Mercato Centrale @ BGC, the brainchild of the witty RJ Ledesma and Our Awesome Planet's Anton Diaz, has given a new definition to the weekend market. This vibrant organic market has ultimately attracted a lot of food adventurers and health-conscious food enthusiasts alike, and has in fact gotten so popular that they had to move from Bonifacio High Street into a bigger venue at the location near MC Home Depot - still in Bonifacio Global City.
I remember being invited to the launching day of Mercato Centrale several months back, but had to decline due to a church responsibility I had to fulfill. Time passed and opportunities lost, I still haven't had the time to go to the morning Mercato until now. I guess I'm really lazy to wake up early and travel all the way from Quezon City to Fort Bonifacio.
Thank God for a recent invitation I got, which allowed me try out something from the morning Mercato. Hail the partnership of Mercato Centrale with City Delivery to bring our food orders from a select number of merchants right into our doorsteps!
I kept on checking our gate every time someone rings the doorbell. Alas, about 2:45 in the afternoon, Mr. City Delivery got here. It was a surprise to see a non-stressed face on him. As a matter of fact, he was smiling and had a friendly disposition. Delivery boys would usually look haggard, since understandably they come from several other areas, plus traffic.
Upon opening the delivery bag, I saw my 6 pieces Manang's Chicken on a tupperware and my pearly white rice on a paper box - both with City Delivery logos on it - plus a liter of Pepsi. The 6 pieces were divided into 3 wings and 3 drumstick. I love all kinds of chicken dishes - whether it's fried, with sauce or roasted.
The first thing I did was to smell the food and feel its temperature. I'm glad it wasn't cold, even if the weather was gloomy that day. I guess it has something to do with their patented technology that keeps the food at optimum temperature. Good job, City Delivery!
On to tasting Manang's Chicken, I see that they were deep-fried and mixed with Manang's soy garlic plus mild spicy sauce. I really enjoyed the chicken since it was very tasty and not too oily, as what you would expect with anything deep-fried. Since I am not fond of too much spicy food, the hint of spiciness mixed with a bit of sweetness and saltiness were all good to my palette. And oh, the sesame seeds gave a unique taste to, in addition to the normal fried chicken available outside.
Aside from Manang's Chicken, Mercato Centrale now does food delivery service via City Delivery from the following merchants as well:
- Bale Dutung - specializes in Pan de Bagnet and Lechon Tortilla from renowned Chef Claude Tayug of Pampanga
- Big Bob's - offers charcoal grilled patties stuffed with mozzarella and cheddar cheese
- Chucks Grubberie - specializes in Fish and Chips among others
- Homemade Ravioli - sells fresh homemade ravioli with a variety of flavors
- Merry Moo - churns fresh, yummy, and fun homemade ice cream with unique and creative flavors
- Mochiko - makes delicious mochi with ice cream fillings, which originated from Tagaytay
- Smokehouse Sandwiches - specializes in sandwiches that use smoked meat
- Spring by Ha Yuan - offers light-hearted, health-friendly, Asian-inspired nibbles like Chilled Taho, Bao Sliders, and Fresh Lumpia among others
While weekend deliveries are real-time from 9AM to 2PM, ordering is not limited on Saturdays and Sundays. You can order in advance and have them delivered on a weekday.
To taste the food from the Mercato Centrale weekend bazaar at the comfort of your home, you can simply call the City Delivery hotline at 87878 or order online at www.citydelivery.ph. You can also 'like' their Facebook page!
Thanks Mercato Centrale and City Delivery folks for my weekend food delivery! Congratulations!