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Visit The Podium This Weekend For A Bite Of Sweet And Savory Crèpes, HK-Style Rice Bowls, And A Cookie Preview For Halloween

The revamped Podium Mall in Ortigas, now with six floors, is slowly getting filled up with new places to eat and shop. From high-end boutiques and unique eats, to our favorite spots, we’ve listed a few cool places you can check out this weekend.



5/F The Podium, 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas, Mandaluyong


For those who are hungry for good food but are hesitant to spend too much, they can head to Tai Koo HK Roast whose aim is to bring the authentic Hong Kong roast experience to Manila.



Aside from inexpensive party platters, this Hong Kong-style eatery also serves affordable quality dishes that can fill you up right away, from rice bowls to noodle selections. If you’re having a hard time deciding, why not try the combos, like the indulgent Roast Duck and Roast Pork Belly Rice Bowl for only P258. And did we mention that the duck gets flown in from Hong Kong?



Roast Duck and Pork Belly Rice Bowl


Ça Va Creperie and Floral Atelier

G/F The Podium, 18 ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong


You can’t miss one of The Podium’s most beautiful spots, right beside the Julia Vargas entrance. Ça Va means “Okay” or “Everything's good!” in French, and you can certainly see why, as the place can easily brighten up your day with its floor-to-ceiling windows and colorful floral arrangements.


Scampi Escaper

Don’t let the dainty interior fool you because aside from their lovely flower arrangements, Ça Va also serves sweet and savory crepes and other flavorful dishes that you can enjoy at any given time of the day.


French Kiss


A must-try is the French Kiss, put together with butter, sugar, and a spritz of lemon—light, simple, with a sugary crunch. Savory crèpes come with witty names as well, whether it’s I’m Chori (chorizo, caramelized onions, Gruyère, apple slaw) or Scampi Escaper (shrimps, béchamel, mushrooms, Parmesan).


I’m Chori


Halloween Cookie Decorating at Gourdo’s

3rd Level, The Podium Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong Cityes


Gourdo’s is already gearing up for Halloween by making trick-or-treat sweeter for you this weekend. Sign up for the Halloween Cookie Decorating workshop conducted by Joy Apostol, to be held this Sunday, October 7, 1pm to 5pm, priced at P2,500. The cookies will be baked beforehand, which participants can then decorate with royal icing, and create pumpkins, ghosts, bats, and witch hats. Check the Gourdo's official Facebook page for more details and for other upcoming workshops this October.