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Fantastic Food Finds at Mercato Centrale

Food markets have gained popularity recently, what with the success of long-running markets such as the weekend Legaspi and Salcedo markets in Makati, the widely known Ortigas night hangout, Banchetto, and the huge Sidcor Market in Quezon City.
The newest one to jump in on the bandwagon is Mercato Centrale at Bonifacio Global City. The market is open every Saturday starting at six in the morning until two in the afternoon. I had the chance to visit last weekend and had a very interesting nom-filled morning.
Mercato Centrale is divided into three sections- “Savory and Sweet”, “Fresh, Organic and Healthy”, and “Hot and Grilled”. The first two tents are airconditioned while the last one is open, it also serves as the dining area. We started off with the “Savory and Sweet” tent where rows and rows of cakes, patries, and various sweets greeted us.
Azuki mochi (p70)
This is a mochi ice cream ball from Mochiko. A mochi is a Japanese dessert made from glutinous rice and molded into balls. They have an assortment of flavors but we chose the Azuki (red bean) one. Typical of Japanese nomz, the flavor is subtle and the serving is light. At 70 pesos a piece, the price is a bit steep for a little ice cream ball but this refreshing sweet treat is worth a try.
The “Fresh, Organic and Healthy” tent had booths that sell teas, organic rice grains, and milk. We got us some fresh cow’s milk and some tea from Teaology for drinking while taking a look around. The third tent and final tent had the grilled nomz and the tables where you can eat. It was just in time for lunch so we parked ourselves on some chairs and enjoyed our nomfinds.
Piri Piri’s Portugese chicken (p180), Offbeat’s Ensaymada Burger (p180), Squidy Corner’s Squid Calamari (p60), and Mad About Spuds Cheesy Potato (p40)
Making up our interesting lunch were some Piri Piri’s authentic Portugese chicken (which was a tad too salty), Offbeat’s Ensaymada Burger (which I talked about some time ago), Squidy Corner’s Squid Calamari (that tasted like Ersao squid <3), and some potato balls from Mad About Spuds. I recently got wind of the news that Midnight Mercato has already started and it runs every Friday night until Saturday morning, 10pm-3am. I can’t wait to go and try out the nomz this Friday!

Mercato Centrale
Location: 9th Avenue corner 30th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Contact Info: rache@diaz.ph
Other Info: Open at 6am-2pm, Saturdays; Official Website

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