Sunset Market by Mercato levels up al fresco food market concept in safe, curated spaces complemented by well-designed patio dining areas

Mercato at Uptown Bonifacio

Even during the pandemic, alfresco dining remains the safest and most enjoyable dining experience for Filipinos wanting to indulge and explore a variety of culinary delights once again.

This is the exciting message that Manila’s biggest food market operator Mercato Centrale, in partnership with Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, is sending out to everyone as it welcomes foodies to its uniquely charming Sunset Market by Mercato at Uptown Bonifacio.

Mercato is leveling up the alfresco dining experience known to Filipinos by combining their renowned selection of gastronomic favorites and food merchants—this time with over 30 local restaurants and dining brands—with the signature curated patio spaces of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls. These two unique aspects make the Sunset Market by Mercato the latest must-experience, go-to food market not just in Bonifacio Global City, but perhaps in the entire metro.

“We are very happy to welcome Mercato Centrale here at Uptown Bonifacio as we offer a more enjoyable, safe, and picturesque dining experience for foodies. We reimagined the entire stretch of Uptown Parade to give diners a safe dining space where they can enjoy their favorites while basking in the unique ambiance and exoticness that only sunsets can bring,” said Tefel Pesigan-Valentino, vice president for marketing and business development, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.

“We are thrilled to be working with Uptown Bonifacio and Megaworld Lifestyle Malls as we continue our advocacy to support the growth of small food business entrepreneurs through our safe, socially distanced, outdoor markets” said Mercato Centrale co-founder RJ Ledesma.

Kicking off at Uptown Bonifacio and opening soon at Eastwood City and Venice Grand Canal in McKinley Hill, the Sunset Market by Mercato features a 150-meter outdoor dining strip, which spans the entire stretch of the Uptown Parade along 9th Avenue in BGC.

Foodies may sample dishes and drinks from established food ventures and street food staples from Thursday to Sunday from 3PM to 10PM, cutting through the exotic sundown hour.

Food choices range from grilled favorites to healthy fruit-based beverages, from savory dishes to sweet desserts, and from local street food eats to cuisines from all over the world—all of which can be savored in a premium alfresco setting as the sun sets over the metro.

Foodies can let their taste buds take them around the world with stalls serving international dishes. For a taste of Korea, Uncle Kim’s Korean Kitchen serves Korean dishes while Deli in the City specializes in Korean street food such as fishcake, tteokbokki, and corndogs. For those who are into Japanese cuisine, Kuranosuke serves authentic curry, sushi, and ramen while Debu Yaro offers ramen, donburi, and bento boxes.

Foodies can also spice up their lives with a variety of Indian, Arabic, and Mediterranean cuisine. Purple Chilli’s Pasig is known for its delicious Filipino-Mediterranean fusion shawarma wrap and rice while Jetnor’s Shawarma serves shawarma and shawarma rice. Bersi’s Kitchen is also known for satisfying Middle Eastern food cravings, such as shawarma, kebabs, and falafel. Meanwhile, Tandoori offers authentic Indian dishes such as samosa, biryani, and butter chicken.

Savory meals are also a must-try at the Sunset Market. EJ’s Catering serves different savory dishes, while hotpot restaurant Poseidon’s Favorite serves pre-cooked gourmet seafood such as tempura, butter garlic shrimp, and fish hotpot style. Paps Sisig makes amazing sisig happen and also serves Filipino classic silog meals. Did we say savory? Foodies are in luck as Timplador de Cebu is present to serve freshly roasted authentic Cebu lechon.

Foodies who prefer a conscious choice can try out Deli by Chele, which serves sustainable food products made through responsible sourcing, local ingredients and artisanal techniques.

For those down to unwind and chill, El Chupacabra serves authentic Mexican street taco, beer, and gourmet pork barbecue. Grilled favorites are also a crowd-favorite at the Sunset Market by Mercato. Kuya Mark BBQ Isaw ATBP, Guagua’s Best, and Mamay’s Ihaw Ihaw all serve Pinoy grilled street food favorites such as barbecue and isaw.

Sunset Market by Mercato also has a variety of refreshment choices. Lemon Stop serves freshly squeezed lemon and orange juices, while Juice Factory and City of Drinks serve healthy juice blends with different add-ons. For a sweeter experience, Iteamacy serves bubble milk tea with different sinkers. Customers can complete the food escapade with a sweet treat, as All about C offers delightful cupcakes and cakes.

“We invite food patrons to enjoy the welcoming al fresco atmosphere of Mercato’s Sunset Market, where they can enjoy a variety of food choices from our well-curated and passionate, home-based food vendors and – at the same time – support these vendors as they bounce back in the New Normal,” Ledesma added.

With diners’ safety as an utmost priority, Uptown Bonifacio implements minimum health standards, such as mandatory wearing of face mask and face shield and temperature check. Diners will be seated alternately per table to facilitate social distancing. Customers are also encouraged to use contactless modes of payment.

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Source: Manila Bulletin (