The Open Kitchen is a new food park located in P. Tuazon, Cubao that opened this year. It is designed to host food stalls with an “open kitchen” concept where the concesionnaires have visible kitchen – an environment that will entertain and let diners see how their food is being prepared. When we heard about it, we immediately felt excited because the idea of giving us an opportunity to interact with the people who prepare our dish is interesting.
Address: 34-36 P. Tuazon Boulevard, Brgy. Kaunlaran, Cubao Quezon City, Philippines
Operating Hours: Open daily from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM
Facebook Account: https://facebook.com/OpenKitchenFoodPark
Contact Number: +63 917 834 2446
The location is near the famous “castle” by Chocolate Lover Inc. From the street, the food park doesn’t look that big enough to cater to hundreds of guests, however, we weren’t right about our initial assessment. I’ll show you why…
Compared to other food parks we have been to, the Open Kitchen has the biggest parking space so far. Very convenient, isn’t it?
The ground floor is considered the “come and go” area. Most families or barkadas who want a quick access to the park and mostly for those who want to buy takeout are expected to be here.
TIMPLADOR DE CEBU LECHON HOUSE
The pride of Cebu is here in Cubao! Timplador serves Boneless Lechon that is reasonably priced per gram. It’s best to get lechon here during the opening hour of Open Kitchen because the food is delivered fresh daily. It’s really hard to choose a favourite because both the original and spicy were super mouthwatering. The skin was crispy (my parents loved it) and there is zero to minimal fat. Super sarap!
THE MEAT PUB
We like this idea from The Meat Pub: customers order the meat of their choice (wagyu cubes, sausages, pork, beef paired with delicious sauces) and they will provide you this grill so you can cook your own food. However, I don’t think it’s an excellent idea to do this activity at the ground floor of the Open Kitchen (too much smoke is not cool). Perhaps it might be a better idea to relocate their store at the 2nd floor of the park.
We were so impressed because Memong’s Deli was able to put three of our favourites in one dish: Carbonara, Longanisa and Sunny side up egg. The pasta was cooked nicely and the overall combination of the main ingredients was amazing. Worth a try!
We also tried their Tapsilog. The meat was super tender, and it was made with less fat (halos walang litid). Additionally, the garlic fried rice was very garlicky! We enjoyed it with the free side dish called “salted egg salsa” which was good enough to enhance the flavours of our ulam. Each bite was pure pleasure!
Undeniably, it was one of the best tapsilog meals in Metro Manila!
Haku serves all time favourite Japanese foods like sushi, gyudon, karaage, tempura and sashimi. We ordered this prawn tempura for my mom (she loves the famous Tokyo Tokyo version – believe it don’t) and she enjoyed this one from Haku. Beside the golden crispy treat and fresh shrimps, we were also amazed by the delicious tempura sauce.
To those craving for tuna or salmon sashimi, come check this out! The price was reasonable and the meat was served super fresh. We are definitely coming back here because we weren’t able to try heir super famous beef gyudon.
The Ispabok is a new fusion of two Filipino favourites: spaghetti and palabok. I was super excited to check this out so I ordered one of their bestselling meals: the Ispabok with Okoy. They used spaghetti noodles for this dish and the cheddar cheese was very evident. It reminded me of the traditional Filipino spaghetti. On the other hand, the sauce tasted more of palabok with the usual shrimps, chicharon, boiled eggs ingredients. It was a unique innovation but for me it was just OK.
The Okoy on the side was amazing. It was so crispy and tasty. Pair each bite with their homemade vinegar to achieve the most desirable taste.
THE JUICE JOINT
The Juice Joint is the stall where you can buy juices, iced tea and their very cool and refreshing slush drinks. We tried this unique drink which blended all the available slush colours: Blue, Green and Pink and it was able to produce a “rainbow inspired” drink. This was very refreshing, however for the price of around 90 pesos, I don’t think that this is affordable for the Manilenyo budget.
We also ordered their blue and green slush drinks. Very refreshing against the heat of the sun!
DIP N’ DOUGH
Dip n’ Dough is a unique food stall serving different types of freshly made dough products like mini/twisted doughnuts, pretzel, and almond glazed dough-cones. These dough cones are served with an ice cream on top, perfect for desserts or an afternoon snack.
THE SECOND FLOOR AREA
The second floor of the Open Kitchen is designed for those who will be staying longer in the park. They have more food stalls to cater each guest’s cravings for international food. And also, they sell imported alcoholic drinks on this stall called “Inhibitions.”
We are loving the overall design of the food park. Nice chairs and tables and the lights were lovely especially at night.
Another reason to keep on coming back to Open Kitchen Cubao, is Mr. Raclette. They claim to be the ones who brought raclette cheese in Manila. So what makes raclette special? It’s a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese that is commonly used for melting.
It is also a delicacy in Switzerland: the raclette cheese round is heated, either in front of a fire or by a special machine, then scraped onto diners’ plates; the term raclette is derived from the French word racler, meaning “to scrape.”
So we ordered their Bacon Sandwich. Undeniably, it was made super special because of the melted cheese. However, we also noticed the bacon that they have used: it was of high quality and seems to be homemade. Very delicious! We are still craving for this up to this very moment.
Check out this video that we uploaded in Instagram. The preparation was uber satisfying and definitely looks mouthwatering. For the “Traditional Raclette”, the container was filled with luncheon meat, baby potatoes, bread and greens topped with super gooey and freshly melted raclette cheese. Words can’t describe how delicious this treat was.
We also tried Taka Ramen – a stall that sells affordable Ramen bowls (priced for almost 300+ per bowl). We only ordered their Takoyaki because we don’t want to feel full as we want to taste the other foods that they sold around the food park.
Since my parents haven’t tried Bingsu yet, we decided to order one of their bestsellers. This mango bowl was good. They served it with generous amount of sweet mangoes. However, it can never be compared to the traditional Korean desserts because the ice wasn’t crushed finely. Also, the milk that they used was not creamy at all. Honestly, it was already a good deal for the price of around 200 pesos (3 people can already share this bowl) but there are still more opportunities to improve.
THE THIRD FLOOR AREA
This was my favourite spot from the Open Kitchen food park. The third floor has no food stalls so whenever foodies are ready, they can set up the whole gang here (they have around 20+ tables up there) to consume their food and drinks. It’s definitely the best place to eat because you get to avoid the smoke coming from the food stalls at the ground and second floor. Plus, you get natural light wherever you go which is a plus factor for those who want to take instagrammable food pics.
Another view from the Open Kitchen third floor: more tables, chairs and a view of the ever famous “Chocolate Castle”
The restroom was clean and spacious.
We were so happy because we were able to bring our furry friend here at the Open Kitchen. Yes, they are pet friendly as long as you are responsible enough to take care of your pets.
The Open Kitchen is a new great way to gather with friends and families. The food choices are very unique and diverse (especially the raclette cheese, ispabok and the carbonara with longanisa). 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. Their parking space is super spacious so there is no need to worry about bringing your cars. Gather your friends to the 2nd or 3rd floor as these spaces are super comfortable and cool.
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.