10 May2011

Finally! Brera Delicatessen, the retail outlet of S & L Fine Foods is now open! Located on Yakal Street, in front of their wholesale operation, Brera carries everything that S&L Fine Foods sells wholesale, with just a little mark-up in prices for retail customers. I LOVE this store because it has a great cheese selection, a growing cold cuts selection, several whole hams, pasta, grains, olive oils etc. S & L Fine Foods has been expanding rapidly over the past year, and they are also gearing up to open a new meat shop, but more on that in a month or two. I had been meaning to write about Brera since it opened a few weeks ago, but forgot my camera… On my most recent visit to S&L, I finished up a large wholesale purchase, and the owner of the shop asked if we would like to see something…

Mrs. MM and I followed the owner into the bowels of his wholesale operation and he opened the door to a huge chiller. Inside, I gasped after seeing the incredible stash of Parmiggiano Reggiano and the Grana Padano which I wrote about in this post the other day! Probably 100 whole wheels of cheese! Amazing. And yes, these are located just on the fringes of the business district in Makati. The chiller isn’t open to the public, so I was grateful for the invitation to see it. Thanks S for the impromptu tour!

Brera’s relatively small retail store (maybe 70 square meters?) has a lot to offer, but I suspect there will be dozens and dozens more products that will be added to the roster in the months ahead. Hanging above the chilled display cases are whole hoofed hams (iberico, serrano, etc.). There are also several great prosciuttos, sausages, and other cured meats in the chillers (though I worry about meats too close to the bright sunny window out front, I wonder if the sun will affect the meats in the longer term). There are no vegetables, herbs or fruit on offer at this point. The cheese selection at Brera is terrific by Manila standards. If you recall, S&L was my source for the Burrata cheese, mini-mozzarellas, parmesan, a gorgonzola and cream cheese, and lots of others I featured here. Mrs. MM had a heyday picking out some of the smelliest, yummiest cheeses she could find…

The cheese, oil, pasta etc. prices are amongst the best value in Metro-Manila. I think these folks are definitely going to give bigger, more established wholesalers of similar products a real run for their money!

Cheese…

…and more cheese…

…cold cuts…

…prosciuttos and hams.

Greek and Turkish olive oils in different grades, balsamic, red wine, white wine vinegars, a nice mild apple vinegar (not so easy to find one in Manila), pomegranate molasses, etc.

Good pasta in dozens of shapes and sizes…

…arborio rice, bulgur wheat, lentils and other grains.

Large jars of capers in salt…

…bottled pasta sauces. Bottled artichokes, sweet bell peppers, chilis, onions, etc. They also carry nuts, a very small selection of wines, some dried fruit, etc. Brera Delicatessen is definitely worth a visit if you get excited by food stores! And wait until you see what they have in store at their meat store!

Call S & L Fine Foods / Brera Delicatessen, on Yakal Street, Makati at 843.2996 or 843.2997.

135-B Yakal St.
San Antonio Village
Makati City

 

COMMENTS:

  1. Antonette says:

    wonderful news!
    wish they could also include local cheeses, hams, etc. along side the established brands.
    This way food lovers get to taste both international and local flavors. Hope you could share the idea to the owners, MM. Thanks!

    May 10, 2011 | 10:22 pm

     
  2. rosedmd says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am speechless, can’t wait to visit this store!!

    May 10, 2011 | 10:38 pm

     
  3. Dreaming says:

    I’ve been there. Love it! Super place, expecially for the cheeses,

    May 10, 2011 | 10:39 pm

     
  4. Vanessa says:

    Marketman, they’ve got Burrata? I’m so there!

    May 10, 2011 | 11:22 pm

     
  5. Footloose says:

    I would not touch a cheese product called Burrata.

    May 10, 2011 | 11:59 pm

     
  6. psychomom says:

    it seems so unreal to find a place like this in manila. have to visit this when i get home in june. thanks for the tip MM!

