There came a period in our recent history when fast is best. So everything, including food, should be served fast, otherwise, you will lose the race.
But now, people have lived long enough to realize the serious consequences of the partaking of fast food a.k.a. junk food regularly. So in the past couple of years, we have been seeing a rediscovery of the old way of preparing food–slow cooking of organic and natural ingredients or just eating them raw. As much as we can, we are trying to go back to the practice of farm to table lifestyle as much as we can.
At Merkado ni Maria Cafe, a relatively new player in the restaurant industry of Bacolod, we are seeing an embodiment of this quality food advocacy. They serve slow cooked, all natural, organic dishes painstakingly made using only the freshest, certified organic ingredients sourced all around the province of Negros Occidental.
The food at Merkado is delicious and were made without shortcuts. So do not expect fast food prices here. But the prices are not exorbitant, just reasonable for the quality of the ingredients and the tedious process with which they were prepared. They are served in a no-nonsense way–presentable but there’s nothing fanciful to them. Just natural goodness with every bite.
When you go to Merkado, you will appreciate the laid back ambiance of this comfortably air conditioned cafe. It seems that dining here serves not only to nourish the body but also the soul. You can also buy some organic products here, like fruits, fresh native eggs, virgin coconut oil, and the like, which were sourced from different suppliers.
At Merkado, I truly enjoyed their dishes because they are delicious as well as healthy. Your palate and tummy are satisfied while your mind is at ease that you are only getting the finest fresh dishes. For only, Merkado only serves seafood, beef, and chicken dishes because they have not yet found a regular source of organic pork.
Below you will find photos of the dishes we tried and enjoyed. There are prices, too, so you have an idea. A single order is enough for one person, truly satisfying. They have their own drinks and don’t expect to find soda here. And don’t miss their desserts, too, especially the creme brulee–the classic French dessert with a Negrense twist. You gotta try it.