When in Marikina: Dine like it’s your last meal at Caffe Piansa, the first jailed-themed resto in the PH

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With all the restaurants mushrooming everywhere in the Philippines and fighting for a decent market share, one must not only offer good food and service to compete and thrive but also provide a fresh concept in terms of theme and ambience. All these contribute to a memorable, fun, and satisfying dining experience that keep attracting new customers day after day and keep luring old patrons to come back, with new customers in tow. Of all themes imaginable, who would’ve thought someone would choose JAIL for a restaurant concept? Caffe Piansa is exactly that, and it is one of the most pleasantly surprising restaurant I’ve been to by far.

From the outside, it didn’t look captivating to me although I got a little intrigued by its tagline “The first jail-themed restaurant in town!” Piansa means bail, which already gives you an idea about their branding. Still, the moment I stepped inside, I exclaimed in amazement like a child who just got an all-ride access to a theme park. Clearly I underestimated their concept until I got in for a “detention.”

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Caffe Piansa’s interiors are a replica of prison cells, a courtroom (with a magistrate in complete outfit), and a police station fused into one fun dining place. All the restaurant personnel were in character, except that they could be the coolest prisoners and magistrate you’ll ever meet. If I were an outlaw to be detained here, I’d rather enjoy languishing in my cell than post bail.

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You can take a mugshot upon entering and invent a funny case against yourself (It would make a wacky profile picture of you on social media).

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Happy campers, err, prisoners at Caffe Piansa — The only “prison” in the world where you’d be happy to be incarcerated.

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If you think the fun part is over, wait until you see their menu.

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PASTA ALA PIANSA. And their food certainly didn’t disappoint.

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What better way to serve the sentence after the hearty last meal, lol!

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Clearly the restaurant game in the country has changed with the influx of concept restaurants and diners like Caffe Piansa. The playing field has gone beyond the taste, variety, and price points of food, but the total dining experience.

With food, service, and ambience this awesome, I wouldn’t mind being incarcerated at all. In fact, I’d pay my way to detention.

Caffe Piansa – 57 Dragon Street, Midtown Subdivision, San Roque, Marikina City

Their FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/caffepiansa




32 Comments on "When in Marikina: Dine like it’s your last meal at Caffe Piansa, the first jailed-themed resto in the PH"

  1. I’ve seen this featured on TV. Di ko lang matandaan kung aling program. I’ll invite my friends to go there para mas masaya. May function room ba sila?

    • Hi Alex. I was told that they have a function room upstairs (though I didn’t check to verify). Try sending them a message on their fb page, I’m sure they’ll be happy to respond to your query.

      And yeah, tagging your friends along sounds like fun! :)

  2. Novel concept! Creative menu. it does not hurt that the food is good. Marikina has some interesting dining places. I hope to visit one day.

    • Thanks. Marikina has a lot of hidden gems when it comes to dining places. I intend to blog about some of them in the coming weeks.

  3. This looks scary to me but the concept is really nice even the name of the meal. :)

  4. That’s kinda cute. A jail themed restaurant, very unique. I’d love to try the food there, it looks good!

  5. Last night I was watching Rated K and it features different restaurant with themes like hospital and chemistry laboratory. Caffe Pianza is another great themed place.

    • Interesting! I’ve been to a cafe that looks like a chemistry laboratory (even their menu board looks like the Table of Elements, I was having a hard time reading it haha!). I haven’t heard about a hospital concept just yet. Thanks for sharing, I’ll look that up. :)

  6. Cool idea! Except for the raped fish, it seems so weird! Anyway, when you’re here, you cannot rush dining because there is so much to see and do.

  7. This will be a good dining experience because of the unique ambiance and the food names pa. I saw an hospital and laboratory themed resto naman the other night at Rated K.

  8. The concept is crazy! But hey, it’s something new. :) Seems worth a try. Also, there food is way better than those inside of a real jail, right? Haha!

  9. Such a nice place when you are with your friends. The menu is so cool and I was wowed with the theme. Resto nowadays talagang nag evolve na rin to capture the taste of the customers.

  10. I love the concept and how they named the food. I hope it taste good too. Something to look forward in Marikina :)

  11. Pretty cool menu, and the place look so fun for interesting foodie adventure. I love the idea, its unique and different in a good way.

  12. i like to visit this one it so cool

  13. IT is really an interesting theme for a restaurant. Must been an exciting experience dining there.

  14. Such an interesting place! Too bad it’s far from me.

  15. The place looks so lovely and I like the concept.. i heard about this resto also that this is a very nice place and also their foods.

  16. well this is something new! actually enticing yung concept nya in fairness :)

  17. Wow! That’s a nice concept. These days resto owners really come up with the best concept they can think of because of the competition.

    • So true. Sometimes hindi lang yung food ang pinupuntahan ng tao eh, but the entire dining experience. That’s why concept restos provide a breath of fresh of air. :)

  18. The electric chair is scaaarrry! I think this is a better concept than the comfort room resto in Boracay though hehe

    • Hahaha I wouldn’t even dare go inside the comfort room resto. I actually found the electric chair a lot of fun, lol!

  19. Menu list are crazy but it sounds very interesting oh how it taste. Would love to visit this unique restaurant very soon.

  20. I’d heard about some really nice dining places in Marikina but this is the first time i heard of this Cafe Piansa. Nakakatuwa naman hehehe

  21. One of a kind concept for a restaurant.. I love the idea. Haha

  22. That’s a cool resto concept! I’ll ask hubby to take me there.. heehee

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