Outdoor Dining: Mercato Centrale's 'High StrEAT’ Arrives In BGC
We have missed out on a lot of social activities this year, from travelling, to attending concerts and festivals, and even simply visiting the cinemas or dining in restaurants with friends. With businesses and people adjusting to the new normal, we have all slowly started visiting our favourite dining spots once again. While there is still a great deal of trepidation, one factor that helps ease our woes is al fresco seating!
Every year, many would flock the streets of Bonifacio Global City to participate in the grand food market brought by Mercato Centrale featuring small-medium enterprises and home-cooks. This year the Mercato group brings us something extra special.
Starting 17 October, everyone is invited to a unique rendition of Mercato Centrale's food market: High StrEAT. What differentiates this Mercato from those in the past you might be thinking. Well this time, the focus is on established restaurants and chefs! You can enjoy delectable dishes for the first time ever from the biggest names in the industry but in a food-fair setting! What is even more exciting is that these restaurants have prepared bespoke menus and new dishes that are more suited to al fresco dining. "It is sort of like street food but done in their way and at affordable prices" shares Vanessa Ledesma, president of Mercato Centrale. The special prices make food more accessible to a wide array of people who may not have been able to indulge in these top restaurants before.
"The heart and soul of Mercato all these 10 years it has been running has been to help small entrepreneurs thrive, to help them start up and scale up. Due to the pandemic, we realised that not just small food entrepreneurs need help, but everyone does even established restaurants," said Vanessa.
Vanessa and her husband, RJ Ledesma, Mercato Centrale's chief innovation officer, explained that we can expect to see a total of 30 merchants. 25 of which will be a mixture of established restaurants from BGC and the well-missed Poblacion area. Meanwhile, the remaining five booths were specially chosen from Mercato Centrale's existing vendors from their BGC post.
Lip smacking good restaurants like Gallery by Chele, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, La Picarra, A’toda Madre, The Mango Tree Manila, FRNK Milk Bar, El Chupacabra, and Brotzeit to name a few will be present and rearing serve you all. The Ledesma's pointed out that never before have so many of these beloved restaurants by top chefs and restaurateurs been gathered together under one roof. You can enjoy a grand selection at your convenience.
They also have some comfort food favourites from Mission Wings, Monga Taiwanese Fried Chicken, and Potato Corner alongside popular Mercato merchants like Mamay’s Ihaw, Ngon Vietnames Deli, Chef Ian Sushi, Please’N Thank You Café, Conflict Kitchen, Kuye Crepes, Roll Guru, Orime Japanese Jellies, 3001 Burgers, Dino’s, Guagua’s Best, and many more!
Of course, safety will always be at the core of everything Mercato rolls out. All health protocols like social distancing and other safety guidelines will be put in place to ensure that you can dine-out worry-free.
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Aside from giving restaurants and small businesses an opportunity to get back on their feet, a portion from the total earnings from the High StrEAT will be donated to Project Aral, that aims to provide educational materials and alternative learning platforms to children from low-income families who have been severely affected by the pandemic.
High StrEAT is a collaboration between Mercato Centrale, Resto PH and Bonifacio Global City. It will be Iocated along Bonifacio High Street Amphiteather (along 7th avenue), and will run starting 17 October 2020 from 11:00am to 9:00pm daily. For more updates, you may follow them on their Instagram.