StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park

91 Maginhawa St., UP Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila

StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park
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Category:
Food Bazaar
Business Hours
Open: 5:00p - 12:00a
Phone
+639399232470

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a
  • Monday
    • Closed
  • Tuesday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a
  • Thursday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a
  • Friday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a
  • Saturday
    • 5:00p - 12:00a

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Manfred M.
4.0 Stars
8

Last March 13, 2015, I had the opportunity of being invited to StrEat, an event organized by Maginhawa Food Park, a newly opened vacant lot turned into a food complex. The park is situated in Teachers Village, Quezon City, a location commonly known as the hub for up-and-coming restaurants, coffee-shops, and watering holes in the North.

According to organizer Ms. Chesca, the place was conceptualized as a convenient and efficient use to her family's real estate reserve and as a substitute to constructing a building with numerous requirements such as permits and licenses. Admittedly, her idea was well in point with the nature of businesses in the neighborhood, and the fact that people have known the area as a food-lover's paradise. She also envisioned the concept as an open space to provide variety to an already congested Maginhawa street. She stated that open spaces are usually rare, and that more parks are needed in urban centers. Good thing her idea was also coupled with an income-generating venture. In this case, she invited food concessionaires to set up shop and provide a variety of tastes to the venue. Some of the stalls were actual food trucks; while others were made out of metal containers and easily transferable by truck. Ms. Chesca mandated these concessionaires to conform to a design that mimicked the layout of a hipster trailer park.

At the day I went, the Food Park had a bonfire planned at 8pm and a live band as well. I arrived early, about 5 pm. At this point, the venue was already starting to feel up with a lot of patrons from the neighboring universities and offices. I even had a few acquaintances who were already lining up for the food there.

Ms. Chesca introduced me to Atty. Arnel, one of the concessionaires in the venue. He was the proprietor of Bricks and Copper, a Turkish-inspired restaurant with a variety of Middle Eastern dishes. Atty Arnel graciously provided me and my friend with generous samples of their sumptuous Turkish fare. During the conversation, the good proprietor had a lot to say about his prior experience in the legal profession and his subsequent foray into the restaurant business. He told us that he gained the idea of starting a joint with Middle Eastern fare from his Turkish client. After tasting the latter's dishes, he told us that he immensely enjoyed the experience, and that he envisioned the idea to start his own restaurant business. Hence, Bricks and Copper was born. It was originally confined to the Shaw area in Pasig, but Atty. Arnel thought of expanding it to north Quezon City in order to reach more customers. After seeing that the slots in the food park were for rent for affordable prices, he immediately set up shop there. He also thought of the restaurant as convenient place where he could wine and dine clients in his law practice. Now that's practicality and marketing rolled into one! He also takes pride in the fact that his beef and chicken dishes are charcoal grilled, and hence, very tasty.

Apart from that, the pita bread and other pastries from his establishment are baked fresh every day. Add to this the fact that most of his dishes are heavily vegetable infused and compatible with a healthy diet.

As for the dishes, we were able to taste their affordable Pita Doner. At 90 pesos, it's quite a steal. The dish is an exciting variation of shawarma with an airy and chewy pita wrapper, thinly sliced strips of beef or chicken (depending on the order) and garnished with onions, cucumber, and tomatoes. It goes well with the spicy chili sauce and the standard garlic yogurt sauce. Our food tasting didn't end there. We were given a generous serving of Iskender Kebab, a mix of charcoal grilled beef with a generous helping of vegetables and chili sauce. The mix also had a good amount of pita bread as a side dish. At 250 pesos (small), the dish was very filling. We were also able to try Pita Bread with two variations of sauces. The one is with Humus, a traditional Middle Eastern dressing used in a number of countries. At 80 pesos, the sauce comes with pita bread. We were also given a spicer variant called Ezme. This sauce had a garnish of chilies and had a salsa-like texture. It also comes at 80 pesos with 4 slices of that airy and chewy pita bread. Our dishes, of course, were not complete without imported Turkish Sirma Water. According to Atty. Arnel, the sparkling drink is usually preferred by the Turks when eating traditional fare. Its sweet taste tends to offset the spicy Mideast offerings. A bottle usually costs about 60 pesos, and is a fresh deviation from the soft drinks we Filipinos are so used to. We both enjoyed the meal so much that we bought our own Pita Doner. The taste was simply very irresistible, and our experience with this restaurant completely takes away our negative stereotypes of spicy Middle Eastern food. We surely would like to come back again for a second helping.

The place also offers the traditional "hookah", a pipe used by the Arabs to smoke tobacco. The variant here offers scented fruit vapors instead for 200 pesos. When we come back next week, we surely hope to try it.

