3 new food parks to check out

Expand your dining experience with these three new food hubs in Metro Manila.

 

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — There’s no denying the fact that food collectives are having their time in the sun. No, these aren’t the standard mall food courts; these collectives are of their own caliber. Think Singapore hawkers meet New York weekend markets, with fixed brick and mortars, and daily hours. Hole in the Wall, located at the top floor of Century Mall, was the first food hall to jump on this way of dining in the city back in 2014.

The two years that followed saw several others follow suit, from Kapitolyo to Congressional Avenue. This surge of food parks has seeped into 2017, with many expected to open up in the future. At the halfway mark of the year, we look into three different food collectives that opened in the last couple of months.

Buendia Food by the Court

BUENDIA FOOD BY THE COURT

This Makati food park gets its name from the fact that its stalls surround a full-functioning basketball court. A project by the SUDECO real estate group, Buendia Food by the Court is a space that aims to combine the Filipino affinity for food and basketball.

There are presently 27 merchants that operate daily, serving dishes that are easy on the pocket. Plates here average ₱150 to P250 at most. The space can accommodate as many as 450 people in its al fresco communal seating area and roof deck terrace. While it was expected that the stalls would become the after-basketball haunt, those in the surrounding villages and Makati condominiums have made this their evening go-to.

Buendia Food by the Court Clockwise, from top left: lobster and wasabi balls (Fritoohhh!), crispy chicken and classic pork belly buns (Shangkee Buns), pad thai (Isha's Little Thai Kitchen), saté babi and nasi goreng (Bakmi Nyonya), salted egg shrimps (Shrimper's List), and bulgogi bowl (RJ's Korean Bowlgogi). Photo by JL JAVIER

Buendia Food by the Court Clockwise, from top left: adobong kambing (Korvits Grill), wagyu sisig (Sisig MNL), goto all meat and champorado with bacon (Goto Pinoy), salisbury longganisa meal (Joe's), sizzling balut (Doss Pares). Photo by JL JAVIER

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Little Kodo

Little Kodo is a stall that sells a small range of Japanese street food, by someone who has spent the good part of three decades working as a chef in Japan. They’ve got their own okonomiyaki and takoyaki, as well as yakisoba and gyoza for a steal.

Bakmi Nyonya

An introduction to authentic Indonesian food, Bakmi Nyonya has a full range of bakmi dishes made with homemade noodles. Nasi goreng, beef rendang, and Indonesian curry are also available.

Korvits Grill

Goat dishes in Manila are hard to come by, but Korvits Grill is dedicated to just that. Goat here is served as kaldereta, adobo, pinapaitan, sinampalukan, and kilawin.

Buendia Food by the Court is located at Sen. Gil Puyat Ave. cor. Bautista & Finlandia St., Makati. For operating hours, a full list of concessionaires, and other details, check their Facebook page.

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THE SHIPYARD MALATE

Three years since opening Señor Pollo, which has expanded to five branches, Daniel Mabanta has come full circle by returning to his Malate roots with The Shipyard. Built by stacks of colorful container vans, Shipyard hosts a short lineup of Mabanta’s own concepts, like East London for kebabs and burgers, and Bernie’s for fried chicken.

A general Shipyard menu lists local street food favorites like isaw, kikiam, and kwek-kwek, side-by-side with beer pairing staples sizzling sisig, tokwa’t baboy, and crispy pata.

The requisite beer list is tacked up on the wall, but below it is a cocktail list with a few Señor Pollo imports (El Chapo, Limonada Corapta, etc).

An operational squid ball cart has recently been added to the communal dining area, and talks of a dirty ice cream cart to accompany it have been floating around. A Manila kid since his younger days, Mabanta’s goal was to create a space reminiscent of Malate in its heyday. At the rate that Shipyard’s going, could this place possibly break ground for the area’s hip nightlife dining reincarnation?

Shipyard From top: lumpiang shanghai, sisig, assortment of barbecue. Photo by JL JAVIER

Shipyard food park malate LEFT: Bernie's tenders and fries, classic fried chicken with a side of spicy rice and garlic mash. RIGHT: The most expensive item at Shipyard is the crispy pata at P450, which is enough to feed a party of four. Photos by JL JAVIER

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East London

A stall with döner wraps and plates, alongside traditional local barbecue. It is named so because East London is where Mabanta lived while taking his master’s degree.

Bernie’s Southern Fried Chicken

Señor Pollo’s fried chicken received its own spin-off through Bernie’s, which is all about fried chicken, and eight sides to choose from. For no reason at all, other than the owner’s sheer admiration for the guy, this concept gets its name from U.S. senator Bernie Sanders.

The Shipyard Malate is located at 578 Gen. Malvar St, Malate, Manila, and is open from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. everyday. For more details, visit their Facebook page.

Industrie

INDUSTRIE FOOD LOFT

Industrie is a joint effort by brothers Ken, Kevin, and Kirby Lachica, alongside their significant others, Angela, Maemae, and Lauren, to provide Ortigas a cool communal dining space.

Considering all the food halls mushrooming around Manila, the group made it clear that they didn’t want Industrie to be just another food hall, nor did they want to put up a food park. Instead, they decided on a loft, one cozy enough for a couple of tables and just a few stalls with short menus.

There are 12 merchants in total, each unique from the other, some of whom have set up shop here as way to ratify their hidden dreams. There are CrossFit coaches, a freelance photographer, a graphic designer, and even a speech pathologist who moonlights behind the counters at Industrie on some days.

Despite the few stalls in Industrie, dishes between vendors are varied and refreshing, from bulgogi subs and wasabi burgers, to sisig rice balls and matcha taho shakes.

Industrie Food Loft Clockwise, from top left: crazy maki (Hoka), peri-peri chicken (Tornado), spicy shake (Hoka), baby back ribs (Tornado), meat skewers (Niku Niku), tempura salmon aburi maki (Hoka), grilled cabbage (Niku Niku). Photo by JL JAVIER

Food-Park-Industrie-D1.jpg Left: Matcha Taho Shake, Halo-Halo, Salted Edd Cheesecake and Tinutong Rice gelato, all from Manila Creamery. Right: Brownies from Krates by Kopi Roti. Photos by JL JAVIER  

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The Broken Oven

The siblings behind The Broken Oven had their beginnings by selling slow-roasted pork belly right out of their home kitchen. The demand for the roast was so high, that their oven gave way, hence the stall name. Since settling in Industrie, the pork belly has been joined by roast pork belly and kesong puti sandwiches, a chicken and torched cheese casserole, and spicy sisig by the gram.

Niku Niku

Niku Niku takes its inspiration from the street food stalls of Japan and Taiwan, its name being the Japanese word for “meat.” The first step here is to choose from four different kinds of skewered meat, followed by the selection of marinades to coat the sticks in, then a choice of chahan or steamed white rice to pair with them.

Manila Creamery

Italian-style gelato in dominantly Filipino flavors is what Manila Creamery has come to master. There are flavors here like mangga’t suman, Davao dark chocolate, and burnt rice, but not to be missed is the Mindanao milk soft serve, and house halo-halo.

Industrie Food Loft is located at 2/F Citigolf Plaza, Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas, Pasig. Operating times vary; for more details, check their Facebook page.