Food hubs in pocket locations across Metro Manila have become rampant in the recent years. There's Maginhawa Street in Quezon City, BF-Aguirre in Parañaque City, and Kapitolyo in Pasig. Foodies now have their go-to spots especially as new restaurants pop up in these locations almost every week. To add to the variety of choices, food parks within these food hubs have also become popular. These open-air food courts feature food trucks and stalls that sell international street food, easy-to-eat munchies, and just about anything that can go down your throat.
On the east side of the metro, there's Gastro Park Kapitolyo which opened last November 2015. It showcases 15 food stalls that offer interesting fusion dishes, mouthwatering burgers and steaks, and sweet dessert. Unless you're a group of 10 or so, it'll be hard to select just one meal for yourself. So after trying each stall's bestsellers, we came up with 10 dishes that you should try if you find yourself lost in the Kapitolyo food hub.
1) Pik-a-Boo! Fries
The Surfries! stall has a long list of french fries: both the classic ones like cheese and sour cream and the more experimental premium ones. One of the must-try is their Pik-a-Boo! fries, which is topped with ground beef, white onions, tomatoes, bell pepper, melted cheese, and their signature cheese sauce.
2) Sweet Yet Cheesy Pizza
BrickPlate's specialties include pasta, ribs, chicken, and pizza. Their "Sweet Yet Cheesy" Pizza is your classic three cheese but with a drizzle of honey. Remember that 5-peso slice of pizza you'd always buy from your school canteen as a doe-eyed child? This plate will surely remind you of those fun days!
3) Yakitori BBQ
Niku-Q serves yakitori on a barbeque stick. Their must try are the Asuparebekon (pork with asparagus, PhP 45), Quail Eggs wrapped with Bacon (PhP 45), and Kawa (chiken skin, PhP 30).
The Masala Bar is an Indian restaurant within Gastro Park. Try their chicken curry and quesadillas.
5) Double Burger
At Stuffed by Offbeat, your wish is their command. Your double burger can come with two patties of your choice (offbeat or chorizo), your favorite sauce (jalapeño cheese, cheese, garlic mayo, or meat sauce), canadian bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, and cheese.
6) Mee Goreng
The Wok stall features Singaporean street food. Grab a plate of their Mee Goreng, a popular noodle dish not only in Singapore but also in Malaysia. They also serve Hainanese Chicken Rice, Nasi Goreng, and Char Kway Teow.
7) Mexican Bulalo
Tolyo's Soup N' Grill gives you a fusion of Tex-Mex and Filipino through their Mexican Bulalo.
8) Bagnet Rice
You can never go wrong with bagnet! Bagneto also serves bagnet sisig.
9) Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
As an ex-chemistry major, I remember playing...I mean, experimenting...with liquid nitrogen. It is a colorless liquid, which when poured out from its container quickly turns into gas. The cryogenic fluid is also known to cause rapid freezing on contact with living tissue.
This seemingly dangerous chemical, however, is being used in frozen desserts, spefically ice cream because of its cooling (and cool) properties. The rapid chilling caused by liquid nitrogen leads to the formation of smaller ice crystal, thus providing smoother and creamier ice cream. Check out the Seventh Element stall for some molecular gastronomy.
10) Cake Shakes
Sweet Nothing is the answer to your sugar addiction. Can't choose between cake and shake? Sweet Nothing gives you both through their signature product, cake shakes. They have strawberry Shortcake Shake, Molten Lava Cake Shake, Birthday Cake Shake, Banofee Pie Shake, S'mores Shake, and even your favorite Matcha Green Tea Shake.
Have you been to Gastro Park? What's your favorite? Share your own recommendations!
Gastro Park is located at No. 12, 1st Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig. It is open Monday to Thursday, 4pm to 12 mn; Friday to Saturday, 12 nn to 1 am; and Sunday, 12 nn to 12 am.
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