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Monday, May 6, 2013

Mezza Norte: the Madness Continues at TriNoma!

Last week, a big event made me even more excited about Friday: the relaunch of Mezza Norte at TriNoma!

You know how much I love the Mercato Centrale weekend food market in Bonifacio Global City. While I was happy about the first opening of the "Mercato of the North" at the UP Ayala Technohub, I was more ecstatic about its big move to TriNoma because it's closer to home!

There are currently over 50 vendors offering a wide variety of dishes, drinks and desserts. There was live music and this fun, giddy energy from the food-loving crowd.

Here are some of my picks from our first night at Mezza Norte 2.0. Looks like the fam and I will have a new weekend habit!

The Filipino favorite, sisig, is traditionally a mix of chopped pig ears and cheeks with vinegar, calamansi, and onions. The humble dish has seen many variations, such as bangus sisig, squid sisig and chicken sisig, but Chef Bab's Sisig offers more than these. Vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike would be delighted to find veggie sisig and tofu sisig at this stall!

The Veggie Sisig, in particular, is the one I couldn't stop raving about. As my mom said, "You won't miss the meat!" It had the same chewy texture of pork sisig, and it tasted spicy, a bit salty and a little sour. Their dishes are cooked on the spot with your choice of add-ons.

I don't think I'll be craving for the real thing anytime soon!

Sinangag Trip serves good ol' Pinoy silogs--sinangag and egg paired with tapa, longganisa, bacon, and even Hungarian sausage. 

While owners Grace and Jay Santos say the bestsellers are the Hungsilog and the Special Baconsilog, I believe their Sirloin Beef Tapsilog deserves a lot more credit! The beef was soft and flavorful with a fresh, pure taste. I learned that they source their meat from their own market stall in Quiapo--truly market-fresh! 

The Baby Back Ribs at Edgy's Food Trip look so succulent even from afar that I doubt anybody would miss them. This dish drew me in and when I finally took a bite, I was not disappointed. The meat was fork-tender and the sauce was sweet and salty. Ask for extra sauce--it was superb!

Roasterrific! was a big hit at the first Mezza Norte, and its success led to the opening of its first restaurant along Maginhawa Street in Sikatuna Village, Quezon City. 

The Chow and Hao families continue to serve the famous Herbalicious Lechon and Peking Style Roasted Chicken at the new Mezza Norte. Both are packed with flavor, but the lechon was divine. Roasted and toasted to a crisp, you can say it's healthier because there's less fat!

There was no shortage of pork at Mezza Norte. The Crunchy Belly by Carlo's Kitchen was deliciously crispy with just enough saltiness. I wish they'd start serving beer because this would make the perfect companion!

For dessert, I started with Merry Moo. Tried the Strawberry Basil and Cookie Butter but ended up ordering two old favorites: Sea Salt Caramel and Earl Grey Tea! These never get old.

My mom went for some gelato from Mio Gelati. I loved the combination she chose--Chili Chocolate and Bailey's!

These flavors were surprisingly refreshing! The Chili Chocolate was indeed hot and chocolaty at the same time, but I think it would be even better with dark chocolate. The Bailey's flavor complemented it well. It's probably the best kind of alcohol to turn into gelato because it's already nice and creamy.

Another highlight of the night was the Chocolate Crepe Cake from Cakes by K. It was delectably light and not too sweet, with layers of crepe, rich cream in between, and chocolate sauce smothered on top. The melt-in-your-mouth goodness will leave you wanting more. True enough, the 'rents returned the following night and took home more of this. We're hopelessly hooked!

I can't wait to go back. Mezza Norte, now at the Mindanao Open Parking Lot of TriNoma mall (located at the corner of Mindanao Avenue and North Avenue) is open from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

See you there!

The CityLifeStylist

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