Midnight Mercato, corner of 8th Street and 34th Street,
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Fridays and Saturdays, 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
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(SPOT.ph) If you’ve dropped by Midnight Mercato lately for post-clubbing chow, this brown-colored truck with a long line of curious foodies has probably caught your attention. Guactruck, Manila’s first "designer food truck," serves Burrito Bowls and Salad Bowls out of a customized, air-conditioned truck at the nocturnal weekend market in Bonifacio Global City.
Three girls enthusiastically putting together fresh ingredients to make burrito and salad bowls stand behind Guactruck’s all-glass window, dishing out food served in origami-inspired cardboard packaging. Co-owner Michealle Lee says that everything you see in Guactruck, including the comfy interiors, comes from an effort to combine design and aesthetics with the eating experience. "I thought that was what was missing from food trucks in the U.S.," she says.
Right now, Guactruck serves only "Mexican-inspired" Burrito Bowls and Salad Bowls suited to the Pinoy palate (hence the "spiced down" salsa mix). Each bowl contains a combo of rice, nachos and a taco base plus your choice of meat (chicken, pork, or beef), salsa, lettuce, sour cream, and cheese. According to Lee, Guactruck is currently experimenting in the kitchen and will eventually go beyond the salad and burrito fare, adding munchies like nachos and tacos for anyone up for seconds.
When you’ve spooned up the last of your meal from the box and see the words "Get a free meal" printed at the bottom, save it and collect nine more to score a salad or burrito on the house. Every 10 pieces of returned cardboard boxes (which they use for recycling) gets you a meal of your choice. Don’t want to stay up late just to try Guactruck’s grub? Keep your eyes peeled for this mobile snack stop-Guactruck will eventually roll out of the Midnight Mercato grounds to do rounds in Bonifacio Global City soon.
Photos courtesy of Guactruck