Food Court Wars: The Dish-out

Are you a food-court loving foodie? Well I am for sure! There's nothing more inviting than a hodgepodge of food stalls ever-so ready to cater to your gastronomical needs; easy on the pocket, but hearty on your palate! 

Food-court jurisdiction: Juice rates the food-trip smorgasbords, dishing out on the best stalls to feast on with our recommendations on their must-munch-on treats! 

WARNING: Our mouth-watering descriptions might just send you rushing to your nearest food-court. Do not read on an empty stomach! 

Rating: GOOD

Tactic: Fiesta Market is your upscale version of the Pinoy turo-turo--which gets you more bang for your buck. Dine al fresco, as you satisfy your hunger pangs with the best of Pinoy comfort food: from authentic Filipino cuisine and street food, to native delights and delicacies! Mind you, it's hard to resist the aroma of tasty grilled food!

Secret Weapons: 

Munch on home-cooked, native Kapampangan fare. Must-try: their famous Sisig dish, Sinigang sa Miso (made from scratch with tamarind), Grilled Tuna Belly, Burong Hipon with fresh Mustasa and inihaw na Talong, and their sinfully rich Leche Flan (which only uses egg yolks)--not so good for the high in cholesterol! 

2) Ineng's Special BBQ (with its special BBQ sauce!)

3) Bugong Wrap King

'Bugong' is a Batanguenyo word for binalot. Healthy option: their old-fashioned NO MSG roast chicken, marinated in 18 types of herbs with added garlic, pepper, and lemon. Hungry yet?

4) Freska Ilonggo Seafood and Inasal

Try their sinigang which only uses special batuan seeds from Iloilo, an ingredient more sour than kalamansi.

Weak Points: the lack of ambiance, long lines, super crowded tables, the cacophony of sounds, and possible snatchers lurking around; don't expect the tables to be spick and span either.  

Rating: Slightly better than GOOD

Tactic: Even the food-court embodies the south's laid-back feel; no need to worry about those super-crowded, dirty tables or too-noisy crowds. The ambiance is fuss-free, steady, and chill. Interesting but random factor: birds fly freely around the ceiling area!

Secret Weapons:

The siopao that's available either in wheat or regular dough. Choose from an array of 16 flavors!

2) Heaven in a Milkshake

3) Potato Corner: the no-fail classic!

Weak Points: limited food choices


Tactic: Around the world in one lunch time: from Greece to India and Germany, this court is perfectly cosmopolitan for our taste buds! The court boasts of its well-kept, spacious environment, its ambiance, and unique food stalls.

Secret Weapons:

1) Go Greek

2) Schatzi's German Sausage Factory

3) New Bombay Express


4) TOSH Express: Our favorite 'The Old Spaghetti House' resto takes its fighting form in fast-food. 

Weak Points: I honestly can't think of any. 

Rating: Slightly better than GOOD

Tactic: its wide array of munch options will satisfy your every craving!

Secret Weapons: American fast-food chains.

6) KFC

Weak Points: its noisy area and slightly slow table-cleaning service.

Rating: GOOD

Tactic: nice lighting and booth-style dining tables at the side (which are quite hard to get a hold of since the place is almost always crowded).

Secret Weapons: 

2) Sencillo

4) Mongolian BBQ Bowl

5) Homerun Hotdogs 

Weak Points: its noisy area and crowded spaces.


Tactic: The court is home to a more-than-enough smorgasbord of food options.

Secret Weapons: 

1) Mini Melts: The Ice Cream Dream

2) Kookie Korner

Weak Points: poor ambiance and the lack of good interior design (I don't see the 'garden' in 'Garden Court').


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused
    Sandigan OKs hospital stay for GMA co-accused

    The Sandiganbayan has allowed a government official, accused with plunder along with former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to undergo a medical procedure at a hospital tomorrow. The anti-graft court permitted former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Benigno Aguas to undergo a cardiopulmonary/endocrine clearance at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City. …

  • Sandigan recommends executive clemency for ex-envoy
    Sandigan recommends executive clemency for ex-envoy

    The Sandiganbayan has recommended executive clemency for a former Philippine ambassador to Nigeria who was sentenced to 52 years for malversation of public funds. The Sandiganbayan First Division found Masaranga Umpa guilty of misusing the Assistance-To-Nationals Stand-by Funds totaling $80,478.80 in 2007, but the anti-graft court said the former assemblyman from Lanao del Norte should be pardoned. …

  • Stargazing at the mall highlights Earth Hour
    Stargazing at the mall highlights Earth Hour

    It was a night of stargazing in 58 SM Supermalls all over the country last night as these establishments participated in Earth Hour, an annual worldwide movement encouraging communities and establishments to switch off lights for one hour to raise global awareness of overuse of non-renewable resources. The Philippines has been an active participant of Earth Hour since 2008. Last night, in the province of Bulacan, for instance, all parishes, diocesan institutions, schools and household …

  • Payanig privatization hit
    Payanig privatization hit

    BLEMP Commercial of the Philippines, Inc. (BLEMP) denounced the recent announcement of the Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) to privatize the 18.4-hectare “Payanig sa Pasig” property. In a statement sent to The STAR, BLEMP lawyer Dennis Manalo said the PCGG has no right to auction the property because it has no valid title and is not in possession. The PCGG has not paid a single centavo in real property taxes for the property, he said. He narrated that it was in the early 70s …

  • New species of tarantula found
    New species of tarantula found

    Scientists from the Museum of Natural History (MNH) of the University of the Philippines-Los Baños have discovered a new species of cave-dwelling tarantula on an island off the coast of Quezon. The new species of the spider, Phlogiellus kwebaburdeos, was described in the recent issue of the Philippine Journal of Systematic Biology by MNH curators for spiders Aimee Lynn Dupo and Alberto Barrion along with their former student Joseph Rasalan. The tarantula was discovered by Rasalan during one …

  • Palm Sunday: Do not add to suffering of others
    Palm Sunday: Do not add to suffering of others

    As Christendom enters Holy Week today, Palm Sunday, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday called on the faithful not to add to the sufferings of their fellowmen. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (ECPA), said that while Palm Sunday is oftentimes remembered as the glorious arrival of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, it also signals the start of the Holy Week that tells of His suffering, death and …

  • Miriam pushes tougher graft law
    Miriam pushes tougher graft law

    Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago has filed a bill that would make public officials liable for violations of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act even if they are elected to a fresh term or a new position. In filing Senate Bill 2716, Santiago sought to address what she said was the doctrine of condonation in Philippine jurisprudence brought about by the 2010 case of Salumbides vs. Ombudsman. “By merely asserting the doctrine of condonation, erring elective officials are automatically given a …

  • Phl hits back at China over sea infra work
    Phl hits back at China over sea infra work

    The Philippines assailed China yesterday for contesting Manila’s planned repair and maintenance works on some islands in the West Philippine Sea, saying they are “in no way comparable” to the Asian power’s massive reclamation activities which are in violation of international laws. “The Philippines’ possible undertaking of necessary maintenance and repairs on its existing facilities in the West Philippine Sea, over which the Philippines rightfully exercises sovereignty, sovereign rights and …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options