Food parks are poppin like mushrooms around the metro. Each city trying to come out with its own concept and set of specialty stores. Crave Park in Markina is the newest face of food park scene.
CRAVE PARK: Marikina’s newest food park
The newest face of food park has finally landed in Marikina named as Crave Park. They opened its doors last October 8, 2016 and had their grand opening last October 22, 2016. Crave Park brings together two best things in the world – food and art. One thing you would notice at the Crave Park are the beautifully created murals. Crave Park in Marikina houses around 18 stores that sells and offers different palate experience.
At first, we roamed around the Crave Park to check out each stalls and what they offer. In Crave Park, you would discover Thai-inspired fried ice cream rolls, Japanese bento kiosk, Taiwanese street food, Filipino cuisine, American wings and so much more! Carlo and I had a hard time in choosing what to try and eat. And it boiled down to a point that what we wanted was a light dinner and so we opted the food from Flat Bread, Kwatro Cubanos, Creamco Creamery, Quench, and Lil Taipei.
We first ordered the Pocky Road by Creamco Creamery (P140) because it was a bit humid even at night. We wanted to cool ourselves down so yes, we screamed for ice cream (rolls). The staff told us that it was there best-seller so we gave it a go.
I personally think that it was a bit overpriced if you’re gonna look at the serving size. For P140, you would get a sad-looking ice cream with 2 sticks of Pocky. But don’t get me wrong, the ice cream tasted heavenly. Maybe it’s just the presentation that kinda disappointed me. I like the creaminess and the kick of Nutella at the end.
So we continued roaming around and stumbled upon Flat Bread. Flat Bread is an specialty store dedicated for rolled out, deep fried, and leavened dough that gets even better with an array of toppings for you to choose. They also serve two kinds of pasta in a bowl. Carlo and I are big fans of bread and everything in between so we decided to give it a try. I chose their Margherita (P70, solo) and Carlo opted to try their Mexicana (P90, solo). We waited for about 10-15 minutes to get the order. I expected to get a nice dough that goes well with my chosen flavor which is Margherita but then I ended up getting a soggy flat bread. But on the other hand, I still liked the flavor of Margherita especially the basil and arugula combination. Carlo liked the Mexicana flavor and he told me that it has a nice combination of flavor.
Carlo’s belly still not yet satisfied so we ordered the Classic Cubano (P185) by Kwatro Cubanos. I first heard of Cubanos from the film Chef. We then again waited for 10 minutes. Classic Cubanos comes with curly fries that reminds me of Mcdonald’s curly fries. Their Classic Cubano has a generous amount of gooey cheese but what Carlo didn’t like was the overpowering taste of mustard. He shared that he can’t even enjoy the taste of the pork and ham anymore. Maybe if Kwatro Cubanos could tweak their Cubano a bit maybe it would be better and a happy sandwich.
I am a fan of Serenitea, and I always order their chicken chops. So when I saw the stall of Lil Taipei in Crave Park, I freaked out a bit. Lil Taipei offers Taiwanese street food like stinky tofu, fried squid, and beef cubes. The owner told us that their chicken chops is the crowd-favorite, For P100, you get a pretty starightforward food, chicken chops with deep fried basil. The flavor is okay and the serving is good too.
For our drinks, we opted Blue Lemonade (P110) from Quench. I liked how it was blended because it is not too sweet not too boring. I still tasted the kick of lemon at the end which is a plus. This drink is good for sharing.
Overall, Crave Park is an awesome experience. Crave Park has a better parking than any other food parks we’ve been into which is a plus points. Carlo and I would highly recommend this place to anyone to check out because of its affordable food and chill vibe of the place. We would love to go back and try other stalls as soon as possible (Watch our Crave Park food video on Youtube).
CRAVE PARK MARIKINA
Blk 3 Lot 22 and 24 Mayor Gil Fernando St. Centro de Buenviaje. Brgy Sto. Niño Marikina (beside Roadside)
Operating Hours: 4:00 PM – 12:30MN