Gastro Park, Pasig

Food park in the Philippines is getting bigger in the market today. Almost every city in the Metro Manila has food parks and one of them is Gastro Park. What makes it stand out from the rest is each food stall offers an unlimited meal.

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When I got my first job six years ago, I remember when I had my first “banchetto” in Pasig. The food was overflowing yet pocket-friendly. The goers are most likely my age and it seemed that it’s a festival every Friday along the street. Fast forward today, the set-up evolved which we now called food park. Dim lights, chill music, open area where the fresh air serves as the air con, wooden tables at the very center of the lot surrounded by the food stalls that offer unique cuisine or meal is the kind of arrangement we mostly expect at food parks. It is no wonder that the people prefer hanging out in the food park because there’s a food selection to choose from at an affordable price.
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I’ve been to a lot of food parks especially there is one nearer to my house. However, Gastro Park located in Pasig offers something special to the people that I believe the other food parks don’t have. This food park offers unlimited food! UNLIMITED! I was lucky that I got to check them last Wednesday. I’ll share here the interesting finds on each stall. Let’s get it started!

Taipei Kita creatively presented the ice cream that resembles like a plant. Meanwhile, their unli dish is a fried tofu with special sauce for P120.Taipei KitaGastro Park (29)-1024x1000

The MetroMeat Express would surely catch your eye since their concept is a railroad train. What they are offering for unlimited is bacon for P249. On the other hand, I was able to try their Tanker Longsilog (P249) and I love it! Aside from that it is huge, the taste is exceptional and not oily.
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The Tokyo Tempura offers well, tempura at an affordable price. It would surprise you that their unli tempura is only P199.Gastro Park (7)-1024x1000Gastro Park (22)-1024x1000

Tolyo’s Soup and Grill boasts of its Filipino dish with a twist of international flavors. Their best seller is Mexican Bulalo for P165. I really love to try this that night but the soup is just really heavy for a food review. Their Sweet & Heat Pork BBQ is P35/stick. The Flaming Rosemary Bistek also tastes nice.

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The Surfries’ iced tea quench our thirst for the spiciness we got from Tolyo’s!
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Get some balls here at Ball Shack. Mac & Cheese Balls is one of their unique offers. Their unli dish is the fish balls for P138.Gastro Park (9)-1024x1000Gastro Park (20)-1024x1000

The Brick Plate’s unli dish is pasta for P250. However, we really are a fan of pizza so we had Honey & Cheese Pizza and the Pulled Pork Pizza. Both of the pizza tasted great. I also like that the crust is not thick.

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Dim Sum may look very humble but their steamed sharkfin is delicious. What makes their service special is they let you create your own Dumpling Box! You may choose rice, sauce, and dumpling. Their unli dish is siomai rice for P189!Gastro Park (12)-1024x1000Gastro Park (38)-1024x1000

The Masala Bar is an authentic Indian concept bar but what makes the crowd keep coming back for more in their stall is the Masala Quesadilla (P165). I can say that it’s distinct from the quesadillas I tried but very delectable! Super love it.Gastro Park (13)-1024x1000Gastro Park (25)-1024x1000

The Chixy9 offers unli wings for P249. I got to try the soy garlic and garlic parmesan flavor. I like the garlic parmesan better. Definitely a place to binge for when craving for wings!Gastro Park (14)-1024x1000Gastro Park (21)-1024x1000

The Sweet Nothing offers milkshakes, waffle cones, ice cream cones, cotton candy soda, wafer ice cream sandwiches, and a lot more! Here’s the molten lava cake shake for P130. The bottomless juice of the day is just P120!Gastro Park (16)-1024x1000Gastro Park (26)-1024x1000

Going to the Gastro Park really made my “gastro” full. For the readers, I would recommend drinking here since the unlimited food can be served to the barkada as unlimited pica pica! Sounds perfect for the KUNGFU(mulutan) friends, right?

Here are the other food I did not get to try anymore since I’m full. Still looks delish by looking at the photos. Check it out!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post but not swayed to write a positive review. Thanks to Team Aldous for the invite.

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1603, Pasig Blvd, Pasig, 1603 Metro Manila
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Rita’s Italian Ice, Mall of Asia

Because the weather here in the Philippines is either hot or hotter, Filipinos would want to have to make their senses feel cooler. The people often go to the mall just to beat the heat or go to their favorite ice cream parlor or iced drinks to chill out. The first and only Italian Ice and Frozen Custard concept in the Philippines, Rita’s Italian Ice, is a place to chill and grab some cold bites!
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Look at the colorful ice creams!
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Here is the happiness guide of Rita’s in case you are having a hard time to choose. Remember, happiness is a choice! LOL
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Rita’s Italian Ice is having new products called “stuffed blendini” and “frozen drinks”.

