CHECK IT OUT: Pipino Vegetarian Food at Teachers’ Village, Quezon City
Vegan karekare with vegan bagoong from a vegan joint out to give healthy food a good name.
Pipino Vegetarian Food by Pino
39 Malingap Street, Teachers Village
Tel. No. 441-1773
Open from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Serving vegan fare (no dairy or eggs used in all dishes), Pipino Vegetarian Food by Pino is the newest spot to join the throng of eateries in the "happening" Maginhawa-Malingap restaurant strip.
With a no-frills cafeteria set-up and unconsciously inviting yet simple interiors, the space is airy with high ceilings with a brick wall accenting the stark white décor. You can pick your vegan dish of choice from their selection at the counter which changes every few days.
Pipino’s Tofu Tempura. Click for more photos.
The herbivore menu created by Pino’s Chef Edward Bugia includes Creamy Vegan Kalabasa Soup (P40 per bowl), an Ilocano dish called Puki-Puki with Miso (P150 with mashed potatoes), Low-Fat, Cheese-less Vegan Lasagna (P135), Veggie Kare-Kare with Vegan Bagoong (P80 per serving), Tofu Tempura (P80 per serving), Veggie Sisig (P80), Veggie Curry (P80), Eggplant and Tofu Miso (P80) and Pinakbet (P80), which all come in hefty serving sizes.
Pipino’s combo meals are perfect for sampling more than just one dish and go for only P150. Each meal comes with 2 entrees of your choice and rice. Healthy dessert options are surprisingly satisfying if you have space left in your tummy: Vegan Choco Chip Cookies topped with Dairy-Free Coconut Ice Cream (P40 for the cookie, add P35 for a la mode) and Egg and Dairy-Free Green Tea cupcakes (P50 each). On weekends, diners can expect a healthy breakfast menu available all day.
Photographs from Jose Raphael Hilario, Bernard Decloedt and Pipino Vegetarian Food by Pino