The rise of food parks across the Metro gave way to numerous opportunities not only in business but also creative expression. With the success of The Yard’s first franchise in Xavierville, The Yard team opened its second home at the heart of Pasig City.
The Yard Underground was fashioned after the London Underground train station. This brainchild was a product of the founders’ trip to the well-loved city. The food park’s aesthetics can clearly be seen through its industrial and up-to-date designs, especially with the use of subway tiles and the presence of the London train carriage in the center of the park. Anyone who enters can have an edgy London “feel” through the 30 different stalls stationed as if you were a tourist in transit.
Aside from the upgraded space and interiors from its predecessor in Quezon City, the food park also showcases live music from different bands and DJ’s. Not to mention, alcohol available in the bar area! The Yard Underground isn’t just visited for a glimpse of its stunning interiors but also because of the diverse cuisines they offer. Underground’s food selection surely won’t disappoint any cravings. From flaming pizzas, unique desserts, and fusion burritos, they have it all!
Here’s a quick roundup on some of the most unique and creative food stalls you might want to visit in the park:
If you’re looking for out of the ordinary southern-style chicken, Birdmen is the place to be! With their variety of sauces and menu offerings, the stall is surely a crowd favorite in Underground.
Photo from @birdmenph
When asked about their establishment’s style, co-owner Paolo Darroca describes Birdmen as “Minimalist and straight to the point. Our containers are painted black and our lights are neon. The booth design is basic, the way we would like it to reflect our food. We serve southern style fried chicken and add a spice rub that showcases the simplicity of chicken and how good it is when prepared the right way.”
Aside from their classic southern style fried chicken, be sure to try their hush puppies, chicken sandwich, and deep fried duck paired with salted egg potato chips. Darroca recommends the duck platter for barkadas or groups of friends, which includes deep fried duck, 3 pieces of chicken, 4 sides and 4 sauces. It’s like taking out a sampler of their menu bestsellers!
The Good Tapa
You can never go wrong with comfort food, especially tapsilog with a twist. Upon sight of their booth, you can easily tell that they’re serving Filipino breakfast staples. Co-owner Geremy Kho mentions how they don’t follow the traditional way of marinating the meats but instead, make use of a more personal approach to cooking that uses homemade sauces as per customers’ liking.
If you’re into having a touch of spice in your tapa, the Pork Thai Mama is highly recommended. Aside from this, you can choose from a wide array of sauces such as garlic salpicao, original, and sweet bulgogi.
Push Mo Iyan Teh
A stall with a catchy name and funky neon lights can easily attract visitors. The name itself caters to the unique and millennial Pinoy taste.
Photos from @pushmoiyanteh
Popular dishes include their bestselling Salty Eggs Bagnet, Skinny Liempo, and Chicken Inasal with LGBT (langka, gata, bagoong, tomato) sauce. Their quirky fusion style to local dishes make them one of the stand out kiosks in Underground.
Above Sea Level
Photo Polsan Papong Reyes Pangindian
Visitors from the Yard would take snaps and photos of their bestselling Giant Butterfly Squid. So if you’d like to have some fresh and ready-to-eat seafood, be sure to visit this stall!
Macho Lucha Taco Shack
Looking for some Mexican grub? Macho Lucha Taco Shack is the place to be. The vibrant and artsy theme captured in their kiosk really invites you to grab some nachos at their taqueria. Best to grab a seat and indulge in this kiosk by ordering their bestsellers which carries the signature Filipino taste.
It’s recommended for visitors to try their El Santo (beef taco), Nacho Libre and Dorada meal (composed of crispy sisig and sunny side up quail egg), and of course the Latorre (Pizza Quesadilla).
A great place to get staples of Hawaiian cuisine is at Ono. From their calming and beach-like booth design, who wouldn’t want a bite of that Poke Bowl?
With the growing trend of poke bowls in the Metro, Ono offers a delicious array of food offerings. Be sure to try their Spicy Crunch Bowl (made with tempura flakes) and Shoyu Tuna Bowl (made with fresh buttery sweet tuna).
Chill Out Cooks
Photo from spot.ph
If you’re a pizza lover, you wouldn’t want to miss out on Chill Out Cooks’ take on our favorite comfort food. Even their booth makes you want to stay in and chill out with their specialty dishes.
The booth boasts of their creative fried cuisine with delicious fried pizza, fried pies, fried oreos, and many more! Don’t forget to try their 4 Cheesy Cheese Fried Pie, with the four different kinds of cheese oozing out as you cut through it.
Ta Ke Ho Me
One of the most creative and inviting booths in Underground would definitely be Ta Ke Ho Me. If you’re craving for some budget-friendly Japanese food (99php sushi rolls!), this is the place to be!
The stall serves as a sushi take away counter that offers delectable, high-quality Japanese meals. This place is perfect for those on-the-go and those who are simply sushi lovers. Their bestsellers include the Salmon Sushirrito, TKHM Roll, and Dragonball.
If you think those stalls are satisfying enough, there will always be room for some dessert:
Photo from @crazytella
Aside from their visually-appealing booth, the name itself will tickle your curiosity and make you instantly crave for some Nutella.
Crazytella offers an assortment of Nutella-fied desserts such as Bombettes, Waffellla, and Fryce Cream. They also add a personal touch to your order by taking note of your name and serving them as Nutella products.
The Lost Bread
This franchise has been all over Instagram and mainly because of their milkshake madness. Their candy-coated and sweet looking booth will surely make you want to grab their unique milkshakes and soft-serve ice cream. You can even choose from a wide selection of toppings to add to your order.
Photos from @thelostbread_
Their creative and photogenic milkshakes are surely a hit to the taste buds of millennials. Morning Meal, Campfire, Carnival shake and blue Vanilla soft serve ice cream are highly recommended!
If these food selections made you hungry, go ahead and visit The Yard Underground! They’re open daily from 4pm-12mn at Christian Route, Hillcrest Circle, Oranbo, Pasig City.