Stuffed Blendini

  • Blended Italian Ice, Frozen Custard, Toppings with your choice of core filling (Hot Fudge, Peanut Butter, Caramel, Strawberry).image1

Frozen Drinks
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1.Lemon Cooler

o A delicious and satisfying blend of Lemon, Guyabano and Cucumber

  1. Green Apple Quencher (Coming Soon)

o A perfect combination of Green Apple, Juicy Pear and Almond Extract

  1. Almond Lychee Delight (Coming Soon)

o A tasty blend of Lychee and crushed cherries

  1. Kiwi Slush (Coming Soon)

o Be engulfed with the whirlwind of fresh, fruity flavor of Kiwi, Strawberry and Juicy Pear

  1. Pineapple Splash (Coming Soon)

o Be reminded of relaxing on a beach with the luscious blend of Kiwi, Strawberry, Pineapple and Juicy Pear

  1. Pineapple Pear Refresher (Coming Soon)

o Dazzle your taste buds with just the right combination of Ginger, Honey, Cucumber, Pineapple and Juicy Pear

  1. Mango Watermelon Freeze (Coming Soon)

o Get whisked away to a lush tropical island by a blend of watermelon, mango and Georgia peach

 

I was able to try the stuffed blendini. The staff of Rita’s handed me a stuffed blendini with hot fudge flavor at the core. It’s exuding on its thickness that blends well with the soft Italian ice and custard.
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With all of the new products to be offered soon, I am sure you would feel excited to be few of the people to try first the “coming soon” drinks! Go now to the nearest Rita’s Italian Ice at the following stores:

Alabang Town Center, Greenhills (closed to give way to the renovation of Greenhills Shopping Center), UP Town Center, SM North EDSA The Block and SM Mall of Asia.rita's 3

Thanks to Miss May of What to Eat PH.

 

Hobing Korean Dessert, Glorietta

It’s been the norm of my college friends to look and jump to dessert cafe or to coffee shop after a meal. One of my friends suggested to try the Korean dessert that we often see in Kdramas. It’s my first time to try bingsu so I was so euphoric with the thought of tasting Hobing!

We ordered at the counter and find a seat. While waiting for our order, groupie took place.Ho bing (7)

The first two order came first and waited patiently for the order of Bhing. It took forever so Bhing followed up and found out that her order was not punched. Like OHMAYGAHD. The server apologized but Bhing being Kimmy of Kimmy Dora, she was unhappy on what happened. So anyways,

I ordered the normal or shall I say, the “traditional” bingsu. Defining what “bingsu” is, it is the famous Korean dessert made up of shaved ice topped with red beans or the so called, “patbingsu” also topped with chewy rice cake. The usual flavor Koreans eat is the green tea flavor so I did not hesitate to try matcha bingsu (P185). There’s a milk served on the side to pour it out adding more flavor to the pleasing bitterness of matcha. I loved it!

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matcha bingsu

Cashew, almond, and hazelnut – this caramel coffee bingsu (P255) is so American just like Danicca! It is topped with vanilla ice cream.

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caramel coffee bingsu

The order of Bhing, mango cheese bingsu (P195), is also like her; it has height because of the towering whipped cream. The fresh mangoes are sliced in cubes perfectly and the cheesecake is giving the dessert a hint of salty flavor. From the texture to the flavor, there are so many things going on in this bingsu. No wonder that this is one of their bestsellers.

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mango cheese bingsu

A little story

Danicca asked me why I was not mixing my bingsu. Then I answered her while reading what’s written on the cafe’s wall that the bingsu is better eaten not mixing the ice and the toppings. Teehee!Ho bing (6)

Verdict: The place is big to think that the cafe is just for dessert. However, the chairs and the tables make this branch to look crowded or cramped. Honestly speaking, the price is too much for me but while I was eating, I did not manage to consume it all since the serving is very generous even if I just ordered the regular one! We ate burger beforehand, and I always believe in the saying “there’s always a room for dessert”. In this case, the room I had is not enough. I feel like throwing up to the point I was just standing while I was eating the 3/4 of my bingsu. In short, this is good for sharing. (We were not aware it was that big).  The taste was not too sweet and the sensation of the shaved ice it gave me while eating feels like heaven.Ho bing (5)

Ambiance: 4/5
Price: 4/5
Serving: 5/5
Service: 3.5/5
Taste: 5/5

Address: G/F Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Glorietta Complex, Makati City

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