Food Market Galore in Manila

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MERCATO CENTRALE is a premier night food & lifestyle market in Manila. This night food market is a Filipino food fiesta showcasing the yumminess of food by home-based food entrepreneurs. Inspired by the outdoor markets of Mercato Centrale in Florence and the Boroughs Market in London, Mercato Centrale at Bonifacio Global City (Metro Manila, Philippines) has great tasting food finds that you won’t find anywhere around the metro.

On top of a fantastic food selection, Mercato is full of fun activities, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment that will keep your family coming back for more every weekend.




Check out these photos to see what to expect from the Mercato experience:

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Midnight Mercato’s ambiance can be described as young, come as you are, and bohemian. There’s a big tent for lifestyle events and for a more intimate dining area.

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It’s like a smorgasbord of the best home-based food in Manila. Most prefer the al fresco outdoor tent dining area where the food stalls are located.

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One of the most popular Filipino dishes is the Tapsilog or Beef Tapa with Itlog (egg) and Sinangag (fried rice).

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The best selling product is the ISAW which is pork or chicken intestines cooked BBQ style.

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Crispy Tenga (pig ears) and

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… and Lechon Kawali for popular pulutan treats.

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The best of San Miguel Beer and Lifesytle Brews are sold in the markets.

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The award-winning Pork Barbecues can be found at Mercato Centrale.

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Another popular midnight snack is the Japanese Takoyaki balls.

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The freshly charcoal-grilled Norwegian Salmon and U.S. Rib Eye Steaks sell for P190 (~ $4.4).

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On one night, you can go for charcoal-grilled juicy burgers from Big Bob’s or

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… the Yankee Steamed Burger with Peanut Butter, Crispy Bacon and Oozing Mozzarella Cheese from Johnny Steams.

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Asians love rice meals and Rice Pots provide chinese-style rice meals.

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Baby Back Ribs with Rice is also quite popular because its sweet, juicy and sells for only P120 (~$3).

 

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Master Chef Ivory and her team sell one of the best Roast Beefs in the market.

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Chef Resty’s Roast Beef is an iconic favorite also in the Mercato Markets.

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You can also find home-cooked Mexican food, and

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… authentic Palestenian food in Manila.

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The national dish of the Philippines is Sisig. Chef Bab’s sells it not only in its original pork version,

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but also in chicken, or pusit (squid) versions.

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For vegetarians and health-conscious, you can try V Deli’s Vegetarian sisig in a wrap or sizzling style.

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You can also taste the authentic flavors of Okoy,

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… and Empanada of Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

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You got to try the Carlo’s Kitchen hit Crunchy Belly when you are in Midnight Mercato.

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It’s pork belly cooked chicharon-style.

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You can also try Manila Q’s Bagwang which is thin crunchy bagnet strips.

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Some people go after drinking, to try a hot serving of Arroz Caldo, or

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Hot Pot Shabu-Shabu for P150 (~$3.5)

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For dessert, you can have Merry Moo Artisan Ice Cream,

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Fresh Buko Juice straight from the Farm,

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Kakanins,

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Mochiko’s Mochi Ice Cream Balls, and

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Mio Gelati’s Gelato :)

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Organized by Anton Diaz, organizer of the popular “Ultimate Taste Test” series together with celebrity and entrepreneur RJ Ledesma, MERCATO CENTRALE @ BGC promises to be THE destination for foodies from all over Metro Manila. It’s at the corner of 34th street and 8th avenue (across MC Home Depot) every Friday 10pm to 3am, and Saturday 6pm to 3am.

The author, together with RJ Ledesma, is the co-founder of Mercato Centrale Night Food Markets in Manila.

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Written by: Anton Diaz, an award-winning food blogger of  Our Awesome Planet.

 

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3 Comments

  • There’s a lot of things i dislike about Mercato Centrale and the other Food Markets that they’ve put up. They’ve never had a the sense of improving the First Mercato they’ve built before expanding to 4 or other 5 areas. I mean Mercato Centrale, located at the most modern area of Metro Manila and there they are a cheap looking tent with dozens of monoblock tables and chairs with a really smokey unpleasant surrounding. They say they were inspired by the Markets such as the Mercato Centrale in Italy and the Boroughs Market in London… I’ve personally been to these places and they are 100x better than this! There is no sense of urgency to be better it’s a very asian mind set of divide and conquer where money is king and its the only target.

    I Believe that Food Markets/Farmers Markets should be a place where a community can get together in a central area coming from far reaches of the nation and sharing what they have to offer building a farmer/entrepreneur and client relationship that wouldn’t have been possible in their own areas. If you have a small market like the Philippines i think it is very premature to expand to so many areas let alone expand to a place outside the metropolis. There’s a reason why farmers/food markets are almost always located in the middle of the city and its because it should bring the farmers in so that city dwellers would be able to appreciate their offerings instead of having them stay where they are and just let their own community have at it. A perfect example would be boroughs market… in that market alone you get farmers coming from different sides of the UK coming in to the city to sell their produce but here in the Philippines its more of the top man wants the money all the time so who the hell cares let’s set up shop in every city we like even if their first baby hasn’t even reached full potential yet.

    ever since opening their branches at QC and so on… there has been quite a drop in the number of stalls that has been set up at Mercato Centrale BGC and i suspect the reason is they’ve spread themselves too thinly that they’ve over estimated both the demand and the supply.

  • Hi Jake,

    Thank you so much for caring enough to comment and provide feedback. This is a valid opinion and something we should re-evaluate on how to improve Midnight Mercato.

    Anton

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