Article by Dezimey Kum

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Being a tropical island, you might expect fruits and vegetables to be a big part of Filipino cuisine – on the contrary; the Philippines is a truly meat-loving country. In many local restaurants, meat is the focal point of the menu. This can make it difficult for people who are vegetarian or vegan to find appropriate options for their dietary needs. So for our veggie bearcats, try dining at these 8 popular veggie-friendly restaurants listed below:

1. Green Pastures

This farm-to-table, back-to-basics, restaurant uses locally-sourced non-MSG or canned ingredients in their dishes. On top of being super healthy and a great place for ethically conscious eating, Green Pastures is also home to many original vegetarian and vegan dishes  produced right here in the heart of the Philippines.
Price: ~500-800 php
Must Try: Ricotta: freshly made ricotta cheese, with onion jam, roasted garlic, and with a side of toasted olive oil bread
Location: Ground Floor, Net park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City

 

2. Salad Stop!

A popular restaurant among the ISM community, Salad Stop! is a restaurant where you can drop by and have a fresh serving of a variety of salads. You can also ask for your order in a wrap, if that gets your tastebuds watering. The Singaporean chain offers an assortment of fruits and vegetables you can add to make your order a dish pre made to your liking.
Price: ~150-300 php
Must Try: Iron “Wo” Man: baby spinach, raspberry vinaigrette, feta cheese, toasted almonds, roasted pumpkin, and yellow raisins
Location: Ground Floor, Central Square, Bonifacio High Street

 

3. The Wholesome Table

The Wholesome Table offers comfort food produced organically, with the intention of providing a healthy selection for its diners. Each item on the menu indicates if it’s vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free, but every item is full of flavor.
Price: ~500-800 php
Must Try: Harvest Pizza: Brick oven pizza topped with truffle cream, kale, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, emmental, and parmesan cheese, roasted squash, pine nuts, olive oil, wild mushrooms, and baked onions
Location: 30th St Corner 7th Ave Bonifacio High Street Central

 

4. SUSI

SUSI is a plant-based restaurant with a 100% vegan and gluten-free menu. Ironically, SUSI is located besides the restaurant Burgers & Brewskies, a way more carnivorous restaurant. So while walking past don’t let those burgers tempt you!
Price: ~500-800 php
Must Try: Mac & Geez: pasta is made from quinoa/non-gmo corn, the cheese is soy cream with carrots, and the dish is topped with arugula & smoked paprika
Location: Burgos Circle, Forbes Town Center, Bonifacio Global City

 

5. Green Bar

Green Bar constantly receives an influx of vegetarian and vegan visitors. This café offers their own take on vegan cuisine with a wide range of  non dairy and meat-free meals. Their delicious hand held meals, make it easy for customers to take with them on the go.
Price: ~150-300 php
Must Try: Vegan Donuts: a variety of tasty donuts such as chocolate, mango with coconut bacon, and cookies and cream
Location: M-104, West of Ayala, Urban Avenue, Legaspi Village, Makati City

 

6. Vibe Superfood

Located beside LIFE Yoga Studio, you can fill your hungry stomach at Vibe after a tiring workout session. This café serves healthy and natural dishes that are infused with superfoods – a great way to get the nutrients our body needs everyday. A variety of fresh vegetables and rejuvenating cold pressed juices, are there ready to soothe vegan/vegetarian hearts.
Price: ~150-300 php
Must Try: Acai My Name: acai smoothie topped with banana, mango, strawberry, corn flakes, cashew nuts
Location: Burgos Circle, BGC, 2nd floor of Eight Forbes Town Road building

 

7. Souv! By Cyma

If you want to be transported to Greece while enjoying a veggie meal, eat at Souv! While Greek cuisine includes meat-based dishes, the Executive Chef Robby Goco, successfully incorporates vegetarian options into the menu that are just as delicious.
Price: ~500-1000 php
Must Try: Greek Tuna Roe (Avgotaraho): chickpeas, tomatoes, bread crumbs, and spaghetti
Location: Ground Floor, Net Park Building, 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City,

 

8. Chimara Feel Good Kitchen

The popular food chain tries to promote a feel-good lifestyle through a variety of vegetarian and vegan options. It’s also right beside the cinema, so you can go see a film before you go out to grab a meal.
Price: ~100-200 php
Must Try: Neo Nachos Mexican: basil-infused tofu chips topped with faux beef chili and herby low fat cheese
Location: 4th floor of Greenbelt 3, Cinema Lobby, Makati City

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