10 Delicious Meat-Free Eats to Get You Through Lent

You won't feel deprived.

(SPOT.ph) Going meat-less during Lent used to mean subsisting on monggo and tinapa every Friday. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but in recent years, restaurants have been coming up with seafood dishes that make it a little harder to forget abstaining from meat is a sacrifice. This year is no different, with burgers, pizza, and more helping you stick to your meat-less commitment.

 


 

Sarsa Kitchen + Bar

Filipino restaurant Sarsa introduces new seafood dishes perfect for Lent: Grilled Squid and Kangkong Pesto and Grilled Prawn Skewers. The best part is you can have them after the season too!

 

See a list of Sarsa branches.

 


 

Cibo

Aside from turning their spinach dip into a pizza for Lent (though it'll be staying on the menu permanently), Cibo is also offering a new Zuppa di Zucchine Burrata, or vegetable soup with zucchini, burrata, butter, and garlic. 

 

See a list of Cibo branches.

 


 

8 Cuts x Ooma

The first collaboration between these two favorites is the perfect meal for Lent—that is, if you can even consider eating this burger a sacrifice. The Soft Shell Crab 'Wich is an explosion of tastiness with unagi sauce, mozzarella cheese, herbed aioli, aligue mayo, mango salsa, salmon-skin flakes, and that beautifully golden soft shell crab. And the best part? No meat! You can get this burger only until April 30.

 

The Soft Shell Crab 'Wich is available in all 8 Cuts and Ooma branches. See a list of 8 Cuts branches. See a list of Ooma branches.

 


 

RACKS

Even ribs place RACKS is helping you stick to your commitment to go meatless this Lent. They have a menu of seafood dishes that’ll make it easier for you to ignore their ribs, if only just for a while. Choose from Fish and Chips, Blackened Salmon Steak, or Grilled Scampi Pasta. You can pair your meal with the House Salad or have the salad on its own.

 

 See a list of RACKS branches.

 


 

Jollibee

We can't write a Lenten specials list without including Jollibee's Tuna Pie. The pie has become a cult favorite for good reason: There's no questioning the addicting properties of that tangy and creamy tuna filling that contrasts perfectly with its flaky pie crust. We’re still praying Jollibee keeps this on the menu for good.

 

The Tuna Pie is available in all Jollibee outlets nationwide.

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Uma Uma

Take your meat-less commitment to the next level by forgoing even seafood. Uma Uma makes it easy with the Vegetarian Mazesoba, made with homemade vegetable soba noodles. Jesus would be proud.

 

Uma Uma is at 2/F S Maison at the Conrad, SM Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City; and 2/F Uptown Mall, Uptown Bonifacio.

 


 

BRGR: The Burger Project

The Burger Project’s Tofu Burger, made with a tofu patty, is a permanent fixture on their menu for anyone who’s looking to go meat-less beyond Lent, but they also have the aptly named Fish Be With You just for the Lenten season, with breaded fish fillet, corn salsa, and lime mayo. We can eat this all year round.

 

BRGR: The Burger Project is at 122 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village, Quezon City.

 


 

Gringo

Gringo has two new items on the menu starting March 24, perfect for meat-less Fridays! The Grilled Grande Mango Squid and Char Grilled Tuna Jaw are both so scrumptious, you’ll easily forget the chicken and ribs (not for long though, we’re certain!)

 

See a list of Gringo branches.

 


 

McDonald's 

McDonald's Filet-O-Fish has become a permanent part of their menu, but they also have a new item just for Lent. The Fish and Fries is their take on a classic British pair, with a fish fillet coated in a light crisp breading served with their signature French fries. You can get your meal with a choice from three dips: tartar sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or thousand island dressing. You can also get your fish with rice!

 

The Fish and Fries is available in all McDonald's outlets nationwide.

 

 

Shakey's

Just because you're abstaining from meat doesn't mean you can't treat yourself to pizza. Shakey's has your back with their new Scallop Primi Pizza, which has scallops and crabsticks on top of their signature thin crust. It's available for a limited time only so get it while you can!

 

See a list of Shakey's branches.

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