Episode 7: The BGC Passion Fest 2010 Food Tour! (Part 5)

When I first visited Bonifacio High Street a few years ago, one of the first shops I glanced at along the way was The Stock Market, which from the outside looked like an organic market cum restaurant.

Thinking that it would actually be a high-end health shop with food and products I would never be able to relate to and afford, I paid no attention to it. I wasn’t exactly a foodie, much less a healthy one to boot back then.

Then again, I didn’t bother to look at its facade, much more see what’s inside. I eventually forgot about the place.

Fast forward to May 1, 2010 – guess where the BGC Passion Fest Food Tour is leading us next.

The Del Monte Stock Market, or simply The Stock Market, is the brainchild of Del Monte Philippines. Yup, THAT Del Monte, the one with Shawn Spencer’s favorite fruit.

Ivan Man Dy said The Stock Market is named such because Del Monte wanted a place where they can sell some of their stock products, including their drinks, food stuff, and even salad dressing. The place has its own test kitchen too! I can only imagine the new recipes they conjure in here…

We were immediately led to our tables, which led us to occupy a large part of the whole restaurant. Because of the space, Ivan encouraged everyone to sit beside anyone and make friends, including “the guy with the doll.”

The place has a rural, homey touch to it, coupled by that organic market-style impression I first had. Add to that the numerous pineapple and pineapple-themed interior and and decorations.

Look around you and you’d feel like staying here at your leisure. The surroundings are relaxing, and there are pineapples. The air smells nice with all the food and fruits around, and there are pineapples. The tables are simple but inviting. And then there are pineapples. (Seriously, there’s nothing wrong with the pineapples. They are there to make the place look charming. And they’re nice to look at, and delicious too.)

Speaking of delicious, I think I heard Ivan say something about the cuisine here being Anglo-Saxon or American. Or pineapple. Or something. Wait…

First on the menu is the Stock Market Fresh Harvest Salad with Pineapple Vinaigrette, served on a carved pineapple shell, no less. Looks good, smells good, tastes good. The pineapple vinaigrette added a little kick to the whole dish. The flavors of the pineapple chunks, banana, grape, apple, and the fresh, crunchy lettuce blend with each other well.

The New England Clam Chowder is next. Mmm, soup. Creamy and warm on the palate, ’nuff said.

Last in the course was the Fork-Tender Short Ribs with Sautéed Beans and Corn Risotto. When they said “fork-tender short ribs,” they meant it. The beef was so soft and juicy, and the risotto was creamy and tasty. What a combination! No pineapples? (whacks self)

We’re already having a grand time with our samplers when Ivan announced that we’re having dessert. Again.

Again? Hell yeah, AGAIN!

The Stock Market is also home to the Ice Cream Bar by FIC, which serves a mix of local and international desserts.

First up for desserts was the Mango Sago Sorbet (cool, fresh-tasting mango and sago). Next was the Mangga’t Suman (mango ice cream over suman drizzled with caramelized sugar and chocolate syrup). The last one is my favorite so far, the Belgian Chocolate Champorado. I’m a sucker for champorado. Champorado with my ice cream? Bring it on!

We’ve had our fill with the sweets, but the dessert frenzy wasn’t over, after all… up next is Frozen Yoghurt! MC loved this most of all in its simplicity and sweet-sour splendor.

Too bad the food in The Stock Market is expensive. I admittedly will have to think twice and plan it over before coming back here. Notwithstanding that, the dishes we’ve had there are great and worth trying out. Self-contradicting much?

Here’s a fun fact: Pineapples are rich in bromelain, an anti-inflammatory agent that helps improve digestion (remember my pineapple juice at Polu Kai Grill?). It’s also high in fiber, Vitamin C, and manganese… and yes, the phytochemicals (starts with a P-H, sounds like an F) that help prevent cancer. No wonder pineapples are a staple in The Stock Market.

Shawn, enough with the pineapples.

Up next: More pizza! More pasta! What are we doing in front of Fitness First?!

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(Check out the rest of our pictures at the BGC Passion Fest Food Tour at my Flicker account.)

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The Stock Market / The Ice Cream Bar

Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City
Telephone Number: (02) 8566300 / (02) 8566301

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