July 28, 2016

The Yard at Xavierville: Black Plate

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): 

One of the food stalls that we tried at The Yard is Black Plate. Black Plate is a modern Japanese food stall inside The Yard and they offer burri sushi, ramen and burri bowls. Burri sushi are wraps, think about sushi as big as a burrito, can it get any better than that?

Besides Mediterranean food, another favorite cuisine of mine is Japanese. I am in love with sushi and sashimi; and sushi the size of a burrito is like a dream come true. I got to try Black Plate's K-Town BBQ burri sushi. It's made up of grilled beef belly in Korean soy, shredded cabage, Romaine, cilantro cheddar and pepper Jack cheese, sweet soy dressing, Kewpie, Kimchi fried rice wrapped in Nori.

Though this is more Korean than Japanese, I love how it tasted! Every bite is packed with flavor and every ingredient goes well with the others. I specifically love the cheese and the Kewpie sauce. This is another food stall inside the gastropark that I might visit and try again. For the size of the burri sushi, I think the price is very reasonable.

The Yard at Xavierville
83 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, 
Quezon City, Philippines
The Yard:
Facebook: facebook.com/theyardatxavierville
Instagram: instagram.com/theyardatxavierville
Black Plate:
Contact Nos: +639178078761 / +639173422587
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Blackplateph
Instagram: instagram.com/blackplate.ph

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile:
Black Plate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Check out the other food stalls I got to try at The Yard by clicking on the links below:
Halal Kabab Express
Black Plate
Little Wondang
Milkshake Lab
Tokyo Tempura
The Gulp
Ice Box
Dip N Dough

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