Night cafe has a new address in the City of Golden Friendship. Yes, you heard it right. It is none other than, Mercato de Oro located at Centrio Garden. Its grand opening took place last Saturday night.
Mercato de Oro is the first business venture of Mercato Centrale in the south. Mercato Centrale is known as a food and lifestyle market in Manila, mostly in Ayala Malls. It is not only a dining and entertainment district but a launch pad for start up entrepreneurs.
Many businesses flourished in Manila that started with a stall in Mercato Centrale. Now that it is here in Cagayan de Oro, chances are more Kagayanon and Mindanaoan products will carve its own name.
I went around there last Saturday and I was happy to see that it was well received by Kagayanons. Although I was invited by Ian Madera (Marketing Officer of Mercato Centrale) to take a seat with other bloggers, I opted to roam around and know more about the local products exhibited.
Oh well, I must confess that I have a strong liking of sweet foods. That is why the first stall that I noticed at Mercato de Oro was Dessert Strip. Who would not be enticed to check those tables filled with freshly baked cakes and pastries, not to mention the red and blue velvet cakes.
Owned by Chef Maribel Pineda, Dessert Strip is a proudly Kagayanon product which started two years ago. Their first outlet is located in front of Robinsons Supermarket, Robinsons Mall Cagayan de Oro. They eventually opened their second branch at Centrio Mall (3rd floor). And next year, they will open a cafe in Corrales Avenue, near Whatever.
Guess who helped Chef Maribel selling her desserts last Saturday? The ever handsome Celebrity Chef Hasset Go. He was one of the instructors of Chef Maribel during her days in culinary school.
Dessert Strip’s signature cake is “Lala” which is named after Chef Maribel’s nickname. It is a moist chocolate cake. Every bite is just heavenly sinful.
Jeannette’s Pizza and Pasta
I have tasted lots of lasagna and I must say this is one of the bests. Each slice is wrapped with cheese oozing with meaty sauce.
This business started November last year with its first cafe located on the ground floor, Primavera Residences. Aside from their killer lasagna, they offer fifteen varieties of pizza and spaghetti with meat balls.
My last stop was El Cabrito. If you are well versed with Spanish, I am pretty sure that you are already thinking of delicious goat meat recipes. Somehow, I have kitchen ideas and I know that cooking goat meat requires a highly skilled cook. It smells weird and toughens quickly when it is not done properly. When I tasted El Cabrito’s Kilawin and Pinapaitan, Earl Manrique, the owner must be proud of himself for giving justice to these Filipino recipes. Earl did not go through formal culinary training. It was his parents that shared to him the secret weapons in the kitchen. El Cabrito is a joint venture of Earl and Pau Elio.
There you go folks! We Kagayanons are blessed to have another way to celebrate our weekends. For a fantastic locally made food selections and entertainment, visit Mercato de Oro every Friday and Saturday (Morning Market: 7 AM to 2 PM; Night Market: 4 PM to 3 AM).
Photos by Gel Abao of Tsada Gyud