I’m really fond of dual purpose stores and/or restaurants as time is very valuable nowadays and having such really hits two birds with one stone. This was the case for Studio Terminal 1 + Café, a restaurant that is both a photography studio rental and a café.
Me-An and I planned to have our photo shoot since we wanted to jumpstart our Youtube channel and make our social media accounts look crisp by having fresh photos. We stumbled on this place on our way home and we thought that they offer a good deal rather than just simply renting a photo studio for our desired photoshoot.
The place may be small, but Studio Terminal 1 + Café made it good to the eyes to look at with some plant decor around.
What we liked here was they had cushioned chairs and even a sofa that was perfect for just chillin’.
Meanwhile, some studio equipment functions as a display and some for actual use for their mini-studio.
The highlight of the Studio Terminal 1 + Café was, of course, the studio itself. Studio rental is at PhP 1,000 (or 21.02 USD) which comes with consumable food equivalent to the studio rental fee. They only charge a PhP 500 (or 10.51) per succeeding hour which is not consumable, so one has to maximize the use of the studio to avoid further charges.
What was great in their studio rental was that all the basic studio photography lights and basic backdrops were available for use. It also included the use of their two (2) makeup stations, a long table to put one’s belongings and chairs.
However, we felt that only simple portrait and product photo shoots could be done with Studio Terminal 1 + Café’s limited space.
In fact, our friend and photographer that day, Angela Atienza, had some trouble capturing our concept shoot since the backdrop wasn’t too wide. We just adjusted to their space so we were able to do what we came for.
With the consumable food, we made most out of it by ordering various foods from their menu.
We started out with their SPECIAL NACHOS, PHP 150 (or 3.20 USD). It was the typical nachos except that they topped it with tons and tons of cheddar cheese. And for its price, it was great for sharing.
Me-An had CHICKEN TOCINO, PhP 120 (or 2.55 USD). Their presentation was nice, the serving was decent and it tasted good, but it was not something that you couldn’t find in other restaurants or even canteens up to some extent. The egg noticeably was fried too long.
Meanwhile, our friend, Angela, ordered TAPA which costed the same with the Chicken Tocino.
We asked Angela if it tasted burnt since we found the color too dark. And yes, it was just because of the marinade. The egg was beautifully done on this one. I hope they become consistent in serving their fried eggs.
We, guys, ordered pasta. I chose their Carbonara, PhP 150 (or 3.20 USD).
Jet, another friend of ours, on the other hand, had the Pesto, Php 150 (or 3.2 USD).
Our general consensus about their pasta is that it tasted pretty bland despite the cheese. The sauce on their carbonara was drippy while there was not much that will make you say wow in the pesto. We had observed once again that they are not consistent with their serving. My carbonara has grilled bread, but Jet’s pesto only had simple bread.
Staying true to its name, Studio Terminal 1 + Café’s specialty are their coffee based drinks with their non-coffee based drinks refreshing as well.
I ordered their White Chocolate, Php 100 (or 2.12 USD). They offer in either piccolo (small) or media sizes of their coffee drinks as well as the option to choose if hot or iced. I chose the latter since it was pretty hot outside when we visited this place. Although I thought this was better off as a hot beverage even the iced version was really good. The white chocolate that they had used was sweet but not too sweet which was great for me.
I also tried out their lemonades because I was intrigued with their selection and the ingredients that they used on each of the flavors. I went with their Khannon or PhP 80 (or 1.7 USD) lemonade which is a combination of mango and peach served in a unique mason jar. I have to tell you guys that this has to be one of the best lemonades I’ve tried yet.
Upon tasting it, it was actually really concentrated which was a good news because I could place it in a bigger glass and pour more water on it but it would still taste good. One of the things I liked from it aside from its flavor was the mango and peach bits that were inside as well. A definitely a must try if ever you’ll visit Studio Terminal 1 + Café .
Me-An ordered SALTED CARAMEL FRAPPEAS, PhP 170 (or 3.63 USD). I took a sip of her drink and it was pretty much coffee with caramel taste. The coffee taste was tad too strong for me maybe because I currently don’t like coffee that much. Me-An loved this drink.
STUDIO TERMINAL 1 + CAFÉ IS REASONABLE
Although they only offer all-day breakfast meals and pasta for their food, Studio Terminal 1 + Café is reasonable for those wanting to have a simple photo shoot. One gets to use the photo studio and, at the same time, have their tummies filled after the shoot, or have some thirst quenchers and caffeinated drinks to keep them awake. Of course, you would need to have a photographer, who has a basic knowledge at least of studio photography, and to have a camera and a tripod with you for great shots. Good thing for us, we have Angela Atienza, who happens to be a Multimedia Arts graduate, as a friend so she was the one who took our photos. She is a web graphic designer as well so if you’re interested just shoot her an email at email@example.com.
Anyway, overall we really think this is a good first effort to offer food and studio rental in just one place. The prices they’re charging is pretty much reasonable enough for food that university students can also afford it.
Studio Terminal 1 + Café
Second Floor, University Mall, Taft Avenue, Malate, Manila.
Operating Hours: 9AM to 9PM.
For reservation on studio rental: 0927 815 8950.