Good eats at Distrito Night Food Market

By Karen Flores,

Posted at Jun 12 2012 11:29 AM | Updated as of Jun 12 2012 11:57 PM

One of the vendors at the Distrito Night Food Market in Makati. Photo by Karen Flores,

MANILA, Philippines -- Tired of Makati's posh bars and restaurants? A night market, dubbed as the city's little foodie haven, promises to offer something different.

Organized by the same people behind the hit Mercato Centrale weekend market in Taguig City, the Distrito Night Food Market features a variety of home-cooked specialties, artisanal food products and dishes from up and coming restaurants.

Distrito is located at the Makati Medical Center parking lot along the corners of Ayala Avenue, Amorsolo Street and Salcedo Street. It is open every Wednesday to Friday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m.

The small space is dotted with stalls selling anything from noodles and fried buns to Filipino favorites such as liempo and sisig.

It also offers international dishes such as Korean beef stew, Chicago-style stuffed pizzas and Mediterranean skewers.

Mel Ignacio, assistant vice president of Ayala Land Inc. (ALI), believes that Distrito complements the "retail lifestyle" of the area, where two ALI projects are set to be built.

"Distrito at Makati is a unique lifestyle concept that further enlivens Makati by giving the public a glimpse of what the city's burgeoning retail vibe feels like," Ignacio said. "Fresh from its recent success, Makati is again hosting Distrito for those who live in the city or troop here every day to work or just hang out."

Distrito will open for two months following its successful run in December last year. Originally targeted at call center employees and workers at nearby offices, the place eventually attracted foodies from different parts of the city.

Most the sellers here also participate in Mercato and in other food bazaars in Manila. Those who happen to be in Makati may want to give their products a try.

Here are some of them:

Crunchy belly at Carlo's Kitchen

Fried pieces of crunchy pork belly are placed on a wooden board. Photo by Karen Flores,

What it is: Thinly sliced pork belly seasoned and cooked to a crisp.

Why you should try it: It's salty, crunchy and sinful. What's not to like?

Price: P130 (with rice)

Stir-fried noodles at Panda's Noodles

What it is: Stir-fried homemade noodles with chicken or pork, vegetables, and your choice of sauce (sweet, spicy, or sweet and spicy).

Why you should try it: It's a breath of fresh air from the mass-produced noodles. The pan-grilled bun that goes with it is yummy, too.

Price: P60 (noodles only), P75 (with siomai), P100 (with pan-grilled pao)

Roast beef at Chef Resty's

Chef Resty's roast beef may be served with rice, bread, potatoes or pasta. Photo by Karen Flores,

What it is: Well-seasoned roast beef sliced right in front of you. Served with your choice of starch.

Why you should try it: The carving station is always blessed with long lines. That should say something about its taste.

Price: P120 (with rice or ciabatta), P130 (with potatoes or pasta), P140 (with potatoes and rice/ciabatta), P145 (with pasta and potatoes/ciabatta)

Arabian-style chicken skewers

A pile of Arabian-style chicken skewers, which are sold with rice. Photo by Karen Flores,

What it is: Arabian-style grilled chicken with long-grain "Baracas" rice. Served with garlic sauce. Also available in beef.

Why you should try it: It's big, tasty and filling, and is a healthier alternative to the fried items sold in Distrito.

Price: P100 (with rice)

Assorted fried and grilled items

Isaw and pieces of meat are skewered and are ready to be grilled. Photo by Karen Flores,

What it is: Isaw baboy, isaw manok, chicken skin, barbecue, hotdogs, liempo, corn. You want it, they have it.

Why you should try it: It's yummy street food without the risk of getting sick.

Price: About P40 per stick. Rice meals start at P75 each.

Milk teas at Mr. Tea

What it is: Different flavors of pearl milk tea, from matcha to nutty banana.

Why you should try it: It's really nothing special, but it helps wash all the food down. And it's cheap, too.

Price: P60 to P90 (depending on size and flavor)

Chocnut mochi at Mochiko

Different flavors of mochi inside a freezer. Photo by Karen Flores,

What it is: A Japanese rice cake made of glutinous rice filled with Chocnut ice cream. Also available in matcha and many other flavors.

Why you should try it: It's very smooth, with the ice cream melting in your mouth after every bite. Plus, it's not too sweet.

Price: P70