January 23, 2017 16:20 By Cake Evangelista, Vinz Lamorena - @inquirerdotnet Asia News Network
In this life, there’s a question we’re often asked that we never tire of: Where are we eating?
But if there’s one response to it that we don’t ever want to hear, it’s the overused “Kahit ano,” or anything goes. Too bad there’s no dish called as such in any menu that we know of. But if there’s a place that offers an overwhelming mix of comfort and novelty for the too-often indecisive gourmand, it’s the food park.
One of the newest players in the food park game, Happy Tables, is quick to challenge the label.
Sure, this Quezon City food hub has most of the elements that make up a food park: multiple food kiosks featuring a variety of cuisines and a communal eating area all housed in a single location.
Super got the chance to visit Happy Tables early this month and we have to agree: It is, as its hashtag says, #NotAFoodPark—not an ordinary one at least.
The self-described “resto-hub” along Congressional Avenue Extension is more like a food hall. It was designed to maximize the available space, with three levels carrying its 18 concessionaires.
Leading up to the entrance are four food kiosks, while the midlevel section is the largest part of the food hall. Upstairs is an L-shaped bar, The Life Lounge, which overlooks the center of Happy Table’s eating area. With the resto-hub’s current setup, the closest we can compare it to is Hole in the Wall in Century City Mall in Makati City.
What differentiates Happy Tables from other food parks is that it wants to cater to all kinds of taste buds. Picky and not-so-adventurous eaters will not be intimidated by what’s on the menu at this family-friendly food hub.
Because of the sheer amount of choices at Happy Tables, these are only some of the food you can find at this relatively new food spot. There were still yet-to-open kiosks, too, like the coffee shop Blue Sparks Café. It’s set to start brewing this February and we’re already intrigued by its caramel popcorn frappe.
Where: 71 Congressional Avenue Extension, Pasong Famo, Quezon City, 1107 Metro Manila