Written by Mikaela Ysabel Chu
Photos by Paulo Obia
Calling on all North people, there is a hip food park in your area that is waiting to be tried out. El Fresco is located in Project 8 of Quezon City. Having a close proximity from other popular food districts such as Maginhawa and campuses of University of the Philippines Diliman, Ateneo de Manila University, and Miriam College, it is surely within your reach.
Inspired from the word “fresh,” El Fresco offers a fresh dining experience with its food, drinks, music, and atmosphere.
An element that makes El Fresco particularly stand out is its industrial, minimalistic, and clean design. When you step foot in the food park, you are going to be met with an array of wooden chairs and tables under a shinto-inspired roof with rows of light bulbs hanging down from it. Situated around the food park are plants to keep a fresh atmosphere. The food stalls are lined with black frames with touches of color and fluorescent light from stall signs.
Smoking and non-smoking areas are also available for a family-friendly dining experience.
You can never go wrong with chill acoustic music in an outdoor setting. On Fridays and Saturdays, the food park showcases live performances of bands and soloists. These nights can be the perfect time for you to unwind and enjoy the company of your family and friends.
El Fresco offers one bar and a total of 12 food stalls with a wide variety of cuisines from Filipino, Japanese, Italian, American, and all the way to Mediterranean. No two food stalls are similar; each food stall is distinct and sticks with its own concept of a particular cuisine. Creativity and unconventionality are also huge parts of these stalls. Forget the usual ways of serving and mixing up ingredients—El Fresco’s food stalls prefer what is out of the ordinary.
There are three Japanese food stalls, namely, Miyagi’s Teppanyaki House, Omura, and Taka Ramen. All of which focus on only certain aspects of the cuisine. You can also find your comfort food fix from Bacon Club, Tito Bigs, and Bratz Grilled Burger. If you’re craving anything specific such as Mediterranean or Italian, they also have Eats A Wrap and Fastazee. Last but not the least is Black Iron, which serves none other than steak.
If and when you visit El Fresco Food Park, give these 5 stand-out dishes a try.
Black Iron’s Liempo Steak
Served warmly on a hot plate with rice is a juicy and soft liempo steak. This is not even the best part. Its gravy sauce is definitely a game changer.
TIP: Watch out for Black Iron’s new menu launching this coming week. It offers the Liempo Steak, T-Bone Steak, Sally’s Burger Steak, Pork Chops, and many more.
Tito Bigs’ Sisig
A classic Filipino dish served with a cold beer is comfort food at its finest. Served in a hot plate, Tito Bigs’ sisig oozes with flavor. If spicy dishes are your thing, this sisig is definitely for you.
Omura’s Korean Beef
Introducing a whole different side to Japanese cuisine, Omura serves us Omurice. This dish is an envelope of fried rice in an omelette. You can also choose from Chicken Adobo, Pinakbet, Smoked Fish, and Arroz Ala Cabana.
Miyagi’s Teppanyaki House’s Tonkatsu Rice
An all-time favorite Japanese dish can be all we need. The juice from the deep-fried pork cutlet is the perfect complement to the sauce it is topped with.
Bacon Club’s Bacon Bombs
It’s out with the old and in with the new with this unique dish. The Bacon Bombs are potatoes wrapped in bacon and topped with grated cheese. To go the extra mile, the dish is also served with melted cheese sauce.
El Fresco’s food prices are student budget friendly. The prices of the food and drinks fall between the range of P100-P250. With just the right price range, you can get a full quality meal and even go for more and enjoy a food trip with friends.
So what else are you waiting for? Gather up the barkada, tell your significant other, or call the family and plan your next food trip to El Fresco!
For leasing inquiries, kindly contact the number indicated at the bottom of the article.
29 Shorthorn Street, Project 8, Quezon City
+63 906 257 4257 | email@example.com
Open Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-12mn
Closed on Mondays