I was watching Ian Wright’s travel show on TLC. He was somewhere in China slurping on a bowl of soup with great gusto. Made me miss our night food market adventure during our trips to neighbor countries. Where at every turn there is something new, something odd, something you’d like to try, neither really knowing nor caring what’s in it.
Here in Metro Manila, several night food markets have sprung. Setting up tent usually in vacant lots or parking areas near the busy business districts. Mercato Centrale at BGC (Bonifacio Global City) is such a place.
Midnight Mercato at BGC came from the same organizers as Fiesta Bahia, The Mercato Centrale Group. Despite the wonderful concept of Fiesta Bahia, I was not totally impressed with the food selection. Let’s see how Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC fares.
Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC Schedule:
Fridays and Saturdays
6:00 pm – 3:00 am
Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC Location:
25th St & 7th Ave (in front of The Forum)
Bonifacio Global City (BGC)
We went to Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC very late in the evening, still the place is packed with people; mostly yuppies from the nearby BPO companies.
Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC is set up very nicely. All the food stalls are inside a huge tent, while the seats and tables for the diners are placed outside.
Most food markets I’ve been to doesn’t have enough seats to cater to all of the patrons. Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC is no exception. Apart from having a food loving culture, most Filipinos like to chat during and, most especially, after a meal. Making the shortage of seats more apparent.
Food stalls inside Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC’s tent are grouped based on the type of dish they sell. On one side of the tent are ihaw-ihaw, adjacent to it are the main course, on another are drinks and in the middle are mostly desserts and sweets.
Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC has one of the widest variety of food I’ve seen among all of the food markets I’ve been to. They also rank as one of the most eclectic.
Apart from the usual Pinoy favorites, there is Thai, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese dishes. There are also a lot of stalls dedicated to just drinks. Dessert lovers will have no shortage of options at Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC. There are kakanin, cakes, cupcakes and ice cream with weird flavors.
I was immediately drawn to the Vietnamese stall. The Banh Mi was calling out to me! I also bought fresh spring rolls from the same stall. For dessert, to my great delight, Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC has a stall selling my favorite layered cake (I don’t know what it’s called). I used to always buy this cake from Banchetto in Pioneer which is nearby our place; unfortunately, they’re no longer associated with them.
The Banh Mi was pretty good. It brought back memories of eating at the sidewalks of Ho Chi Minh City. The flavors were there. It would’ve been perfect had the bread not been tough and chewy. The fresh spring rolls tasted… uhm… fresh. And of course the cake! I gobbled all of it up without any consideration for calories! I even bought another one for later. Haha!
Whenever I go to food markets here in the Philippines, I often notice two things; the lack of seats and the limited variety of food options.
Mercato Cetrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC changed that. Well… changed a part of it. There are still not enough seats. Something I’ve come to expect when going to such places. The food choices, on the other hand, was not an issue.
Those going on a food trip will surely enjoy what Mercato Centrale’s Midnight Mercato at BGC has to offer. The wide assortment of food, coupled with affordable prices will surely make the heartiest of eaters want to pig out. I did!
01 Oct 2015 – Updated schedule and location
28 Nov 2015 – Please note that all photos are still from the old location
23 Nov 2016 – Update schedule