There’s something for everyone’s craving at Pob Stacion Food Park

For quite a while now, the Poblacion area has been reinventing itself from its previous incarnation as Makati’s red-light district and re-establishing itself as its foodie-friendly haven. Here, foodies can explore various options in food and drink spanning various cuisines and concepts.

If you were to pool some of those eateries together and concentrate them into one easily accessible place, you would have the Pob Stacion Food Park. Located at B. Valdez Street, Barangay Poblacion in Makati, a ten-minute walk from A Venue or Century City Mall, the newly opened multi-storey Pob Stacion houses a variety of concept food stalls that give the park’s visitors wondrous choices for their gastronomic adventure or to soothe their food cravings.

Pobstacion Food Crawl

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Pobstacion Food Crawl

Recently, together with my fellow foodies, I had a taste of what Pob Stacion’s food outlets have to offer. Read on and check out my top picks.

Above Sea Level (Seafood)

As the home of the Giant Butterfly Squid (Php180 with 1 Java rice | Php250 with 2 Java rice | Php350 with 3 Java rice | Php450 with 4 Java rice), they really do serve it up big-time. Lightly battered, well-seasoned and fried to a golden-brown, each enormous squid by itself is good for two people and is best enjoyed with the resto’s vinegar dipping sauce.

If you’re feeling extra hungry or adventurous, add the Seafood Festival (Php380) to your order and bite into mouthwatering crab, shrimps, mussels and corn on a bed of Java rice doused with a buttery crab fat sauce, or the Spicy Squid Sisig (Php180) for a seafood take on the Pampanga delicacy.

Pobstacion Food Crawl

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Rib Pop (Pinoy-Korean Fusion)

With the Korean food craze firmly entrenched in the Philippine culinary scene, it’s hardly surprising that the two cuisines would mesh together at some point. That point is here at Rib Pop where the best of the two cuisines is highlighted in its Ribpop Sampler (Php400) which consists of its signature dishes: Black Ink Chicken Wings – squid ink bettered fried chicken pieces with spicy tangy sauce, Ribpop Bowl – your choice of rice topped with beef short ribs, and an assortment of banchan – small plates of Korean appetizers.

Pobstacion Food Crawl

Pobstacion Food Crawl

Octoboy (Japanese)

Who would have thought that Takoyaki (Php70 for 3 pcs | Php140 for 6 pcs), balls made of batter filled with chopped octopus meat, cooked in a specially shaped griddle and served with those wriggling Bonito flakes, would be such a hit with us Pinoys? If you’re on the lookout for something quick, cheap and yummy, Octoboy’s Takoyaki is your best bet.

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Tokyo Tempura (Japanese)

Did you know that tempura, the Japanese method of deep-frying battered seafood and vegetables, was influenced the Portuguese who were residing in Nagasaki in the 16th century? Today, tempura is a mainstay in practically all Japanese restaurants in the country and is even gaining some foothold in Pinoy eateries through localized versions.

Tokyo Tempura’s versions are quick, yummy, easy to enjoy when you’re having a case of the munchies, and with affordably priced options which include Imperial Tempura (Php150 for 12 pcs), Tempura Rice (Php80) and Kani Tempura (Php55 for 6 pcs).

Want some spicy kick to go with your tempura? Add the Chili Cheese Poppers (Php55 for 4 pcs) to your order and take some heat from those tempura battered cheese-filled jalapenos!

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Pobstacion Food Crawl

Oskar’s Soul Kitchen (American)

If you’re looking for an alternative to your usual fastfood burger, check out Oskar’s Soul Kitchen’s Cheeseburger (Php220) – a quarter pound of ground Wagyu beef patty sandwiched in an oatmeal bun together with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and the resto’s signature sauce.

Still have room for more? Add Angus Beef Hotdog (Php140), Fries Overload (Php160), or the Nachos Overload (Php150) to your order and eat to your heart’s content.

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Wing’s Lab (American)

How about Wing’s Lab’s sinful take to your flavored chicken wings? Try its American Wings (Php699 with Nachos and Beef) which hits you with its Jack Daniels flavored sauce.

Want something to quench your thirst after those spicy wings? Take your pick from the resto’s refreshing and conveniently packaged Juices (Php60 – Blue Lemonade, Cucumber Lemonade and Melon with Milk). The best part is that you can easily take these handy juice packs with you all over the park and beyond.

