288 – On Reminiscing The Marketplace: Triptych 53

For today’s post, let’s reminisce the times that people still reported to physical offices for work.

Before the pandemic struck in March 2020, I was among the members of the working class that frequently worked in the office on weekdays. People like me looked forward to lunch time after four hours of finishing tasks in the morning. However, I always took lunch at a later time (around 2:00 or 3:00 pm) as I did not want to join the noon rush.

Fortunately, an upscale grocery called The Marketplace opened in 2017 in the business complex I worked. Formerly under the wing of Philippine luxury goods purveyor Rustans, John Gokongwei’s Robinsons Retail took over its ownership and management the succeeding year. The Marketplace was known for its gourmet-style ready-to-eat food which appealed to working-class denizens such as myself.

The Marketplace offered a wide selection of food from different cuisines. Salads, sandwiches and cold cuts were spread out neatly. Pastas and rice meals were also available for those looking for a heavy lunch. Mainstay viands – roasted chicken and crispy liempo (pork belly) – were also available for sharing. Fish and vegetable options were also available for those swearing off meat.

The Marketplace also had a few chairs and tables for those wishing to dine at the establishment. But most of the time, I opted to have my food to go and simply eat it at the office pantry – especially in cases where I need to finish urgent tasks. Let’s proceed with the food items I ordered straight from my Instagram archives.

Lunches on the go

Healthy combinations

Filling pairs

Check out The Marketplace’s official website to see a complete list of stores and stay updated with their latest promos.

Before I end, let me leave you a question: Is there a particular supermarket food from your office-working days that you miss having?

Until the next post, bon appetit and stay safe!

(AUTHOR’S NOTE: The featured image for this post came from Mehrad Vosoughi on the free stock image site Pexels.)


19 thoughts on “288 – On Reminiscing The Marketplace: Triptych 53

  1. We have a supermarket here, located at a mall near my house – the name is the same – The Marketplace. Very convenient for us to drop by whenever we need anything.

  2. Not from a supermarket, but I really miss the food truck near my old office that sold rice with turmeric fried squid. I had it religiously every week. Not even sure if it’s still in operation coz it catered mostly to office workers and offices have been closed on and off for over a year now due to the pandemic. Sigh

    • Now that’s a treat! Those kinds of lunch meals tend to be a better pick – especially when budgets are short. I hope the food truck owner manages it through the MCO. 😦

  3. Wow! That’s a lot of great food. I’d love to try them too! The one that I’m missing is the Banchetto that there once was in Technohub where I worked before. I miss drinking the shakes there especially the Watermelon Shake. I’d loved going to that Banchetto during my break.

      • Oh. It was fun. There were a lot of people and good choices of food. Those were the times. Oh well, hoping here that the past will again come to existence in the future.

  4. i love The MarketPlace for it’s great selection of premium cheese and cold cuts na hindi masyadong masakit sa bulsa, plus i love their gourmet meals and sushi and sashimi. also, i love their B1T1 deals and chocolate sale. namiss ko sya last year during ECQ, now that i’m frequenting Makati again i get my stash every chance i have.

  5. I miss the cheap yet satisfying Filipino food packs selling at AED10 (PHP130) at the convenience store of the neighboring office building. Since this January, the catering service ended their consignment with the store. So there’s no more alternative for me except bringing my lunch prepared from home. Mainly because sandwiches cost around AED26 (PHP340) and fancy food bowls at AED35 (PHP455). Hindi ako ganun ka yaman. haha

    • Indeed. If I may ask, how is the situation over there in the Lion City? I’ve read a number of articles about hawker stall owners bearing the brunt of lockdowns and limited eat-in operations.

  6. Ah, I live in a small town so no Marketplace for me but, my, the food looks delicious! I love how clean and happy and tidy the place sounds. The Indian butter chicken, fried spring rolls, and fish fillets sound both filling and fulfilling!

    There is a local Co-Op I dearly miss. They served the best wraps and sandwiches but they closed several years ago. I still think of the place fondly. 🙂

    • It definitely was! 🙂 The Marketplace’s previous owners are known for very high standards of cleanliness – and good to know that the new owners that took over maintained it.

      On a side note, what you shared reminded me of an old establishment I frequented for lunch. I don’t know if The Halal Guys rings a bell, but that place served pretty good kebab rice plates. I would usually order the sample platter with chicken, fish, and falafel on a bed of rice and vegetables when I had enough cash to spare.

      Unfortunately, the Philippine franchise closed some years ago too. But I’ve had a good meal there nonetheless. 🙂

  7. I do intermittent fasting, and that means my first meal (or lunch, when I used to work at the office) is usually 4 p.m. and I can agree that not being a part of the noon rush is such an amazing choice. Thanks for this post!

    • No problem! On a side note, an old colleague of mine who’s doing IF used to frequent this place.

      We’d usually buy lunch there and eat at the same location, but if there was work to be done, we’d simply tapau and eat at the office pantry.

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