Merkanto: International Street Food Fair

38 Mayaman St., UP Village, Quezon City, Metro Manila

Merkanto: International Street Food Fair
4.6
4.5 Stars

13 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 9
  • 4 stars 3
  • 3 stars 1
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 0
  • 14 Reviews
  • 39 Recommend
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Category:
Food Bazaar
Business Hours
Reopens: 3:00p - 10:00p
Phone
+639281671250

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 3:00p - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • Closed
  • Tuesday
    • 3:00p - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 3:00p - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 3:00p - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 3:00p - 12:00a
  • Saturday
    • 3:00p - 12:00a

Payment Options

Cash

More Business Info

Parking:
Street
Reservations:
Yes
Kids Menu:
Yes
Take Out:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
Menus:
Dinner
Attire:
Casual
Good for Groups:
Yes

Most Recent Reviews

Ruth D.
4.0 Stars
4

Merkanto: International Street Food Hall was included in our QC food tour a couple of months ago so this review's a little late. 128556

Merkanto opens late in the afternoon and we got there a few minutes before all the stalls opened. As the name implies, they serve international food from various countries such as Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and India.

I was able to try the following and I liked every dish:
🔹Banh Mi Ga. Vietnamese sandwich.
🔹Mi Xiao Mem. Vietnamese stir fried noodles.
🔹Mi Xiao Toi Thit Ko Bo. Dried beef in garlic egg noodles.
🔹Roti. Flat bread originating from India.

The place wasn't packed yet since it was still early when we went so, we had a peaceful dining experience.

If you'd like to visit a food park with a less hipster vibe, I would suggest Merkanto. Also, their area has lots of (street) parking space.

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Ruth S.
5.0 Stars

Merkanto is one of a kind. You can try a lot of different food in different countries in one place. My personal favorite are Korea's teokpokki (i dont know if i spell it right 128514), of course korean fried chicken which was always sold out. So its really a must try! India's roti paratha, Vietnam's halo halo. I think they use coconut milk in it.

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Leslie Ann B.
5.0 Stars

Yummy!! 128076
✔ Vietnam's Mi Xiao Mem
✔ Morocco's Makkouda
✔ Indonesia's fish/chicken Satay and Nasi Goreng
✔ Brazil's Coxinha

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Antonio Lorenzo Q.
5.0 Stars

A mini food park along the streets of UP Teacher's Village, this place serves affordable and diverse selections of meals from 5 different countries. Signature dishes include their delectable Roti, Beef Pho, and Satay skewers. More than that, a small carwash area is also available.

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Julie L.
4.0 Stars
4

I commend their idea of getting different cuisines in one place plus how they set it up is quaint and simple. They just need to work on the ventilation of the place, it gets a bit warm.

Must try: Nasi Goreng (140PHp) and Goi Cuoh (100PHp)

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Reich T.
4.0 Stars
5

Merkanto is one of the new food parks in the QC area.   The new kid caught my attention when i read a feature online.  Curiosity and my love for Indonesian and Indian Food made me giddy and excited.  The  aforementioned cuisine is a lil elusive,  one has to roam the crowded streets to satiate cravings.

This is uhmmm...our nth stop (i lost count) of our  Maginhawa Food Crawl.  I was a lil disappointed when we arrived,  the India Stall is still closed!!! Anyway,  we had to settle for Viet Nom.   We ordered the following:

Bahn Mi Ga.  Jairus d has a Bahn Mi Streak,  his fascination was fuelled by his recent trip to Ho Chih Min.  He said that the Bahn Mi is a lil underwhelming.  I took a bite and i think it's mediocre, lacks the wow factor, plus it's a lil steep for php 165 (to think that they don't use the traditional baguette).  I prefer Bon Bahn Mi,  value for money,  huge servings and is packed with flavor.

Mi Xiao Mem.  Abe C got this for our group. Stir fried rice noodles with veggies and chicken chunks.  Vietnam's version of my favourite Thai street food is surprisingly good.  Oozing with flavors and best paired with the chili tamarind paste x chili flakes.  If you breathe fire like I do,  add a lil Sriracha.  Har-Har.

Mi Xiao Toi Thit Ko Bo.  Garlic beef in egg noodles.  This is the the highlight of our Merkanto visit.  The noodles are seasoned well goes well with the generous servings of garlic infused beef.   Jairus d even said it tastes like the one he had in Ho Chih Min.  Safe to assume that this is legit.

India stall opened shortly after we finished eating our Vietnamese grub.

I got some Roti for takeway,  significant other duties.  CMA misses the Roti with curry dip at the now defunct Long Grain  at Power Plant.  He seems happy with the India's version of pancake.  The curry lacks the flavor I'm looking for but it's decent.  The roti retained it's soft x chewy texture the morning after.

If you are in the QC area, Merkanto is worth a visit. Experience a gastronomical feast of different cuisines in one stop.

P.S. Less hipsters as opposed to StrEat. You get to eat in peace.

