There’s pretty much nothing a good meal can’t fix. But here’s the thing: even getting your hands on your fave comfort food comes with its own set of challenges. We’re so lucky that the streets of Metro Manila are buzzing with so many restaurants. But things like traffic, distance and the lack of time almost make the trip not worth the hassle. All we want is to satisfy all our cravings from all our favorite restaurants without the hassle of moving from one city to another. Is that really too much to ask? Nope, not anymore.
What makes The Grid special is that it links powerhouse chefs to a community that wants to enjoy good food all the time.
Enter: The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall. The recently opened food hall in the mall’s new wing brings together all your fave local restaurants and dishes in one convenient location. Tostadas from that taqueria in the south? Check. Seafood rolls from everyone’s fave weekend market? Check. Coffee from that café you keep coming back to? Check.
Not your regular food court: The Grid Food Market is located on the second floor of Power Plant Mall’s new wing
This food hall concept isn’t new. The basic idea is pretty close to that of a regular mall food court or, if you wanna be hip about it, a food park. But what makes The Grid special is that it links powerhouse chefs to a community that wants to enjoy good food all the time. There are 15 stalls operated by the same groups behind some of Manila’s best restaurants, and you know what that means: we get to build our own version of a happy meal by simply ordering from different stalls. Think: chipirones (squid) pinxto from Rambla for starters? Yas. How about a giant plate of Thai pork chop (with laing on the side) from Flower Boy (formerly Tankchop XL)? Gimme that Spicy Gyokai Tsukemen (noodles dipped in broth) from Tsuke-Men. One can also never go wrong with an order of Happy Ongpauco-Tiu’s Le Chon angus beef belly. But regardless of how full you think you are, there will always be room for a 17-layer chocolate and salted caramel cake from The Workshop by Chefs Miko Aspiras and Kristine Lotilla. Oh, and their Basque burnt cheesecake, too.
There are so many things that can go wrong in our day, but lucky for us, there are just as many (if not more) happy meal combinations we can come up with in The Grid Food Market.
The other stalls from faves like Bucky’s, Ping Pong Diplomacy, and Bruce Rickett’s much-awaited second branch of La Chinesca are set to open in the next few weeks, so there’ll be even more reasons to come back. The Grid’s cozy family-style table setup and the clean, minimalist interiors is also worth mentioning. No over-the-top signs, giant pub materials, or distracting loud music. Add to that the amazing service and overall experience, thanks to Tasteless Food Group, and it’s easy to see why The Grid will soon be everybody’s go-to food hub. See you there?
Foodie go-round: The Grid Food Market currently offers bites from Bun Apetit, Flower Boy, Tsuke-Men, and EDSA BDG, among others.
The Grid Food Market is located at R2 Level Expansion, Power Plant Mall, Makati. It is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. from Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. For more information, visit instagram.com/thegridfoodmarket.