Art is the only abstract thing I appreciate. Unlike others, art can be seen and represented through tangible things, and can be arranged in a way that is pleasing to the eye. I’m always interested with stuff and places having color and design, which could be the reason why Chad and I arrived to the most artsy fartsy resto I’ve visited.

I’ve been hearing great reviews about Van Gogh Is Bipolar and the food served, but what really made me wanna come is the way the place was put together. Chad only had less than a month in the country so I figured I should bring him to a really interesting place.

 What could be more fascinating than a resto with house rules? Below are the ones customers should take note of while inside Jetro’s (the owner) lair:

1. Indoors are reserved for 12 diners only.

2. Please enjoy your tea outdoors.

3. NO SERVERS HERE. If you need anything, please ring the bell by the kitchen window.

4. Write your name and orders on paper provided.

5. For tea drinkers, read instructions on how to make your own.

6. After eating, kindly place soiled dishes by the kitchen window.

7. To pay, please ring the bell. Celebrate your shit life on the red curse-healing wall.

One awesome thing about the Jetro’s humble diner is he gives the guests the liberty to roam around the place , take photos, and touch and use the displays.

 Walls are decorated with pretty hanging things. Adorable huh?

 These  cutie patootie teapots remind me of the province. Ah, the good life.

The day’s menu is only composed of three sets. First set starts with a Php 600.00 (approx.) inclusive of tea, soup, drink, main course, and dessert.

While waiting for the soup, which was personally prepared by Jetro himself, we fixed ourselves some tea. The customer is free to choose whatever “flavor” he prefers, so yay! 🙂

A number of teapots are displayed on the other table for the customer’s use.


 This is me enjoying my tea and hat, courtesy of the resto.

This was our humongous drink–Courtney Love’s Potion of the Day–made from fresh fruit pulps and juice. Yum!

An equally tasty soup came after the drinks were served–Virginia Woolf Turkey Soup–which, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take a photo of.

Now this is mouth-watering–Kurt Cobain Mediterranean Chicken served with the famous Van Gogh Black Rice. I must say that this was the best-tasting chicken I’ve ever eaten. It was well-cooked and bursting with flavor. Five stars to this!

We were supposed to drink Mel Gibson’s Darkest Sin but it had liquor so we opted for a sweeter and fruity dessert.

Do the names ring a bell? Yep, all of them are accomplished bipolars.

All customers place their payments at a money box right below this sign–a great way to exercise one’s honesty.

<3 The good times

NOTE: Major backlog. We went to Van Gogh Is Bipolar last month. I’m terribly missing that dude in the photo. He shot all the ones I posted in this entry. Visit his online journal and photo blog! 🙂

Van Gogh Is Bipolar
living art space. cafe.
154 Maginhawa St., Sikatuna Village, Quezon City, Philippines

Text 0922.824.3051 for reservations.