Food Tripping at Il Mercanti!

I was finally able to visit Il Mercanti last August, thanks to hubby who brought us there. Il Mercanti is a year-round food bazaar that offers a wide variety of foods, both local and international. Il Mercanti is located at Metrowalk Ortigas Parking Area. It is open every Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 3am.

The foodie in me was rejoicing upon seeing the multitude of foods at Il Mercanti. There were pizzas and pastas, paella, shawarma, lechon, Pinoy favorites, seafoods, grill foods, street foods and desserts.

Pizzas, pastas, paella, shawarma, lechon and other Pinoy favorites


Grill foods

Street foods


Because we haven’t had dinner yet, we bought rice and ulam (viand) for three adults and pasta and chicken for the little one.

Our first orders

The little boy enjoyed his pasta and chicken fingers. Hubby’s order of crispy pork bits was okay, but he wasn’t raving about it. The rest of our orders left much to be desired; the Lechong Kawali was dry and hard, the Relyenong Bangus was soggy, the Dinuguan lacked the sourness that we wanted, plus it was very oily.

Hubby went around one more time to look for more tasty treats, and we enjoyed the following: Dynamite, Inihaw na Tenga ng Baboy and Vigan Empanada.

Dynamite, Php50.00 (4pcs.)

Dynamite is green finger chillies and cheese wrapped in egg rolls and deep-fried. It’s crunchy, spicy and cheesy all rolled into one. Yummy!

Inihaw na Tenga ng Baboy (Grilled Pig Ears), Php30.00 per stick

Fresh off the grill and dipped in spicy vinegar, we really enjoyed these tender and succulent roasted pig ears. They’re a bit pricey, though.

Vigan Empanada, around Php60.00

I haven’t had Vigan Empanada before, so hubby bought one for us to share. Vigan Empanada consists of eggs, Vigan longganisa and veggies wrapped in a rice flour crust or shell and deep-fried. This may be eaten as is or with sukang Iloko ( a vinegar fermented by vinegar makers in Ilocos provinces). Biting into the crispy shell and savoring the tangy and garlicky ingredients inside were truly delightful! I look forward to having Vigan Empanada again soon.

Things to Like about Il Mercanti:

• It has a wide variety of food choices at affordable prices.
• It offers free parking for customers.
• It has a large area for dining so space is not a problem.
• It is well-lighted and well-ventilated.
• It uses high-ceiling tents to protect customers from the rain.

Il Mercanti
Metrowalk Ortigas Parking Area
Pasig City

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18 Responses to Food Tripping at Il Mercanti!

  1. Kim,USA says:

    Oh wow ito ang salpukan nang mga pagkain. I like to try them all ^_^

  2. Oh I didn’t know there was something like this at Metrowalk. It’s closer to me compared to Mercato or the other food markets! 😀

  3. lanie says:

    WOW lots of foods :-). Those are looks yummy hmmmmmm…. yum! yum! yum!
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  4. Wow! what an incredible array of tasty foods. A must to check out. Are they open every night?

  5. Luna Miranda says:

    nom-nom–food trip galore! i love those Vigan empanadas–they have a permanent store in Metrowalk. oh, dynamite! yummy but not good for me.:p

  6. I love Il Mercanti! 😉 I used to go there every week. Wish I could drop by soon, or maybe later. 🙂

  7. Mommy Jes says:

    anu b yan!! this made me drool so bad!! 12midnight n hahah anagutom ako bgla 😀

  8. Aileen says:

    I’ve heard of Il Mercanti! I think my friends have already gone to this place; and being a foodie from the metro, I should seriously drop by this place soon! 😀

  9. Rizza says:

    I enjoyed the foodie photos, mam! I hope to learn that paella thing. It looks really yummeee!

  10. January says:

    wow grabe! sobrang dami pagpipilian. nakakahilo.. hehe

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  11. roviedear says:

    i love eating here! love the crispy pork skin and amburger. Super ko nang di nakakain dyan 🙂

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  12. missmeggy says:

    looking at the pictures just made me hungry!grabeeee!wonna go there and try everything.haha!

    visiting from food trip friday 🙂

  13. Janine says:

    wow!! food is overflowing! i would love to go there too but got no time. i tried the cakes of medchefs for its store is near our office, near abscbn

  14. Badet says:

    There are a lot of food markets sprouting everywhere. The nearest to me is Mezza Norte at Technohub but no time to visit yet. I want all the grilled food.

  15. Pepper Tan says:

    That’s truly a feast for the eyes. I’ve never been to one of those food bazaars. Now I know what I’m missing.

  16. Tina Cors says:

    Wow ang dami dami! So many choices and looks so appetizing talaga! I haven’t been there yet, hopefully soon.. 🙂

  17. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Il Mercanti but never got to visit it yet. Quite far kasi from where I live. However, I’ll make sure to pay it a visit before the year ends.. 😀

  18. maiylah says:

    i have heard so much about this night market, but haven’t visited it yet. love the shots, feels like i got to visit the place, too! 🙂

    thanks so much for linking and sharing over at food Friday, sis!

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