Food markets have been the "in" thing for foodies these past few years, and we have the Mercato Centrale Group to thank for that. However, as you may have noticed, I still haven't blogged about the weekend market or even the Sunday morning market of Mercato Centrale in Bonifacio Global City. I've already visited it twice, but haven't tried as many food and vendors as I would've wanted, hence my inhibition to post about it. But, northies like me can finally get a taste of the premier food market in the comforts of our own area. We now have Mezza Norte in Trinoma's Mindanao open parking!
You may have heard of Mezza Norte opening in UP Ayala-Technohub. But last May 3, 2013, Mezza Norte has made the big move to Ayala Mall's Trinoma. (Yay for this, since Trinoma's actually easier to visit for me!) Every Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 4PM to 3AM, northern Manila foodies can now enjoy a vibrant night food market with over 50 food vendors, a mix of Mercato Centrale and Cucina Andare suki, and budding food entrepreneurs. Of course, I didn't dare miss having my own Mezza Norte experience.
Schmidt's Gourmet Hotdogs
|Display of Coney Island Chili Dog (P145)|
|Our sample of the Wagamama Hotdog (P130)|
One of my favorites that night was the Wagamama from Schmidt's Gourmet Hotdogs. It's a Japanese-inspired hotdog with Japanese curry, Japanese mayo, coleslaw and shredded nori. As much as I love Japanese flavors, I can honestly say that even the hotdog alone can already make me one happy kid. But of course, the addition of the west-meets-east combination of ingredients made this hotdog even more awesome.
Joshua Tree Hawker-Style Asian Noodles
|Bruneian Kon Loh Mee|
|Hong Kong Wet Fried Mee|
I failed to note the prices of these noodles, but I think they were a few bucks over P100 if I remember it right. I got to try both the Bruneian Kon Loh Mee which was a flavorful egg noodle dish with roasted pork toppings, garlic, mushrooms and scallions in an oyster-based sauce, and the Hong Kong Wet Fried Mee which was milder in taste and seemed like e-fu or yi mein noodles. However, my favorite from this vendor would have to be their Malaysian Char Kway Teow which achie Joan had and gladly shared with us.
The Sultry Chef
|The Sultry Chef's Ivory Yat, 2nd runner-up in MasterChef Pinoy Edition|
|Roast Beef and Chicken (P99 each)|
|My sampler of Tuyo Aglio Olio, Penne with Basil & Meat Sauce, and Roast Beef|
I've been a fan of the international MasterChef series, so it was really nice to have met a finalist from our very own MasterChef Pinoy Edition. And what's more awesome is I get to taste her food! I only got a small portion of the Roast Beef so I couldn't exactly tell how good it was, but I sure had enough fill of the tasty Tuyo Aglio Olio which was my favorite among her offerings that evening. It was slightly spicy,cheesy and tasted just right.
|My sampler of Herbalicious Lechon and Peking Style Roasted Chicken|
Roasterrific! may have already opened a home in Maginhawa, Quezon City, but I'm sure glad they're here at Mezza Norte Trinoma so I can get an easier access to their tasty Peking Style Roasted Chicken and their sinful yet heavenly Herbalicious Lechon, both of which I oh-so-want to top on a hot serving or two of steamed rice. Yum!
|Eyeing on the Hungsilog, Special Baconsilog and Hungrarian wrapped with Bacon|
If I'd have to choose between a continental breakfast and a Filipino breakfast, there's no doubt that I'll go straight for our own brekkie set! I love my silog so much, that's why I was so happy to have seen Sinangag Trip at Mezza Norte. And although I only got a free taste of their Hungarian Sausage, it's already enough to make me come back and try the full order of their Hungsilog and maybe their Hungarian wrapped with Bacon.
Chef Bab's Sizzling Sisig
I'm a self-confessed sisig lover, so the sight of Chef Bab's Sizzling Sisig offering different kinds of sisig variants was a delight. They had sisig made with chicken, pork, dinakdakan (pork offal), bangus, squid, and even veggie meat and tofu. I only got to try the Veggie Meat Sisig, and while it tasted as meaty as an honest-to-goodness sisig, it was also really spicy which makes it a perfect partner on top of rice and with an egg.
