Mercato is located in Bonifacio Global City. If you are coming from Market!Market!, it is on the right side of the main road just before Home Depot. Took me a while to check out this place because I did not know where it was.
I was killing time today before meeting with Celine at Resortsworld, so I went to Mercato Centrale.(Saturday and Sunday 7:00 am to 2:00 p.m.) I looked around first before buying from Balamban Liempo.
Marianne, gave me a flier a couple of months ago and I am glad, I was able to try it finally.
I really, really, really loved it!!!! When they were chopping it, I asked why was the meat pinkish in color, the guy said it was because they cured it before roasting.
I was not disappointed! The meat was tender and so flavorful. If I close my eyes, I could imagine myself eating CNT Lechon from Cebu. Meaning, it was salty and "herb-y" - Cebu Lechon style. I dipped the meat in vinegar and soy sauce. The skin was crunchy but do not expect the smooth skin of the regular Lechon.
I want it to be Saturday morning already so I can go back and buy a slab for my family for lunch. I hope they like it because it is not the usual Lechon. Will just let them try it, they prefer the Manila kind of Lechon with liver sauce.
I also bought from Merry Moo Ice cream.
I got the Almond Honey Chocolate, it was a bit sweet for me, probably because of the honey. I prefer the Honeycomb.
They have interesting flavors such as Strawberry and Black Pepper, Poprock and Mallows, Early Grey, Strawberry Basil, etc.
The other vendors of Mercato Centrale:
The Mercato Midnite starts at 9:30 pm up to the wee hours of the morning every Friday and Saturday. They do have an air-conditioned tent for the Centrale and Midnite. I have been to the night market several times already. There are more people during the evening.
My friends and I have tried the Bagnet with Rice,
Baby back ribs, Cebu Lechon, Taclings,
Shabu Shabu, Manang's Fried Chicken - sort of like Bon Chon chicken
it was like bagnet but more garlicky in flavor and bacon thin
and a whole lot more food stalls to choose from.
I prefer to go to Mercato Midnite because there are more food choices and much cooler. I am willing to go during the day only because of the Balamban Liempo. Some vendors sell at both Mercato.
I am still dreaming of the liempo I ate today. I want the days to go very quickly!!! Dear Lord, let it be Saturday already!