We all have our reasons for wanting to turn to plant-based food as a diet staple. Whether it’s for a healthier lifestyle or to help reduce your carbon footprint, vegetarianism, and even veganism is now easier for the average Filipino with the myriad of meal providers in the metro. From restaurants dedicated to plant-based meals to home or office delivery services that deliver your veggies straight to your doorstep or cubicle.
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1. Greenery Kitchen
This homegrown vegetarian kitchen started churning out vegetarian meals since 2000. They have then since been delivering vegetarian lunch meals to homes and offices who avail of their service, following a weekly set menu that fills you up with two viands and a choice of a cup of white or brown rice.
What to try: The Vegan Dinakdakan, a sisig-like dish that originated from Ilocos, is so close to the real thing you won’t even miss meat.
Address: 4067 Kalayaan Avenue, Makati City Contact number: 0927 606 9983. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/greenery.kitchen/
2. Green Bar
For those who are intimidated by vegan establishments, Green Bar shouldn’t be. It isn’t militant in pushing veganism. Rather, it comes off as a venue for those who want to eat less meat in their diet although it does attract a niche metro crowd of plant-based eaters. Don’t expect raw food here because they serve up some legit comfort food that happens to be vegan.
What to try: The Donuts. No kidding. They may be vegan in every way but just as sinfully delicious as its non-vegan counterpart.
Address: Mezzanine Floor, West of Ayala, 252 Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City Contact number: (02) 885 7537. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GreenBarCafe/
3. The Vegetarian Kitchen
This family-run restaurant in Quezon City serves up Filipino classics like kaldereta, tocino and danggit minus the meat. Sidings are veggies while the quintessential egg pairing for their breakfast meals are replaced with scrambled tofu. The rest of the menu is affordable too so it’s even homier than ever. They also offer food trays for events.
What to try: The Shawarma Bowl adds variety to their list of vegan items that aren’t limited to Filipino viands.
Address: 62B Mother Ignacia Ave.,Brgy. Paligsahan, Quezon City Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheVegetarianKitchen/
4. The Good Seed
What was once the beloved vegetarian café Edgy Veggy evolved into a full catering, meal delivery, and commissary that covers all types of vegetarianism, even specific ones like the Vegetarian-Keto diet. The Good Seed also doubles as a mini deli where you can purchase your frozen tapa, burgers, and the like made from mushrooms or chickpeas, healthy snacks like granola and camote chips, and even bottled delicacies.
What to try: The Mushroom Tapa has been a crowd favorite for ages and got a Keto-friendly upgrade with its side of cauli-turmeric rice.
Address: 3 Brixton St., Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegoodseedph/
5. Hummus Elijah
Not necessarily vegetarian or vegan-centric, the limited menu of Hummus Elijah focuses on Mediterranean cuisine. Expect falafels, burekas, and shakshouka among their main dishes but the star is really their hummus that people swear as the best in town. The place also doubles as a mini grocery for Mediterranean herbs and spices that range from lemon salt to tahini—all of which are imported from Israel.
What to try: The Hummus Elijah with pine nuts should be enough to satisfy that craving for Mediterranean flavors.
Address: 7850 Makati Ave., Brgy. Poblacion, Makati City Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humuselijah/
This humble establishment may be a challenge to find in the maze of Malugay’s The Collective but definitely worth it. Centered on a vegan menu, you’d be surprised at its affordability and quality. Juicesabel breaks the stereotype of vegan food (pricey and bland) with its offerings of burgers, tempuras, omelettes, just to name a few. Staying true to its name, you can grab your own serving of cold-pressed juice.
What to try: Any variety of their Vegan Burgers won’t disappoint. Patties are made with carrots and sugar beets and served in between sourdough buns.
Address: The Collective, 7274 Malugay St., San Antonio, Makati City Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JUICESABEL/
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