If, like Natalie Portman, you wear vegan leather shoes, then you must try these ten awesome places that don’t leave a bitter taste in your buds even if you’re mainly chewing on grass. Vegan girl's got taste!
Veg mac and Cheese with corn and zucchini
CORNER TREE CAFÉ
150 Jupiter, Makati, Metro Manila
Corner Tree is a favorite of Makati execs and titas who lunch in the Bel-Air area. Its quaint space provides a homey, intimate feel perfect for lunch meetings and catch-ups. The food too is quite delish with their gluten-free pastas being a personal favorite for days when you’re feeling a little under the weather.
Grilled Steak Sandwich with fries and gravy
THE VEGETARIAN KITCHEN
62 Mother Ignacia Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
Munch on their spinach and cream cheese dumplings with a fresh and crispy wrapper that’s made in-house.How’s that for a merienda?
Raw zucchini pesto lasagna
Forbes Town Road, Burgos CirclE, Taguig
Its modern yet rustic interiors and hanging terrarium pots might make the perfect #ootd background but it’s really the dishes that will make you have a foodgasm while foodstagramming. The Chimichurri beet
burger tastes like the real meaty deal, and the quinotto is, you guessed it, a quinoa risotto.
Samurai Walae burger
AGICO VEGETARIAN CAFÉ
83 Araullo Street,Addition Hills, San Juan City
Trying to go vegetarian but finding it hard to tear yourself away from meat? Head over to Agico where the mock meats taste like the real deal. You’ll hardly be able to tell that it isn’t actual beef that you’re chewing on as you’ll feel stuffed after eating theirs.
Ortigas Avenue Corner Madison Street Greenhills, San Juan
Filipino food made healthy? Bodhi’s got you covered. Sample their vegetarian versions of traditional faves like menudo, asado, ginataang langka, kare kare, bopis, broccoli with "beef," adobo, pochero, and afritada, again with mock meats. Our must try for beginner level vegetarians.
GREENS' VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT AND CAFE
92 Scout Castor Street, Near Tomas Morato, Laging Handa, Quezon City
Craving adobo? Why not go for Greens' healthy alternative of tofu cubes instead? Their crispy mushroom is also a must try, making a good alternative for sisig with its unique and fresh flavor.
Vegan spinach mushroom and sundried tomato quiche
EDGY VEGGY VEGETARIAN FOOD
3 Brixton St., Kapitolyo, Pasig
We’re sold on the name alone. No need to wait for the delivery boy to bring you that delicious tofu steak of theirs to your doorstep, just swing by their Brixton branch and eat it then and there. They also sell ready-to cook meals for you to bring home and heat when you’re feeling lazy and hungry. Bring home a doodad from quirky interiors shop Heima, right next door.
WABI-SABI NOODLE HOUSE AND VEGETARIAN GROCERY
The Collective, 7274, Malugay, Makati, Metro Manila
Don’t just swing by for a bowl of steaming hot noodles, stock up your
pantry shelves with their vegetarian friendly picks that let you prep your own meals from the comfort of your Rachelle Wenger-appointed home.
SWAGAT INDIAN CUISINE
119 FCC Building, Rada St., Legaspi Village, Makati
If after shopping in Greenbelt, you happen to lurk around Upper Legazpi and find yourself craving curry, head over to this nondescript space on Rada St. and indulge in vegetarian specialties like their Gobi Masala (cauliflower cooked with onions, tomatoes, spices and herbs) or Baigan Bharta (eggplant cooked with onions and tomatoes and flavored with fresh ginger spices). The price range isn’t so bad as you can enjoy these dishes for something under 200 bucks. More to spend at Zara.