I have been visiting restaurants at Maginhawa but I haven’t ever tried yet checking Maginhawa StrEAT Food Park, well until last time. Oh, you noticed. Yes, you got it right – strEAT. Whenever me and my boyfriend, Budjie decides to have our date at the famous eat street, the food park is already crowded with people and there are no seats available to dine. <sigh> However, we were lucky that day. We both agreed to just saunter at Maginhawa as we got tired of just strolling malls and unsatisfying our gastronomic cravings by dining on just same restaurants.
The food park is located at 91st of the eat street composed of establishments housed inside a quirky food truck or artsy slots you would want to take a picture at. This place is perfect for barkada hang outs especially at nights when you will see the blanket of night sky filled with stars. Everything looks cozy, you will be amazed.
Maginhawa StrEAT Food Park
Me Love You Long Time
First stop is at Me Love You Long Time. I have been eyeing them before and is already part of my list of must visits. Me Love You Long Time in the food park is their second branch aside from their famous spot at Z Compound, Malingap Street. It’s a spot which serves fusion of Thai, Vietnamese and Southeast Asian cuisines. We tried When In Manila’s number 2 on 16 Bestsellers – the Pad Thai (Stir Fried Noodles). With just one bite, you’ll taste the blend of flavors especially the tamarind paste, peanut, ginger, calamansi and spices mixed with the main attraction rice noodles and egg.For rice meal lovers, you need to try MLYLT’s Bagoong Rice with Pork Belly. The bagoong rice is so tasty and the pork belly is cooked well.
Pad Thai – P 190.00
Bagoong Rice with Pork Belly – P 159.00
Endless Summer Café
If you want a perfect quencher, Endless Summer Cafe is just one stall away. Your 90 pesos for a bottle of Mango Banana smoothie is so worth it. It’s a creamy blend of milk, banana and an overpowering delicious taste of mango! Aside from smoothies perfect for this summer season, Endless Summer Cafe also offers silog meals, rice meals and sisig. Well, that’s ideal for a long chit chat with friends, yes?
Zaril Lifestyle Store
Crowd started to get bigger when we finished our meals. Me as a little claustrophobic decided to leave already. We then went to Zaril Lifestyle where online brand Deco Art lies. I usually get my craft supplies for my planner crafting and designing hobby there. Aside from craft supplies, there are a lot of finds here like clothes, shoes, phone cases, socks, chocolates and even make up. All are products being sold by online brands! So, Zaril is a one stop shop of all your favorite online brands in the Metro! Surprised? Maginhawa is indeed not just a place invaded by restaurants and cafe, lifestyle stores and book shops are also here.
Zentea and Food Clinique
We walked along the street and checked other cafes/restaurants to dine on the next visit. Our target on our next SaturDATE is to go at another food park (blog post soon) we saw. It’s at 150 Maginhawa. Whew! We walked again going back and got ourselves a lemon fruit tea and mango fruit tea at Zen Tea. Had it for take out so we can sit and wait for our isaw and barbeque at Food Clinique. (Food Clinique also serves Filipino dishes inside their restaurant. We chose to stay outside as we want some different vibes.)
Well, that maybe the biggest food trip we ever had all in one day! I enjoyed the day. For the folks out there, I recommend you visiting Maginhawa and check out the cafes and restaurants. For recommended ones, type Maginhawa StrEAT Adventures in this site’s search bar. 🙂