There were so many people finding a table is like trying to win the lottery, the place is covered by smoke you begin to wonder if you’ve just died and gone to heaven, there were so many foods to choose from you’re practically stuffed at the mere sight of them. These ladies and gents were the problems my officemates and I had to overcome in our recent food trip at Mezza Norte, the Quezon City’s version of Banchetto and Mercato, which opened in July this year.
Mezza Norte takes this open-air area at UP-Techno Hub Mall. It is dubbed as the Mercato of the North as it is organized by the same people behind the said concessionaires’ haven. The biggest problem you will encounter when you get here is choosing the food. In fact, Ni and I rounded the place twice before we were able to buy anything.
You want pizza, they are available in different flavors.
You want burger, it will be made in front of you.
Up for noodles? They sure have it too.
You want something cold, they got gelato.
Want desserts? They got cakes.
See what I mean? The more options you have the harder your decision-making will be.
Anyway, this is what Ni ordered Seafood Valenciana (PHP 130).
I ordered Angus Tapa with rice and egg (PHP 95). This is Angus beef so I don’t think I need to convince you that it’s really good!
I also ordered the small version of Angus Kebab for only PHP25 per stick.
One of the most recommended foods at Mezza Norte is Batil-Patong, a pancit that originated in Tuguegarao. You eat it with a sauce made of vinegar, soy sauce, and calamansi, which gives the pancit that distinct sour taste.
This is what Dennis had, Roast Beef with Potato Balls for PHP 150.
Ni and I ordered Pandan juice from Edgy Foodtrip. It is only PHP35 and I gotta say, it is awesome, unlike other drinks that turn bland when the ice has melted. Its pandan-milky flavor lasted up to the last drop.
For the whole night, Pao’s mom kept telling us that the Crepe Cake is delicious and that we should give it a try. I wasn’t in the mood for a cake, in fact, I was planning to buy mochi ice cream but when Pao’s mother wouldn’t quit the subject, curiosity got the better of me.
I got a slice for only PHP 85, as the name implies, it is made of crepes, not sure how many layers but considering how thin the crepes are, I couldn’t help but be amazed by the patience of the one who made it. Upon serving, the woman sprinkled sugar on top of the slice and torched it. Now that is one hot cake.
Now I know why Pao’s mom wouldn’t shut up about it, the cake is sinfully good! It is quite soft that it practically melts in your mouth. It is layered with cream with just the right amount of sweetness that you don’t get tired of the taste.
When we told some of our office mates about Mezza Norte we sounded like we were fishing for new recruits. That’s how much we loved the experience. So I suggest that you go guys check out this food haven yourself when you get to this part of Quezon City.
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