December 22, 2016

The Yard at Xavierville: Dip N Dough

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, Takami, Dip N Dough and Ice Box.  Here’s a map of the food park (click to enlarge photos): 

Dip and Dough
Dip n’ Dough is a unique food stall serving different types of freshly-made dough which you can choose from: mini doughnuts, twisted doughnuts, pretzel, and almond glazed dough-cones. It is one of the most popular stalls inside The Yard  because of its unique concept. During our second visit, we still had some space for desserts, so I thought it's high-time to try Dip n’ Dough and see what the hype is all about. 

Chimney Cones are slow roasted dough cones, coated with almond and cinnamon sugar and a choice of your dip. I initially wanted to get the Chimney Cream because it's blueberry cheesecake flavored but it wasn't available. So I was left with the Chimney Original and the Chimney Supreme. 

Chimney Original - chimney cone with ice cream

Chimney Supreme - with honeycomb and gh cretors caramel and cheddar cheese

The Chimney Cones were down-right Instagram-worthy! But taste-wise, everything was just OK. I have no idea what brand they have used for the vanilla ice cream. The doughnut cone was tough enough to hold the ice cream, but it wasn't the best thing I've tasted. 

The Yard at Xavierville
83 Xavierville Avenue, Loyola Heights, 
Quezon City, Philippines
The Yard:
Dip N Dough:
Contact No:  0917 504 7911

For more information, complete menu and restaurant reviews, check out their Zomato profile: 
Dip N' Dough Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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