Backyard Eats: The first food park in Antipolo!

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED August 8, 2017 01:16 pm | UPDATED August 9, 2017 08:12 am
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(Inside Manila) Sitting in the heart of Antipolo, Backyard Eats ups the ante in food experience by offering culinary masterpieces under one amazing complex.

Backyard Eats is created specifically for Antipoleños, by Antipoleño herself, Irene Villones. She saw how her fellow townfolks hardly savor their food trip strolls down the city as the distance is quite inconvenient.

The place stands out among the line of old and new commercial developments: Wide gates that open as the dusk of late afternoon falls; pop music cutting through the babble of traffic noise. Her love for outdoor space explains the remarkably breathable setting that invites positive energy to flow.             

Quality is the name of the game for Backyard Eats. In an effort to redefine and elevate the dining experience, only the best houses the kiosks. Over 12 varied stalls offer innovative recipes with a presentation that, as if an unspoken rule for the tenants, will leave you enthralled.

Eisendel’s Potato Hub prides itself with its signature Sloppy Fries (P179). The sweet style spaghetti sauce topped with torched melted cheese is good for 2-3 persons.

With its Build-Your-Own (P149) promo, we’ve combined Belgian Thick Cut Fries, topped it with bacon bits and parmesan cheese, and finished with melted cheese that handled the fries felicitously.

Sons of Burger channels American cuisine in all its glory. As the sole proprietor of flame-grilled burger platters, it calls on those who want a burger fix, saying Sons of Burger is "no BS, just awesomeness".

Among its delicious liberties are the El Capitano (P179) and Braveheart (P229), the latter patty wrapped with luscious bacon we simply can’t resist. Furthermore, you can order its frickin’ fries as sides for just P50.

Macho Nachos takes your taste buds far from the country with its fusion of Mexican cuisine known for intense and varied flavors. From two people to big groups, this booth can cater to different sizes.

There’s a lot of meat types to choose from; there's Pork Carnitas (pulled pork), Carne Asada (steak), Pollo Asado (grilled chicken), and Carne Molida (ground beef). For our test, we’ve tried its bestseller Classic Beef Nachos (P125), a combination of ground beef, Pico de Gallo, and melted cheddar cheese. That and the Chicken Fajita Quesadilla (P145) didn’t disappoint. It is served with garlic sauce and tomato sauce, adding greatness to what is already a fine taste Macho Nachos delivers successfully.

Logan Delicatessen is famous for its locally-made flavorful sausages. Our favorite was the European Deli Sausage (P119) which presented us a trio sausage perfect for late night cravings.

While you’re at it, try the Gourmet Deli Meat & Cheese Melt (P79), a pizza but with the classic French bread as the crust.

Oldbay Grill Boodle Fight is perfect for meal-sharing groups ready for hands-on gnawing.

Its bestseller, Boodle Fight 1 (P449), includes grilled foods such as liempo, chicken inasal, and pork chop. It also has ensaladang talong, salted egg, and shrimps which are only served, along with other kinds of seafood, fresh. This combination is good for 4 people; a good for 8 table is also available for P888.

Matti and Drei’s are the park’s wings. It offers a variety of flavorful chicken wings and other dishes by Manila Wings, which hails from the progressing food business street of Marikina City.

Its mouthwatering Sili Wings is Matti & Drei’s version of spicy Buffalo wings. It is one of the bestsellers of the kiosk along with Honey Garlic, crispy wings coated in original sweet and garlicky sauce. Both sell at P150 for 4 pcs, P185 for 6pcs, and P360 for 12 pcs.

Complementing it will be the Frozen Braso Mercedes (P100), a delectable combination of fluffy meringue, tangy custard filling, vanilla ice cream, and crushed Grahams.

Chef’s Bites wants you to taste ribs and chicken anew. As you do a 360-degree glance around the complex, you’ll easily notice the sole post with which light seeps through a smoke coming from the booth—a visual reminder that serves as a call-to-action for solid ribs-lover.

For a good P249, 1-2 people can share for its flagship tender BBQ Ribs. Add P150 more and you get BBQ Ribs Ribs, which comes with a savory rice and is good for 2-3 people.

Boybabs puts a pun on its name and its pan on heat. This stall says, “Abot langit ang sarap, minsan lumalagpas pa!”—and we can’t argue!

The price is just right for Roasted Boybabs Belly (P165) and it is undeniably tasty even without sauce. The Mediterranean Chicken Rice (P120) likewise adds veggies on the side. Oh, and did we mention that it offers unlimited rice?

Bricks and Copper is yet another foreign infused dish-giving stall available in the backyard. It offers 100% authentic Turkish cuisine prepared by a Turkish chef.

Just the presentation of Adana Beef (P180) assures you of its genuineness. We’ve also tried its famous Turkish dish Iskender Kebab (P250) which it is very proud of. The dish is made from slices of Beef Doner basted with hot tomato sauce over pieces of pita bread and generously slathered with butter and heaping of fresh yogurt on the side.

Pika Chew is just what you’d expect: a kiosk of modern, bite-sized finger foods.

The Mozzarella Wedge (P145) was easily our favorite among its set of choices. Making it more interesting are the red tomato salsa and white yogurt garlic dip. Meanwhile, a platter of Kani Salad fares at P189, which is perfect for those not quite into meat or seafood.

A food park is not complete without the panulak booth. The lemonade stand-looking Backyard Hits, owned by Irene, serves a wide variety of beverages made only from the freshest and natural ingredients.

Among its signature drinks are the watermelon lemonade and cucumber lemonade, which are simply delightful from its display to its actual taste. You can also try its flagship drink, homemade lemon iced tea, from P60 to P70.

Tutti Frutti has the milkshakes and ice creams. Its booth doesn’t just attract the eyes but the sweet tooth as well. This is the perfect go-to for those seeking late night dessert fix.

It only offers two types of ice cream: vanilla (P100) and chocolate (P120). For lovers of both, you can request a vanilla-chocolate combination. As for the milkshakes, the bestsellers (and must try's too) are the Toasted S’mores (P190), which is chocolate-based, and Oreo Cookies & Cream (P180), the vanilla-based one.

More than just a cozy place and good eatery, Backyard Eats embodies what Filipinos are known for. Being a veteran hotelier on both local and international hotels and resorts, Irene gained a valuable experience in terms of the virtue of hospitality. Engaging in conversations with fellow foodies not only makes her happy but also makes people come back.

"We'll always find ways to surprise our customers, and that we can only give them the best because I think the people of Antipolo deserve the best," Irene told Inside Manila when asked about where she sees the park going in the future.

One thing we look forward to, however, is chugging beers. It complements some stall’s platters and is perfect for happy hours after a long day of work or quick catch-ups with families and friends. Nevertheless, eats always a good time at the first lifestyle food park in Antipolo City that is Backyard Eats.


Backyard Eats is at M.L. Quezon Street Extension, Antipolo City, Rizal, and is open from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Sundays to Thursdays and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, visit Backyard Eats’ official Facebook page.



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