If you are looking for a place to eat after a late Friday night gimmick in the Ortigas area, then Banchetto is the perfect foodie place for you. Banchetto is an Italian word meaning "a feast", and it lives up to the expectation of being the best foodie night market in the area. It was organized for the call center crowd in Ortigas as it literally opens at 12 midnight.
Here is a photo essay of our Banchetto Food Trip on Emerald...
It is best to come at exactly 12mn, when you can see the vendors still cooking some of the dishes on the spot.
They only set up a few tables with plastic chairs (for an al fresco ambiance) in the middle of one side of Emerald Avenue.
All transactions are cash basis only, and you can eat a full meal at less than P100.
Vigan Longganisa at P40 for 2pcs per stick. :)
People are friendly and the food is prepared catering- / turo-turo-style.
Barbecue ranks among the more popular fare.
My personal favorite is the Food Guru, where you can buy Angus Beef Skewers for P50 only. :)
My wife's favorite is the Mongolian -- for only P80! You can get as many vegetables and rice as you want, but the meats are portioned properly per order.
There is only one Mongolian stall, and it seems to have no name.
The crowd favorite is Isaw for P20.
The Three Sisters stall serves all types of barbecue you can think of.
There's the Monster Burger for P130.
Big Liempo sells for only P75.
Takoyaki is also available, alongside a variety of the usual street food.
Le Blanc serves the most eye-catching desserts and gourmet food.
We ate alongside the call center agents on the steps of the PLDT building.
Rache enjoying her Mongolian dish. It's been a while since we had Mongolian this good. :)
Fresh fruits and fruit juice are available. Beer and hard drinks are not allowed.
Even foreigners buy take-out food in Banchetto.
There is a stall that specializes in cookies that you can buy without the branded packaging.
Check out the shoulder-to-shoulder traffic in Banchetto during the Friday call center mealtime rush.
Thanks to Chef's Pastry Shop for the tip on Banchetto! They sell 3 for P100 cupcake desserts.
Don't forget to bring an umbrella because Banchetto is al fresco. You'll really get wet if you get caught in a downpour in the middle of the market.
Parking is usually allowed along Emerald Avenue already by this time.
BANCHETTO Weekend Overnight STREET FOOD FIESTA
Organized by Funky Princess Marketing Specialists
Right at the middle of the street of Emerald Avenue (now called F. Ortigas Jr. Avenue) in Ortigas Center
Every Friday Only
Opens 12:00 midnight FRIDAY until 11:00 am SATURDAY
Back of Cybergate Tower 1 Building, inside the road premises of Forum Robinsons
Pioneer Street corner Edsa
From Tuesday to Friday
Opens 9PM "Overnight" until 6AM the next day.
For vendor inquiry, please contact
Telephone: home office +632 6550590
Mobile: +63 9228800861
Website: Banchetto Multiply Site
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