Manila, the battle of the food halls / food parks is not yet over. In the past couple of years, food halls / food parks have become a great part of how we dine as Filipinos. The usual food courts in malls have evolved into bigger and badder food venues with all sorts of different themes and vendors. There are around 20 food parks in Metro Manila alone and just recently, a new food hall just opened at The Podium. It houses 17 different food merchants that can cater to whatever cuisine or dish you are craving for. In this edition of EATSplorations, we will be sharing about our EATSperience at The Corner Market Food Hall in The Podium. The Corner Market is the Relish Group’s bet in the battle of the food halls all over the Metro and it really looks like it’s a force to be reckoned with. Keep on reading to find out more about our Corner Market EATSperience, enjoy!
The Corner Market Food Hall – The Podium!
The Corner Market, the country’s first ever indoor farmer’s market and food hall, has opened on the second level of The Podium. It was inspired by La Boqueria in Barcelona, The Torvehallerne Market in Copenhagen, and the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. The Corner Market is definitely a place where we can get good quality food and fresh produce. If you are living or working around Ortigas Center, The Corner Market might just be your next go to place for lunch, coffee, snacks, dinner, and even buying fresh produce!
A look around The Corner Market!
The Corner Market might look small at first but it spans 1,200 square meters, with 17 different merchants and a dining area that can accommodate 450 diners. That’s a lot of diners, right?! To have a better look at what’s inside The Corner Market, please watch the video below, enjoy!
Unique food finds at The Corner Market!
Unique to The Corner Market are vendors like Catch of The Day by Cold Storage (Lobsters, Prawns, and Fish and Chips) and The Meat Depot (Chicharon Bulaklak and Ribeye Steak), where customers can choose their own kind of seafood or cut of meat and have it cooked on the spot for an elevated take on dampa dining.
Fresh organic produce, flowers, and grab-and-go salads (Japanese Kani Salad and Lemon Yogurt Bowl on Adlai with Chicken) are also available from Gusto, where everything is sourced from their family farm in Rizal.
These three unique food merchants stood out for us because foodies like us can pick and choose what we want to eat and how we want it cooked. We can also buy frozen and fresh produce from them and bring it home and cook it the way we want it. Items from them are reasonably priced, too!
6 Asian food merchants to choose from!
The Corner Market has a wide range of cuisines from all over the world. It has 6 Asian food merchants. 6 food stalls that are emerging and one-of-a-kind. First is Sari-Salo by Myron’s (soon to open), homegrown hits like Inasal Sisig and Angus Beef Tapa are some of the items to look forward to.
If you are looking for something Japanese, Inari by Hamaru serves up modern Japanese EATS (Tofu Pockets, Black Rice Sushi, and Oysters) that will surely make you come back for more!
Ca Phe Saigon offers heirloom Vietnamese recipes and a vertical basil garden where you can pick your own leaves to add to your Pho. Make sure to check out their Pho, Banh Mi, and Fresh Spring Rolls!
Char Dining Philippines also has a stall at The Corner Market. They serve Chinese comfort food favorites and THE BEST CHARSIEW in town!
Easy Tiger offers authentic Thai food at very affordable prices. Make sure to check out their Grilled Bacon Belly and Grilled Thai Sausage and you will surely have an enjoyable EATSperience!
Craving for something Korean? Little Kaya by Kaya Korean Restaurant is at The Corner Market, too! Korean favorites like Japchae, Pajeon, and Bibimbap are here to take your tummy all the way to Korea and back!
5 exciting Western food stalls!
The home of the street taco is finally in Ortigas, thanks to La Taqueria del Chupacabra! Yes, you can now munch on El Chupacabra’s authentic Mexican tacos in this side of town! Make sure to try out their Baja California Fish Taco and Camarones a la Diabla.
Got a craving for fried chicken? Head to Birdhouse for their famous Honey Butter Fried Chicken Sandwich and Fried Chicken Wings. If you love fried food, Birdhouse is the stall for you at The Corner Market!
Spanish favorites from Barcelon de Calderon! Personal-sized Paellas and creamy Croquetas are perfect for a leisurely lunch. We personally loved the Croquetas Negra. Try it to find out why!
Soon to open stalls are Sultan which serves Mediterranean dishes like Kebabs, Shawarma, and Moussaka and Pizza Morena to satisfy any pizza craving! Don’t forget to tell us what’s nice with these two stalls when you try them, okay?
Dessert and Coffee!
Cap off your Corner Market EATSperience starting with The Rabbit Hole, a cakes and pastries haven! Our picks were the Keto Brazo de Mercedes, Chocolate Mousse, and Sansrival.
If it’s ice cream you want, Sundays by Merry Moo has yummy soft-serve, artisanal ice cream, and flavored waffle cones. We loved their Polvoron and Malagos Chocolate Soft-serve so much!
To pair up with all the sweet and refreshing treats, visit Stockwell for your own cup of coffee! Make sure to check out the super cool latte art of their wonderful baristas, you will surely love it!
Affordability is also key at The Corner Market, where you can have a complete meal for less than 300 pesos. So settle down on the bleacher seats that offer a view of bustling Ortigas or grab a table by the window with friends. With a stellar range of choices in a picture-perfect space, #GoodFoodIsJustAroundTheCorner at The Corner Market!
Whew! That was one food-filled EATSperience for us at The Corner Market. We liked how spacious it is considering that it houses 17 different food merchants and diners will not have to worry looking for a spot. Residents, mall-goers and office people around Ortigas have a new dining spot that offers good variety and affordability. So if you are in the area, head on over to The Corner Market and know that #GoodFoodIsJustAroundTheCorner ! That’s it for this edition of EATSplorations, ’till next time!
The Corner Market Food Hall
2/F, The Podium, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong City, Philippines
+63917 820 8374
Budget: 800 php for two