Mercato BGC has always been one of the best places for us when it comes to food tripping as it offers a really diverse food selection. In fact, there is so much food to choose from that it can be overwhelming. Never fear our dear readers, for we are here to give our thoughts on what we think are food you’ll enjoy with our Mercato BGC Food Guide 2016.
Mercato BGC Food Guide 2016
Designed for those who want to live a healthy life, Hairstylist’s Menu offers freshly squeezed juices, fruit shakes, fresh garden salads and freshly mixed fruits. The owner, Mr. Leo Pascual, is a hairstylist by profession, but he promotes a healthy lifestyle which leads to a healthy hair.
We got to try out their FRESH GARDEN SALAD, PhP 95 (or 2.01 USD) which is a mix of lettuce, cucumber, carrots, onions, and grapes. Hairstylist’s Menu offers four kinds of dressings to go with it. I had the Thyme and Salt in Pepper Vinaigrette which has a balanced salty and sour flavor. Meanwhile, Me-An had the Peanut Butter in Sesame Oil Vinaigrette which has a sweet taste resembling the Japanese sesame sauce.
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This stall I think is the oldest stall in this list. It’s in Mercato BGC for five years and counting for a good reason. They offer really great beef dishes at a competitive price range.
We got to try their best selling ANGUS BEEF SALPICAO, PhP 150 (or 3.18 USD). For a dish like Salpicao that is usually offered in small servings, they sure serve a lot of it. It’s not just in the size that they did well, but the juicy Angus beef itself was tender so it was a joy to chew. It was also flavorful thanks to its perfect seasoning and toasted garlic bits. Me-An loved it so much, and so did I that we consider this as the best in this Mercato BGC Food Guide.
Monster Fusion Burgers
Monster Fusion Burger is unlike any other burger place we’ve tried before. While most burger joints serve a burger on a bun with different kinds of topping and served with fries on the side, Monster Burger use burger patties for its meat in Filipino classic dishes. It may sound or look crazy, but it actually works with the quality of Monster Fusion Burger’s patties as they don’t use extenders.
Thanks to the owner, we got to try most of the food from their menu. We got to try out the SINIGANG BURGER, BULALO BURGER, SPICY CALDERETA BURGER, and CURRY BURGER, PhP 180 (or 3.81 USD) for a quarter pounder and PhP 250 (or 5.29 USD) for a half pounder. The execution is just as good as its creativity as the burger patties and the dish itself tasted really delicious. What amazes us is that the burger patties does not fall apart when it was placed in soup based dishes like the Sinigang and Bulalo. We highly recommend that you try this one out most especially the Caldereta Burger.
This meal will only become spicy when you cut the chili pepper on top.
Owned by a Spanish couple, Creperie Parlade for us has the prettiest booth in our Mercato BGC Food Guide. They offer crepes, mostly the sweet ones, but they have one savory crepe as well. Like any other crepe place, they cook it on the spot. One interesting thing about them is they allow the customers to interchange some of the ingredients of their order.
We tried out their CUSTARD AND OREO CREPE, PhP 120 (or 2.54 USD) which was really sweet and creamy. The custard itself is similar to the one you find in cream puffs. We also had their savory crepe which is the COMPLETE, PhP 180 (or 3.81 USD). It had three pieces of Canadian ham for its meat, cheese, egg and some seasoning. Me-An found it to be too meaty since the ham wasn’t spread out for the crepe to be balanced. Other than that, it is seasoned really well and the serving was quite large.
For dessert and ice cream lovers, Merry Moo Ice cream is available in Mercato, ready to satisfy your sweet tooth craving. The flavors that they were serving during our visit were Honeycomb, Polvoron, Mango, Earl Grey Tea, Strawberry Shortcake, Dark Chocolate, Sea Salt Caramel and Avocado.
Me-An had their AVOCADO ice cream and I tried out their SEA SALT CARAMEL ice cream, each scoop costs PhP95 (or 2.01 USD). The avocado ice cream for Me-An really tasted avocado and was really creamy. What she liked about it is that the sweetness was just right. The sea salt caramel has a rich, sharp taste as I presumed that it has a hint of coffee.
Edgy’s Food Trip
If you ever you find yourself sweating and thirsty, Edgy’s Foodtrip will cool you with its frozen drinks. We personally prefer their WINTERMELON BOTTLED JUICE, PhP 35 (0.74 USD) per bottle or three bottles for PhP 100 (or 2.12 USD). This is because we love wintermelon drinks and we have been ordering this since we were in college.
Graco and Farms
Graco and Farms pride themselves on offering the freshest fruit juices mainly BUKO/ COCONUT, PhP 35 (or 0.74 USD) or three for PhP 100 (or 2.12 USD) and SUGARCANE, PhP 50 (or 1.06 USD). All these come from their farm situated in Laguna including some eggs, vegetables, and fruits that change every season.
For sugar cane juice to be produced, they have a contraption to extract the juice from the sugarcane which is neat. Me-An and I became instant fans of it due to its natural sweetness. Please note that sugarcane juices have to be consumed within fifteen (15) minutes to get its health benefits. The young buko/coconut was really refreshing and it was slightly sweet. After drinking the juice, Graco and Farms can cut it open so one can eat the coconut meat. P.S. We noticed that Graco and Farms’ coconuts are their bestsellers as it easily becomes sold out. You have to go to Mercato Centrale early to be able to get one.
I hope this list narrowed out what food vendors to try out if ever you get the chance to drop by Mercato BGC for a meal. We’ll try to update this post when we get to try out the other stalls.
25th Street Corner 7th Avenue (vacant lot with astronaut mural), Bonifacio Global City.
Operating Hours: 6PM to 3AM.