Variety. That's the name of the game. With more and more choices to pick from, diners tend to just toss a coin and go for whatever is convenient and nearby. Then the food parks came in. Usually a compound that would have a number of mini-establishments that serve different dishes and food that seems like the best go to place. These stand alone food factories are your best bet if you want to have a lot of options when it comes to food.
A couple of factors that hinders people from going to them would be the parking and the ambiance. At MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL, they fixed that. First of, parking is very much free and could definitely accommodate a lot. Around 16 cars could fit in front while the rest could park along the street and even at other establishments nearby. In terms of ambiance, the place is fun, colorful, and did I mention cold? Yes, this is one of the few food parks that let's you relax and have a breather from the heat. That is why, this place is open to the public from 11am to 10pm unlike other places.
Furthermore, the famous Chef Ed Bugia of Backyard Fame curated and hand picked each of the different stalls that is present in MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL.
|Taken from Malingap Central Food Hall Facebook Page|
One reason why I visited the place early on was because of TAZA PLATITO. This dessert heaven is known as one of the top picks of Lori Baltazar from Dessert Comes First. Rightfully so, as I could personally vouch for the cupcakes and the different sweet endings Taza Platito has been creating these past few years.
One should try out their EBTKS cookie. Each bite gives off a different texture because EBTKS translates to "everything but the kitchen sink". Different types of nuts, chocolate, and whatever you could think off is part of this cookie. This would go well with milk. If only, they had that on the menu.
For some Mexican flavor, you could try out EL SOMBRERO. Burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and a lot more. Check out their huge menu and try out their soft tacos. Pretty good.
Quixote, on the other hand, is somewhat similar but different. They offer Spanish cuisine like paella and even churros.
At the back of the place, you will find a gem. Alfred's Roast Beef has been known to a number of meat lovers for years. Huge cut of meat with a 50:50 ratio of fat and beef, you can't go wrong partnering it with rice and their secret sauce.
If you're up for some kebabs, SHISHK got you covered. Long skewered meat is grilled and served with a generous amount of spicy and mild sauce.
One surprise stall would be HAPITORI. According the the owner and chef, this is their first venture into the food industry. Surprisingly, Chef Eugene came from HR but always keeps on coming back to food. So this venture of his is all about easy to eat Japanese Style Yakitori. The chicken ass and the chicken skin are to die for. Partner them up with their special rice and you will be good to go.
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Other than these stalls, there are still a lot more to open. SWEET X just opened a lite version of their restaurant that would offer delicious hamburgers. Another dessert place might also open but I guess that's that. Drinks are pretty much affordable with 50Php a bottle, you can't go wrong with that. Congratulations Chef Ed!
MALINGAP CENTRAL FOOD HALL
40 Malingap Street,
Teacher's Village East, Diliman, Quezon City
Disclaimer:visited on my own. Paid for my meal. Got to try the cookie from Taza Platito and some other sticks from Hapitori for free though.