July 28, 2016

The Yard at Xavierville: Milkshake Lab

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): 

Milkshake Lab offers uniquely flavored milkshake concoctions. It is one of the 3 stalls inside the food park  and the only one that is enclosed and air-conditioned. Milkshake Lab describes their drinks as simply explosive, and I couldn't agree more. 

Milkshake Lab is a unique concept owned by Gillian Hizon who graduated at International School for Culinary Arts and Hotel Management and took up Pastry Arts there. We got to try their new flavor: Brownie Nutella Fudge, which is not yet on their menu. Yes, we got first dibs on this yummy drink!

At first look, the drink is already very appetizing. The huge dollop of whipped cream, the choco wafer stick and the big chunk of brownie on top of the drink will make you salivate like a crazy dog. Oh, it also includes a syringe filled with Nutella that you'll mix with everything. Love love this variant and I'm excited to try their other flavors too!

The Yard at Xavierville
83 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, 
Quezon City, Philippines
The Yard:
Facebook: facebook.com/theyardatxavierville
Instagram: instagram.com/theyardatxavierville
Milkshake Lab:
Contact No: 09770976288
Facebook: facebook.com/MilkshakeLabAtTheYard
Instagram: instagram.com/milkshake.lab

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile:
Milkshake Lab 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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