The new wing of Powerplant Mall houses a unique kind of food hall that focuses on the food they serve rather than their “brand.”
The Grid Food Market did away with individual branding of the food stalls. Instead, they focused on what specialty that food stall has to offer.
The hall was divided into a number of stalls representing different cuisines each.
The first thing that caught my attention was the wine & cheese stall by Estrella Galicia. You can order wines by the glass. Cool, right? 🍾
Next is the Thai Resto.
This huuuuge Porkchop is called Tank XL (literally XL!) served with Pulled Pork and Monggo Beans. This dish gets my thumbs up! It might look dry and looks like it’s a tough cut of meat, but in reality, it’s juicy and tender. The breading’s tasty and crunchy too! This is a pork version of the chicken from Bad Bird.
I am a fan of ‘gata’ (coconut base) dishes but this one doesn’t get my approval. The leaves in this Green Curry Laing should have been polverized more. The leaves definitely leaves a very bitter taste in your mouth, literally! And the chicharon on top’s so oily that when you bite, the oil comes oozing out.
There is also a Japanese Resto which serves Tsukemen and Ramen. My friend ordered Karaage for her kids. Would try their Tsukemen next time.
Their Karaage looks crunchy.
Another stall we tried and has a long line is this one, Le Chon by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu. Taking lechon into the next level by applying French techniques in cooking it.
1st step is to choose your own lechon – pork, beef, chicken or fish.
2nd step is to choose the rub.
3rd step is to choose the sides.
4th step is to choose the kind of rice.
Last and final step is to choose your sauce.
The Lechon Porchetta’s meat was really tender and juicy. That huge ‘balat’ (skin) you see on top was super crunchy, even the kids loved it. This is a must try especially for Lechon fans.
A different take on one of the most well loved Filipino dishes.
My friend ordered Potato Tots from the burger joint.
The hashbrown-like potato tots with cheese is something new. For sharing with a group of people who loves carbs.
For Seafood lovers, they also have seafood rolls.
The lobster roll was already sold out so I guess it’s also good. I got to take a photo of their crab roll while waiting to be picked up. It’s priced cheaper compared to Luke’s Lobster which could set you back by Php1,000.00 or more.
Of course, a food hall like this should always have something sweet to offer. They have Workshop by Le Petit Souffle.
Cakes, brownies, tarts – all for your picking!
Other stalls have yet to open, so hopefully, they will be the next time we visit.
If you are looking for something unique and you would like to feel the vibe here, visit The Grid Food Market at the Powerplant Mall in Rockwell.
Braved the rain to go to the newest place to hang out in San Juan.
Courtyard@453 is located at 453 P. Guevarra Street San Juan, hence the name with the 453.
And unlike other food parks in the metro, this courtyard has parking spaces and the actual dining area is air conditioned.
Inside, a bright and airy space will greet you. 5 restaurants that serve 5 different cuisines surround the place.
Right smack in the middle is the bar. They serve everything from juices to shakes to beers! They also have ice cream for dessert and coffee to cap off your meal.
Since our kids love Japanese, we went straight to the Japanese resto. Ebi 10 is famous for its tempuras and crazy rolls. They were just named by Spot.ph as having the best ebi tempura in Metro Manila.
My minnies got hold of the menu and ordered their own ebi tempura. For the adults, we tried the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki.
We ordered Gyoza as we usually do when going Japanese. Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside.
For sure, kids loved the tempura. Gone in 50 seconds!🍤🍤🍤🍤
As for me, I love the Crispy Torched Salmon Skin Maki that we ordered, very very tasty and really crunchy!
Moving on to the next resto, Tra Vinh Express is the newest baby of Tra Vinh Philippines, an Australian born Vietnamese restaurant serving authentic Vietnamese cuisine that has already carved its way into the hearts of Manila’s foodies.
Not Vietnamese without the Dry Noodles and the Fresh Shrimp Spring Rolls.
The dry noodles is good.
The fresh shrimp spring rolls could do better with a tastier peanut sauce.
Since it was a rainy and gloomy day, we decided to have some hot noodles. We ordered from The Silver Dragon which serves Chinese Cuisine.
The kids love the Wonton Dumplings that comes with the Noodle soup.
Kids also loved the Xiao Long Bao.
Hope they improve the Fresh Lumpia though.
There’s 2 more restaurants to try but we were so full already!
Pops ‘n Pebs serve Filipino dishes.
LIF, on the other hand, serves American Cuisine. If you are up for some burgers and fries, or maybe pasta and pizza, you should try this one out.
This slider looks good and this might be my order on my next visit!
To add, their restroom’s very very clean and smells good too!
