Filipinos love to eat, that’s why the food industry here is steadily growing for years. Malls and town centers are rising up from the ground like mushrooms filled with both old and new restaurants. Also, I have noticed that after the success of Maginhawa, Lilac and Kapitolyo, a lot of food parks are springing around the metro. This is great because you can just go to one place, eat and try different kinds of food and cuisines to your heart’s content. Something new and a far cry from going to a single restaurant. Yeah, talk about food tripping!
Just like this newly opened gastropark in QC: The Yard at Xavierville. The yard is a 3-floor food park built from steel shipping containers. The first and second levels contain the 30 vendors offering almost every type of food and cuisine you can think of – from appetizers, to mains, to drinks and desserts. At the third level is just an al-fresco dining area where customers can stay when the seats at the first and second floors are full.
The place is quite small and narrow but the spaces are well maximized. Parking can be a bit tedious because The Yard has limited parking slots at the entrance. Since it’s the rainy season, I suggest that you take a table that can give you cover, just in case it rains.
I love the overall industrial feel of this food park. I find this place very hip, yet doesn’t cater only to a certain group of people. I was there one Saturday night and I saw a lot of groups of friends and families alike. There’s also live musical performances by DJ and bands on weekends by the way.
I was able to try quite a few from the 30 food stalls inside The Yard: Halal Kabab Express, Black Plate, Little Wondang, Milkshake Lab, Wakamojo, Tokyo Tempura, The Gulp. Here’s a map of the food park (click to enlarge photos):
Tokyo Tempura offers all sorts of tempura at very affordable prices. It is the first ever Tempura food cart concept. Giving all markets a taste of Japan's world famous Ebi Tempura at an affordable price.They even offer unlimited tempura for only PHP 199. I am very familiar with this food stall because I always buy from them at their Makati Park Square terminal area on my way home when I was still working in Makati.
I've been craving their tempura for months now and I was so glad when I found out that they are now expanding to different food parks around the metro. I ordered their Crazy Tempura which includes 10 pieces with mayo and nori strips for only Php 100.
It tasted the same like the ones I usually buy at their Makati Park Square branch. The shrimps used are of perfect size, not too small and not too big. It is also very soft to bite and looks fresh (because I didn't got allergies). I didn't ask for sauce anymore because the mayo and nori strips gave it so much flavor already. I will definitely try the unlimited tempura when I go back. This food stall is a must visit and their tempura is a must try!