The Podium, Manila

4 out of 5 stars 4 Stars - 15 Reviews

Ortigas Center

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • grade 6, 27 ounce porterhouse wagyu
    grade 6, 27 ounce porterhouse wagyu
    by machomikemd
  • the frozen wagyu
    the frozen wagyu
    by machomikemd
  • ambiance
    ambiance
    by machomikemd
  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    Terry Selection: Terry Selection

    by joysweet Updated Apr 22, 2007

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    my favorite. arroz con gambas

    The location of the restaurant is very easy to miss, unless it was recommended to you by somebody or a regular at the Podium. They are at the lower ground floor, so if you just happen to stroll/visit the podium, chances are you won't see the place.

    The area of the establishment is half deli/grocery and half restaurant. There are several tables (about 4 booths, 10 small tables) so it easily fills up during the lunch rush - most of their clients are the expats working at ADB.

    A bit too expensive for me, and i'll come back should i get enough money to feed myself here. hahaha

    Favorite Dish: European Cold Cut Platter - P450+
    Arroz con Gambas al Cognac - P650+
    White Wine - P110+

    Was surprised when the Cold Cut Platter arrived. I knew before hand that it's at P450 and when I saw it i was a little disappointed - costing so much for so little food :) The hams were very delicous though.

    Loved the Arroz con Gambas, not just because i love shrimps, but the general flavor of the food :)

    ***

    Mixed Platter - 560
    Pumpkin Soup - 140
    Champpitones - 240
    White Wine (House wine) - 130
    Coke light - 45

    with 10% service charge and 12% vat

    Was this review helpful?

  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    The Podium - Roma Mia: Roma Mia

    by joysweet Written Aug 21, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Chilil Shrimp pasta
    1 more image

    The lunch crowd was quite thin so the receptionist seated us at the couch (overlooking ADB ave and the building across the street). The waiters were attentive, albeit a bit hovering when we weren't ready to order yet. Was so disappointed about them not having any desert!

    Favorite Dish: We ordered the Shrimp Chili Pasta (about 250+) and Chicken Caesar Salad (about 195). Bottomless drinks (Iced Tea and Sodas) are available.

    Was this review helpful?

  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    Burgoo: Burgoo

    by joysweet Updated Oct 9, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Burgoo Podium branch is our regular hang out (with my BDO friends) We love eating here because they always have promotion with credit cards that offer buy-1-take-1 on main entrees :)

    Favorite Dish: Fish and Chips, regular about P195

    Seafood Jambalaya - which is really a seafood paella, regular about P250-300

    Bottomless Iced Tea - but it tasted a bit different than the regular iced tea

    Raspberry Cheesecake - one of their specialites

    Was this review helpful?

  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    Cafe Breton: Cafe Breton

    by joysweet Written Aug 26, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Favorite Dish: Vesuve Crepe (p140+) - Savoury crepe with ham, cheese, tomato, garlic and chili
    La Pinay (p130+) - Sweet crepet with mangoes, creme and chocolate toppings.

    Sparkling water at P110 and Apple Juice at P60. Mineral water at P50 and Sodas in Can at P50 (a bit expensive). Tap water served upon request.

    Was this review helpful?

  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    Pagliacci: Pagliacci

    by joysweet Updated Nov 26, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The owner makes this restaurant stand out. He makes sure that he talks to ever diner eating! Even during rush hour lunch.

    Favorite Dish: Pasta ala Lorenzo - Linguini in Olive Oil with Brocolli, Shrimp and Chili - about P325

    Was this review helpful?

  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    The Podium: Yaku Japanese Grill

    by joysweet Updated Apr 22, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    4 more images

    Located at the 3rd floor of the Podium. This isn't one of the more popular places to eat, when we had lunch there, there wasn't much of a crowd.

    Favorite Dish: Chirashi 302.40
    Tuna Temaki 90.72
    Gyudon 181.44
    Pale Pilsen - 60.48

    vat 12% sc 10%

    Was this review helpful?

  • syllybabe's Profile Photo

    UCC: Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee, please!

    by syllybabe Written Feb 18, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    UCC at the Podium

    D._Pepper first introduced UCC coffee to me last year. I suggested Starbucks and he said..."Nah, you haven't tried UCC, have you?" At that time not familiar with this new cofee shop chain, I just smiled and said no. (Then went home and asked my brother what in the world is UCC???)
    The one we usually go to for breakfast or for coffee and dessert after dinner is at the Podium in Ortigas Center. You can choose between cozy and comfy black couches or tables in the ground floor or upstairs if you are with smokers.

    Favorite Dish: Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is indeed the costliest coffee in the world because it's grown only in one place. You can scrimp (and just get the taste of it) for the blend which is about $4 a cup or, fully enjoy a pure brew for about $6. Some people will say coffee is coffee...and I agree most of the time because I really just like coffee but when I want to indulge...I don't mind paying $6 :-)
    For breakfast, their french toast and bacon is to die for...the toast is perfectly done...crisp on the outside and light and melts in your mouth in the inside.

