Food court dining used to mean grabbing greasy grub from fast food chains. These days, food halls are all the rage in the culinary world with creative, often high-end concepts from celebrity chefs or innovative newcomers.
Prompted by the metro’s burgeoning food hall culture, “Esquire Philippines” recently published an official power ranking of the best food halls in Manila and put The Grid Food Market on the top of the list.
“What The Grid manages to do that other food halls don’t is effortlessly combining the efficiency of a food court with consistent quality and service in a cool modern setting,” reads the piece.
As if being named the best food hall in Manila isn’t enough, The Grid is giving us more reasons to keep coming back.
Those reasons come in the form of new stalls, including space for authentic Thai street food by a chef that runs a Michelin-starred restaurant in Bangkok, among others. Plus, more seats to fit more hungry folks. Here’s a quick look at The Grid’s latest additions.
Bangkok-based chef Thitid “Ton” Tassanakajohn is bringing his love for Samyan Market street food to Manila by way of Stall 16 at The Grid. Aside from his first food hall concept in the Philippines, chef Ton runs Michelin-starred restaurant Le Du and Michelin Bib Gourmand award-winner Baan. He’s also a judge on “Top Chef Thailand.”
Stall 9 serves Cuban mains, sides and rice that you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Or you can pick one of the rice plates when you’re too hungry to build your own plate.
At Stall 11, you’ll find a newcomer that serves hearty Chinese rice bowls, Hong Kong-style fried chicken, and— staying true to its name—fried pigeon. Chicken and pigeons are handpicked daily to ensure quality. That also means servings are limited. Try them out the first chance you get!
After a successful pop-up run at The Grid last August, the Legaspi Village favorite has found a permanent home in Stall 14. Here you’ll find modern Asian dishes inspired by the owners’ travels around the region.
The year 2020 may be off to a rough start, but if there’s one good thing the new decade brings, it’s that more restaurants have us excited over healthy food. Stall 17 is one of the restaurants that has us hyped. Have your pick from colorful smoothie bowls, build-your-own bowls or ask about their best-sellers.
The Grid is located at R2 Level, Power Plant Mall. (Story/Photos by: (Jannine Sy)