It’s StrEAT 2.0!
Commonwealth neighborhood, are you ready for StrEAT 2.0?
StrEAT: Maginhawa Food Park is one of the pioneers of the modern day food park in Metro Manila. It opened in 2015 and it only took a short while before a few others started marching with them. These food parks feature and aim to support local food startups and offer an affordable and permanent home to them.
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For the team behind StrEAT, tomorrow, April 26, marks a new beginning and a big step to reaching more foodies in Quezon City. Commonwealth is still considered untouched compared to its neighboring hubs like UP Teacher’s Village or Katipunan, so we can only imagine the excitement of the people living in the area with this news.
There will be 9 food containers divided into the East and West side, and 2 food trucks. The roster of vendors feature a mix of cuisine such as Thai, Korean, Mexican and more. Aside from Schmidt’s Gourmet Hotdogs, and 2 from Boxpark Congressional Food Park, the rest of the concept stalls will be new.
Flaming Moo serves freshly-grilled burgers, sandwiches, and paninis. The food truck was an unexpected business venture owned by a former OFW and his sons. Bestsellers: Moo Moo Burger (P140) and the Flaming Moo (P160).
Maliwan serves Thai comfort food and used to be a restaurant in Don Antonio, Quezon City. Bestsellers: Pad Thai (P130), Tom Yum (P140-P170), and the Spring Rolls (P120, 5 pieces). Fun Fact: The owners are hardcore Volkswagen fans! They also sell parts and restore old models, just like their groovy food truck. Booky Tip: Order their refreshing Thai milk tea.
Schmidt’s serves gourmet hotdogs inspired by famous hotdog flavors around the world such as New York’s Coney Island Chili Dog, Japan’s Wagamama, NZ’s Aucklander and more. This time, Schmidt’s ditches the truck for a more permanent spot.
This Korean comfort food joint was the brainchild of two brothers who are both chefs. They’re also the same dudes behind Pie Guys in Boxpark. Seoul Food was inspired from their travels abroad and its menu is described as “Korean done our way.” Bestsellers: Beef/Chicken Bulgogi and the Beef/Chicken Baos.
One of the most popular vendors at Boxpark, Ozawa Noritako serves Japanese fusion small bites and rice bowls. Its specialty and highlight dish is the Noritako (a cross between a nori sushi and a taco). It uses deep fried and crunchy wanton wrapper as its outer shell, then filled with seaweed wrap, sushi rice, Japanese mayo, carrots, cucumber and your meat of choice. Bestsellers: Beef Tenderloin Steak Noritako (P145) and the Chicken Karaage Noritako (P130). Fun fact: Their original concept was to open a sushi burrito place.
Barrel Smoker is a new-aged barbecue place specializing in barrel-smoked ribs. It’s concept was inspired from the ugly smoke drum way of cooking meats in the US. The secret to their tasty smoked meats is their dry rub mix that seals in all the spices in every bite. Bestsellers: Smoked Riblets (P180) and the Smoked Peri-Peri Chicken (P165).
From the Baste and Taste team, Rocco’s serves Neapolitan-style firebrick oven pizza, pasta, and steaks. Bestsellers: Tre Formaggi Pizza (P175), Shrimp Fra Diavolo (P210), and the Meaty Lasagna (P165). Booky Tip: Their House Blend Fishbowl Iced Tea (P75) is refreshingly good! Best when shared.
If you love fried chicken then you’re going to love Sakiboy’s buttered fried chicken, paired with their blemonade. It’s also one of the go-to diners inside the UP Diliman campus.
The Fry Guys (also from Boxpark Congressional Food Park) is all about fries. Their menu includes specialty fries with the choice of different flavors and dips, and their first and original torched fries.
This Mexican joint serves the classic Mexican fares like tacos, nachos, and burritos. Remember the Old El Paso Restaurant in Olongapo? Yup, same owners. Bestsellers: burritos (P100-P160), Macho Nacho (P160), and the quesadillas (P160). Fun Fact: Their menu is named after their children who are also big foodies and Off Duty’s social media managers–and they’re only 12 and 16!
Hue Cafe is a hip and trendy cafe with a branch along Maginhawa that serves hue coordinated treats such as mug desserts, cakes, smoothies and juices. It’s also known as the first cafe with staff serving on ‘hoverboards’. Booky Tip: Their Ombre Cake and Rainbow Cheesecake are so Instagrammable!
Owner Cheska del Castillo shared that a cocktails and a board games concept stall are still in the works and we’re excited to learn more about those soon.
StrEAT: Commonwealth Food Park is now officially open! Soft opening hours are from Monday-Sunday at 4 pm to 11 pm. Exact location address: Lot 20, Block 177, Don Mariano Marcos Ave., Quezon City.
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