Pobstacion Food Crawl

Pobstacion Food Crawl

Authentic House of Curry (Indian)

Get yourself a taste of the exotic with the Authentic House of Curry’s spicy Beef Rendang (Php240) and Lobster Scallop Balls (Php180). These dishes provide a nice South Asian flare to your food park fare.

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Pobstacion Food Crawl

Cha Tuk Chak (Thai Milk Tea)

While boba milk teas abound all over the metro, Thai milk teas are not as visible, which , for me, is a shame if Cha Tuk Chak’s drinks are anything to go by. From the world famous creamy and silky Cha Yen (Php110 regular | Php125 large), the sweeter, fruitier and caffeine free Nom Yen (Php120 regular | Php135 large), the sweet lemon-infused Thai Ruby (Php115 regular | Php130 large), the refreshing Thai tea with real lemon Thai Emerald (Php115 regular | Php130 large), and the gourmet dark chocolate milk tea given a Thai spin Koko Yen (Php110 regular), among others, you’ll have tasty thirst-quenching options as you navigate the food park.

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Papa Diddi’s (Ice Cream)

And who can forget about dessert? Papa Diddi’s Hand-crafted Ice Cream (Php75 for 1 scoop | Php110 for 2 scoops | Php145 for 3 scoops) come in such unusual yet localized flavors that pay tribute not just to our Pinoy heritage but also to the farmer communities that supply the brand’s all-natural ingredients. From the fruity Mango Pili, the cheesy Queso Blanco with kesong puti and Cheese Closed with cheddar, the chocolatey Chocolate Lovin and Tsokolate de Cagayan, the sinfully indulgent Tres Leches and the chocolate-meets-spicy Davao Meets Bicol, your dessert gives you a cool, culinary trip across the country.

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

Pob Stacion Food Crawl

So if you’re a denizen of Poblacion, or on a night out with friends in the area, do add a stopover to Pob Stacion Food Park to your evening’s itinerary.

Many thanks to Raina of KonyoQueen.com for extending the invitation!

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to attend a foodie meetup held in this food park. Food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Must-tries at the 8 Seas Food Park Adventure in Timog, QC

Like the proverbial Poseidon rising from the waves, a new food park emerged along busy Timog Avenue in Quezon City.  Called 8 Seas Food Park Adventure, its design and vibe hark back to sea voyages and swashbuckling exploits.

Well, the adventure here resides in its food choices, owing to its large array of eateries to cater to hungry residents and office workers in the area.

Together with fellow foodies of #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended a foodie meetup here where we sampled the offerings from nine of its food stalls.

Kocco Tea Kitchen

One of the first stores you will see upon entering the food park, Kocco Tea Kitchen provides a variety of refreshing drinks that can be paired with the food offerings of the other stalls. Its beverages include loose leaf teas, milk teas, iced teas, lemonades, coffees and frappes. Its Wintermelon Milk Tea (Php120), for example, is a refreshing and light beverage. The Shark Attack (Php110), on the other hand, is an imaginatively concocted black iced tea with an added colors of blue and red to signify the eponymous shark attack (such an invigorating drink, if a little bit morbid, hehehe!) All of Kocco Tea Kitchen’s tea drinks are made of brewed (not powdered) tea, hence a higher quality in terms of flavor and consistency can be expected.

Kocca Tea Kitchen, 8 Seas Food Park

Kocca Tea Kitchen, 8 Seas Food Park

Chickapig

Fanatic of fried foods? You’re in luck because you can find them here at ChickaPig, where they take the form of (guess what!) chicken and pork cutlets, fried for your satisfaction. Take your pick from among yummy yet reasonably priced treats such as the Crispy Bagnet (Php155), BBQ Karaage (Php110), Garlic Parmesan Wings (Php155) and Crispy Sisig Bagnet (Php135). Enjoy them on their own as pulutan or as viands paired with steamed rice.

ChickaPig, 8 Seas Food Adventure

Meatery Steaks & Burgers

Carnivores will be able to sate their hunger for meat at this joint. Among its regulars, the hits are its Ribeye Steak (Php190), a tender piece of beef served with rice, vegggies and a peppery gravy, and its Smash Burger (Php160) which uses meat blend with a lean-to-fat ratio of 70/30 for a more flavorful and juicy patty, ideal when cooked anywhere from medium-rare to medium-well.

