MANILA -- Business is booming at Buendia Food by the Court as the food park welcomes 10 new food concepts, including one owned by former "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Joe Vargas.
According to Jocelyn De Leon, vice president for marketing of Subic Bay Development & Industrial Estate Corp. (SUDECO), the company that owns Buendia Food by the Court, the current concessionaires have been enjoying brisk business. Two of the concepts, Tapaddiction and Little Kodo, have moved from small stalls to the food park's concrete structures.
Combining a basketball court and a food park has also paid dividends for the group. The demand for the court has been so great that they regularly turn away inquiries for reservations.
This multi-use concept has worked out so well that the group is opening a much larger athletic food park with three basketball courts and more concessionaires at location near the corner of Taft Avenue and EDSA in Pasay City.
Here are the new stalls that have popped up since February:
Joe Vargas and Bianca Yanga show off the Salisbury Longa. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
JOE’S DAY AND NIGHT LONGGA
Former "Pinoy Big Brother" housemate Joe Vargas and co-owner Bianca Yanga put the spotlight on the Yanga family's longganisa recipe. The Filipino sausage is served up in unusually delicious ways like adding gravy and teriyaki sauce to the longganisa and rise offerings. Not to be missed are the Longga Balls and Crispy Noodles with Longga spiked with sinamak vinegar.
Sizzling balut. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
Doss Pares is known for Filipino favorites, comfort food, and rice toppings. The Sizzling Balut is a crowd favorite and a must-try for the adventurous foodie.
Beef Bulgogi. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
RJ’s BowlGoGi not only has its own version of Korean barbecue but Spicy Ramyun and huge Kimchi Chicken Chops as well.
Laura Jane Alberto with Pizza Fries. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
Laura Jane Alberto serves her levelled up French fries at Keso Kumpadre. Barkada-sized versions of the Pizza Fries and Poutine, which has slices of sirloin, gravy, basil, and Mozzarella cheese, are the draw of this outlet.
Lengua. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
PAPPI BOY’S SPANISH COCINA
Pappi Boy brings upscale Spanish cuisine to the food park. Try the Callos and Lengua complemented with Paella Valenciana for a tasty Spanish dinner.
Sausage Platter. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
The main draw at this booth are the sausage variants from all over the world. The P350 sausage platter is a hefty serving of the best the best wieners like the cheesy frankfurter, Bavarian White Wurst, Hungarian, bacon and cheese, and bratwurst with honey, ketchup and mayo mustard.
Skewers. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
This stall takes guests to Singapore with their tasty street food and fried balls. Aside from the standard fish and squid balls, try the Wasabi Ball has a subtle kick nicely paired with their Asian sauces.
Lechon belly. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
J&B LECHON BELLY
The crunch of Cebu lechon belly is enough to attract guests to this J&V. If this isn’t enough, check out its version of Dinakdakan, the Ilocano version of sisig, which uses lechon meat to add crunch to the dish.
Sinigang Rice and Salted Egg Prawns. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
This booth features shrimps cooked in different ways. The specialty is the salted egg prawns and the sinigang rice.
Pad Thai. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
ISHA’S LITTLE THAI KITCHEN
If you’re looking for spicy food, Isha’s is the place to go. Get your spice fix with the Pad Thai, and Red or Green Curry Rice Toppings. Wash it down with a glass of the Thai Iced Tea to temper the heat.
Banana Nutella Waffle. Photo by Jeeves de Veyra
XOXO WAFFLES AND FROST
After all those savory entrees from the other booths, those with a sweet tooth must be looking for dessert. Head on over to XOXO for the Nutella waffles and creamy milkshakes.
Buendia Food by the Court is located on the corner of Gil J. Puyat Avenue (Buendia) and Bautista Street in Makati. The food park is open from 5 p.m. to midnight, while the basketball court can be reserved from 6 a.m. to Midnight