The Yard at Xavierville opened just last month—June 18, 2016, to be exact, and it’s already getting all the attention among students in Katipunan, residents nearby, and food enthusiasts. Food stalls from the first to the third floors offer something different, so dining here can literally be a culinary adventure for your taste buds. Unique-flavored milkshake, fries, sausage, waffles, pizza-roti, tempura, okonomiyaki, yakitori sticks…the list goes on. To me, The Yard seemed like a trendy and hip version of the Singaporean food hawker center. It is a nice change of pace from the individual restaurants around the area. My only gripe is that finding a car parking slot is a challenge. 🙁 Yup, the struggle is real.
The Subwich Factory is one of the 30 food stalls in this extraordinary gastronomic destination. It specializes in varieties of subs, raviolis, salads, desserts, homemade potato chips and potato wedges. I was invited here to taste the most recommended item on their menu: the Roast Beef Sub. Thus, as any self-respecting foodie should know, if a restaurant or food stall, for this matter, claims to serve the best roast beef sub, you order the best roast beef sub. 😉
Review of The Subwich Factory at The Yard (Xavierville, Loyola Heights, Quezon City)
Made out of three floors of shipping containers, The Yard is the newest place in Xavierville, QC where you can just chill with friends and hang out from 4PM until 12MN. The ambiance is cheery, chic, and bright, the type that many youngsters these days go crazy for. Each of the 30 food stalls has a space for communal dining. Diners can choose to be seated anywhere they want. DJ is playing non-stop eclectic and energetic songs on the background. Overall, this place is a solid addition to the neighborhood. With nice people, good food, drinks, and occasionally excellent desserts, it will be great to get this “multi-leveled food park” in your must-try portfolio.
There are staffs that officially work for the individual food stalls that prepare and serve food on the table, and there are also those that guide guests from The Yard entrance on where to sit and offer a few suggestions as well. In particular, the crew at The Subwich Factory was clad with a construction worker’s outfit, complete with a hard hat and orange fluorescent safety vest, to convey that they are constructing subs in the “subwich factory.” So cute and creative! Service was hospitable, kind, and helpful.
The Subwich Factory is one of the “babies” at The Yard since it started its operations only last Monday. It’s the first business venture of the owner of Route 55 (the best RIBS and WINGS in Baguio City) in Metro Manila. That said, there’s no question why food is as tasty and clean. Bread and veggies are delivered all the way from Baguio to maintain the quality and consistency of their ingredients.
The Roast Beef Sub (PhP 300) was prepared upon order in their open kitchen. Flavor agents certainly worked in their favor. I thought it’s a cheffy iteration but one that adheres to the fundamental composition of the classic: roasted prime beef in a baguette topped with caramelized onions, wild mushroom gravy, and melting cheese. The tenderness of the beef delivered well. Taste was simple and delicious. The 6-inch sub is good for about three people to share, while the 12-inch sub can be enjoyed by up to eight. A bit salty, homemade potato chips served on the side were perfect to complement the beefy taste.
The Subwich Factory meets the consumer’s need for “neat consumption” by providing utensils by request. It also does encourage the use of hands to eat to fully experience the enjoyment of devouring comfort food.
Price for Value:
On any given day, you can pick up a sandwich at any fastfood chain’s counter, but if you’re not too busy and by chance happened to be in the vicinity, know that The Yard’s The Subwich Factory is a pretty cool and relaxing spot to dig into a sit-down meal. Prices are friendly to the pocket and are reasonable for the value.
Other more interesting options on the menu are as follows: Chicken Teriyaki Ravioli (PhP 210), Crabstick and Peach Sub (PhP 150, PhP 280), Cornflake Crusted Dory Sub (PhP 160, PhP 290), and Strawberries and Cream Tacos (PhP 100)-fresh Baguio strawberries and whipped cream stuffed in taquitos then drizzled with chocolate sauce.