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Jairus d.
3.0 Stars
2

Merkanto was our 5th stop to our Maginhawa food crawl last Saturday. The food park is inside a carwash in UP Village and currently serves street food from Brazil, India, Indonesia, Morocco and Vietnam.

We arrived in the afternoon before 5pm so not all the stalls are open yet. The place looks gloomy as I can count the number of customers in the area.

I ordered Bahn Mi Ga for 165 pesos. Soft bread, nice charcoaled taste from the grilled chicken marinated with their secret sauce (the lady wont budge) and leafy greens. I enjoyed the sandwich but it didn't completely deliver in terms of authenticity.

I would have loved my bahn mi in a signature baguette with eminent liver pate flavor and a little dash of cilantro. It's also pretty steep for 165 pesos. In Ho Chi Minh, you can get the best Bahn Min at 70 pesos. I guess it's more expensive here because of the price components in Manila?🤔

Reich T got Mi Xiao Toi Thit Ko Bo or dried beef in garlic egg noodles. I loved the flavors from the dried beef. It reminded me of my first night in Can Tho City. #AlamNaThis 128514

Ruth D had a plate of Roti from India. I know it's good but I'm not into lasang bumbay so..128517

Overall, it's an exciting concept but I'm dropping three stars because of my broken bahn mi dream. 128148 I believe in second chances so I might just visit them again to try other stalls or prolly a box of Mi Xiao Toi Thit Ko Bo all mine!

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Eloi H.
5.0 Stars

Loved loved loved the roti and the Brazilian beef churrasco. I just hope they make the payment system simpler. Will still go back though, it has become one of our go to places for late night dining.

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Dani R.
5.0 Stars
5

I came back.. two days later. Hahaha! Anyway, I got to try out other food. I had the spring rolls and halo halo from Vietnam. Chicken Pita from Morocco. Satay from Indonesia. Rota Paratha from India. EVERYTHING WAS GREAT ONCE AGAIN 128077128077128077

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Dani R.
5.0 Stars

I can't believe I didn't try this place earlier!!!! The food is GREAT. Especially for the price. You have a choice of Vietnamese, Moroccan, Indonesian, Indian, and Brazillian. I was able to try from each stall except the Vietnamese. I LOVE THEIR NASI GORENG AND CHURASCA. Just give it a try!!! Price range is around 50 to 200 pesos and it's all worth it 128077

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Gj A.
5.0 Stars

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Prixie C.
5.0 Stars

The Brazilian beef rice was good! Loved the roti prata in the Indian stall too.

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Andres G.
5.0 Stars
4

International street food at its best!!! The brainchild of renowned chef, Nino Laus of Ninyo Fusion Restaurant, offers Brazilian, Moroccan, Indian, Indonesian and Vietnamese street food. My personal favorites are the Brazilian churrasco rice box in the first photo (fish, chicken or USDA beef with rice and beans siding), Indonesian chicken satay, Moroccan beef kefta, roti from India (3rd photo) and beef pho from Vietnam!

Foodie friends say that we they the best Nasi Goreng (4h photo) that they've tried so far.

You've to check out the interiors too for some creative designs!

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Dianne E.
5.0 Stars

Those who know me understand that I promote what I like as if I were getting paid to do it. (It's evidenced by my food and travel vlog, Hear Me Rawr, which can be found at YouTube.com/alwaysdianne. 128514) I do it for fun because I want everyone to enjoy all the amazing restaurants and other points of interest that I've enjoyed!

When I talk about Merkanto, people assume that I own the place--an assumption that is made about everything I rave about. (There was a time people thought I partly owned looloo?! I was like, I...am not that awesome.) In the case of Merkanto, the usual assumption is partly true. My husband (oh my gosh I have a husband now, you guys) and his core group of friends own it. It's a genius collaboration of chefs, restaurateurs, an interior designer, and other professionals who love good food.

Together they created a food park specializing in street food found around the world. Morocco, Indonesia, Brazil, and India offer local flavors from their own unique carts. Everyone has their favorites, but if you need suggestions, here is my personal list for each cart:

Morocco - Chicken Tagine and Maakouda
Indonesia - Nasi Goreng and Satay
Brazil - Churrasco and Coxinha
India - Roti and Chicken Tikka Rollup

Again, those are my personal favorites. I know some of them are unfamiliar so if you have any questions feel free to ask me. Or Google. Lelz. (I got "lelz" from Peanut D by the way.) Ofcourse you're welcome to be more adventurous when you go to Merkanto. With a price range of 50 to 180 pesos, you can try every cart without breaking the bank.

It's only been open for a month so you can expect even more countries to offer their roster of street food before the end of the year. It's an exciting time for the "Adjective Village" (shoutout to my friend Nate Davis who coined the term) where more and more eateries are opening on and beyond Maginhawa Street. For more parking spaces and better food options, hit up Mayaman Street. 128521

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