By hitting two birds in one stone, this FOOD PARK SERIES is intended as feature blog posts which could serve as a guide for returning Overseas Filipinos (OF’s) and tourists, as well as recommended locations for my Airbnb guests. The reference point will be the distance from my condo unit at Grass Residences and/or SM North EDSA which is also a landmark mall in the area. These are not sponsored posts and the opinions are the writer’s own. – BEST LIFE QATAR
Aside from Maginhawa Street which was featured in the first part of this series (click here for backreading), Visayas Avenue is another popular food destination in Quezon City area. It is even closer to Grass Residences and only less than 10 minutes drive via GRAB car (click this link and register to get GRAB special discounts).
Having experienced these food parks during the last three weeks of my stay in Manila, i can say it is not only those quirky “food-on-wheels” the reasons why people troop to these places. It is also the experience and the convenience as it comes handy and practical to have so much choices right infront of you… like going on a food court but on a cozier ambiance where you have a choice of air-conditioned interior seating, or mostly an open-air setting. However, one should come prepared by browsing for online menus earlier as it can really get overwhelming once you are there.
If you are tired of going to the malls and you are up for someplace cool and near, Visayas Avenue could be the wisest choice not only for proximity but also for the dynamic food choices available in the area. Aside from the new food parks that’s popping up in almost every corner, you still have those specialty restaurants and bistro cafes that’s already in the area for quite some time.
The chic design, the cozy atmosphere, the billboard of young chef-preneurs infront of the establishment will already give you a fresher, young vibe for this newest food hub. With only few months after opening, their unique food offerings are already becoming so popular with their avid patrons – mostly the millennials.
The Food Hive is highly recommended for families as I’ve not seen any liquor brands being offered in this establishments and a lot of choices that appeal to a wide range of customers – from a variety of rice meals to nitro sorbetes or local ice cream frozen with liquid nitrogen.
Relatively a pioneer in the area, Grub Hub located few kilometers away is also a stunner with its wider array of food choices. Wall arts and the use of recycled drums are noticeably the theme of this food park which is also targeting the millennials as well as families who are looking for affordable and unique hangout place.
The place could get crowded especially on a weekend since they have Grub Hub Bar offering beers and liquors… families might find late afternoons or regular weekdays a more convenient time to visit.
FOOD PARKS ALONG CONGRESSIONAL AVENUE
I chanced upon several ongoing food park constructions along the nearby Congressional Avenue and i noticed that they are located really close to each other. I could count around 3 existing and another 3 to 4 on going construction. But aside from the fact that traffic can get really heavy in this area being a major thoroughfare especially for big trucks, some of them may loose the coziness that these food parks bring due to the over popularity and over crowding. Otherwise, owners and operators should consider providing better services in order to standout from the stiff competition.
Disclaimer: The visit to the mentioned food parks are done during the period of May 1-24, 2017. There may be changes in the lineup of restaurants or menus being offered when you visit so better check out their facebook or instagram account for latest updates.