10 Great Food Finds at Midnight Mercato
Satisfy your late-night food cravings at the newest night market to hit Manila.
Corner of 30th Avenue and 9th Street (across The Spa at Bonifacio High Street)
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
It's official. Mercato Centrale, the newest weekend market to hit Manila has recently become an all day and all night food haunt with the launch of Midnight Mercato, a late-night eating spot open from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.. The newly-opened after-hours food bazaar was inspired by Asian night markets and hawker centers and is perfect for when you're craving post-clubbing chow, taking a "lunch" break from your night shift, or just looking for a place to food trip. Home-style meals, gourmet dishes, organic products, and Pinoy street food fare all under one roof? That’s our idea of a food haven. Here, SPOT.ph lists the best stalls to check out.
All-Natural Jams at Fresh Start Organics
Made from certified organic fruits and vegetables, these bottles of jam make the perfect take-home snack. This all-organic stall sells unique flavors like banana, calamansi, dalandan, jackfruit, passion fruit, pineapple, squash and bignay jelly. The banana jam (P195), which is sweetened with muscovado sugar, is best eaten with salty crackers-a perfect pairing and balance of flavors. They also have coffee and personal care products for sale.
Find everything organic at this stall. Click for more.
Twister Potatoes from Chips to Go
Picture this: one whole potato, sliced, skewered and then deep-fried. Doesn't it make eating potato chips more convenient and fun? No more messy, cheesy fingers and hands full of crumbs. Take your pick from three flavors: cheese, barbecue, and sour cream. Or, choose to have the taters plain and simple.
Chips on a stick (P50 regular and P80 large). Click for more.
Claypot Chicken Rice by Beurre
The traditional claypot chicken rice from the regions of China, Singapore, and Malaysia has now hit Manila thanks to Beurre. The meat component in this popular rice topping is marinated with a mixture of different Southeast Asian spices and rich dark soy sauce, then cooked on a charcoal stove for maximum flavor. What's more: it's topped with Chinese sausage, Shiitake mushrooms, cilantro, and scallions.
Claypot chicken rice (P220). Click for more.
Big Bob's Burger at Big Bob's
This is no ordinary burger. Big Bob's Burger (P150) features a juicy 1/3 pound pure beef patty topped with a perfect mix of mozzarella and cheddar cheese. Char-grilled and served with a slice of lettuce, tomatoes, and your choice of condiments, this giant burger will ooze with cheese when you bite into it. Craving steak? Try their wine-marinated steak sandwich.
For advance orders, call (0915) 9019567 or 774-0103.
Big Bob’s burgers won’t disappoint. Click for more.
Baby Back Ribs at Flamed
Nothing else can bring out the carnivore in you than a full slab of baby back ribs (P399) from Flamed. Their original barbecue sauce makes each bite more succulent and tasty. Tip: this is best eaten hot off the grill and with your bare hands. And don’t discard those charred tidbits-that’s the best part.
For inquiries, call (0917)812-4442.
Barbecued goodies hot off the grill. Click for more.
Filipino Fare at Lola Diding's
The best thing about Filipino cooking is that nothing goes to waste. We make use of just about every part and parcel of any ingredient-from pork ears to chicken intestines. It tastes more delicious than it sounds, really. Lola Diding's offers a wide array of native fare. Two favorites the chicken isaw (P20 per stick) and sisig meal (P100), hit the spot. Now, we can enjoy street food in a clean environment.
Authentic Filipino fare at Lola Diding’s. Click for more.
Paella at Margarita's Paella
Your search for the best, most affordable paella ends here. This non-descript stall has the most flavorful Spanish food offerings-lengua, bacalao, callos, and ropa vieja, among others-but the star of the show is the paella. Margarita's offers two kinds of paella, which are both equally mouth-watering. The paella Valenciana is cooked with seafood, sausage, and vegetables, while the paella negra (P280) is a black paella bursting with scrumptious seafood flavor from squid ink.
For inquiries, call (0917)537-1000 or (0918)945-8845.
Spanish specialties from Margarita. Click for more.
Spinach Cream Ravioli at Homemade Ravioli
Who doesn't love pasta? This stall specializes in fresh homemade ravioli and a must try-is the spinach cream ravioli with rosemary and fresh tomato salsa (P170). The combination of mildly-flavored stuffed ravioli is perfectly complemented by fresh tomatoes and herbs. Try other ravioli variants like bleu cheese and pear, roasted squash, Shiitake pecorino, and Vigan Longganisa ravioli.
For inquiries, call 964-8034 or (0917)829-1900.
Fresh homemade ravioli. Click for more.
Chilled Taho from Tahooo
Grab a bowl of delicious chilled taho (P20 small, P45 large) at Tahooo. This nutritious treat is 100 percent all-natural and made daily with premium quality Canadian soybeans. Its silky goodness can be eaten with a variety of toppings-the traditional sago (tapioca) with brown sugar sauce, mango sago, red beans with sago, and fruity almond (watermelon balls with lychees and almond flavor).
Healthy (and yummy) chilled taho. Click for more.
Tostadas at Mexican Kitchen
Mexican food makes the perfect on-the-go snack. Albeit a bit messy, the tostada is easy to eat, and you can easily take it around with you while walking. Choose from a selection of fillings, made even better with the addition of salsa, pico de gallo, and other Mexican flavors. The best part: it's generously topped with cheese and ranch sauce. Bestsellers also include the tacos and tortas.
Try the chicken and fish tostada (P90) or the steak and shrimp tostada (P110). Click for more.
Photos by Justin de Jesus