New eats: 14 stalls that got us all excited about Podium's newly opened food hall

Joko Magalong-De Veyra

Posted at Apr 01 2018 06:54 AM

The Corner Market at The Podium is a must-try for foodies. Photo by author

MANILA -- Ortigas has a new food hall as The Corner Market opens at the second level of The Podium.

With its contemporary design and bright atmosphere, as well as its curated gourmet options, The Corner Market should draw in crowds of foodies to the upscale mall.

Spanning 1,200 square meters with a capacity of 450, it has 17 purveyors set to open shop. There’s something for everyone here -- whether you want some seafood or meat, or perhaps a specific type of cuisine, or dessert.

Also, it’s not just a food hall, but an indoor farmer’s market as well with some of The Corner Market’s vendors offering produce for consumption at home.

Here’s a sneak peek to the Corner Market’s offerings during its recent launch:

1. Char Express

Char Express has pork belly and dark and sweet charsiew (in photo), which has been declared by some enthusiastic foodies as one of the best in the metro. Photo by author

2. Easy Tiger

There’s the Thai basics, but have you ever tried Thai sausage? Slightly tangy and comes with a bit of a kick, these sausages (in photo) from Easy Tiger with rice and some papaya slaw make for a filling meal. Photo by author

3. Little Kaya

Kaya has been serving Korean good eats even before the semi-recent Korean invasion, and in this “little” version, they offer these bite-sized rice rolls (Gimbap, in photo), which are deceptively filling and best shared with a group. Photo by author

4. Tacqueria del Chupacabra

There are Mexican tacos, but for now, here’s a sample serving of their nachos (in photo) with the works! Photo by author

5. Barcelon de Calderon

This little stall serves beautiful plates of dark and briny Paella Negra (in photo), among other Spanish treats like Paella Valenciana, and croquettas. Photo by author

6. Birdhouse

Mostly known for the salted egg lava chicken sandwich (in photo), Birdhouse recently offered a honey butter chicken sandwich, which could be easily be your new favorite, especially if you’re a fan of sweet and salty things. Photo by author

7. Meat Depot Mini

Choose your meat and they’ll cook them to your specifications—that’s the premise of the Meat Depot Mini. Try a nice cut of flank, done medium rare with a drizzle of refreshing chimichurri, or take your frozen meat, and cook it at home. Photo by author

8. Catch of the Day

“Dampa” comes to The Corner Market, as you choose your produce from the cold storage cache, and have it cooked your way. Try it in skewers and grilled with a tangy teriyaki sauce, like we had during the launch. Photo by author

9. Ca Phe Saigon

Vietnamese farm to fork. That’s the promise, and Ca Phe Saigon delivers with clean tasting fresh spring rolls. Photo by author

10. Stockwell

While this third wave coffee serves specialty concoctions like the 50/50 coffee, it also has savory dishes that caught our tastebuds like the truffle pasta (in photo), which hit the right spot in terms of salt and cream, with just the right amount of the truffle. Photo by author

11. Sunday’s by Merry Moo

Sunday’s has Merry Moo’s scooped offerings, but also has something new — soft serve! We loved the Polvoron Soft Serve (in photo), vanilla with an extra shot of creaminess. Photo by author

12. The Rabbit Hole

If you’re hankering for cakes, then head on over to the Rabbit Hole. The cakes are thick and stacked—like this Brazo de Mercedes which alternates meringue and custard, just the right amount of sweetness. They also have a keto version of this cake, for the ketogenic dieters in Ortigas. Photo by author

13. Inari by Hamaru

Hamaru’s rice rolls use black sushi rice with an assortment of fillings—from mango to tofu skin. The specialties should be the Inari, beancurd pockets filled with sushi rice and other fillings. Photo by author

14. Gusto

Vegetables and fruits, like the juiciest cherry tomatoes—that’s what Gusto is all about. Whether you buy your produce to take home, or eat them in the food hall in a salad, you’re assured of the freshest vegetables every time. Photo by author