Takoyaki at Mezza Norte
Now, forgive me for this grave food blogging offense, but I failed to note the name of the business making and selling these Takoyaki. I only realized that I don't know which business this belongs to when I was already sorting the photos. *sobs in the corner of shame* Nevertheless though, we enjoyed munching on these plump pieces. Oh, and I'm sure you'll easily spot them at Mezza Norte should you crave for some Takoyaki.
|Carlo's Kitchen's famous Crunchy Belly|
I first encountered Carlo's Kitchen and its famous Crunchy Belly at Rockwell's 2nd Ultimate Taste Test. And while I'm usually the type who doesn't get impressed much the second or third time around, I can say that tasting another round of these savory, salty and sinful Crunchy Belly was even better than the first time. That really says something!
Merry Moo's Artisan Ice Cream
|Sea Salt Caramel, Cookie Butter, Earl Grey Tea, Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Shortcake, Cookies & Brownies, Strawberry Basil, French Vanilla, Honeycomb, Coffee Kahlua, Butterscotch Pecan|
I've already heard of great things about Merry Moo, but it's the first time I've confirmed the raves. And yes, they're right! Merry Moo's Artisan Ice Cream is one of the best-tasting ice creams I've ever had! For P70/P75 per large scoop, I can say that the taste of this creamy deliciousness is definitely worth it. I got to sample every flavor and my favorites are: Earl Grey Tea, Coffee Kahlua, Sea Salt Caramel and Strawberry Basil.
I tried Mochiko before, but I wasn't too impressed since I still prefer Mochi Creme when it comes to mochi ice cream. However, getting a taste of their new Red Velvet (P70) was a game changer. This mochi ice cream, unlike any other has real red velvet cake encased with a cream cheese ice cream. So yes, this isn't just mochi filled with ice cream. It's mochi filled with CREAM CHEESE ice cream, and a REAL red velvet cake!
Edgy's Food Trip & Drink
|Pineapple Juice, Buko Pandan Juice, Melon Juice and Strawberry Iced Tea; |
Also available are Dalandan Juice, Mango Juice and Wintermelon Tea.
Food tripping also calls for having something to drink, and the first to have taken my attention was Edgy's Food Trip. Unlike others who prefer their beverages in a cup, I actually like mine to be in a bottle so I can easily store it inside my bag in case I have the need to. As for the taste, I really liked my Buko Pandan Juice (P35) as it was true to the buko-pandan flavor I grew up to love. However, I highly prefer my friend Berylle's Melon Juice (P35) which was more refreshing and more perfect for a very humid evening.
We were already too full to even attempt trying more food, so I'll just share with you some of the stalls I spotted at Mezza Norte. Maybe I'll try some of them on my next visit.
Chef Anton's U.S. Roast Turkey
|I've sampled this from Rockwell's 2nd UTT, and it's really good!|
The Cheesesteak Shop
|Here's another favorite of food market goers!|
Mr. Nakamura's Authentic Japanese Food
|I love that the kimono-donning Mr. Nakamura freshly cooks every dish!|
|Yakitori Don (P80)|
Katsu by Uno
Most enticing kebabs (I saw) at Mezza Norte
|Again I fail as a food blogger... But these are the most enticing-looking kebabs I saw that night!|
Battle of the Grills
|Lots and lots of choices for the barbecue lovers: PAJ Grill, Mamay's Ihaw-Ihaw, Aloha Grill, [I-don't-know-but-this-is-a-mercato-staple/street-food-with-a-fab-seller] , Giga Bite|
Big Bob's Charcoal Grill Burgers
Happy Chef Baked Ribs
Little Donkey Burrito Fiesta
|One of the most drool-inducing sight of the night|
Kitchen Xperience & Zeny's Kitchen
Domz Food House Ilocano's Best
Etcetera Mongolian Bowls
Green Minded Healthy Sandwiches
Cakes by K
|Yummiest-looking cakes of the night|
|One of the most popular offers, 3 mini-cakes for P100!|
Medchef Homemade Cakes, Pastries and Desserts
|Will definitely try this next time since their branch in San Juan is quite far!|
There are a lot of food stalls, so I encourage you to personally visit Mezza Norte to check out for treats you might like. As for me, I sure had fun sampling and roaming around the food market, but I'll definitely be back soon for the interesting items I missed.
So the next time you're in Trinoma and you, your family, your special someone, barkada, workmates or food buddies want to try a different dining experience, visit Mezza Norte in Trinoma's Mindanao open parking and experience the Mercato Centrale of the north.
For those interested to become food vendors in Mezza Norte or any of Mercato Centrale Group’s food markets, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or text (+63 917) 840-1152.