Mercato Centrale Revisited

I was back again at Mercato today after about three months. I had to take a break from our Soo Jin Korean Tacos because I gave birth. Now that the dust has settled (and I found a reliable yaya!), I have time to do more things besides breastfeeding! hahaha! 

I wanted to find out if there was anything new in Mercato so I dragged my brother Philippe to go with me. We arrived there a little after lunch hoping to find an interesting dessert. All the stalls were familiar and I think there are less concessionaires now. Only one airconditioned tent (versus 2 tents before) is operational now and the open area. Considering it was still peak lunch hour, a lot of tables were empty. Some stalls were even starting to pack up already. Maybe the change of location was a huge factor. Mercato used to be beside Bonifacio High Street until around March I think when it moved to the back of MC Home Depot. The old location was far more accessible and less hassle to go to. With the crowd I saw earlier, Joel and I will have to double think whether or not we should join again and sell our tacos. 

Philippe just decided to get a drink since he was still stuffed from lunch while I treated myself to Merry Moo's Caramel Seasalt Ice-cream; I also tasted their Candied Bacon one...very interesting flavor :)

 Merry Moo Stall

Interesting Artisan Flavors : Caramel Sea Salt, Candied Bacon, Strawberry Basil, etc.  

I decided to try their caramel sea salt (Php 75.00 a cup) because they said it is their bestseller :) It was pretty good... creamy, taste of slightly burnt sugar and salty...yes salty! a good play of sweet and salty :) YUM!

Black Tea with Citrus Mix (Php120.00) - 3 liters

 Angus Beef Tapa (frozen and ready to cook) by my high school
 friend Koyen (Php 550.00 for one kilo). 

Mercato Centrale
34th Street and 8th Ave (near MC Home Depot)
Bonifacio Global City


Society Lounge : 12-Course Degustation

When Deal Grocer (group buying website) came out with the 50% off promo on Society Lounge's 12 -course degustation menu, I just couldn't resist. I had to take it! I got two coupons for Php 3,200 which I think was a really good deal! Last Thursday, I decided to avail it for 'Date Night'. I told Dada that it would also serve as our advanced Happy Fathers "Date" :) Hahaha!

Degustation is a culinary term meaning "a careful, appreciative tasting of various food" focusing on the gustatory system, the senses, high culinary art and good company. It involves sampling small portions of all of a chef's signature dishes in one sitting usually consisting of 8 or more courses. In this case, Society Lounge offered a 12-course menu divided into 4 categories;


 Goat Cheese with Onion Jam
Tartine de fromage de chevre a la confiture d'oignon
This was a great starter because I love cheese in general and the sweet and savory onion jam was a perfect compliment. It reminded me of the time when I used to make onion jam a lot (back when I joined bazaars and sold my liver pate paired with the jam!).

Vol au Vent with Mushroom
Croustade fourree aux champignons a la creme

 The French Snail Provencal
Escargot a la Provencale


 Hot Vegetable Volute
Soup de Legume Du Jardin

 Warm Cauliflower Shot with Truffle Oil
Veloute de choux fleur a la truffe blanche

 Cold Tomato Pepper Gazpacho
Gaspacho de tomate et poivron rouge

I loved all 3 soup samples! The first two were hot soups while the last was a cold one. Joel didn't appreciate the cold gazpacho so much because he's not used to cold soup!


 Giant scallop in Lemon Sauce, bedded with chiffonade of vegetables
Noix de saint Jacque grille sauce citron et chiffonage de legume
The menu described it as a "giant" scallop but it was actually  a regular-sized scallop wrapped in bacon on top of a flavor chiffonade (this refers to the cut --- long, thin strips) of vegetables.

 Lamp chop Provencal and Mashed Potato
Cotelette d' agneau et sa puree de pomme de terre
The lamb I got was slightly overcooked (medium well), I would have wanted it just medium but it was still tender nevertheless. It was well-seasoned and came with a thick flavorful and peppery sauce. 

 Duck Breast in Apple-peach sauce, Grilled Apple
Magret de canard au pomme sauce a al liqueur de peche
The breasts were cooked medium rare and sliced rather thinly and was paired with a very interesting sauce (the peach flavor was more patent than the apple). The sliced grilled Granny Smith apple paired with it nicely.


Crepe Suzette Cointreau Liqueur
Crepe Suzette a la liqueur de Cointreau 
This was way too sweet for me. Maybe they should have put less sauce/syrup.

 Red fruit Express and Caramelized Popcorn
Fruit rouge et pop corn caramelisees
Interesting combination of strawberries and grapes with ice cream and caramel popcorn. Soft, cold and crunchy... a play of texture, temperature and taste :)

Trio of French Macaroon Pierre Hermes
Trois macaron a la facon Pierre Hermes
Unfortunately I am not into macarons so I was disappointed that it had to end with this :( I gave it a few bites but couldn't finish even just one. Bleh!

Verdict: For the original price of Php 3,200 per head, I think it's a bit over-the-top and pricey but for what I paid for (2 people for the price of one!) it was worth it. And it was as if we closed down the restaurant because there were only 3 other tables occupied that night. The place was practically empty (good for us because we got the very intimate and quiet dinner we wanted... but bad for the business, gulp!). I guess that's why they tied up with Deal Grocer to promote the place more.

Society Lounge
Ground Level, Atrium Building
Makati Ave cor. Paseo de Roxas
Makati City
+63 2 5051724