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The Corner Market Food Hall Is A Farmer’s Market Inside A Posh Mall

The first-ever farmer’s market-themed food hall in the country has just recently opened in the halls of the swanky Podium mall in Ortigas. The newly-renovated mall’s posh interior is a perfect fit for this new concept, what with its minimalist yet quirky aesthetic.

 

 

The Corner Market was conceptualized by Linfred Yap, managing partner of The Relish Group. According to Yap, the idea of The Corner Market sprang forth from his travels abroads—specifically from his tour of Madrid, Barcelona, and Melbourne. “There are a lot of great food halls abroad, and we always felt that we need our own version here in the Philippines,” Linfred shared. “I drew inspiration from the farmer’s market abroad like La Boquiera in Barcelona Mercado San Miguel in Madrid.”

The food hall is located at the second floor of Podium, and has a whopping 1,200 sq.m floor area. And, as befits the farmer’s market theme, all of the tenants are homegrown brands that source (and some even supply) freshly grown ingredients.

 

 

The top attraction is Gusto, which sits near the entrance of The Corner Market. The tenant specializes in serving farm-to-table dishes. Also a good find is Meat Depot Mini, a meat supplier that became famous in BF Parañaque for their excellent Angus Beef Tomahawk, beef tenderloin, and lamb ribs. Like in the original concept in the South, customers in The Corner Market can choose the cuts from the freezer and either take it home or have them grilled then and there.

Also good is Easy, Tiger, the brainchild of Al Purruganan, the man who brought us the restos Jatujak and Tamarind. Try their grilled Thai sausages, and of course their Tom Yum soup. Also good is their Sate Bacon Belly.

La Taqueria del Chupacabra is a must-try for their burritos, quesadillas, and fajitas; behind it are the same people who brought us El Chupacabra in Poblacion.

For dessert, try Merry Moo. The tenant serves yummy soft-served ice creams in a variety of unique flavors. A definite must-try is their Davao Malagos chocolate, paired with their homemade flavored waffle cones.

 

 

Stockwell is the perfect place to get some coffee and settle your tummy after an eating spree bout at The Corner Market. Originally from Tomas Morato, the third wave coffee shop serves coffee in six ways, such as aeropress, v60, and cold brew.

While many tenants have already set up shop, more are still yet to open. The food hall will eventually have 15 homegrown tenants inside, which are more than enough choices for the very discerning Filipino market.

 

Photographs by Feliciano Rodriguez III