With all the talk of lockdowns and quarantines, Metro Manila residents are understandably rattled, with many hurrying to already crowded supermarkets to stock up on goods. But hoarding really isn’t the answer as this depletes goods for the rest of the population, not to mention unnecessarily exposes you to possible contamination. Thankfully, there are safe, convenient, and usually hassle-free alternatives that can provide common grocery items, market-fresh goods, and specialty products. You can usually order via website, app, or even telephone. Just note that these options may require a bit more planning as some retailers may take a few days to fulfill and deliver orders.
From frozen cooked dishes, meats and seafood, to fruits and vegetables, processed food items, and even alcoholic drinks, here’s our handy list to tide you over until the pandemic subsides:
Frozen Ready-to-Eat Meals
Avail of frozen versions of Milkyway favorites, from Adobong Pusit to Pork Binagoongan, or Kapampangan classics like Morcon and Embotido, that are also available for pickup at its Arnaiz Avenue main branch. Just call (02) 8843-4124 or 8843-7124 for pickup and delivery options. Visit milkywayrestaurant.com
This go-to specialist for crisp, tender cochinillo also does frozen food, namely rich, hearty Spanish stews like Callos and Rabo de Toro. But you can order the non-frozen dishes as well, like Fabada, Paella, and Fiduea. Available for pick-up in Greenmeadows, Quezon City. Visit mrcochinillo.com or call 0917 577 1808.
This established food purveyor is well known for its cured and smoked meats, but it also offers frozen everyday food like Caldereta, Ginger Tinola, Beef Rendang, Sisig, to name a few. Just order for delivery via mrdelicious.ph or call 0947 990 3747.
Tilde Bakery and Kitchen
This Poblacion-based café and bakery offers a host of frozen “Heat & Eat” dishes, including international favorites like Beef Stroganoff, Peruvian Chicken Rice, Lasagna, Roasted Vegetable Couscous, as well as Filipino comfort food like Batangas Adobo and Laing, plus sourdough breads and pastries. Call (02) 8771-2764 or (0996) 946-7137 or order via LalaMove and FoodPanda. Visit Tilde Cafe on Facebook
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
This website offers fresh local fruits and vegetables direct from the farmer and sold at fair market prices. The product list for fresh produce is usually published every Monday in time for Saturday delivery of fresh vegetables, while the list for rice, coffee, and other processed items is published every Thursday for Tuesday delivery. Visit bukidfresh.ph or call 09278185794, (02) 87764838
This downloadable app connects users to local agricultural communities that sell farm fresh vegetables for delivery to Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. Simply download the IOS or Android app, and note that order cut-offs are every Wednesday. Visit Session Groceries on Facebook or call 0917 501 0267.
The Veggie Drop-off
This initiative starts its 3rd successful weekend of selling vegetables straight from Benguet farmers at various venues in Metro Manila. They will be back on March 14 at Pop-up Katipunan and Angono Lakeside Eco-Park. The organizers have also started accepting orders for delivery, although not yet on a regular basis. Follow The Veggie Drop-off on Facebook for further announcements about vegetable delivery in Metro Manila. Visit The Veggie Drop-off on Facebook.
The products from this well-established retail store come from different communities around the country, with specialty items like coconut sugar, coffee, and hard-to-find items like adlai, kadyos beans, and culinary virgin coconut oil—all of which you can order online for delivery. Visit echostore.ph or call 88691516.
This site specializes in a fairly comprehensive range of local products, especially brands not usually available in supermarkets. You’ll find healthy products, sauces, pastries and sweets, herbs and spices, craft beer, and more, plus known local brands like Auro Chocolate and FIC Ice Cream. Visit karton.ph or call (02) 829 5194 / 0917 840 7342.
The all-encompassing Lazada site (or app for IOS or Android) offers a range of basic food products, including cooking essentials, cereal, chocolates, snacks, and sweets, but excluding frozen and fresh items. Visit lazada.com.ph.
This website consolidates grocery products from Robinsons Supermarket, S&R, and Family Mart, with delivery throughout Metro Manila. Visit metromart.com.
The Green Grocer
This is your source for healthy and natural food items, like dairy, naturally raised poultry, eggs, steaks, sausages, organic vegetables, bread, and deli items, with delivery available in Metro Manila. Visit thegreengrocermanila.com.
This is the delivery site of the brick-and-mortar Walter Mart, with a comprehensive listing of your everyday grocery items, including fresh, frozen, and chilled products. Visit waltermartdelivery.com.ph.
While you can find Pacific Bay seafood products in major supermarkets, its own website allows you to purchase frozen salmon, tuna, halibut, shellfish, and more, plus premium chilled (never frozen) seafood. The site also includes select non-seafood items like steaks and sausages, with delivery everywhere in Metro Manila. Visit pacificbay.com.ph or call (02)7576-4707.
Rare Food Shop
The site offers premium beef and lamb brands like US Angus Beef, Wagyu Japanese Beef, WX Australian Wagyu, Snake River Farms US Wagyu, Bolzico Beef from Argentina, and local Kitayama Wagyu. The site also sells luxury items like caviar, smoked salmon, foie gras, tuna sashimi, whole lobster, for delivery in Metro Manila and nearby areas. Visit rarefoodshop.com or call 09171684443.
This well-known retail butcher shop now has a website, listing all its quality beef, pork, and lamb products that can be ordered via email or telephone, and available for delivery. Visit www.tenderbites.ph or call (02) 8371 1420.
It’s most everyone’s go-to website for everything alcohol, with most major spirits represented, especially the extensive whisky collection. The site also has beers, wine, mixers, and even bar snacks, and makes sure to stock local brands aside from the imported ones. Visit boozy.ph or call 0917 588 0888.
This wine importer and distributor offers its quite comprehensive wine list for buying online. But the spirits offerings are impressive as well, especially the rum and gin selections. Also available are beer, coffee, tea, sparkling water, and tonic water. Visit winedepot.com.ph or call (02) 8890 1041/ 0917 700 8407.
Milkyway photos by Jar Concengco