There has been a hype in food parks in the recent year. We see huge parking lot spaces converted to food parks almost everywhere. It’s a way for small food business owners to sell their food items, without renting in malls or putting up their own store. In essence, it’s more of a real estate business than food and beverage, at least that’s how I take it. Quezon City is pretty packed with various food parks. You can see at least one around crowded places like Katipunan, Maginhawa, Congressional, Xavierville, Mindanao Avenue, and a whole lot of other busy streets. There’s one that’s quite low key though, it’s the one situated along Shorthorn, Project 8—El Fresco. This mini food park is just 10-minutes away from our home. It’s the most convenient place to satisfy random food cravings. If you want to just eat and chill, this is a good place to consider.
Last Wednesday, our family took a random dinner at El Fresco. I’ve seen this food park from its beginning, it started about a year ago if my memory serves me right. Sadly, a lot of my favorite stalls have closed, my guess is that it’s due to the high rent. I’ve heard that a slot costs around P25,000 per month. Imagine na quantity of food items you have to sell first to compensate for the rent alone. Anyway, here’s a list of the used-to-be food stalls in El Fresco:
Juan Pastry – they serve really good fresh juices and shakes. Our favorite was the big buko shake, good for 2 people; costs P100.
Los Churreros – churros stand with dark chocolate dip. You can get your churros fix for as low as P80! They used to serve ice cream churros and flavored churros as well.
Anya – they serve delicious dimsum and rice toppings for less than P100. My top picks are pork and shrimp siomai and shark’s fin dumplings.
The Bacon Club – baecon! our favorite was the Ultimate Bae (bacon-egg-rice) for P100. They also have a special creation of potato balls with cheese and bacon (AKA Bacon Bombs). I’ll definitely miss this place!
Going back to the Wednesday dinner, we made it a point to order a variety of food. At that time, we were also craving for different dishes. One thing I like about food parks is that customers have options to choose from. It also created diversification because almost always, only one stall serves a specific dish (e.g. only one Japanese cuisine, single stall serving burgers, lone cart with drink options, etc).
Here’s the dinner spread…
Miso Ramen – Rhys’ favorite. Taka serves a decent-tasting ramen for less the price. You can get your ramen fix for as low as P200. It’s good for sharing too.
Takoyaki – pancake balls stuffed with cabbage, veggies, and octopus. We got 8 pieces for 99 pesos. It’s hefty and this order was good for the 5 of us! See how it looks good! Tastes yummy too, has the right mix of sweet and salty.
Crispy Kare Kare – our staple rice meal. The sauce is a mouth-watering creation of peanut flavors, perfectly done vegetables, and a side of shrimp paste or bagoong. It is topped by thinly-sliced pork strips which has the right amount of crispiness. You can’t skip the rice when eating this dish! A serving is good for 2 and costs P150.
Chicharong Bulaklak – the right beer match for titos and titas who want to cap the night off. My mom ordered this one, and of course not as a pulutan but as a viand! Talk about keeping an eye on her cholesterol. #CheatDay. This dish is really good. It’s prepared well, no awkward taste, considering that it’s pig intestines! The vinegar dip complements the saltiness of the chicharong bulaklak.
3-piece Fried Chicken – their take on the traditional fried chicken. The serving is big and the cost for this beauty is around P125. It’s good for 3 people as we managed to take out 1 piece with rice!
Scramble – this, I must say is the star of the night. I never liked scramble, perhaps because I have not had the chance to taste a really good one. My memory of scramble is a pink mixture of tasteless icy thing, topped with powdered milk and that’s it.
This one is different. I can taste the flavor of the pink slush–something like vanilla-ish flavor, but Kate argued that it’s just sugar. The powdered milk topping is not overwhelming, it’s the right amount for when you want it mixed with the pink slush or just consume it separately. The additional toppings of choco wafer, rice crispies and mini mallows added to the “sosyal scramble” taste. We got 3 orders of this nostalgic treat; cost is at P50 per order. It’s worth it!
There you have it! Some of the options you can try when you visit this little food park in the streets of Project 8! You might be lucky to get a free gig since they would sometimes invite bands for acoustic night.
Blog Question: Which Quezon City food park would you recommend? What stalls are your go-to-places in these food parks? Let me know in the comment section!
P.S. I’m sorry if I triggered your appetite by this feature. 🙂