The food park has been open for its test run since January 2015. It is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 5 pm to 2 am, and caters to students, office workers, families, and pretty much anyone who likes affordable gastronomic experiences. It is located near Mini Stop Maginhawa, and is in front of News Barbers. Bricks and Copper is also open there at those times. Its main branch is in Dumlao Sports Center, 304 Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong, in front of GSIS.

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Cams M.
3.0 Stars
2

One of the places you might want to try. Oh i just love Maginhawa Street. 128149

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Aeron A.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Ange S.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Tricia Jade G.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Christian M.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Patty D.
3.0 Stars

overpriced+overrated. 128529

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Jairus d.
4.0 Stars
2

6th stop at Streat! This hip food park offers 12 diverse food trucks and containers/stalls from different parts of the globe - Asia, Italy, Mexico, Turkey and southern cuisine. Parking can be a b**ch during busy hours but I'm glad I paid a visit!

The place was packed but it didn't feel congested thanks to the good number of picnic tables and fans. I liked the idea of a (center) grass ground as it adds life to the laid back al fresco dining experience while enjoying the plethora of awesome food options.

I was able to try Bricks and Copper Turkish Cuisine, Endless Summer Cafe and The Lost Bread. I got a pita doner from Bricks and sadly it didn't deliver. The pita was thicker than I expected and it lacks omff on the flavor department.

The last two stalls I mentioned were A-okay and they both deserve a separate review. Swing by Streat if you're in Maginhawa area!

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It's Emified B.
5.0 Stars

I love how Maginhawa has different cuisines all in one place. It's an absolute treat to visit here and try various establishments without having the need to pay excessively for transportation.

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Camille S.
3.0 Stars
6

Soulfood Truck : I quickly noticed the stuff they're selling because of their grilling area. The cheese bites caught my eyes right away! My friends and I shared it as our appetizer. One order of cheese bites (PHP 70) also comes with a strawberry-cinnamon flavored sauce/dip which smelled so appetizing. The cheese bites were really good! The cheese inside was just enough and it complemented the strawberry and cinnamon. The downside was that it was a bit hard to hold though since it's being held by a toothpick only. I ordered their chicken country fried steak which includes rice and a side of corn kernel. The serving's enough for 1 person. The chicken was cooked well; didn't taste like it was minadali. The sauce was just okay; nothing special about it.

For the food park itself, I hope they practice CLAYGO (clean as you go) and they should have allotted trash cans on the entrance/exit area. Currently, they only have 1 sack where people throw in their garbage. It gets full after a few hours (esp on a weekend when the place gets really packed) and it's not hygenic. The sack even has tables near so just imagine how that'll feel when the trash area's not managed well.

I'd give Soulfood Truck a rating of 4 but the StrEat Food Park itself is around 2.5 to 3. The trash area is really a major turn off.

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Bakrai B.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Rigor M.
4.0 Stars

It will really take sometime in choosing your food in this place. So many stalls with great and affordable foods!

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Paul R.
4.0 Stars

They open by 5/6pm! A wide range of stalls can be found here, each one unique and serves a wide array of speciality food.

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Allana J.
4.0 Stars

went here for our second stop, if i knew na we will go here after s&l, di na lang sana ako umorder don bc THE LOST BREAD 128557 i've been reading reviews abt TLB for quite some time now and haven't tried it yet 128557 also, when we got there sarado na sila kaya hay maybe nxt time
Well anyway we stayed here till 12, the boyfriend and i had schmidt's international gourmet hotdog. He ordered "The Julius" for me bc he knows how much I love bacon. I was kinda disappointed kase sa picture, ang daming bacon tas nung binigay na isang piraso lang 128557 but their hotdog is really tasty.. I really liked it
The others tried burrito (i'm sorry i cant remember the name haha) and said that it was so good. They said they never thought burritos taste that good, but i've never been a fan so i didn't really mind haha
I won't recommend this place if it's your first time in Maginhawa, unless you like cafes. Very limited yung food, sobrang natagalan kami mamili kung anong oorderin kase nothing's appealing 1285149996🏼️

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Ann R.
3.0 Stars

Choices choices choices

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Kathleen Cerla G.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Ira B.
3.0 Stars

Overrated and expensive!

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Sidney Dash D.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Jaevonne P.
3.0 Stars

Giving in to my cravings for anything grilled last night, I ordered Egg-it's Butabara Yakitori. It's a Japanese style barbeque made from pork belly. I think it fell flat when it comes to flavor lacking that extra kick of what something off the coal should taste like. And it isn't tender so have your teeth ready for a meat battle:(

You might want to try their cucumber lemonade uniquely served in a resealable plastic with their pabebe straw (i have no idea why it's called that way). It isn't tangy or anything but there is this charm that the cucumber leaves to make the drink so refreshing!

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Martin A.
5.0 Stars

Looking for an appetizer? Try this Poutine.

Dessert? Try Deep Fried Oreos from the Soul Food Truck. It would be better if they used double stuf oreos and removed the bread crumbs. But still good though.

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