7 Restaurants That Will Make Dieting a Breeze
These meatless meals don't skimp on flavor.
(SPOT.ph) Vegetarianism is no longer about restrictive diets and bland food. Now, meatless meals can just be as mouth watering as any other cuisine.
Thoughtful eaters all over the globe are opting for cruelty-free food—not just for the health benefits, but also for the positive environmental impact. Thankfully for conscious consumers, this means a major upgrade in flavor. Long gone are the days of limp salads and the nagging feeling of a meal not being satisying enough.
In Metro Manila, there has been a growing health trend that leans on better quality and better tasting food. Here are some of those restaurants and their must-try dishes, which are satisfying in more ways than one.
This beautiful restaurant is the Philippines’ first 100% vegan, gluten-free establishment. It boasts a chic yet cozy dining space that’s Instagram-worthy. From the Bambike hanging in the stairwell, to the brightly colored smoothies in their requisite mason jars, being at Susi is a sensory experience that is doubly impressive because of its heavy, flavorful meals, and its conscious attention to how the food impacts people, animals, and the earth.
Must-try: The Emerson (P495)
Susi is at Forbes Town Road, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City.
Green Pastures isn’t just another restaurant trying to draw in the hipster crowd with its mismatched chairs, kombucha, and kale salads. It’s a satisfying option, whether you’re a vegetarian or not. The servings aren’t just organic, they’re tasty—and the portions are huge! Come hungry and leave satisfied.
Must-try: Vegetarian Burger That Doesn’t Suck (P410)
See a list of Green Pastures branches.
Din Tai Fung
Great dumplings have been all the rage in the Philippines over the past couple years. But none of the competing restaurants have as wide a selection of meat-free options as Din Tai Fung. Finally, vegetarians can join their omnivorous friends and family in this popular chain, and learn first-hand what the hype is all about!
Must-try: Vegetarian Mushroom Wontons with House Special Spicy Sauce (P185)
See a list of Din Tai Fung branches.
New York comfort food at its best, The Bowery is by no means exclusively for vegetarians. The chic low-lit interiors and strong drinks live up to the restaurant’s homage to Manhattan. But the food is the real star here. Whether you’re craving a hangover-busting grilled cheese, ready for a salad that packs a spicy punch, or in the mood for dessert, The Bowery has you covered 24 hours a day.
Must-try: Moc’s Sweet Chili Beaner (P280)
The Bowery is at F151 Forbeswood Heights, Rizal Drive corner Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City.
With flavor-packed food made from the heart and an advocacy to support local farmers and indigenous people to boot, everything at Earth Kitchen—from the food to the garden-inspired interiors—is sustainable. But all that do-good stuff aside, the dishes are undeniably delicious. The fact that your meal supports the Got Heart Foundation is just an added bonus.
Must-try: Pumpkin and Goat’s Cheese Paccheri (P310)
See a list of Earth Kitchen branches.
Especially on weekends, the wait at El Chupacabra’s quaint location can take over an hour. But it’s worth it. Not because you’ll be eating healthier (you won’t; a deep-fried burrito is still a deep-fried burrito after all), but because sometimes you just want a flavor-packed tortilla, no matter how greasy it can get. Fortunately, you can satisfy that craving without harming any animals at El Chupacabra. They also have a lot of vegetarian options—from grilled vegetables, to fake meat, to beans and cheese. You can visit them multiple times without getting tired of the same meal!
Must-try: Fried Mission-Style Soyrizo Burrito (P210)
El Chupacabra is at 5782 Felipe Street corner Polaris Street, Makati City.
Yes, we know, salads can be really boring. But at Juju Eats, salads are made fun because of the freshness and flavorful ingredients that go inside each salad bowl or wrap. Plus, there are a lot of branches where you can get your healthy fix, and a huge array of choices for you to mix and match! They’ve got pasta-based salads, wraps, and dozens of dressings to choose from. You could eat here every day and never get bored.
Must-try: Quinoa Gold Wrap (P290)
See a list of Juju Eats branches.