The Podium Has a New Face: Here Are the Best Restaurants to Check Out
Located in the center of the Ortigas business district, The Podium sits on prime land astir with the energy of a sleepless city.
To cater to the demands of a growing market, the luxury mall has undergone a major facelift to display futuristic architecture and an ultra-modern layout, with new dining establishments highlighting this change.
Here's a look at some of the best new dining options at The Podium:
Japanese-Peruvian fusion finds its home at Nikkei, which was an instant hit among Makati gourmands when it first opened in 2015. Managed by Carlo Lorenzana—of La Cabrera, Single Origin, and Shi Lin fame—Nikkei infuses the bold flavors of Latin America into Japanese cuisine.
For starters, the restaurant offers a selection of sushi, tiraditos, or ceviches. A must-try: Peruvian soft mashed potatoes topped with wagyu, prawns, or octopus. Peruvian dishes with Japanese elements, or vice versa, make up the main selections. Also a great place for an after-dinner tipple, Nikkei offers sake-infused craft cocktails, Japanese whiskeys, and draft beers.
A quintessential steakhouse commonly associated with celebratory meals, the second Manila branch of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is a welcome addition to the dining scene in this part of the city. This world-famous New York steakhouse, also found in Beverly Hills, Hawaii, and Tokyo, has been lauded by critics for its 28-day, dry-aged Porterhouse steak that is cooked in a 1600-degree broiler and served sizzling.
Baba Ibazeta Benedicto, the pastry chef behind Classic Confections, aims to spread the satisfaction her bakeshop has brought loyal customers through the years and has put that heart into savory food. Named after her father, Nono’s offers comfort food at its finest and plates it with a twist. Diners may choose between single servings and big plates for family-style service.
This Chinese restaurant celebrates xiaolongbao by infusing eight distinct flavors: original, cheese, garlic, ginseng, foie gras, crab roe, black truffle, and Szechuan. These variants come in a tasting dish option and a flavor guide to help diners navigate their way. Originally from Singapore, the restaurant presents a classic take on Chinese fare, with traditional delicacies such as spicy Szechuan crispy chicken, an array of dim sum, and thin hand-pulled noodles.
Classic Catalan cuisine is given a contemporary setting at Las Flores, which reimagines traditional dishes such as the paella de cochinillo and croquetas by incorporating a modern twist. The cozy and casual dining spot serves Spanish-style tapas and fritos, best paired with a bottle of wine or a pitcher of sangria.
Bake Cheese Tarts
The growing popularity of cheese tarts in Manila partly owes its success to Bake, which, in a short span of time, has already set up shop at two locations both heavy on foot traffic. Fresh from Japan, where these specialty treats are made and shipped to every international branch, every bite is filled with a generous amount of Hokkaido milk and cheese. The baked cheese mousse is ensconced in a flaky crust prepared with Bake’s signature double-baking method, where the crust goes into the oven before the creamy, rich cheese is added. Perfection.