    Was this review helpful?

  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    The Podium: Lasa Manila

    by joysweet Written Apr 22, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Lasa is a Filipino restaurant in the Podium. Located outside, facing ADB Ave. Loved their boneless crispy pata (although I must say, everywhere i eat, i love crispy pata hahaha)

    Favorite Dish: Boneless Crispy Pata - 250
    Inihaw na Tuna Belly - 250
    Lumpia Togue - 70
    Plain rice - 30
    Coke Light - 45

    with 5% service charge, 3% local tax, 12% vat

    Was this review helpful?

  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    The Podium: Akiga

    by joysweet Updated Apr 22, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    3 more images

    Celebrated Jose's birthday here. Since it was a Thursday, there isn't much of a crowd (just us and one other group). Nice and quiet ambiance (like most restaurants at the Podium). They gave us a free appetizer (something like potato balls).

    Favorite Dish: Chirashi Sushi Take - 530
    * Assorted local sushi on a bed of sushi rice
    Ebi Battera Sushi - 280
    * Ebi sushi in a squarish shape
    San Miguel Pale Pilsen - 88

    with 10% service charge and 12% vat

    Was this review helpful?

  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    The Podium - Sitio Filipino Restaurant: Sitio Filipino Restaurant

    by joysweet Written May 24, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    the restaurant should have a more competitive price. the other filipino restaurant in the podium (lasa at the ground flr) serves much better serving. a home cooked food like the ones they serve at sitio shouldn't cost that much.

    Favorite Dish: garlic rice - 50p
    plain rice - 30p
    grilled squid - 250
    chicken adobo - 200

    Was this review helpful?

  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    The Podium - Terry's Selection: Segundo Piso Bistr: Terry's Selection: Segundo Piso Bistro

    by joysweet Written Jun 21, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    half order of arroz con gambas

    I have recently visited Terry's again to celebrate my birthday :) I realized how much I miss the Podium mall after moving to my new job in Makati. Anyway, we ordered:

    Croquetta Cangres and Gambas - 6 pcs for 190p
    and my ever favorite although very heavy on the tummy - Arroz Con Gambas

    Their service has remained the same - although I think the wait staff is new - hence they were very attentive :D The usual crowd - mostly the expats from the Asian Development Bank.

    Was this review helpful?

  • lahoree's Profile Photo

    Banana Leaf

    by lahoree Updated Sep 10, 2008

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    So far my experience with this restaurant is good; I am not disappointed with any of their dishes. In starters, do try "samosa" that is a Pakistani snack. It has branches in SM North Edsa and Mall of Asia, but I have never tried there.

    Was this review helpful?

  • machomikemd's Profile Photo

    House of Wagyu: Most Expensive Wagyu Restaurant

    by machomikemd Updated Jan 12, 2009

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    welcome!
    4 more images

    one of the most expensive steakhouses in Manila, offerring Australian Raised Wagyu Beef. (Wagyu is a generic term for cattle derived from wagyu cattle from tajima in kobe, japan. Wagyu is the cheapest japanese style beef, kobe is more expensive, matsuzaka even more expensive, ohmi very expensive and mishima the most expensive!)

    Favorite Dish: the Wagyu Rib Eye!

    Was this review helpful?

  • machomikemd's Profile Photo

    House of Wagyu 2: Most Expensive Wagyu Restaurant Part 2

    by machomikemd Updated Jan 12, 2009

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    the frozen wagyu
    4 more images

    Part two of House of Wagyu Restaurant with more pictures!

    one of the most expensive steakhouses in Manila, offerring Australian Raised Wagyu Beef. (Wagyu is a generic term for cattle derived from wagyu cattle from tajima in kobe, japan. Wagyu is the cheapest japanese style beef, kobe is more expensive, matsuzaka even more expensive, ohmi very expensive and mishima the most expensive!)

    wagyu is also graded from 1 to 12 and most foreign bred wagyu like in the US (Snake river farms) and Australia can attain a grade 8. Japanese bred kobe, matsuzaka up to grade 11. Ohmi and Mishima can attain grade 12! (costs 8,000 pesos an order in kuretake japanese resto in powerplant mall).

    Favorite Dish: wagyu! grade 8 rib eye!

    opens:

    Su, F, Sa: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
    M, T, W, Th: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

    Was this review helpful?

  • joysweet's Profile Photo

    Banana Leaf Asian Cafe: Banana Leaf Asian Cafe

    by joysweet Updated Apr 22, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    3 more images

    One of the Singaporean-cusine restaurants in town

    Favorite Dish: Satay - 108
    Half Hainanese Chicken - 268
    Hainanese Rice - 35
    Banana Fritter - 78

    with 10% service charge and 12% vat

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Manila

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

52 travelers online now

Comments

View all Manila hotels