    May 11, 2011 | 12:04 am

     
  7. kAi says:

    OMG! Such a haven! Look at all that cheese, pasta and, my fave, capers! So green with envy right now! *all googley eyed* I wanna cry now… :,(

    Mr. MM, do they have an online store and deliver to other cities?

    May 11, 2011 | 12:10 am

     
  8. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    Off Topic…@Sister….Thank you for the “jar” I got thru MM. Can’t wait to have it with some brioche and scones in the morning! ;-)

    May 11, 2011 | 1:04 am

     
  9. josephine says:

    How do they keep their burratta fresh, honestly? Its shelf life is supposed to be all of 48 hours. Even here, where we’re relatively close to the production region, we’re urged to buy it from specialist shops which only have deliveries on certain days, and then we’re told to consume it immediately. How does it get to Manila in good condition?

    May 11, 2011 | 2:15 am

     
  10. KUMAGCOW says:

    What’s the address? I’m going there tomorrow just for this! Gonna look around O_O!!!

    May 11, 2011 | 4:10 am

     
  11. Marketman says:

    KUMAGCOW, I just added the address, up in the post. josephine, I am not sure if the burrata they send is pasteurized or what, but it’s good for a week or so after it gets here… brought in by airfreight. I featured the burrata here in a previous post. Also another post using the burrata, here. kAI, no they don’t have an on-line store. The retail operation is just an adjunct to their wholesale one. It is a response to public clamor to have access without having to buy like a restaurant does. footloose, hahaha! You have to taste it. Vanessa, burrata comes and goes QUICKLY. So if you have your heart set on it, call first to make sure they have it. On a recent delivery, it was a mad scramble and I think some local chefs bought it up in a couple of days at most! Antonette, I think we also have to hope that local cheese manufacturers are willing to have someone else distribute their products…

    May 11, 2011 | 6:25 am

     
  12. millet says:

    wo
    ohoo! This is tops
    on my list for my next trip to Manila!

    May 11, 2011 | 6:53 am

     
  13. Pinksalmonlady says:

    Good find MM. Love all the cheeses and cold meat you’ve shown. I will definitely visit this place on my next trip to Manila.

    May 11, 2011 | 7:33 am

     
  14. jules winnfield says:

    #5 footloose… much less put one in my mouth hahahaha

    May 11, 2011 | 9:16 am

     
  15. Gigi says:

    How are their prices compared to Santi’s for the cold cuts and dry goods?

    May 11, 2011 | 9:46 am

     
  16. christine says:

    Dear MM, I am saying this again ( I think I have posted this before) — Can I be you’re assistant? It amazes me how you “discover” these stores. How I wish we had those stores here in Pampanga too.

    May 11, 2011 | 10:10 am

     
  17. melody says:

    look at all those cheese! and the prosciutto! why does it have to be in makati? i’m so clueless when it comes to that place

    May 11, 2011 | 10:31 am

     
  18. mon says:

    WOW!!! will definitely visit this place! thanks, MM! :D

    May 11, 2011 | 10:51 am

     
  19. Johanna says:

    How’s the parking situation?

    May 11, 2011 | 1:44 pm

     
  20. Bubut says:

    oh my God with those cheese selection, i need to go there for the Grana Padano, though dairy products is a no-no in my diet…forget all those diet! thanks for sharing.

    May 11, 2011 | 1:54 pm

     
  21. scramoodles says:

    Oh my gosh! Now I have to save a lot to splurge a lot at S&L. Hmmm. My phrases stranglely resemble their initials. Ha ha ha.

    May 11, 2011 | 2:32 pm

     
  22. zee says:

    Bingo! I passed by the store last week (after weeks of planning- although i live just 2 blocks away hehe). I found the salame quite affordable, better priced compared to the other deli found a few meters down the road (although, they have more stuff to offer). A variety of affordable organic pasta also caught my eye. Looking forward to more offerings at Brera :)

    May 11, 2011 | 3:10 pm

     
  23. Marketfan says:

    foodie heaven but I imagine hell for the wallet..nice to know though, that we have a store like this in makati..thanks

    May 11, 2011 | 3:27 pm

     
  24. Kasseopeia says:

    Thank you for the post! This is very very very good news for my cheese-loving partner in crime and for my pasta-obsessed household in general!

