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5 New Restaurants in Ortigas to Refresh your Daily Dining Experience

These eats in the East better be in your next great food trip to Ortigas!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | March 29, 2018
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Given its proximity to several major malls, condominiums, and offices, it’s no surprise that Ortigas is home to many food hubs and restaurants. People in Ortigas always have to be somewhere and always have to do something, hence an avid appetite always abounds.

And so despite its congested space, Ortigas never runs out of new places to visit and new grub to chow down. Whether you’re dining with friends, or enjoying your sweet alone time before going back to work, here are some of the new restaurants in Ortigas you might want to consider visiting next.

1. The Corner Market

Where: 2/F, The Podium Mall, Ortigas Center
Price Range: Prices vary per merchant
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

new restaurants in Ortigas

The Corner Market opened last February 12.

Images: Left, @queen_chiels; Right, @inarisushiph

When The Podium reopened its doors last October 2017 after undergoing renovation, it didn’t only carry new store names and boutiques. To the delight of all hungry stomachs within the vicinity, the mall also gave way to a new food haven: The Corner Market. It not only sets itself apart by being the first-ever indoor farmers market, but also by catering to many up-and-coming food merchants and small-time eateries.

Not to say that their flavors fall short just because they’re young. New names such as The Rabbit Hole Manila, Birdhouse, Stockwell Cafe, Gusto, and Char, also promise to deliver food packed with delectable flavors. Joining them are old-time favorite food stores like El Chupacabra, Sultan Mediterranean Grill, and Ca Phe Saigon. Food choices in the Corner Market can range from simple burgers to truffle mushroom linguine, making sure that whatever you’re craving for, you’ll definitely find it under one convenient banner.

2. Nara Thai Cuisine

Where: 3/F, Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall
Price Range: PhP75 to PhP850
Operating Hours: 10:00AM to 10:00PM

new restaurants in Ortigas

Nara Thai’s name comes from its founder Narawadee Srikarnchana which in sanskrit means “Thai woman.”

Images: Nara Thai Philippines Facebook Page

Philippine’s first-ever Nara Thai Cuisine branch landed in Ortigas last February, making several Thai-food addicts excited with what the restaurant has to offer. The original branches of Nara occupied most of Bangkok’s streets, and the company is widely known to be one of the best restaurants in its home country.

Besides the usual Thai restaurant staples such as pho (Vietnamese rice noodle soup) and phad tha*i (stir-fried noodles), Nara Thai also offers other dishes such as *yum phak khom (fried spinach leaves with minced pork and prawn chili lime dip), sa tay (barbecued turmeric with coconut marinated pork or chicken), khao niew ma muang (mango and sticky rice with milk), and so much more. To help bring down the bulk of the meal they just ate, diners can choose between cocktail drinks, beers, and shakes. You certainly won’t get over these oriental flavors that soon!

3. Motorino Pizzeria Napoletana

Where: 5/F, The Podium, Ortigas Center
Price Range: PhP300 to PhP700
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

new restaurants in Ortigas

Motorino was found in 2008 by Belgian chef Mathieu Palambino.

Images: Left, @ n.o.n.c.h; Right, Motorino Pizza Manila Facebook Page

Here’s some good news: you don’t have to go as far as Makati or Bonifacio Global City to quell your Motorino Pizzeria Napoletana cravings, as the famous New York Style pizza now has a branch in Ortigas. Found at the fifth floor of The Podium Mall, the charming interiors of the restaurant is as Instagra-able as the food that it offers.

Besides the various pizza options in the menu, there are also pasta dishes like the classic Alfredo and creamy mushroom. But if you’re getting tired of the common pizza and pasta from your usual Italian restaurant, they also offer different antipasto dishes (appetizers in Italian meals). Surely, your first visit to this pizza place won’t be your last!

4. Paradise Dynasty

Where: Second floor, The Podium Mall, Ortigas
Price Range: PhP100 to PhP800
Operating Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM

new restaurants in Ortigas

Paradise Group started to create delicious and authentic Chinese cuisine in 2002.

Images: Left, Paradise Dynasty Philippines Facebook Page; Right, Xsharkypatz De Leon Remulla

The famous eight-flavor rainbow xiaolongbao (Chinese steamed bun) of Paradise Dynasty is now available at the East! The famous Singaporean restaurant chain’s Ortigas branch is its second outlet in the Philippines, with its first being in S Maison, Pasay City. Along with xiaolongbao, other savory meals to indulge yourself with includes Kung Pao chicken, glutinous rice stuffed in red dates, fried rice in Shanghai style, pork dumplings, radish pastry, and stir fried vegetables.

New menu items are also included in the Ortigas branch, including their charcoal custard lava bun (exclusively available at the Podium branch), chilled baby spinach with vermicelli, and crispy-fried crystal prawns tossed in salted egg yolk. This is as close as anyone can get to the sumptuous Singaporean offerings.

5. BAKE Cheese Tart

Where: Podium
Price Range: PhP95 for a piece, PhP545 six pieces
Operating Hours: 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

new restaurants in Ortigas

Bake Cheese Tart was founded by Japanese bakery Kinotoya in 2014.

Images: Bake Cheese Tart Philippines Facebook Page

Hokkaido-based shop BAKE Cheese Tart finally has its flagship store in the Philippines located at The Podium Mall. Each cheese tart is made from fresh rice cheese from Hokkaido, baked by trained Sapporo patissiers, and brought to our shores—to the pleasure of Filipinos with a sweet tooth.

Each cheese tart consists of a fluffy mousse filling with cream cheese fillings, with a hint and balance of saltiness, creaminess, and tartness, while its pre-baked crust is made crispy through a double bake method and a unique blend of flours. Before landing in Ortigas, BAKE cheese tart used to only have branches in Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Thailand. Consider their choice to open here a stroke of luck that you wouldn’t want to take for granted.

Check out our list of restaurants in Ortigas or browse the Dining & Leisurecategory of the ShoppersGuide Directory.

Which of these new restaurants in Ortigas are you excited to try soon? Tell us in the comment section below!
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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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