We all know that a lot of us are picky when it comes to eating our vegetables. At the same time, we’re also always striving to be healthier versions of ourselves, yet somehow don’t get to live up to that promise by the end of every year.
We’re inching towards the second month of the year, and we want to know: How’s your fitness plan going so far? If in any case you’re on the brink of giving it up this early, we listed down eight organic restaurants that have opened in the past few years that may just bring back the flavor missing in your life:
#1 Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro
The newest on this list, Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro is already making waves in the local gastronomic scene despite only being a few months old. The menu is not entirely vegetarian but it assures healthier versions of the usual restaurant favorites. It is heavily-influenced by European cuisine, rooting from owner and chef Sean Go’s English educational background.
Must-tries: Portobello Road (P390), Bogart and Bacall (P310), and Quiche Lorraine (P350)
Adaäm & Yves Organic Bistro, G/F, Icon Plaza, 25th Street Corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. (02) 801 6084. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
#2 The Clean Plate by Twist
Distinct from this roster is The Clean Plate by Twist, wherein the entrées are mostly Filipino dishes. Do not misjudge that this is a no-frills restaurant, though. It pushes for enlightened eating among its diners, especially the young ones, and the simplest recipes are presented in a quality way.
Must-tries: OMG Burger (Oh My Gulay) (P260), Inadobong Kale and Basella (P160), and Tuscan Salad (P175)
The Clean Plate by Twist, 2/F, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City. Open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit their Instagram.
Susi, or “key” in English, hopes it can unlock the benefits of a healthy lifestyle just waiting to be tapped in each of us. It strictly has a vegan, no dairy, and gluten-free menu which shows the inventiveness of the restaurant as it modifies household favorites such as quiche and carbonara with vegan-friendly ingredients.
Must-tries: Bandera Negra soup (P395), The Gaudi (P315), and El Chimichurri (P475)
Susi, Bellagio 2, Forbestown, Burgos Circle,Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. (02) 833 7874. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday-Sunday. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
#4 Runner’s Kitchen
Owned by a group that include celebrities Bianca King, Glaiza de Castro, Abby Asistio, photographer Xander Angeles, and others, Runner’s Kitchen opened just early last year, yet its menu has already evolved into some of the most appetizing and innovative healthy options of its kind. Staying true to its name, it mostly serves high protein recovery meals and complex carbohydrates, all while sustaining the practice of healthy eating.
Must-tries: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites (P250), Spinach Tzatziki (P210), and Matipuno smoothie (P170)
Runner’s Kitchen, G/F Creekside Square, Tomas Morato Avenue, Kamuning, Quezon City. (02) 415 6870. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
#5 The Wholesome Table
Translating healthy living through food and presentation, The Wholesome Table has specific menu options that are vegan, vegetarian, non-fat, dairy-free, and gluten-free. It is one of those upscale restaurants that introduced organic dishes without compromising on taste. All of the ingredients that are used are made from scratch. The restaurant’s dishes also opt for healthier alternatives rather than the usual fixings.
Must-tries: Buddha Bowl (P380), Burrata (P350), and Vegan Cheese (P220)
The Wholesome Table, 30th Street Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. (02) 867 0000 or (02) 621 4111. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page and website.
One can never go wrong with the classic salad, and the Singaporean restaurant SaladStop! has expanded our green horizons, one customized salad at a time. Its rich, Asian-inspired menu consists of flavors and ingredients which can either be served as a plain salad or wrap. They also serve homemade pastries with no preservatives included.
Must-tries: Oh Crab Lah! (P250-P260), Go Geisha (P250-P260), and Man-Go Wild! (P250-P260)
Salad Stop!, G/F, Central Square, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. (02) 958 5534. Open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday to Thursday; 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday-Saturday; 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
#7 Hillside Café and Juice Bar
A refuge smacked in the middle of a bustling city, Hillside Café and Juice Bar uses locally sourced natural and organic ingredients, catering not only to the strict vegetarians, but also to people who simply want to indulge on vegetarian dishes. Their claim to fame is their selection of cold-pressed juices, made fresh daily and without preservatives.
Must-tries: Clean and Green cold-pressed juice (P155/bottle), Beancurd Chicharon (P155), and Green Mac and Cheese (P275)
Hillside Café and Juice Bar, Cedarhills Garden Center, 57 Mother Ignacia Street, Paligsahan, Quezon City. (02) 3741117. Open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday-Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday-Sunday. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
#8 Green Pastures
A farm-to-table concept dictates the menu of Green Pastures. Owned by renowned chef Robby Goco, it promises to use only the freshest locally-sourced produce and homemade items, and turn them into delicious meals minus the use of MSG and other preservatives.
Must-tries: Mushroom and Kale Paella (P950), Caldo Verde soup (P205), and Mykonos salad (P430-P595)
Green Pastures, 4/F, East Wing, Shangri-La Plaza, Ortigas Center, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City. (02) 654 3219. Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook page.