They also have another washing area outside.
So there! Stop reading and see for yourself! DEFINITELY a must visit!
As food parks keep on sprouting all over the metro, we tumbled upon a newly opened one in Quezon City.
It’s called Open Kitchen and it’s located along P Tuazon.
So many ‘kitchens’ to choose from.
Here is the map of the kitchens in 2 floors.
There could be at least 30 kitchens available now. And there are a few more opening soon.
Tables and chairs scattered all over. There is even a rooftop aside from the General Dining Area on the 1st and 2nd floor.
Our family loves to eat! We ordered different dishes from different kitchens!
Starting with my number 1 bet!
The Bourbon Whiskey Glazed Pork from Charlie’s Point is one of the bests!
Very very tasty ribs. Super tender. Even the rice is flavored.
I also love the Classic Pan Fried Dumplings from Momo Dumpling Bar! They have Black Pepper Dumplings also.
Inihaw na Bulaklak from Biggy’s
The barbeque marinade is good. But the fact that the bulaklak isn’t chicharon and crunchy, doesn’t sit well with my taste buds.
They also ordered another steak at the Meat Pub, tasted good but not as flavorful as the ribs in Charlie’s Point.
My aunt wanted to try this. Its called Ispabok – a fusion of spaghetti and palabok. This dish was the last to finish.
The lechon has super crunchy balat (skin) and super tender laman (meat)! They got this at the Carnivore Cookery!
Going a little bit Japanese with this Spicy Ramen and Takoyaki at Taka Ramen. Waited for this Takoyaki for a very long time and the wait definitely is not worth it. The ramen is okay though!
Something fried, get this at Seafood Squad. We love this because it’s crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s not chewy so it’s ok for kids and seniors.
The following are our family’s other choices!
Prata from Senyor Roti
Pork Ribs from Kanto Ribs.
Shrimp on Garlic
Philly Cheese Steak
The Ham and Cheese Raclette from Mr Raclette. Too expensive for its worth. Too salty.
Our taste buds differ from yours so go find out what your own hits and misses are. This food park doesn’t have those commercialized stalls that you see in almost all the other food parks in the Metro. Maybe we could support this budding culinary geniuses. We might be able to make some of them break out and for the rest, there’s always room for improvement.
Open Kitchen is located at 22 P. Tuazon Blvd, Quezon City, 1111 Metro Manila.
Pros: A big parking lot beside the food park.
Cons: Parking is not Free (unless you go in late at night)
It has been a tradition to most of us to collect Starbucks stickers to get that “Starbucks Planner”. I particularly can’t get rid of this tradition even if I am not that much of a coffee drinker.
Check Starbucks.ph to read on the full mechanics on how to get this planner.
Simply put though, to get the Starbucks Planner, one has to purchase 9 cups of Starbucks’ core beverages and 9 cups of Starbucks’ Holiday beverages. Every purchase entitles you to a corresponding sticker. When you complete the 18 stickers, then you can redeem a 2017 Starbucks Planner in any branch.
The promo will run from November 2, 2016 to January 8, 2017.
Here is my cup by cup journey in getting that planner.
I am so grateful for friends who donated their stickers to me. Technically, I only have to purchase 8 cups on my own.
I can’t wait to get my 2017 Starbucks Planner! Update soon!
One Sunday evening, my cousin and her boyfriend dropped by to visit the kids. Since we stayed home all day, we were excited to go out and grab some dinner.
Browsing through the internet for places to eat, we found ourselves going to the U Belt in Espana. Depended on Waze to bring us to Tori Box.
We found Tori Box beside Starbucks in I Tower along P Noval in Espana Manila.
Tori Box is a small space compared to Starbucks and we got there just before people started filling the place. We occupied the only parking slot in front of the resto and had a nice table in the middle.
The interior has that homey chillax feel to it. The smell of the chicken karaage greets you as well.
Checked out the menu and we were so happy that the prices were very affordable. “Presyong Estudyante” (student price) for working people like us looks very attractive.
We tried to order all that caught our eyes but many of them were either sold out or out of stock! Too bad because we wanted to try the spicy ones.
Anyway, we settled for what’s available. Here they are.
I love Potato Corner and eating these yummy Karaages in the same bbq flavoring that is my favorite is just heaven.
There are so many flavors to choose from! BBQ, Sour Cream, Chili Pepper, there’s 3 or 4 more and I forgot about them already.
What I also love aside from the flavoring is the chicken karaage itself. It’s not all breading. You could actually taste the chicken.
I would love to go back again to Tori Box! If you want to visit them, they have branches in Agno, Taft, Manila and Regalado, Fairview, Quezon City.