Last August 12, we, Yogo and Cream, went to Carnival Food Park with fellow YouTubers. I know that it has been a month since then and I haven’t published a food blog post in a long while. Thank you for patiently waiting for a new post from me and Me-An. We had been focusing on our jobs as well as important events. Additionally, this I think is the longest food park guide we had to make ever. Not only the dishes weren’t systematically served but the dishes served were also numerous. We had to call backups just to finish it like Me-An’s second cousin who lives in Marikina and my siblings who dropped by at Marikina to visit our grandmother. Thus, please enjoy this Carnival Food Park food guide of ours.
Carnival Food Park Food Guide 2017
Carnival Food Park, from its name, a carnival-themed food park. It banks on the nostalgia and festive atmosphere that the good old perya used to bring. A miniature Ferris wheel welcomes visitors. Vinyl banderitas are hung all over the place. And once the sun sets and night falls, the place becomes magical with all the yellow-hued hanging lights.
Thank you so much to our fellow Youtubers who ate with us.
- Aaron Nomo | Youtube: Numu TV
- Jeyps Perez | Youtube: The JEYPS Perez Show
- Mark Baltazar | Youtube: Mark Baltazar
- Mei Chagas | Youtube: Jojomei
- Paola Mae Torres | Youtube: The Misadventures of Frapao
- Rj Barrientos | Youtube: RJ Barrientos
Señorita offers a fusion of Filipino food and Mexican food. Simple but colorful, their food certainly has a visual impact fitting Carnival Food Park.
TECHNICOLOR MOTION PICTURE, PHP 190 (or USD 3.74)
Varying colored nacho chips are topped with beef, shredded lettuce, and diced tomatoes. It is finally drizzled with cheese sauce and sour cream sauce. Tastewise, it is good as typical nachos and the size is decent for two-three people.
Sushirrito is a Japanese fusion purveyor that combines Japanese sushi and Mexican burrito to create, well, Sushirrito.
CALIFORNIA MAKI SUSHIRRITO, PHP 160 (or USD 3.14)
Mango, crabsticks, cucumber strip, and coleslaw is wrapped with rice and nori (or seaweed) wrapper. I like the presentation of it and, although it may look light, it can be a healthier filling alternative for a meal.
Seafood lovers will enjoy Hip On‘s take on some of their seafood as they mix exciting different flavors on it.
SALTED EGGZTREME (PLATTER), PHP 450 (or USD 8.9)
This is the perfect example of what we were talking about. They tossed seafood in a cream based salted egg sauce. It got me really excited since I love salted egg. Despite its name, the salted egg taste is not extreme in taste which some may find more delectable as it doesn’t overpower the main heroes of the dish – the seafood.
BAKED MUSSELS, PHP 200 (or USD 3.95)
Those who don’t want to stay away from the familiar taste can have the baked mussels. Medium sized mussels are topped with grated quick melt cheese and toasted garlic bits.
From the name to the logo, it is a no-brainer that Chix Ph specializes in chicken dishes. Make sure to go for chicken wings to taste different flavors
COMBO CHIX IN ANY 2 FLAVORS, PHP 350 (or USD 6.92)
What we had were their garlic parmesan and the classic buffalo flavored chicken wings. The garlic parmesan is friendly to the Filipino palate with its salty and cheesy taste. On the other, the classic buffalo got the signature taste of it. It is just not as spicy as how it appears.
Heavily breaded and glazed with sauce, I still prefer my chicken wings with a crispy skin.
IT’S A WRAP
As the name suggests, they offer wrap based dishes using either a soft tortilla or a crispy tortilla wrapper. It is perfect for those who are on the go or those who can’t find a seat in this food park.
Their main dishes selection looks really yummy but what we got to try out is their dessert
DONUTELLA, PHP 140 (or USD 2.77)
Its name reminds Me-An of Tokidoki’s (a Japanese lifestyle brand) Donutella. I’m not sure if they got the inspiration for its name from there. However, what I am sure of is that chocolate ice cream is covered in crispy tortilla wrapper, topped with whipped cream and nuts, and drizzled with chocolate syrup.
I wasn’t able to try it so I couldn’t determine if the ice cream was the one that has Nutella on it. By the looks of it, the filling is too much so it results in a messy eating experience. If you get past that, I think you’ll like it for its uniqueness.
If you have foreign friends or even your crush with you, I highly suggest you order from Nerfes. Grilled food is served in a boodle-style. This lets you and your friends attack food with your bare hands. You’ll get to know your companion more, at the same time, enables you to become closer than ever.
Just make sure to wash your hands before eating.
THE WAVE BOODLE
For the Wave Boodle, it has grilled pork belly and grilled pork ears, pork intestines, and chicken intestines on skewers. Enjoy the meal more with salted egg, tomatoes, and Filipino condiments served around it. All of these are placed on a bed of rice.
I found the grilled meats tasty even without the sauce. This is easily one of the best group meals in Carnival.