    May 11, 2011 | 5:30 pm

     
  25. Raymond says:

    Been here several times. It’s so easy to explain where it is as it’s making a left turn in Ayala where there is a no U turn sign after crossing Buendia. I always come back here because the people are so nice even if they know I am just a small fish. Try their Italian sausage for spaghetti.

    May 11, 2011 | 7:28 pm

     
  26. EbbaBlue says:

    I send different shape & varieties of pasta to my staff (children’s ministry) in Quezon Province, plus bottles of different sauce & vinegar too. The sauce & gravies, they don’t know how to use it, so when I call they inform me its been sitting in the shelves for months. Hindi nila alam kung para saan daw yon, and they also ask bakit kung ano-ano ang lasa nung vinegar. To them, tama na yung suka na gawa nila home-made from coconut juice. The pasta they cook it, but they think no big deal about it other than the shapes are interesting. They did not care much if it was potato noodles, egg noodles, wheat pasta, wheat vermicelli, etc, etc.. sa kanila, parang pansit lang daw ito… hahahaha… at first it irritate me dahil especial ang mga ito sa akin… pero in the end I understand them. This post makes me smile thinking.. my shelves in the province is a little section of the store…except for the cheeses. When I do come for my annual visit, I bring diff. cheese, and their comment.. bakit daw yung iba, may itim-itim, yung iba maalat, yung iba may amoy. Hahahhaa…at yung iba parang mayron daw amag na balot at malambot ang loob.

    May 11, 2011 | 8:21 pm

     
  27. T says:

    wow, finally a retail store! my friends and i bought from S & L a few times before and we were happy with the prices. but because we could only buy in bulk, we had to divvy up the items between us sometimes, and that was hassle. thanks for the heads up, MM!

    May 11, 2011 | 8:37 pm

     
  28. ingrid says:

    oh.my.gulay! the whole time I was reading this post i kept telling myself how can i explain to my husband my next credit card bill – those cheese!

    May 11, 2011 | 8:40 pm

     
  29. Melissa says:

    My goodness!!!! I live and work in Makati so this is AWESOME! Thank you MM!

    May 11, 2011 | 11:06 pm

     
  30. Mai Mai says:

    Just saw that yesterday and wondering if it was open. Thanks for the feature. Will definitely visit.

    May 12, 2011 | 2:51 pm

     
  31. Lei says:

    Thanks for sharing MM!

    May 12, 2011 | 4:20 pm

     
  32. kathleen says:

    nice post! :P i saw organic cheese!! cant wait to visit their store soon!! :P

    May 13, 2011 | 10:13 pm

     
  33. Pam says:

    Thank you for adding excitement to our lives, MM! I so feel the energy in the comments with this post! Whew!! Can’t wait to go to this store!!!!

    May 13, 2011 | 10:41 pm

     
  34. k. ramos says:

    They have Taleggio cheese!! And gorgonzola!! Ricotta!! Brie! OMG I will definitely go there!!

    May 14, 2011 | 5:38 pm

     
  35. Rico says:

    Brera? As in Brera in Milan?

    May 16, 2011 | 8:42 pm

     
  36. elaine says:

    Thank you so much for the heads up on this store! Dropped by this noon and got some stuff for a pasta dish. Good cheese finds and the prices are cheaper compared to most supermarkets we go to. Parking was a breeze on a weekday as well. The proprietor was also kind enough to give a tour…:)

    May 19, 2011 | 6:00 pm

     
  37. Alex says:

    Very good range of quality products and real italian cheese and parmisan… the best in town!!!

    May 31, 2011 | 7:06 pm

     
  38. Moneymaker says:

    You guys happen to know howmuch a wheel or maybe kg of grana padano cost? Tia:)

    Oct 17, 2011 | 2:53 am

     
 

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