Overhype or Foodgasm? Your Must-Try Food Trucks at StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park
Location: 91 Maginhawa Street UP Village, Quezon City
Facebook: StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park
Opening Hours: (Closed on Mondays) Tuesday – Thursday 5pm – 12 midnight; Friday – Sunday 5pm – 2am
Last 2014, I blogged about Food Marketplaces taking off in 2015, with Hole in the Wall and SM Mega Fashion Hall’s Food Hall helming the way for this new food wave. Sure enough, food parks take centerstage in 2015 including Cheska del Castillo’s StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park, another addition to the already budding foodie neighborhood in Quezon City. StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park’s success stems from the need to have more casual, down-to-earth places to eat, over those that are limited by mall hours.
While its concept has changed the dining landscape in Mega Manila – restaurants are out, food parks are IN — people have spoken on social media, blogs and nearly all available apps about these interesting food truck concepts. It’s so easy to be swept away by hype nowadays.
From the words of fellow foodies, here’s the round down of the rotating food trucks at StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park:
Bricks and Copper Turkish Cuisine
Facebook: Bricks and Copper Turkish Cuisine
The Verdict: Only for those craving Mediterranean cuisine
What to Try: Pita Doner
A food park isn’t complete without Mediterranean cuisine. Bricks and Copper likes to keep things interesting with its Pita Doner, Chicken Kebab and Hummus at the streets. Some report its bland meat isn’t at par with Hassan and Darya, like this particular Facebook User.
Crazy Chef is trying really its best to win the hearts of students with its “Student Portions” of Katsu Meals, Crispy Zashi, Honey Glazed Adam’s Ribs and Buffalo Wings, for only 75 bucks. While its hodgepodge of food choices seem overwhelming, Zomato user Beth Gonzales suggests the Bagnet rice and going easy on its Buffalo Wings.
Endless Summer Cafe
The Verdict: Good for the sweltering heat
What to Try: Strawberry Mango Shakes and Sisig Rice
Owing to its name, Endless Summer promises the prospect of a beach dining experience with its al fresco area and comfort food dishes. Zomato user Caithlin Samartino loves their Strawberry Mango fruit shake, while Teacher’s Village expert Anna Fajardo adores their Sisig. Buffalo Wings is also another popular choice at Endless Summer Cafe
Facebook: Grape Escape PH
Telephone Number: 401-4133 / 401-3922
The Verdict: A welcome change to all the mainstream food concepts
What to Try: Carbonara Pizza; Pizette
Grape Escape’s food concept is incredible ~ Where else would you find a casual environment to drink crisp wine and grab a slice of pizza like the wineries in Napa? Hervey Bucay raves about Pepperoni pizza with Sriracha paired with Sangria.
Zomato user Joanna hates their bestselling Aglio Olio along with its rock hard bruschetta. Grape Escape must be battling for consistency.
G.R.EAT Burger Food Truck
There’s an ongoing battle between G.R.EAT Burger and Snack Shack on social media. Bloggers claim GREAT Burger is indeed great, an alternative for Maginhawa’s longest standing burger place Snack Shack.
Raoul Villegas drills down on the need-to-know: G.R.EAT Burger apparently smells funny.
We’re so not looking forward to sorry-looking fries.
The Lost Bread
Telephone Number: 09175754350
The Verdict: Instagram-popular
What to Try: The Carnival
While the better half of those who have tried The Lost Bread go crazy over Carnival and Doughfee milkshakes, The Lost Bread’s fancy diabetes-in-a-cup create mixed feelings for everyone. Ironically, its artisanal pain perdu dishes never took centerstage ~ the bread is indeed LOST in overhype! Long lines, overly sweet, and presentation-centric, Foursquare user Anj Ordinante says she only wants the cotton candy.
If there’s any barometer to the deliciousness factor to dessert places, Koreans might be the best judge. Facebook user Youn Wo Un 정연완 raves on Magpie Cafe’s Chocolate Fountain. Jaem Yung Kim 재명김 thinks this place got amazing Bingsu.
Karolina Ramoran praises their use of Benguet beans for their coffee. That’s going local with a modern take.
Me Love You Long Time
Me Love You Long Time seems to be giving all the love with its Vietnamese, Thai and Malaysian dishes, but customers haven’t been returning back the love. Horrible, horrible service, pitiful Pad Thai and unremarkable spring rolls greet majority of the customers.
Saucy Food MNL
Instagram: Saucy Food MNL
The Verdict: Skippable
“For less than P100, you get to choose your own meat and sauce for your rice bowl,” Zomato user Unica Amor Mananquil shares her less than stellar experience at Saucy Food.
There’s a saying that “you get what you paid for” and for only a 100 bucks, Saucy Food MNL delivers what it can under that premise. Prices aside, Saucy Food allows you to choose among three meat choices – Chicken Cutlets, Pork Strips, or Beer Battered Fish – and makes your bowl of rice fun with Teriyaki, Cheesy Garlic, Burning Tomato BBQ, Aioli, and Cackalacky. Amidst all the decorative sauces, customers find nothing redeeming with its taste.
The Soul Food Truck
The Verdict: Minute Bites To-Go
What to Try: Crunchy Corn Dog
Soul Food Truck isn’t your food for the soul ~ hardly. With Deep Fried Oreos, Crunchy Corn Dog, Deep Fried Cheese Balls, plus Cheesy Bacon Fries under a hundred bucks, Soul Food Truck seems to have a new name ~ a.k.a Breakup Food. Zomato user JV Maralit expects more from this food truck which emits an aura of comfort food without frills.
StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park: The Verdict
While this food park has its hits and misses, people want more parking spaces, as if the area couldn’t be more congested.
The brighter side of things – StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park has been doing a great effort in addressing its bike rack problems.
You’re gonna need bucket loads of patience at StrEAT Maginhawa Food Park.
User reviews courtesy of Facebook, Zomato, and Foursquare.
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