Flavors and Flowers: Inside the Newly Opened Ça Va Creperie & Floral Atelier
November 19, 2018
Ça Va Creperie & Floral Atelier at The Podium has dishes like Im Chori, Orange You Glad and Tapa the World with an option to take home a bouquet of blooms
Splashes of sunlight and charming interiors greet customers at Ça Va Creperie & Floral Atelier, one of the recent additions to Podium’s fine roster of stores. Lots of cozy corners and beautiful flowers, both fresh and dried, add to the eclectic space. The brainchild of partners Emi Jorge & Kai Nakanishi-Lim of Cura V and Comme Çi, blogger and food purveyor Nicole Ortega, lawyer Kim Cuerva and fellow entrepreneur Bianca Pangilinan, the menu at Ça Va boasts of both savory and sweet crepes made with premium quality ingredients, as well as filling rice bowls and snack items, all reasonably-priced, in keeping with the casual dining feel of the restaurant.
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Great Menu Selection
It quietly opened in August with family and close friends to experience. “We wanted to make sure that everything was just right: from the food to the service and the smooth running of operations, before having a formal launch,” Ortega shares. Nakanishi-Lim goes on to say, “Apart from the very honest feedback we received from friends and family, we enlisted the help of experts when planning out our menu. Bianca’s husband, Chef Gilbert Pangilinan, developed the savory dishes; and well-known baker Chef Ginny de Guzman conceptualized the unique dessert combinations.” Since Kim is wife to Chut Cuerva of third-wave coffee roaster Toby’s Estate, the restaurant proudly serves only that brand.
Recent additions to the menu are the Creamy Carbonara, with bacon bits and a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese and the Fried Chicken Rice Bowl, crunchy breaded chicken strips on rice, drizzled with a tangy sriracha mayo sauce and a bit of cabbage slaw on the side. Savory menu standouts are the Stracciatella Salad featuring the creamy, stringy cheese topped with black salt alongside crisp salad greens and tomato simply dressed with honey, the “Tapa The World” rice bowl which paired the fluffiest scrambled eggs with morsels of tasty marinated beef on top of garlic red rice, and the “Scampi Escaper,” a delicious buckwheat crepe topped with grilled shrimp, béchamel sauce, mushrooms and some capers to cut through the richness.
The almost too beautiful to eat “Garden Crepe” dessert features a sweet-tart combination of fresh strawberries, kiwi and oranges on a bed of white chocolate cream, Oreo crumbs and berry and chocolate sauces. Equally scrumptious “Mangoin Home” crepe has fresh mangoes, butterscotch ice cream and cream.
What’s In A Name
“As you know, Ça Va means ‘How’s are you?’ in French.” Nicole Ortega explains. “Because of that, we decided to come up with names for our menu items that have to do with feelings, but in a playful way.” A quick reading of the menu reveals uniquely named dishes such as I’m Chori, Salmon To Love, and Orange You Glad.
Exceptionally talented artist and accessory designer Emi Jorge helms the floral atelier. “I think that flowers and plants are very much on trend. Here at Ça Va, we wanted to expand the concept of the store to include retail as well.” Following a unique color palette, Jorge’s design aesthetic is far from traditional but still stays true to the idea of beauty and sentiment conveyed through lovingly arranged bouquets and ornamental plants.
Ça Va’s Instagram-worthy interiors make it a great venue for bridal showers, parties and other special occasions, but it also has the casual feel of a neighborhood spot where family can enjoy a good meal and pick up a floral treat for the home or a friend.
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Ça Va Creperie & Floral Atelier is located in The Podium, Dona Julia Vargas Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila
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