Here are Our Choice Purveyors from Last Weekend’s Gourmand Market at BGC Central

March 25, 2020

Every bazaar season, I trawl through the endless stalls looking for something that I wouldn’t regret buying later, and that I’d actually want to keep. Most bazaars are full of things you’ll regret or ignore, and gems are rare and few. Sometimes the food section is like this but worse, with less things you’d still be eating when you get home.

The Gourmand Market is the opposite of that. Carefully curated by Trish Panlilio of NawwTy’s Kitchen, who together with Dara Roa makes CollabContessa, the market in BGC makes for a rather exciting feast of artisan producers and some of the most delicious fare around. Instead of hundreds of identical stalls peddling almost anything, the market’s small size means you’re bound to get high quality goods no matter where you look. True enough, last weekend’s Gourmand Market had everything from bottled truffles to a homemade Catalan Beef Stew. Here’s everything we loved!

1. Xancho


Marco Rodriguez has really turned his home-based business into one of the most in-demand private catering services in Manila. His braised short ribs with cardamom, mushrooms, and veal cheeks were a beautifully spiced stew so deep and layered that you didn’t mind eating bowls of it hot under the sun.

For inquiries, you may get in touch with Marco Rodriguez at +639178307020 or at +639175054572

2. The Little Spatula


I may have respect for vegan dishes, but I haven’t gotten to that stage yet with vegan desserts. The Little Spatula is slowly changing my opinion with their approachable Cocoanut Bliss Balls and moist London Lemon Loaf. The sticky date balls covered in coconut shavings are a delight, and the loaves would be perfect for afternoon tea.

For more information, you may get in touch with The Little Spatula at +639178826255 or  thelittlespatula@gmail.com

3. The Crazy Cook


After tasting her bites from Madrid Fusion, we went mad for Carmina Mapa Del Rosario’s cooking and were so disappointed to discover she was based in Davao. For 3 days, she was stationed at Gourmand Market churning out some if the best Southeast Asian staples–sates that were impossibly tender in all its forms, the most refreshing pomelo salad, and the classic Balbacua, which we absolutely loved.

For more information, you may get in touch with Carmina at +639285053605 or at carminadelrosario@gmail.com

4. Cold Press


From the guys behind Kool Kids, Cold Press made hot ice cream sandwiches a la minute. They churn the ice cream in front of you the nitrogen way, toss in some toppings of your choice like the sugar croutons we had or pretzels or even waffle crisps. They stuff it into a bun and press it so that you get warm bread and cold, molten ice cream.

5. Bundt and Brûlée and Slurp Cold Brew


Another dessert option we were fond of us, was courtesy of Bundt and Brulee’s shared space with Slurp Cold Brew. Their precious little Bundts came in vanilla chocolate or banana, and topped with vanilla pistachio or strawberry gelato from Bono Gelato. Paired with Slurp’s Cold Brew, it was a soothing combination.

For more information on Bundt and Brûlée, you can get in touch with them at +639052700785 or email them at bundtandbrulee@gmail.com

Did you get to visit The Gourmand Market last weekend at Bonifacio High Street Central? What were your favorite picks? Tell us with a comment below!

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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3 responses to “Here are Our Choice Purveyors from Last Weekend’s Gourmand Market at BGC Central”

  1. Katrina says:

    Jam Foods Co. was their with their tapa, which I’ve loved since the Mercato Centrale days. Apart from the classic tapa, they have a tapa kimchi burrito that’s quite good. The porchetta sandwich from the Il Ponticello stall was good, too. The Honey Nut granola from Mother Bee Granola is also worth a try. 🙂

  2. Paul says:

    I was there, the Manila Creamery stand had outrageously good ice cream. Mango and sticky rice ice cream? Yes please!

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