Drive through the new Tagaytay Mahogany Beef Market
Mahogany market in Tagaytay City may not be recognized as every foodie’s must destination before but, lo and behold, its new location (beside the old edifice) is now raking in new local and foreign visitors. If buying fresh beef is your primary goal for visiting the city, visit the new Mahogany market.
Compared to my last visit here about two years ago, the place is now a lot cleaner and organized and no longer stinks the way it was before. Whenever we pass by this area going to and from my home province in Batangas, I use to wear my handkerchief as a scarf to mask the bad smell emanating from the meat stalls. We won’t dare stay longer than 20 minutes in the market and neither do we dare eat at the “bulalohan” eateries within the perimeters of the filthy marketplace.
Renovations took place sometime in the middle of the year of 2015 and by the time I visited the area in November, there is much improvement. The beef stalls are now prim; carinderia operators are in a neat building. On the other side of the market compound are the vegetable and fruit stalls where one can delightfully find not-so-usual market commodities at a lesser price. Proper waste disposal also seems to be strictly enforced now.
The vegetable market is now also surrounded by numerous herbal plants sellers. Take your pick from the rows and rows of tarragon, basil, parsley, chili, lemon and other potted herbs and flower plants lined outside the market.
Haggle with the sellers for a reasonable price as much as you want. Also, parking is no longer much of a problem too, though one can only hope they can still create a bigger parking space in the long run.
The ‘bulalohan’ belt within the Nasugbu-Tagaytay road may find itself in a stiff competition once again with the opening of the new Tagaytay Mahogany Beef Market and Bulalohan. While many ‘bulalohan’ restaurants have established a niche in Tagaytay City, Mahogany market amazingly retained its reputation as a go-to-place for prime fresh beef.
With the facelift given to it by its local officials, it won’t be long before food lovers will find time to rediscover this place again, even if traffic is becoming a bit problematic in this cool vacation spot.