My friend Ayen and I are now officially (self-proclaimed) butterbeer connoisseurs. And nothing can stop us. LOL. My first Harry Potter butterbeer was at The Royal Piccadilly and of course, I wrote about it here. That was one of the best moments of my life. I honestly thought that would be the first and last butterbeer that I would ever have. Apparently, I was wrong. Now that He Who Must Not Be Named is gone, witches and wizards are getting more and more comfortable revealing themselves to the Muggles. Gone are the days when they feel the need to use invisibility spells and concealment charms to — oops! Sorry. Got carried away.
Unlike The Royal Piccadilly, The Nook at Maginhawa Street in QC does not just offer butterbeer, it is a paradise for Potterheads like me and my friend. The sign outside the door already sent shivers of excitement up and down my spine.
The cafe has two floors. There are three tables in front of the small counter and two outside. It’s pretty cozy, but kinda cramped. Everywhere we looked, we could see something from the magical world of Harry Potter — action figures, the snitch AND Harry’s very own Nimbus 2000 hanging up in the ceiling.
We were like kids in a candy store — just craning our necks and pointing excitedly as we looked around. When we arrived, the second floor was full. Fortunately, a ‘spot’ opened after about 5 minutes and we were asked if we wanted to go up.
OF COURSE WE DO!!!
I was kinda tempted to touch the Nimbus 2000 as I went up the narrow stairs , but it was out of my reach. Boo. Right at the top of the stairs, on the coat stand, were Hogwarts robes from each of the four respective houses. Got dibs on Gryffindor! Haha!
There was also a time turner hanging on the wall, right beside the mirror. There are three small tables and cushions on the floor. We were asked to remove our shoes before moving to the far side of the room.
Let me just say, the mural painting of Hogsmeade on the wall was breathtakingly exquisite. Sitting right next to it, we couldn’t stop admiring the intricate and lifelike design.
There was a small bookshelf right behind us and in all fairness to them, they were quite updated with the latest novels. I saw a copy of Eleanor and Park and I was instantly delighted.
My eyes lit up like Christmas lights when I saw a box of CHOCOLATE FROGS on the shelf. I badly wanted to open it and gobble up all the chocolates inside… unfortunately, due to my over exuberance, I dropped it behind the bookshelf and I couldn’t get it back anymore. 😦 So I wasn’t able to take a selfie with it. :(((((
Going back to the ‘main event’ — the BUTTERBEER. They have a regular butterbeer which costs P100 and an up-sized one which costs P150. TBH, I would recommend you to get just the regular one. The so-called up-sized one isn’t THAT up-sized, if you know what I mean. There’s only a tiny bit of difference, like they just added a few drops or something. LOL. Just the mere sight of the butterbeer made me giddy and I couldn’t stop smiling like a fool. It was indeed a magical experience!
So Ayen and I had a lengthy discussion about which butterbeer is better: The Royal Piccadilly’s or The Nook’s? While the former gave us an option of whether or not we wanted it spiked, the latter was strictly for underage witches and wizards. The former has a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which makes it more like an ice cream float than a butterbeer, but it was cold enough. The latter tasted like a melted butterscotch candy and a hint of something else that I cannot seem to fathom. It sent us into a sugar rush with every sip. Both butterbeers tasted good, however, The Nook’s butterbeer hits all the right spot.
As self-proclaimed butterbeer connoisseurs, we therefore conclude that The Nook’s butterbeer is worth enduring ten Cruciatus curses. Okay, wait, no, that’s horrible. But, yeah, you get my point. ^_^