Need non-meat dishes this Lent? You’ve come to the right place.
For heavy eaters like us, it’s difficult finding restaurants serving delicious non-meat options. Sometimes, we all need a break from our meaty adventures. For some, it’s to make room for a lower cholesterol intake, and for others, to observe their Lenten practices.
Check out these vegetarian and pescetarian-friendly restaurant finds this Holy Week.
Corner Tree Cafe – Jupiter St.
Corner Tree Cafe is a cozy little vegetarian cafe found on the busy Jupiter St. in Makati. They serve modern vegan and gluten-free dishes from various cuisines as well as good wines, local beers and house cocktails. It’s for both vegetarians and omnivores. It’s not for loud drinking nights with friends. We recommend the Vegetarian Chili Bowl, Baked Tofu Walnut Burger (seen above!), and the Spinach & Mushroom Lasagna. Our insider tip is that they have special menus for kids and Sunday brunches.
Pipino Vegetarian Food by Pino – Malingap St.
Pipino Vegetarian, the vegetarian sister of Pino Restaurant, was created out of passion for serving ‘kickass healthy food everyday’ without sacrificing taste, presentation and customer satisfaction. It’s for vegetarians and curious carnivores.It’s not for people who want non-Filipino dishes. We recommend the Vegetable Kare-kare, Vegan Lasagna, and Watermelon Steak. Our insider tip: Only Pino customers can order from Pipino but not vice versa. P.S. Make room for their desserts.
Ming Kee Live Seafood – Poblacion
Ming Kee Live Seafood is a popular seafood restaurant found in Macpherson Road in Singapore and is most famous for its fresh dishes, specifically its Crab Beehon dish. It’s for diners looking for authentic Singaporean dishes. It’s not for people who don’t have the patience to work with crabs before having their first bite. We recommend the Triple Cooked with Beehon and Braised Beancurd in Claypot. Our insider tip is to visit the restaurant as a group in order to maximize their big servings.
Reservations are accepted
7852 Makati Ave., Poblacion, Makati
+63 2 893-4533
Edgy Veggy Deli Cafe – Kapitolyo
Edgy Veggy, by agriculturist and health advocate Denise Celdran, began as a mission to promote wellness and proper diet for vegetarians. They are primarily a vegetarian food delivery service but also a small cafe serving the Kapitolyo-based residents and office goers. It’s for people living alone or don’t have time to prepare their own organic veggie meals. It’s not for people who want meat in their daily diet. We recommend the Big Burger Burrito and Korean rice meal. Our insider tip is that they’re closed on Sundays, so plan your veggie meals by having your food delivered ahead of time.
SUSI – Burgos Circle
SUSI is Manila’s first and only 100% plant-based restaurant and deli. Susi, which is Tagalog for key, is the name and symbol that best represents their corporate mission. Their advocacy for a meatless lifestyle is what they deem as the ‘key to sustainable living’. It’s for anyone who loves modern vegetarian/vegan cuisines. It’s not for meat-lovers. We recommend the El Chimichurri and the Beet Burger. Our insider tip is that SUSI’s owner is actually the niece of Corner Tree Cafe’s owner, so you just know you could get great, healthy food at both restaurants!
Reservations are accepted
View their Instagram account
Bellagio 2 Forbestown Center, Burgos Circle, Taguig
+63 917 532-8304
The Wholesome Table – Bonifacio High Street
The Wholesome Table is an organic restaurant that serves comfort food opened by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde who previously opened Aria in Boracay. All produce is organic and sourced locally where possible, the meat is pasture raised and ingredients are not processed or refined. It’s for the hip and health conscious with many vegetarian options. It’s not for people who drink carbtrim or coke zero. We recommend their powerbowls and smoothies. Our insider tip is that it’s dog-friendly so bring along your best buddy.
Earth Kitchen – White Plains
Earth Kitchen is a joint project of the Got Heart Foundation and Hizon’s Catering focusing on food that promotes health and sustainability. It’s for people who love to eat and share the same advocacy. It’s not for breakfast eaters. We recommend the Prawn Spring Roll, their soft taco selections, and Goat’s Cheese Frozen Cheesecake. Our insider tip is to try visiting them during weekdays, since it may be difficult to find parking.
Bait’s by Chef Joseph Margate – CLOSED
Bait’s by Chef Joseph Margate is a market-driven seafood restaurant in Manila helmed by one of NYC’s finest chefs. It’s for people who love trying unique takes on seafood classics. It’s not for people who want the usual Filipino grilled seafood. We recommend the Tuna Tartare, Grilled Prawns, and Torched Mackerel. Our insider tip is to check out their All-You-Can-Drink promos at their Facebook page.
Bag O’ Shrimps – Tuscany McKinley
Bag O’ Shrimps is a “wharf-in-the-city” seafood-shack featuring rich flavors of the sea. It’s for people who love eating loads of shrimp and don’t mind getting their hands dirty while they’re at it. It’s not for diners who are total neat freaks when it comes to eating their food. We recommend the Bag O’ Momma Shrimps by the Bag. Our insider tip is to go mild for starters, since lots of people say it’s still too spicy.
Hai Shin Lou Seafood King Restaurant – Pasay Road
Hai Shin Lou offers authentic Cantonese cuisine highlighting various seafood fresh off their tanks. It’s for diners looking for amazing Asian food that isn’t your usual noodles or mami. It’s not for people looking for a hipster hangout spot with their barkada. We recommend the Steamed Lapu-lapu, Peppercorn Sea Mantis, and Fried Rice with Seafood and Olive Leaf. Our insider tip is to book this place for family gatherings. Chinese food is always a fool-proof option for reunions!
Reservations are accepted
810 Arnaiz Ave., San Lorenzo, Makati
+63 2 892-5148
Catch — Salcedo Village
Catch prides itself in being the only restaurant in the country serving gourmet modern seafood. Their new menu includes a wide array of the finest ceviches made with sustainably line-caught fish, among other delicious seafood eats. It’s for seafood lovers who appreciate gourmet cooking. It’s not for people who want a quick meal on the go. We recommend their Kinilaw, Tiger Prawn Gambas, and Lobster PoiBoi. Our insider tip is that Catch was formerly known as LuLu, and that it has the same owners as Hooch and Smith Butcher and Grill Room.
Book a table now and get up to P250 off!
G/F V Corporate Center 125 L.P. Leviste St, Salcedo Village, Makati
+63 915 751-1226
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