Meatery, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

Meatery, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

Butchataki

Xavierville’s trending place for homemade sausages has found its new home at this food park as well. Butchataki gets its moniker from the name of the proprietor “Butch” and his remembrance of when he got a stroke from all his previous stress – “ataki.” It prides itself on its eight sausage variants. – Original, Original Spicy, Hungarian, Hungarian with Cheese, Bavarian with Cheese, Bratwurst, Bratwurst with Cheese, and Cheese with Corn, showcased in its Sausage Beer Brats (Php250). It also offers Lechon Sisig (Php300) which is great with rice or can serve as your barkada’s pulutan.

Butchataki, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

Butchataki, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

Monapao BBQ & Ribs

Owned by siblings – cruiseline chef Morris, culinary degree holder Naomi and food entrepreneur Paola – (hence the name “MONAPAO”), this stall prides itself on expertly grilled and wonderfully presented meats, perfect for #foodiepics of young millennials who frequent their store. Check out its Roast Beef (Php188), T-Bone Steak with Egg (Php180) and Ribs in BBQ Sauce (Php180).

Monapao Ribs & BBQ

Bermy Sushi Shack

The brainchild of a husband-and-wife team who started out selling their sushi rolls online, Bermy Sushi Shack is the place for Japanese food lovers to enjoy freshly-made sushi, customized by the store with its own signature sauces. When you drop by, be sure to try out its Overproof Nigiri (Php195), Spicy Crunchy Tuna Roll (Php240) and Floki Roll (Php295).

Bermy Sushi Shack, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

Soogba

The Ilonggo delicacy chicken inasal is the main feature of this food stall. Chicken pieces are marinated in a special blend of vinegar, calamansi juice, ginger, garlic and brown sugar then set on the grill until done, basting frequently with a mixture that contains annato (“achuete”) oil. This gives the chicken inasal its signature orange color. I’m not a big fan of the Pecho Pakpak (Php160) or the chicken breast and wing part as I usually prefer flavor and juiciness of darker chicken meat such as the Paa/Hita (Php150) or the leg and thigh parts. Soogba also offers Spareribs (Php180) for pork lovers out there!

Soogba, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

Soogba, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

Cucina di Paulina

Italian food lovers, on the other hand, have a go-to place in this food park. Cucina di Paulina is owned by former pro wrestler turned chef Bombay Suarez. Its initial 15-item menu upon its soft opening in November quickly grew to 64 items by its second month of operations. Today, its bestsellers include the Pizza Pesto Margherita with Truffle (Php350), the Italian Sausage Pizza (Php350) and the Laing and Lechon Kawali Pasta (Php185).

Cucina di Paulina, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

Cucina di Paulina, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

SamgyeopSaTimog

If you’re a Korean barbecue fan and you brought your appetite with you, you’re in for a treat. Did you know that you and your mates can enjoy unlimited pork at only Php299/head? This already comes with all the rice you can eat, side dishes, drinks, soup and melted cheese (Ooh! Loved that cheese!). Want some variety in your grilled meats? Opt for unlimited pork, chicken and beef at only Php399/head.

SamgyeopSaTimog, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

My adventure with my fellow foodies is rife with laughter and lots of good food. Hopefully, I can come back and bring more of my friends to enjoy a similar food adventure.

8 Seas Food Park Adventure

SamgyeopSaTimog, 8 Seas Food Park Adventure

Thanks to Chef Jocen of BoodleBear for extending the invite!

8 Seas Food Park Adventure is located at 122 Timog Avenue, Sacred Heart, Quezon City, open weekdays from 10am to 12 midnight, and weekends from 4pm to 12 midnight.

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I was invited to join a foodie meetup held at this venue.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

4 Things to Like About The Pallet, Poblacion

The area of Makati called Poblacion, previously known as the city’s red light district, has evolved into a pretty happening place. It has given rise to concept restaurants, quick chows and bars that offer Makati workers and residents alternative choices for dining, hanging out and entertainment away from the usual malls.

One such place is The Pallet.

The Pallet, Poblacion

A food park located at the corner of Dona Carmen and Jacobo Streets in Poblacion, backroads to Kalayaan Avenue, The Pallet is an off-the-beaten track venue.

For my first-ever Looloo Rendezvoos, I was invited to check this place out and experience the various possibilities it affords to its patrons. I found a lot to like about it so I summarized them down to a list which will hopefully help fellow foodies discover a new favorite place to hang out and dine.

No. 1: Ample parking space and helpful security guard.

Having braved the rush hour all the way from QC, I was relieved I didn’t have to worry about where to park my car. Manong guard was quick to assist me in finding a spot and guiding me while I park.

No. 2: Chill surroundings.

