Buendia Food by the Court is one of the most unique food parks in Metro Manila. Besides being the first of its kind in Makati, the food park itself has a full size basketball court within its premises which you can rent. It’s really fun because after a long and tiring game with friends, all you have to do is just walk a few steps and you have an array of stalls serving delicious food to choose from. What’s more is that all the international and local food being offered are available at affordable prices. We were invited to witness their exclusive media preview and we can’t wait to tell you our favourite food stalls!
Buendia Food by the Court
Address: Sen. G. Puyat Avenue cor. Bautista & Finlandia Street, Makati City, Philippines
Operating Hours: Food Park: Open daily from 5:00 PM to 12:00 AM | Basketball Court: Open daily from 6:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Facebook Account: https://facebook.com/thebuendiafoodbythecourt/
Contact Number: +63 2 744 5510
The main reason why the food park is so cool and unique: basketball enthusiasts and foodies get to stay in one place.
The parking space was enough to handle around 20 cars. It wasn’t as big as what I expected to because there are several visitors coming to the place. But if that’s full, people can still park at the back street parallel to Buendia.
The place is super spacious and well maintained. Very clean and refreshing indeed. (Photo by Catilo Photography)
We were welcomed by Paul Elauria, President of SUDECO, owners of Buendia Food by the Court.
Keso Kumpadre serves french fries specialties. Check out this Nacho Fries that is good for more than 3 people.
BURGERS MEET WINGS
Who wants this 8-inch super big burger? It’s good for a family and specially created for sharing. By the way, we love the potato wedges on the side (pantanggal umay).
There are colorful burgers as well but the crowd favourite was the one with creamy blue cheese on it.
If you love seafood especially prawns, check out Shrimper’s List. My favourite was the Salted Egg Prawns because it was so yummy! The salted egg flavour was very evident to the sauce and the shrimp that they have used was super fresh.
Another reason to come back to their food stall was the Sinigang Fried Rice. Wow! It was done right, the rice definitely tasted like sinigang and it is really sour! I love it!
I love Doss Pares! And if you like balut, come check this innovative dish offered by this food stall! The Sizzling Balut was super appetizing and it was perfect for pulutan. Also, I liked the grilled squid that they served (not included in the photo), it was so fresh and tenderly cooked.
This stall is definitely an instant favourite for tapa lovers. We enjoyed their Carbonara Pasta with generous servings of beef tapa meat. Delicious! The quality of the tapa was super good (USDA Beef). It was cooked till the right tenderness was achieved and it was so tasty with a mildly sweet and salty taste. We liked it and we are actually craving for it right now. One of the best comfort foods Buendia Food by the Court has to offer!
PAPPI BOY’S SPANISH COCINA
If you are craving for Spanish Paella, come and check this out! They serve traditional Seafood Paella with shrimps, clams, squid and boild egg. They also have Paella Negra which is made with squid ink and squid meat.
Jack’s Joint has been popular for serving Mediterranean food. Yes, they have branches in Paranaque, Tondo and Diliman QC. Their specialties are Turkish doner shawarma, kebab, pizza, burger and ox brain.
Mad Subs specializes in subway sandwiches with unique variants like gyoza sub, chicken teriyaki sub and mad taco sub. Can’t wait to go back and try their other flavours and their rice meals as well.
JOE’S YOUR DAY & NIGHT LONGA
To those who do not eat longanisa a lot, this food stall might change you. Honestly before trying their specialties, I wasn’t expecting it to be superb. However, from the first bite of their homemade special longanisa (from Cabanatuan), it became an instant favourite. I love it!
Little Kodo serves Japanese snacks and dishes like gyoza, takoyaki, bento meals and yakisoba. The photo above shows their tasty yet very affordable ramen made with pork meat.
Here’s a photo of their gyoza and California Maki plate.
We enjoyed eating their Takoyaki as well for snacks. Very affordable yet the quality is still good.
For those who are craving for a bowl of goto (ox tripe porridge), here’s a hot serving from Goto Pinoy. They also serve arroz caldo (chicken porridge) and popular Filipino dishes like lechon kawali (deep fried chunks of pork), binagoongan (pork chunks with shrimp paste), adobo, kaldereta (similar to osso buco) and bistek tagalog (sauteed beef strips) rice meals.
ISHA’S LITTLE THAI KITCHEN
It was a surprise to discover a Thai inspired food stall in a food park like this. Usually, I have difficulty looking for my favourite comfort food in food parks because they usually prioritize burgers, fries, pizza, Pinoy food and others. But this time, I got lucky! I am really happy to discover Isha’s Little Thai Kitchen. I immediately ordered their Pad Thai – it was super good as in value for money (photo not included). The quality of the rice noodles were perfectly fine and the sauce was super delicious.
Also, we enjoyed this Khao Pad Kung (Thai Fried Rice with Shrimps – photo above). Very tasty and perfect for sharing!
Lamexa Cantina is one of the most popular food stalls in Buendia Food by the Court, mainly because of their super delicious nachos that is good for sharing. They also serve street tacos, quesadillas and margarita drinks.
I can almost find these cute fish bowl drinks from all the tables. Apparently, you can order this through Lamexa Cantina for a very affordable price (PHP 85.00). This costs super cheap, given the fact that 3 people can already share this drink. Sulit and very refreshing! (Photo by Catilo Photography)
Wow! This sausage platter is good for a group of hungry people. Can I have a cup of rice please or slices of French bread? 🙂
If you are looking for Hong Kong style street food, try their famous skewers! They are famous for their lobster balls, wasabi balls and the special dipping sauces.
The wasabi ball was super intense! My friend ate it whole and she went nuts! So, warning to all of you who are scared of spicy food, because this one is really hot. But we promise, this is a must try! We loved it!
XOXO WAFFLES AND FROSTS
Our new favorite dessert at Buendia Food by the Court is the Banana and Nutella Belgian Waffle from XOXO Waffles and Frosts . We ordered more for take out and yet it was still fluffy on the inside and in good quality when I got home. Loved the fried banana toppings as well. Definitely coming back to try the other flavours!
Brother’s Blends is one of my favourite stalls. Besides serving homemade and local coffee, tea and juices, they are also famous for this Frozen Yoghurt made with Ashitaba Leaves which is famous in helping people lose weight / improve metabolism, concentration and memory, speed up wound healing and strengthen the immune system.
To those who are looking for local and imported beers, they also serve ice cold bottles from this stall.
We will always come back to Buendia Food by the Court for Joe’s Longanisa, TAPAdiction and Isha’s Little Thai Kitchen. For desserts, we are craving for the ashitaba frozen yoghurt and XOXO’s waffles. Budget per person will be a minimum of P150 and will actually depend on your appetite, cravings and hunger level. We recommend going with your family or barkada to be able to taste the most number of bestsellers. If you want to reserve the basketball court, make sure to call them for reservations.
This review is the opinion of the author based on actual experience. The establishments may have changed in terms of ownership, prices, decor, service, food preparation and food presentation after the posting of this review. This is not meant to influence the reader’s decision. Photos without our watermark are not ours.