Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017





Food parks come and go. Some have thrived beyond their expiration dates by evolving in different locations and with upgraded food choices. In Pasig City, a homegrown food park near the city proper in Brgy. San Miguel has found its calling to serve only the most unique options that a foodie can find in one location. Operated, run, and participated in by novice and experienced food business individuals who are residents in the area (most of them are), the Playfield Food Park at The Main Park is basically an inventive outdoor food court where no one stall is exactly the same. There's one selling Japanese ramen. Another has a Western-Japanese fusion for its menu. Next to it is a nook for Italian-American delights (ribs and pasta) and the stall thereafter is an underrated coffee nook that serves one of the best cupcakes in Metro Manila. At the far corner of the park is where foodies go for their flavored wings fix. Across them all is a stall that serves Korean desserts called bingsu and a Mexican-oriented stall that's sought after for its taco bucket.


Unlike other food parks where participating food stall owners are from different locations, The Playfield Food Park knows what this side of Pasig City really needs. And, it's a whole lot of unique options in one space. Plus, quality food that any member of the family can enjoy.


Check out the following seven reasons why you can find yourself dining at this newly-opened food park in Pasig City:

Collide.MNL
Collide.MNL
Collide.MNL
Collide.MNL
1. Collide.MNL

Combining Western and Japanese flavors in its dishes, Collide.MNL is only for those who are hungry for the inventive. It's not easy to pull off fusion-oriented dishes, but this stall's treats somehow work well, especially the Schnitzel Tonkotsu (think German and Japanese) that's served with Yakimeshi (Japanese fried rice). Its Pulled Pork Roll is savory and interestingly crunchy for having a Pinoy twist via its chicharon toppings.

Bravissimo Gourmet Bistro
Bravissimo Gourmet Bistro
Bravissimo Gourmet Bistro
2. Bravissimo Gourmet Bistro

For those who have eaten at another food park in Kapitolyo, Bravissimo Gourmet Bistro is deliciously familiar. The owners -- a young couple -- are already successful in their other venture which is catering and attending to their new baby is basically just a walk in the park (pun intended). This food stall is known by its patrons for its top-notch ribs and pasta flavors. Its Hickory Glazed Babyback Ribs and the Beef and Spinach Lasagna Roll-ups are a must-order. The lasagna version is a modern take on Italian cuisine in that it's a balanced taste of sour and sweet. Plus, it has an intense creaminess to it thanks to the inclusion of spinach cream.

Binzu
Binzu
Binzu
3. Binzu

Bingsu is what Koreans call their shaved iced desserts. It's kind of like the Filipino halo-halo, only less to the letter when consumed. One doesn't really have to mix it all to taste the whole thing. Binzu is named after this Korean dessert and its owners have seriously upped the ante regarding its quality by making their shaved ice flavored depending on the main dessert flavor that you order. Case in point: their Salted Caramel Binzu is caramel-y, for lack of a better term, down to its shaved ice! As a result, everything in the bowl is creamy and definitely not forgettable. I loved that they are using whipped cream instead of ice cream so as to make the treat less overwhelming. I absolutely loved the inclusion of cereals in the mix because it gives the cold dessert a complimenting crunch that's sweet and dry for a change. Other must-orders are the Taro and Green Tea flavors.

Baso't Tasa
Baso't Tasa
Baso't Tasa
4. Baso't Tasa

There's something about underrated cafes that lure the coffee-lover in me and this unpretentious coffee and snack stall definitely has it all going on in that area. The owner is a serious coffee drinker and has long graduated from drinking Starbucks. As a matter of fact, she had been to a lot of places in search of the best way to prepare coffee at this new venture of hers called Baso't Tasa. You need to order the Aero Press coffee that's a blend from Mindanao called Black Magic to really believe that there's more to your average mall cafe. Also, pair it with a beer cupcake or any cupcake flavor that they have at the stall (peanut butter, double chocolate or red velvet) because all flavors are fantastic anyway! Take my word for it.

Sgt. Wings
Sgt. Wings
5. Sgt. Wings

What food park is complete without a stall that serves flavored wings? So far, I'm yet to see one and The Main Park is making sure that foodies who are into flavored wings can have their fix at the park. Here, they have Sgt. Wings. Must-try for those who have a penchant for anything spicy is the Korean-flavored wings. You can also try the buffalo-style wings which is the Classic flavor.

La Loca Mexican Cantina
La Loca Mexican Cantina
La Loca Mexican Cantina
6. La Loca Mexican Cantina

Co-owned by Chef Fara Pakdamanian, La Loca Mexican Cantina is not your ordinary taco nook. If anything, it serves a hefty taco that's as big as a person's face via its banner treat called La Loca Special. The monster taco is fantastic for sharing by three people. It's amusingly served as a crispy tortilla bucket filled with savory layers of Mexican rice, beef corn carne, cheddar cheese, beef carnita, cajun chicken, the signature La Loca sauce, cheese sauce, cajun-buttered corn, cabbage, pico de gallo, pickled chilli and camote chips. You can also go loco for Soft Taco, Quesadilla, Elote en Vaso, Burrito, Burrito Rice Platter and Nachos!

Read more about La Loca Mexican Cantina.

Roke Ramen
Roke Ramen
Roke Ramen
7. Roke Ramen

Unlike some Japanese cuisine-oriented stalls that can be found in many parts of the city, Roke Ramen is ideally where it's supposed to be -- with an assemblage of other food stall brands that serve quality but affordable treats out of their food park-designed menu. The list of ramen flavors is short at three choices but they're all available to appeal to unique tastes of the Japanese dish. The Black Garlic Shoyu (Php200+) is the best-seller for having a distinct taste. The Tonkotsu is what anybody new to ramen wants to order first because it's more neutral in taste. The Spicy Miso is the most flavorful of all the three even after minutes of letting the broth cool down. All of them are consistently filling as they're served in big bowls enough to be shared by at least two diners. The secret to authentic ramen, however, is not in the hefty serving but in the broth which Roke Ramen definitely gets right so far with every bowl served.

Read more about Roke Ramen.

The owners of the Playfield Food Park
Having fun at the park
The food park opens at 4:00pm daily
How To Get There

From Crossing:
Ply the Shaw Blvd.-Pasig Blvd. route all the way to C. Raymundo Ave. past Vargas Bridge. Turn right at Mercedes Ave. and turn left later on at Luis St. The entrance of the food park is just near the corner of Luis St. and Mercedes Ave.

From Rosario:
Ply the C. Raymundo Ave. route all the way to Sta. Clara Montefalco Church. Once there, turn left at Mercedes Ave. and turn another left later on at Luis St. The entrance of the food park is just near the corner of Luis St. and Mercedes Ave.

The Playfield Food Park at The Main Park just opened early this June, 2017 and had its test-run last May. You can expect to have an immense improvement in the menu as the months go by, especially before the Christmas season. Try it while it lasts. You never know if one of them is going to be a full-fledged restaurant soon, so you better be the first few ones to have sampled their delicious creations at this level.

Photography by Josua Chan


The Playfield Food Park at The Main Park

Official Facebook fan page of The Main Park

Location: The Main Park, next to East Raya Gardens, along Luis St., near the corner of Mercedes Ave., Brgy. San Miguel, Pasig City
Food Park Schedule: 4:00pm-12:00am daily



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