Vegefied compiles a list of the top restaurants for vegetarians to visit in Manila.
Updated: 2 May 2019
The Philippines has always been known as a meat-consuming country and its capital, Manila, is no different. Although it may be a haven for people who like to consume different kinds of meat, there are hidden gems and undiscovered treasures in the city that serve plant-based, healthy foods. If you are going to be in the Manila and are looking forward to eating healthy, peruse this list of the ten best vegan and vegetarian restaurants and make your tummy happy.
A quaint restaurant situated in the heart of Quezon City, The Vegetarian Kitchen is one of the oldest running vegetarian restaurants in the city. They opened their doors to patrons in 1990 and has since been cooking up colorful vegetarian, mount-watering dishes such as grilled vegetable couscous paella, spinach and cream cheese dumplings, as well as grilled mushroom bulgogi bibimbap, inspired by the famous Korean dish. Their grilled steak sandwich with mushrooms, bell peppers, potato wedges and gravy is also another popular choice. The Vegetarian Kitchen is an excellent place to start making more palatable vegetarian dishes with family and friends.
Serving creative and 100% plant-based Filipino food, Pipino Vegetarian believes that vegans should be able to go in any restaurant without having to worry about eating unwanted meat in their dishes. People flock to the restaurant to try their ‘veganized’ versions of popular recipes such as Mushroom Salpicao, Portobello Inasal, Kare-kare with black bean bagoong, vegan pastries and ice cream.
You definitely won’t be stuck with a plate of lettuce if you go to Pipino Vegetarian. Their menu is bursting with dishes robust in variety and you wouldn’t feel a pang of remorse when you indulge in them. Order their Tofu Lemongrass Skewers drizzled with chili-garlic sauce and topped with alfalfa, for starters.
Popular for its high-quality and mouth-watering plant-based burritos, sandwiches, and wraps, Green Bar in Makati gives customers the freedom to build their own bowl of fresh greens mixed with their choice of grains and proteins. A dish which shouldn’t be missed is the Wild Thing burger that is made up of wheat patty that is sandwiched between pickles, onion, lettuce, soy pepperjack cheese, and sauce made from a secret recipe. Done with meals and just out for dessert? You will definitely enjoy their coconut-based cupcakes and of course, their always in demand vegan donuts!
Located near the sprawling University of the Philippines, Likha Diwa means ‘creative spirit’ in Tagalog. This vegetarian serves a fusion of vegan dishes and local cuisine and the best thing is, everything on their menu is priced affordably. You will be greeted by a wave of cool air when you enter the premises, the fountain’s streaming water adds to the zen-like ambience. The mismatched chairs and colorful tiles give the space an interesting design. Saturdays are crowded because of their full-on vegetarian lunch and dinner buffets.
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