CHECK IT OUT: Edgy Veggy at Brixton Street, Pasig
It’s time to get healthy!
No. 3 Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig
Tel. No. 0917-847-4831 (delivery hotline)
Open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday
(SPOT.ph) It started as an act of kindness. Some years ago, artist Denise Celdran volunteered for a yoga program for Bilibid Prison. She tried to donate some tofu, but the warden stopped her. "He was afraid that prisoners who don’t get a share would start a riot," she recalls. What to do with 20 kilograms of excess tofu? "I made tofu steak and texted my friends that I was selling it," she says. "That’s when I found out that there was a market for vegetarian food."
For the past six years, the then-small health-conscious contingent in Manila had Edgy Veggy on their speed-dial, ready whenever the situation called for a delicious tofu steak. Just this month, however, Celdran has finally opened her first official branch along Brixton Street in Kapitolyo, Pasig.
Her new clientele comes off as a bit of a surprise to us. "I get a lot of meat-eaters, actually," she says. "There aren’t a lot of places for vegetarians here so (vegetarians) know how to cook by themselves; meat-eaters are coming to see this as a (healthier) option."
Her old delivery menu carries over to the restaurant’s, and more. Apart from the tofu steak (P200) which can be cooked a la Japanese, Korean, and Moroccan, Edgy Veggy has panini, pasta, panizza, and even ready-to-cook meals. One of Celdran’s favorites is the mushroom burger with caramelized onions, spinach, and mushroom tapenade on ciabatta bread (P220). There are gorgeous brown panini grill marks on the flattened surface with the filling oozing out to the edges. It’s rich, but not at all heavy. It comes with a small side salad and highly addicting flax crackers. The crackers are best paired with creamy spinach, artichoke, and mushroom dip (P200 with crackers).
For a meal that’s hearty but healthy, we recommend the mushroom lasagna (P175). This comforting dish is served in a bowl and each spoonful is a steaming, cheesy mouthful with the subtle crunch of oyster mushrooms. For something a bit more "basic," try some of the Edgy Veggy salads.
They might have branched out, but the new restaurant is, according to Celdran, still mainly a commissary. For diners on the go, Edgy Veggie has also begun producing freeze-dried, foil-pack items.