“Not another food park??!!”
I asked this question to my friend Benjo as he invited me to visit the opening of Elements Hall @ Rallos, the latest food destination in Quezon City. Benjo said “no, far from being a food park. It is a two-storey food complex with 12 upscale restaurants inside.”
Here was the building in all its glory on opening day last March. Official address is No. 27 Scout Rallos, near corner Scout Tobias, QC.
Because the building owner is Chinese (HK-born businessman Robert Yap Jr.) abundant food signifies good feng shui. There was lots on the buffet table for everyone to try from the different establishments holding court in Elements Hall.
The second floor hosts Picnic Grounds which is designed like a food court with more affordable culinary choices. One can have a decent meal in this spot for 100 pesos or more, no problem. It is home to the following stalls:
Clucky’s gourmet fried chicken. See the pictures and judge for yourself. These were all good!
Gelato Lab – makers of real creamy and delicious Italian-style ice cream. For some dessert indulgence, pair with the Bibi-Waf or Bibingka Waffle. It boasts of exciting toppings to please the palate.
18 Days Coffee Roaster – for the coffee aficionado who wants locally-grown variety in their fave drink….
Mang Max Big Belly Lechon – ooh, Mang Max knows his stuff. I’ve been on a long lechon hiatus and this was worth breaking the fast for. I shared the plate with Benjo and my acquaintances from way back, Rocky n’ Jay of X-Factor Productions.
And what about the other restaurants? Due to lack of time (and space in our tummies!), we were unable to try their specialties. But this definitely gives us reason to go back. The most I’ve had was a photo op amongst the walls because they were Instagrammable and attractive.
The Peruvian restaurant Mantaro looked promising because the owner himself is from Peru and is a chef, So I guess we can expect only outstanding interpretations of the cuisine.
Twa Pak To specializes in Hong Kong roasts and noodles. The good thing is you can satisfy your hunger here for less than 200 pesos.
On the ground floor is Nina’s Sweet Delicacies which makes the original Eurobake ensaymada from Bulacan, inipit and other specialties.
There’s also Cold DeliBEERy for delicious barbecues and drinks, Red Pineapple dimsum place and Don’t Tell, the speakeasy bar of celebrity Vice Ganda. Expect a stream of Kapamilya talents to hang out here since the place is just a stone’s throw away from ABS-CBN.
Needless to say, I had a great experience dining at Elements Hall for the first time. The good thing with a place like this (as opposed to a food park) is there’s airconditioning, seating is more comfortable and you can have a wide choice of restaurants depending your budget and cuisine preference. Of course, going on a food trip and trying on different stuff is possible and definitely a must-try!