’t say I recommend it, if you want a much more enjoyable Butter Beer drink go to Starbucks and ask for the “Secret Menu” of Butterbeer.

If they don’t know how to mix it, here’s how it’s made. The ingredients aren’t always available, but some Starbucks branches will have it on tap.

  • Ask for a Creme Frappuccino base whole milk
  • Add 3 pumps of caramel syrup
  • Add 3 pumps of toffee nut syrup
  • Top with caramel drizzle

The toffee nut syrup is the one that’s not always available, but if it is, you can try this recipe out. It’s pretty good. And sweet. But hey that’s what Butter Beer is!

 

All in all, it was a fun visit. If you’re a Potterhead you should have gone to this restaurant ages ago. If not, then now is the time.

Normal muggles though need not apply, as there’s strictly speaking nothing here but overpriced, mediocre food and drinks. But the ambiance is  something different, and it’s a tight squeeze, so if you’re in the mood for a little geeking out and want to feel like a pickle in a jar, then a visit to Maginhawa food street is in the stars.

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Posted by Erwin Anciano

Erwin has been eating food for the past 30 or so years. Yes, he actually thinks that makes him an expert on all things food-related.

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