Fast Fridays: 7 Restaurants in Manila That Serve No-Meat Meals
In time for the fasting rituals of Lent, we give you a rundown of our favorite places where we usually get our veggie fix. Read on to know where to get exciting meatless dishes that can rival their meaty counterparts!
Pipino's Vegetarian Kare-kare
What to get here? Aside from the well-praised Vegan Lasagna, Pipino's Vegetarian Kare-Kare with bagoong rice and Vegan Bagoong is impressive. Pipino makes the impossible possible by complementing the saucy kare-kare with a vegan bagoong that's made from black beans and muscovado sugar.
The Vegetarian Kitchen
The Vegetarian Kitchen is on a mission to change the perception that vegetarian food is bland. Their strategy is to re-create carnivorous dishes like meatloaf, spareribs, and Lengua Estofado without using any meat.
Vege Tocino with Fried Vegetable Couscous and Egg-less Tomato SaladWhen at The Vegetarian Kitchen, try the Vege Tocino with Fried Vegetable Couscous and Egg-less Tomato Salad-- a meatless take on the Pinoy's favorite cured meat. The veggie tocino made from textured vegetable protein (TVP) has all the qualities of a real tocino: bright red color, burnt caramelized edges, sweet-salty flavor, and a stringy and quite springy texture. Serve this in a blind food tasting session and even the most discerning foodie will be fooled by this mock meat.
Corner Tree Café
Take a break from all grease and gore of your current unhealthy diet by paying a visit to Corner Tree Cafe. Be sure to get their bestseller-- the Baked Tofu Walnut Burger when at this homey resto along Jupiter Street.
Tofu Walnut Burger
Those looking for a warm tummy-filler can look at Sugarleaf for their Pumpkin and Carrot Soup-- a thick puree of squash and raw carrots.
Albeit not a vegetarian resto, this all-organic restaurant has lots of food and drink options for vegans and vegetarians.
Agico Vegetarian Café
Never really experienced eating a full-course Japanese vegetarian meal? Then make your no meat fasting your excuse to visit Agico. Agico cooks their food so well that one may be convinced to turn the other cheek. Some other delicious things customers can try are the Inari Sushi (P126), Mix Mushroom Sushi (P156), Crispy California Maki (P238) and the Chicken Teriyakidon (P246).
Edgy Veggy Vegetarian
Edgy Veggy, the once delivery-only vegetarian food service that just opened its first restaurant in emerging foodie haunt Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig.
Korean spicy bibimbap rice, tofu mushroom bulgogiGet their Mushroom dumplings (6 dumplings, P165), a mix of mushrooms, herbs and crumbled tofu tossed in with chives and chopped cabbage. Since she uses absolutely no seasoning, the mix is flavored with crushed herbs and sea salt. For rice meals, try their Korean spicy bibimbap rice, tofu mushroom bulgogi (P220). The tofu mushroom bulgogi is made from miso, sesame oil, sesame seeds and the shreds of seaweed. It is flavored using soy sauce and sesame oil, as well as other herbs and spices that Denise collects and brings home from her travels. Edgy Veggy uses no artificial seasoning or MSG in their food.
Yellow Halo Guilt-Free Kitchen opened at the top of Strata 100 tower in Ortigas Center to dispel the following top five misconceptions about dieting and healthy eating:
· Dieting is starving yourself.
· Healthy food is expensive.
· It is time-consuming to prepare healthy food.
· Healthy food is not easily available.
· Healthy food is bland and lacking of flavor.
Tomato Basil with Cottage Cheese SandwichLike Sugarleaf, Yellow Halo is not exclusively Vegetarian. But those who veer away from meat will have a lot of options here. There’s the Tomato Basil with Cottage Cheese Sandwich (P90; 260 calories), which is light yet so tasty, you'll be craving it day after day. And then there’s their Baked Kamote (P60), which is heavy, grease-less, and sweet, it can knock out your craving for trans-fat and sodium-laden fast food French fries.