(SPOT.ph) Shopping can be tiring, physically and mentally, with all the walking around (no wonder it’s an exercise), not to mention the task of finding the perfect outfit for your next night out, or the right gift to give your best friend. The thing is, you’re bound to get hungry after a few hours. But what if you’ve only got so much time for a quick break? That’s where mall food courts come to the rescue.
Gone are the days when food courts meant uncomfortable seating areas, deep-fried fast food, and shabby designs. Today, these communal eating centers right smack in the middle of a mall have leveled up, not just aesthetically but in terms of food selection, too. Don’t be surprised if you can now get ramen or lechon—food courts these days mean serious business. We searched for the best ones in the Metro and ranked them according to selection, ambience, and overall experience. You’ll never get hungry at these spots!
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10. Eastwood's Food Junction
Not many people know that Eastwood actually has its own food court—though we can’t really blame them, with the multitude of options you can get everywhere else in the neighborhood. Still, if you’re strapped for cash and just need a quick meal, the Eastwood Food Junction is a pretty solid option. The small, closed-off area has two floors and ample seating, and turnover is pretty quick so you’re sure to get a table any time you drop by. The choices are reliable Filipino and Chinese quick-service stalls like Binalot, Tapa King, Good Ah, Paotsin, and Hen Lin. While the options aren’t as varied as their counterparts, you can be sure to get a satisfying, comforting meal from any of these stalls. Fair warning though: Because it's in a closed-off area, it can smell a little too smokey inside.
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Food Junction is at 2/F City Walk 2, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.
9. Gateway's Food Express
Located just outside the cinemas, Gateway Food Express has become a hub where people hang out before or after a movie—they do discourage loitering, though, with visible signages so if you’re lingering, you might as well grab a bite from their wide variety of options. Gateway Food Express has a mix of the usual fast food names plus express options of restaurants like Hap Chan and Pepper Lunch, food court staples Mr. Kimbop for fast Korean fare, Davao Tuna Grill for sizzling plates, Sisig Hooray, and more. There are lots of snack options, too, if you aren’t in the mood for a full meal from stalls like Auntie Anne’s, De Original Jamaican Pattie Shop and Juice Bar, Turks, Potato Corner, and more. Aside from variety, Gateway Food Express also gets plus points for improved cleanliness from previous years—the staff are brisk in clearing tables so you’re sure to get a newly cleaned one immediately (though we also have to say, practice CLAYGO!).
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Gateway Food Express is at 3/F Gateway Mall, Cubao, Quezon City.
8. Trinoma’s Food Choices
Trinoma’s Food Choices on the second floor may be one of the smallest food courts in town, but its seamless layout makes it easy for diners to take their pick. It's also easy to spot and call on a table cleaner, so you don’t have to worry about picking up trays and the previous diner’s trash. And even if the food court has fewer stalls than most of its rivals on the list, it’s got a strong roster of great finds such as Manam Express, Mesa Steak Sizzler, Pepper Lunch, Lord Stow’s Bakery, and all-time crowd favorite World Chicken. This fuss-free dining destination is perfect for indecisive diners—after all, you’ve only got 18 food stalls to choose from!
Food Choices is at 2/F Trinoma Mall, Bagong Pag-asa, Quezon City.