Monday, December 16, 2019

#HolidaysAtTheGrid: It's Christmas at The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall...

The Grid Food Market celebrates the warm and hearty flavors of the holidays with a festive selection of seasonal offerings...

The Grid Food Market by Tasteless at Power Plant Mall, the same group behind Le Petit Souffle, Hanamaruken, Scout's Honor, Hole in the Wall and Pizza Express, unveils a sumptuous array of holiday dishes this Christmas. From comfort food classics to vibrant Asian-inspired flavors and more, diners are in for another memorable dining experience with friends and family at The Grid Food Market.

With its wide array of tasty offerings, The Grid Food Market infuses the flavors of Christmas in a lavish repertoire of dishes and beverages for the whole month of December (for more on The Grid Food Market, see my earlier posts, Gochu-Gang, Beefier and Babu: By The Numbers with Stalls 5, 6 and 7 at The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall on some of their signature favorites, Bucky's, Le Chon by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu and Bun Appetit: By the Numbers with Stalls 1, 4 and 11 at The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall on more of their popular bestsellers, After Five: Tapas and Desserts at The Grid Food Market in Power Plant Mall on their pre-dinner bites, cocktails and desserts and Rainy Days and Laksa. And Nasi Lemak. And Chicken Kalbi. And Beef Japchae. At The Grid Food Market). Ready for a holiday feast at The Grid Food Market? Read on for a tasty peek...

From creamy eggnogs to hot chocolate and lattes, Edsa Beverage Design Group at Stall # 21 has the season covered with their holiday offerings (more below, just scroll down). But why not start with a soothing glass of Edsa BDG's Cold Brew (R) to open up your palate?

What's Christmas without ham, right? The wittingly named Ham Burger by Beefier at Stall # 7 brings a double dose of savory richness with their juicy signature beef patty topped with Christmas ham. And it works.

It's Christmas in a bun. The bold beefy flavors are complemented by the sweet and salty notes of the ham, rounded out by the tart tomato and crisp lettuce draped with special sauce on a soft bun. The play on savory, sweet and salty flavors come together with each big bite, this one's another winning number by Beefier at The Grid Food Market. I've always been impressed by Beefier's basic and uncomplicated burgers, yet this playfully inventive Christmas variant still retains the qualities of Beefier's no-frills approach to burgers with the juicy beef patty remaining the star.  

A Japanese classic gets a flavorful Christmas spin with the Quezo de Bola Tsukemen by Tsuke-Men at Stall # 4. A thick and savory broth and a cheese dip made from Quezo de Bola makes these dipping noodles another tasty option at The Grid Food Market. 

Soft yet firm and chewy noodles deliver unique flavors when dipped in the creamy and mildly salty Quezo de Bola sauce. The subtle nutty notes of the noodles are given an indulgent velvety smooth finish by the Quezo de Bola dip bursting with a creamy sharpness.

Bucky's at Stall # 2 reinterprets another classic with its Meatloaf with Mushrooms, Mashed Potato and Gravy for another hearty and comforting meal at The Grid Food Market. The dish just triggers countless fond memories over meatloaf dinners at home, and this one elevates it to a higher level.

Draped in a dark rich gravy made even richer with bone marrow, this upgraded meatloaf with its hefty sides of mashed potatoes, mushrooms and vegetables is one immensely satisfying meal. Bucky's has another bestseller in its menu.

Gochu-Gang at Stall # 6 lays on the holiday vibe with the Pork Hamgyupsal, a savory offering with a thick slab of grilled pork belly draped in a sweet and smoky glaze topped with pineapples.

A full meal in itself, Gochu-Gang's Pork Hamgyupsal comes with a bowl of steamed white rice, garden-fresh and crisp lettuce and pickled vegetables. The contrasting flavors come together in a delicately balanced dish, with each bold yet distinct note complementing the other. 

Chef Bruce Rickett's taqueria in BF comes to Rockwell, and now diners can enjoy his popular street tacos and other Mexican favorites without the long drive south right here at The Grid Food Market. The Enchilada Verde by La Chinesca at Stall # 10 is his take on holiday flavors, soft tortillas stuffed with tender chicken slathered in salsa verde, salsa fresca, garden-fresh and crisp lettuce and finished with a blend of cheeses. 

The richness of the salsa verde, salsa fresca and fresh greens pair well with the delicate notes of the chicken making this a light yet satisfying option for the holidays. With loads of fresh flavors, the Enchilada Verde is a festive addition to the menu at La Chinesca.  

There's nothing simple with the Simple Fried Egg by Babu at Stall # 8 with its complex blend of flavors and textures. And this dish will remind you that any dish, no matter how simple, becomes a satisfying meal when done well.  A fried egg with its crisp edges drizzled with a sweet sauce and topped with herbs paired with rice is just one of many flavorful surprises at The Grid Food Market this holiday season. The holiday-inspired savory mains at The Grid Food Market are all must-try options. But these dishes are all off-the-menu to be served exclusively for the holidays, so hurry down The Grid Food Market at the Power Plant Mall. But who knows, if you really like these new dishes and make yourself heard, maybe you may find some of them in the regular menu. 

But save room for dessert. After a satisfying meal of Porchetta from Le Chon by Happy Ongpauco-Tiu at Stall # 5, indulge in decadent local flavors like the Puto Bumbong wrapped in banana leaves...

...and Bibingka to cap your feast at The Grid Food Market with a nostalgic Filipino holiday vibe.

And there's more. Risa Chocolate at Stall # 19 brings its single origin chocolates to your table with intricate Pralines (L) and velvety smooth Gelato (R) like the Single Origin Dark Chocolate Gelato, White Choco Sans Rival Gelato and White Chocolate Strawberry Straciatella for that perfect sweet ending.

Pair your dessert with Edsa Beverage Design Group's Gingerbread Latte at Stall # 21...

...the Peppermint Hot Chocolate served with marshmallows...

...and the traditional Eggnog for a proper holiday celebration. Each serving is good for four, perfect for groups of friends and family.

Diners at The Grid Food Market will be pleased to know that Samyan Thai Street Food is now open at Stall # 16 with its flavorful renditions of fiery Thai cuisine. Helmed by Michelin Star celebrity Chef ThiTid Tassanakajohn, authenticity is what sets Samyan Thai Street Food apart from other Thai establishments in the metro. And you'll find it right here at The Grid Food Market.  

The best way to get acquainted with Samyan Thai Street Food at The Grid Food Market is with the signature Khao Kluk Kapi or shrimp paste fried rice for its vibrant blend of sweet, savory, salty, sour and spicy notes all in one plate. Recreating his childhood memories of tasty Thai dishes back home, Chef ThiTid Tassanakajohn takes you on a culinary journey to the bustling streets of Bangkok with his repertoire of authentic Thai favorites. 

From sumptuous holiday-themed offerings to authentic Thai cuisine at Samyan Thai Street Food, Charles Paw (third from left) and Joelle Mariano (L) invite you to celebrate the holidays at The Grid Food Market. There's just a whole lot more to discover and experience at The Grid Food Market this Christmas. For our group, FourScene, it's one more flavorful layer to the metro's evolving and growing culinary scene made more festive with the holidays. 

The Grid Food Market is located at the R2 Level Expansion Wing, Power Plant Mall, Rockwell Center, Makati or call 759-4605 for inquiries and more information. You can also visit their FB Page at for more updates.

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