Sausage lovers will enjoy various kinds of sausages from Schublig to garlic sisig.
SATURN-IN-A-BUN, PHP 130 (or USD 2.57)
Planet Sausage calls their bacon wrapped sausage as a Saturn. So, yes, its a bacon wrapped sausage sandwiched in a bun. I don’t know if they have an option for a mustard dressing but, if they do, this will be awesome.
Thirst quenchers can be bought from Well Juiced.
RED RASPBERRY (LARGE), PHP 120 (or USD 2.4)
Sadly, they didn’t have Extra Large bottles during our visit. I think, with just a P30 difference, it’s more worth it. The highlight for those who order this is that it has dry ice which caused it to have a smoke effect and to be bubbly. Anyway, this size is good for two people.
BRESWKIE PASTA HUB
Brewskie has unique pasta flavors for pasta lovers.
WEN MANONG! PHP 188 (or USD 3.71)
This is a cream based linguine pasta with cheddar cheese shavings. I think I would appreciate this pasta better if they chopped the deep fried pork belly so the fatty flavor will be lent to the pasta more evenly. Overall, it is a decent tasting pasta.
Hungry Heroes focus on piled high burgers and gourmet fries.
AMAZING, PHP 150 (or USD 2.96)
1/3 pound pure beef patty is sandwiched with a large pineapple slice, lettuce, onion, tomato, cheddar cheese, and teriyaki sauce.
SUPER, PHP 260 (or USD 5.13)
This one really deserves its name as it is super filling. It has two pieces of pure beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, egg, spam, bacon, and two layers of melted cheese.
SPAM FRIES, PHP 150 (or USD 3)
Straightforward fried fry cut spam is served with three dips: cheese sauce, mayonnaise, and ketchup. Honestly, I wouldn’t peg this as gourmet fries not until they use actual gourmet dipping sauces.
Sizzling Daddy offers sizzling sharing meals good for two to three people.
PORK SISIG, PHP 199 (or USD 3.9)
HOT PAPAITAN, PHP 199 (or USD 3.9)
They got the traditional way of cooking papaitan which is mostly bitter with little to no sourness. However, the innards are limited in quantity.
DIPS N’ FRY
Fried comfort food with different dips await those who’ll order from Dips N’ Fry.
FISH AND CHIPS, PHP 110 (or USD 2.17)
ONION RINGS, PHP 99 (or USD 1.95)
TEBAJ SHAWARMA EXPRESS
SHAWARMA WITH RICE WAGYU, PHP 180 (or USD 3.55)
For a shawarma rice, this is visually pleasing. I also like how generous they are with the wagyu beef even if its grade is low. Make sure to eat this dish as soon as it is served to fully enjoy it.
SHAWARMA PITA BEEF, PHP 110 (or USD 2.17)
City Slice‘s specialty is pizzas.
SUPREME 14″, PHP 395 (or USD 7.79)
FOUR CHEESE 14″, PHP 350 (or USD 350)
Pork based dishes mainly bagnet and bacon are being offered by Piggin’ Out.
BAGNET A LA KING, PHP 250 (or USD 4.94)
Bagnet, for those who don’t know, is deep fried crispy pork belly.
If you want affordable steak, go for Rustic Box.
STEAK BITES A LA POBRE (RIBEYE), PHP 260 (or USD 5.14)
Karneval offers customizability in one’s meal. One can just choose the meat, the sauce, and the rice or sides that go with it.
PORK STEAK, PHP 109 (or USD 2.15)
In Japan, yakitori, which Tori Joint got its name, is skewered street food. That is what Tori Joint precisely sells and more.
What we had were bacon kani, bacon yakitori, and smoked sausage. The sauce used is adjusted to the Filipino palate but I find it good. I also like how they grilled it which is only slightly charred.
Havey Desserts truly has desserts.
UNICORN CUPCAKE, PHP 85 (or USD 1.7)
BROWNIE A LA MODE, PHP 180 (or USD 3.55)
You won’t need to wander far just to have churros.
Amazing Churros offers frosted churros with ice cream and classic churros your choice of dip. Opt for a chocolate dip as you won’t go wrong with it.
Ice Box utilizes liquid nitrogen for their desserts and those who still haven’t tried such will surely be fascinated with it.
DRAGON’S BREATH, PHP 150 (or USD 3)
Each bite of this frozen cake piece infused with liquid nitrogen will enable you to blow a fog-like gas through your mouth and nose. Yes, you’ll feel like a dragon.
Carnival Food Park
87 Mayor Gil Fernando Avenue, Marikina.
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM.
How to go to Carnival Food Park
Option 1 via LRT 2:
- Alight at Santolan Station.
- Ride any jeepney bound to San Mateo/ Montalban.
- Alight at Carnival Food Park.
Option 2 from Cubao Gateway Mall:
- Ride the UV express bound to Marikina.
- Alight near Marikina Sports Center.
- Ride a tricycle to Gil Fernando St., Carnival Food Park.