Being located in backstreets away from all the hustle and bustle of Makati’s busy streets and surrounded by a residential area, The Pallet has a chill and relaxed atmosphere that distanced me from the usual stresses of work and traffic.

The Pallet, Poblacion

The Pallet, Poblacion

The Pallet, Poblacion

No. 3: Lots of food choices!

Given its relatively small area, I’m surprised at the number and variety of dining choices available. I’ll blog about them in more detail later but suffice to say that the foodie in me got quite excited with The Pallet’s tenants and their offerings. These include:

Mang Jose’s Ihaw Ihaw – for yummy and fuss-free grilled meats and pulutans

The Pallet, Poblacion

Antojitos – for a taste of Mexico from cheese-filled nachos and quesadillas to filling burritos and more

The Pallet, Poblacion

Asian Hawker – for a taste of Singaporean street food from the Char Kwai Teoh rice dish to the creamy Laksa

The Pallet, Poblacion

Uncle Moe’s Shawarma Hub – for a taste of Middle Eastern cuisine from the flavorful kababs to hefty shawarmas

The Pallet, Poblacion

Takohub – it was my first time to see takoyaki balls this huge!

The Pallet, Poblacion

Heath Burger – because healthy cam be tasty too, especially those mushrooms masquerading as chicken nuggets

The Pallet, Poblacion

Ramen Attack – that Tantanmen was a revelation! And the Steak & Rice got me craving for more!

The Pallet, Poblacion

Creamco Creamery – rolled ice cream that’s as pretty as it was sweet and yummy

The Pallet, Poblacion

Inum Bar – cocktails for that relaxed after-work buzz

The Pallet, Poblacion

No. 4: Live music!

On Wednesday nights this November, enjoy live music from up-and-coming artists such as DJ Aryan (90’s Night) on November 21 and DJ SP (Hiphop Throwback) on November 29.

These are just some of the reasons why The Pallet appeals to me. Check it out and see if it might grow to be your favorite place too!

The Pallet is located at 5804 Dona Carmen corner Jacobo Streets, Poblacion, Makati City. For inquiries, email thepalletpark@gmail.com.

Disclosure: Together with other Looloo users, I was invited to join a Looloo Rendezvoos held at this venue.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Cafe Churro, dessert option at Savour Manila

After sampling some Asian street food at Savour Manila food park’s Hawker Street, my daughter and I decided to take our dessert at Cafe Churro.

With just Php100, we were able to enjoy a sugar cinnamon churro (Php40) with a chocolate dip and an Ice Cream ‘n Churro (Php60), a cup of vanilla ice cream with two halves of an original recipe churro sticking out of it with caramel topping.

The churros are slightly crunchy on the outside and a bit chewy on the inside.  We found that we prefer the original recipe churro a bit more than the Sugar Cinnamon one.

I, for one, look forward to trying out the dark chocolate coated churros topped with cashew nuts.

This Cafe Churro is located at Savour Manila, 238 Tomas Morato Ave., Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City, near Guilly’s.

Café Churro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Savouring Asian street food at Hawker Street, Savour Manila

I took an opportunity to take my daughter on an impromptu foodie adventure (and on a weekday at that!) at Savour Manila.

My daughter recently started her internship/work immersion in a company in Quezon City. Since it is a short distance from my office, I usually drop her off and pick her up from her workplace.

On this particular afternoon, we found ourselves with a couple of hours to while away and we decided to meet up at my office then go out to eat.

She was all set for some Japanese food but as we were walking along Tomas Morato, the Savour Manila food park caught our eye.

For our first time here, we decided on Hawker Street, the stall that offers Asian street food.  We shared a bowl of laksa (Php200), my daughter’s first encounter with this Peranakan soup dish, and two sticks of bacon yakitori wraps (Php100).

We requested for the laksa to be mildly spicy, given that we both have low tolerance for spicy food. While the broth has a nice balance spiciness from the curry and creaminess from the coconut milk, the noodles used are pasta noodles instead of the more authentic vermicelli or laksa noodles.

The bacon wrapped asparagus spears and enoki mushrooms served as our meaty viand.  We really couldn’t say anything much about the bacon wraps except that bacon makes everything better.

We even shared a giant glass of iced tea from the store two stalls down.

Afterwards, we had our dessert at Cafe Churro.

We found our first foray at the food park to be a great experience, a break from our usual food haunts.

Hawker Street is located at Savour Manila, 238 Tomas Morato Ave., Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City.

Hawker Street Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato