Pista Food Hall at Victory Food Market Baclaran
Good food, relaxing ambiance, lots of variety, Filipino Food.. these are the words that I can think of when I remember Pista Food Hall and my visit to Baclaran.
All I know about Baclaran was that they have a Baclaran day (Wednesday). I usually just pass through Baclaran on the way to the airport but it was my first time to actually drive and stop there. If you are planning on driving around Baclaran then I would insist that you spare yourself the trouble and just go by foot if you can. I got stuck for around an hour or more on the last turn going to Victory Food Market (just across Baclaran Church).
Victory Food Market is spans six floors of restaurants, fast food and food courts; and occupying the 5th (and soon, 6th as well) would be Pista Food Hall. The place looks great! Let me put it this way… as I went up on each floor not knowing that there was an elevator, the overall ambiance reminds me of the older malls at Divisoria. It was crowded; there was a lot of food carts and familiar fast food chains. However, upon reaching Pista Food Hall, the ambiance suddenly shifted that I was wondering if I was just transported somewhere else when I made that leap from 4th to 5th floor.
A new venture for Chef Jonvic Mangibin; Pista Food Hall uses the food court concept but adds a modern Filipino theme to spice up the ambiance. It’s not just a food court but an experience! (Ok I just made that up). Each stall focuses on a specific cooking method or cuisine.
FRESH SEAFOOD PALUTO
Literally means, fresh seafood for cooking! Similar to dampa, you will see fresh seafood that can be cooked according to your preferences.
The seafood boil is their recommended dish. Fresh seafood combined with different ingredients then boiled. Juicy and fresh!
First of all; beef was used and not chicken so it came as a surprise. Second; the soup was thick and every spoonful was filled with coconut and crushed ginger. Third; this is a must try! This was my first time to try a different take on Tinola but I loved it!
Of course, one couldn’t say Filipino Cuisine without offering street food. Here we can make tusok-tusok and make sawsaw to the dips.
No, this is not instant pancit canton which I often ate at school. This is the real deal!
A combination of fishballs, kikiam, lumpia and cheese sticks.
You can expect roasted dishes here that are delicious yet very sinful!
I initially thought that this was a Filipino-Chinese station but I saw Kare-kare.. so I’m still not sure what this stall stands for.
It had me at Angus Beef. People might rave about the peanut sauce, the vegetables, the overall combination.. but for me, hearing angus beef was enough to try it.
As you may noticed, I didn’t put any prices on any dish. To be honest, I don’t know how much they cost ala carte but thanks to their helpful Facebook Page; I was able to gather this information.
- PHP 99 – Solo Meals with Unli Rice
- PHP 599 – Salo Salo Meals (Good for 4) + Unli Rice
- PHP 280 – Eat All You Can Buffet (Wednesday/Saturday/Sundays only)
The best deal for me would be to go for their buffet. Not all dishes that were featured here are part of the buffet but most of them are. I believe they rotate their selections to keep you coming back for more. With regards to taste and the price, this is already a steal! I’d pick them over Kamay Kainan, Cabalen or even Kamayan (no offense to all three restaurants though).
Disclosure: Pista Food Hall paid for our meal
Till next time,
PS: The sixth floor of Victory Food Market will open soon and it a similar concept but using bars instead.
Pista Food Hall,
Fifth Floor, Victory Food Market
Baclaran, Parañaque City