The Food Hive Food Park, 80 Visayas Ave., Visayas, Quezon City, Metro Manila
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We were looking for a restaurant and good thing Food Hive came to mind!
I always pass by this food park and it’s usually full. Surprisingly, there were a couple of unoccupied parking slots and tables this past Thursday. Lucky!
I first ordered from Pappare and got their Crabonara. Love the fact that it’s for sharing. Not bad for its price (around Php250 if I remember correctly).
It was very “saucy” which is way better than having dry cream-based pasta. I messed up mixing it because when I first tried, it tasted bland.
But after mixing it again, it started to taste like a very fatty crab!
For food park food, this is one of the best I’ve tried — probably the best I’ve tried so far. Highly recommended.
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Pappare Ristoranti is indeed a gem of a place from an up and coming gem of a chef, Chef Gem Tee. Pardon the pun! Hehe. This is her first venture on the restaurant front and it literally screams Manhattan from the stall design, the names of the dishes, the unique noteworthy homage to favorite NY food streets like Little Italy or Chinatown, to the trendiest food packaging ever.
Their now trademarked CRABonara™ is a heaven of a dish in itself. Just imagine tons of claw crabmeat, crab fat, Pappare's unique guava-smoked bacon, and a 63° egg on top fresh homemade pasta. Eating it is such a ceremonial thing too! Slowly break the egg (#eggporn!!!), mix in the aligue-laced sauce, and get ready to experience the one and only famous Pappare CRABonara! Devouring it in the cone makes it so on point too.
Another one of their star dishes is the Mee Gamberi Goreng, an Asian-inspired noodle dish generously packed with shrimps, fishcake, shiitake, kale, crispy shallots in their special sauce and again, a beautiful 63° egg. I consider this an upgraded pancit as it is the best Mee Goreng around!
Pappare won me over because of the homemade pasta, the heaping amount of ingredients that ubercool cone can handle, the obvious egg porn due to the 63° egg they use in their dishes, and the freedom to customize your own pasta dish. You will never go wrong with Pappare!
*Chef Gem recently opened Salta, an offshoot of Pappare Ristoranti. I have been hounding them to open in the South! Keep crossing your fingers with me, South foodies!
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"Pappare," Italian for to gobble up, or eat hungrily, is, in my opinion, the best designed stall in The Food Hive. It features Italian cuisine, but also other cuisines showcasing the globalization of the food scene.
The owner, Gemma, was telling us some stories and background on her concept. They make their own noodles/pasta, which is pretty impressive. All Pappare's dishes range from PhP 195 to PhP 250. Good priced, I think, for maybe one hungry person or even for two people sharing and eating another dish.
MUST TRY#1 - Mee Gamberi Goreng (PhP 250) - their own version of the very popular Mee Goreng noodles from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Gamberi is Italian for Shrimp as there's shrimp added. It's savory sweet spicy in one. My kind of noodles. 1/2
MUST TRY#2 - Crabonara (Php 250) bacon, crab claw meat and aligue along with cream. OMG. Heaven. This is also very good but I prefer the Asian noodles Mee Goreng above, I guess it's just dependent on one's taste and preference. For others, I'm sure, CRABe tong pasta na to sa sarap and it'll be their fave.
I didn't get to try the burger Panini Porchetta but it's something worth returning to next time. The form of putting the orders in a cone and holder is cute and shows how serious Gemma is with her food presentation. Good job!
But I noticed that, since this resto is basically noodles and pasta, eh PASTA din ang preparation nila than the usual prep time! 🤣
P.S watch out for Gemma's new stand alone restaurant opening in Maginhawa soon. I don't think it'll be named Pappare, but I'd venture to guess it'll be in the same Italian wheel of strength for her.
Pappare Ratings, at a Glance:
Food : 1/2 to
Ambience : More for The Food Hive as it's nice looking but open air. So heat and humidity are factors.
Value for Money : 1/2
Worth a Try : Yes esp. if you love pasta / noodles
Worth a Return : Yes though there are more food parks not yet tried in this area, much less in Food Hive
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The Papare CRABonara and Mee Gamberi Goreng are worth driving over for!
Not only do they make their own pasta, but these are served in beautiful cones that you can take with you as you explore the Food Hive.
The Crabonara is a filling version of the carbonara but instead made with fresh crabmeat, crab fat, guava-smoked-bacon, and a 63' egg. The flavours were well balanced and were a welcome twist to the original.
The Mee Gamberi Goreng had egg noodles, kale, fried egg, and a secret goreng sauce. This reminded me of pancit canton, only a little but more rich and oily.
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For the pasta you can never go wrong with CRABONARA, PHP 250 (or USD 4.98) and MEE GAMBERI GORENG, PHP 250 (or 4.98 USD).
The Crabonara, as its name suggests, is carbonara with crab. It may sound so simple, but it isn't. The rich carbonara sauce has an exquisite flavor because both fresh claw crab meat and crab fat were added. It also has homemade Pappare bacon that adds a pleasant savory taste.
Meanwhile, the sharp and a bit salty taste needed is drawn from the gorgonzola cheese. When mixed all together, there is a one-of-a-kind carbonara further enriched by the 63 degree egg placed on top. Your carbonara craving will definitely change provided you have a penchant for aged cheese and/or crabs.
On the other hand, we're particularly fond of the Mee Gamberi Goreng which I learned from Me-An is quite popular in our Asian counterparts. The hand-pulled noodles draped in special sauce tastes flavorful with the fresh shrimps, fish cakes, and shiitake mushrooms. Lastly, the crispy shallots added the mild punch of aroma that certainly heightened our experience of eating it.
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