I eat anything I want and that is very unhealthy but
no matter how I try to be better with my food choices,
I can’t seem to enjoy anything that is good for me.
Enter Grace Park that took forever to open at One Rockwell.
Every time I pass the board up after so many meals
in the other restaurants in the area, my excitement
builds up because I’ve always been curious as to what this
new food concept will be. When details started surfacing
in the media that it will be organic, I kind of felt sad because
that sounds healthy and that usually doesn’t suit my taste.
Though I had reservations, I still went ahead and gave it a try.
I immediately fell in love with the rustic industrial setting
and must give credit to Jorge Yulo who, according to my
research, is the one responsible for all of it. I saw one of the interviews of Margarita Fores, the woman behind Cibo and now
this, and read up some articles as well and found out that
Grace Park is a homage to her paternal grandmother’s place
in the former compound where a now defunct rubber shoes
brand called Elpo owned by her family used to be manufactured.
I assume that inspiration also contributed to the admirable
execution of the design.
A few days after they opened,
I decided to test drive some of their
dishes with one of my staff. We
bonded over Spinach Fettuccine
Bolognese (Php 495) and Organic
Porkchop (Php 520). I expected the
taste to be a little different so just
in case I won’t be so happy with our
choices, we had some Ice Tea
(Php 120) on stand by. As it turned
out, we didn’t have anything to worry
about. While we preferred more
flavor in the pasta and less
sweetness on the meat, we still
wrapped up our lunch satisfied.
I felt like I need to give it another shot to be really impressed
so I chose the place for a lunch reunion with my former work friends
Gelyn and Angelene. It would be their first time and I’d like to hear
what they think. Just like in any food trip, we decide to order
different items so we get to taste a lot from the menu. But first
and foremost it was scorching so we had the waiter serve us some
Dalandan Shake (Php 140) and Mango Shake (Php 140)
to keep us cool.
Angelene who likes anything truffle
expectedly ordered the Fettuccine,
Truffle Cream, Organic Egg (Php 550).
Gelyn and I struggled to pick only one
each but we settled with the OMG
Burger (Php 795) for her and
Bone-In Tenderloin (Php 1295) for me.
As soon as everything was served,
we started slicing off a third or so of our
respective plates and put in a portion
on the two other plates. We each tasted
what was ours and then soon afterwards
we were collectively smiling.
I really love their side potatoes but
the tenderloin was so beautiful I just had
to order steamed rice. I’m not called
the Rice Monster for nothing.
Both girls agreed with me that
the meat was cooked perfectly.
Angelene really liked the organic egg
sitting on top of her pasta she almost ate it
as is but we convinced her to mix it all up
which produced an amazing result. I am not
a pasta person but this one I can eat
everyday. Okay, maybe not every single
day but it’s something I can have every
time I find myself in this restaurant.
Gelyn’s very generous to even share some of her burger to us
because she was really vocal in saying that it is one of the best
burgers she’s ever had and so we can understand if she had
chosen to keep it all for her stomach. And that is coming from a foodie
who’s traveled all over the world.
This second visit really blew me away. It proved to me that I could be into
the organic and healthy too. However it also got me thinking about
the consistency of the food that they serve. Or maybe it’s the perfect
excuse to eat for a third time to settle the tie.
For now, all I can say is there are many things good in Grace Park. You may actually like the dishes I weren’t so keen about or say otherwise about those that had us really raving but for sure you’ll find something that will give you a reason to come back again and again.